Wifey came through with a seriously cool find this Christmas–I didn’t even know these existed:
These are Bluetooth-enabled headphones that connect to my iPod with a tiny transmitter. There are 5 buttons on the right earpiece (play/pause, FF, REW, vol up, vol down). Both the headphones and transmitter are rechargeable. The volume buttons are easily distinguished from the FF/REW by small dimples in the buttons, and the play/pause doubles as the power button on the headphones.
So far, I’m really pleased. These are not the lightest headphones you’ll ever wear, and people with melon heads may find them a little tight on the ears (especially if they wear glasses). The sound quality is surprisingly good–in fact, some of the best I’ve heard through headphones (not as good as my Etymotic ER-6i earbuds, but that’s to be expected). The Bodeans are crisp and clean, and my classical selections are full-bodied. The bass response is quite good, without sacraficing treble or suffering distortion. If I didnâ€™t know these were from Logitech (which I still think of as a mouse company), Iâ€™d believe the speaker portions were from an audio company such as Shure or Sony. The headband goes behind your head, not on the top, so it wonâ€™t mess up your big hair. The headphones/transmitters are paired, so I donâ€™t know if the signal can be shared. Iâ€™m the only one I know with these headphones, so I canâ€™t test it, either.
For me, the best part is the wireless control. Iâ€™m no longer chained to a 4â€“foot radius in my office. I can move about freely, and still have control over the songs I listen to with the FF/REW buttons. Itâ€™s kind of Trekkie to press a button on the side of my head when a coworker stops by. Remember these control an iPod, not iTunes, so if youâ€™re listening at home, youâ€™ll need to use your iPod. At the end of the day, I just plug in the headphones and transmitter and let them charge overnight. Iâ€™m ready to go the next morning!
I would still recommend the Etymotic ER-6i earbuds for lawnmowing (snowblowing for the next few months) or plane travelling, but Logitechâ€™s Bluetooth headphones are awesome for the office.
Here’s the transmitter mounted on my iPod. USB-powered lava lamp not included.