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Nasudake J7 Truely Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Review

The Nasudake J7 are a set of completely wireless Bluetooth headphones from Nasudake, a new company out of Hong Kong. With Bluetooth 4.0 support for wireless connectivity and no wires to get in your way, are they worth it? Read my Nasudake J7 review to find out.

Thanks to Nasudake for providing me a sample to review. The Nasudake J7 is available from Amazon.

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In This Review

What’s in the Box?

Inside the box, you’ll get:

  • Nasudake J7 Bluetooth Headphones
  • Charging Carry Case
  • Cable Carry Bag
  • Small Silicon Eartips
  • Micro USB Charging Cable
  • English User Manual

Nasudake J7 Review: Hardware

The Nasudake J7 are a set of truely wireless Bluetooth headphones, much like Apple’s AirPods. The left and right headphones are completely wireless, using Bluetooth to connect the two together.

The earbuds themselves are pretty standard style-wise. Each earbud is slightly larger than standard earbuds but they’re incredibly lightweight. I personally found the shiny black plastic looks a bit cheap. I think matte finish would have made things look more premium here.

The eartips use a unique tri-tip design with wings that keeps everything secure whilst offering excellent noise isolation. I’ve personally used aftermarket tri-tip earbuds on other earbuds so I’m glad to see them here.

Each earbud features triangular status LED around the central button, a small multi-purpose button and charging pins underneath.

Those charging pins connect directly to the carrying case which doubles up as a charger thanks to its built-in battery. The case is charged via micro USB and can charge the earbuds up to 5 times per charge.

To charge the earbuds, place them into the case, close the lid and press the power button. Pressing the power button will also show you the case’s battery status via 4 blue LEDs.

Unfortunately, I found the case sometimes popped open in my bag triggering a hunt for the earbuds.

I also found the case a little chunky. It’s small enough to fit into your bag or backpack, but it’s not pocketable like the one that comes with Apple’s AirPods.

The left and right headphones are completely wireless, using Bluetooth to connect the two together.

Nasudake J7 Review: Using It

Pairing up the Nasudake J7s is incredibly easy. Just holding down the left earbud’s triangular button for several seconds to enter pairing mode. Select the J7 from your smartphone’s Bluetooth menu and you’ve got a single Bluetooth earbud.

To add the second earbud, just hold down it’s button for several seconds and it’ll automatically pair up for stereo audio.

One thing I will mention is that handsfree audio only comes through the left earbud. This is a bit disorienting, as you’ll go from listening to music in stereo to mono suddenly. I really wish stereo audio was maintained at all times.

There’s also a really annoying issue with audio sync when watching videos. It seems the headphones add a delay to keep both earbuds to sync. So when you’re watching videos (which requires audio and video to stay in sync), there’s a slight delay in the audio which means lip sync will be off – something that drives me nuts. Using just one ear bud fixes the problem so it’s definitely due to the wireless connection between the earbuds.

Battery Life

Given their compact size, the Nasudake J7 offerings 3 hours of music playback per charge. This isn’t particularly long, especially if you’re needing continuous use like on a flight. However, for day-to-day use, I didn’t find it to be an issue – as long as I remembered to put them in the charging case. A full charge takes around an hour so keep that in mind.

This is probably my main gripe with wireless headphones. The fact I need to remember to charge both the case and the headphones themselves is a pain. Personally, I’d rather a set of standard Bluetooth headphones that only need to be charged once a week.

Comfort

The ear buds tri-tip design and ear hooks did a good job of keeping the headphones in place. I never felt like they were about to fall out of my ears.

Bluetooth Connection

The Bluetooth connection was disappointing to say the least. When my phone was in my pocket when walking, I frequently Had dropouts,  sometimes of several seconds. This was the same whether I used my iPhone or Samsung S7. Even putting your hands over the buds would cause a dropout.

Dropouts are disorienting too,  as one ear drops out, then the other before coming back in the same order. It’s not particularly pleasant.

The situation improved dramatically when I held my phone so it seems the antenna is just too small.

Nasudake J7 Review: Sound Quality

Sound quality is the most important aspect of headphones. Unfortunately, the Nasudake J7 are pretty average in this department.

The headphones are bass-heavy, and lack detail in mids and highs. Music tends to sound muddy like cheap headphones.

The headphones are bass-heavy, and lack detail in mids and highs.

Whilst many will find them fine for use in the gym or when running, they lack crispness, causing music to sound flat.

I found the headphones did a good job with sound isolation, keeping outside noise to a minimum.

Microphone Quality

The microphone was functional but, as usual for most Bluetooth headphones, wasn’t particularly clear. This is because the microphone is near your ear, rather than your mouth. Whilst the caller on the other end was able to hear me, they said I sounded quiet and was often drowned out by ambient noise.

Verdict

The Nasudake J7 Bluetooth headphones offer truly wireless audio in theory for a fraction of the price of Apple’s AirPods. However, major issues make them hard to recommend.

With an unreliable Bluetooth connection, average sound quality and audio sync issues when watching video, I’d give the Nasudake J7’s a miss. Unless you really want to try fully wireless headphones without spending Apple prices, I’d recommend you invest your hard earned money on a more traditional set of Bluetooth headphones.

Pros

  • Completely Wireless
  • Compact

Cons

  • Short Battery Life
  • Average Audio Quality
  • Audio Sync issues when watching video

Where to Buy the Nasudake J7

The Nasudake J7 Bluetooth Headphones are available from Amazon.

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Bluedio Vinyl Bluetooth Headphones Review

The Bluedio Vinyl are a new set of Bluetooth headphones from the company. With Bluetooth 4.1 support for wireless connectivity and a metal build, are they worth it? Read my Bluedio Vinyl review to find out.

Thanks to Bluedio for providing me a sample to review. The Bluedio Vinyl is available from AmazonBluedio’s official eBay Store and AliExpress

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In This Review

What’s in the Box?

I’m really impressed at Bluedio’s inclusions this time. The company has included the most comprehensive set of accessories I’ve seen to date.

Inside the box, you’ll get:

  • Bluedio Vinyl Bluetooth Headphones
  • Zip-Up Carry Case
  • Cable Carry Bag
  • 3.5mm to 3.5mm Audio Cable
  • 3.5mm to 3.5mm Audio Cable with Integrated Microphone
  • Micro USB Charging Cable
  • Y-Audio cable
  • English User Manual

Bluedio Vinyl Review: Hardware

The Bluedio Vinyl are over-the-ear with a retro-inspired design as their name suggests. With their elegant, cylindrical earcups featuring chamfered edges, the Bluedio Vinyl feels both modern and classic all at once. It’s a look I’m a massive fan of.

The Bluedio Vinyl feels both modern and vintage all at once.

There’s actually 3 colors available. I’ve got the silver model but there’s also blue and purple models available for those who want something a bit bolder.

The headphones are well made, with a flexible yet durable Al-Ti alloy metal frame and plastic earcups that house the unit’s massive 57mm drivers.

The headband itself can be adjusted to fit different head sizes. I’ve got a large head and didn’t have any issues getting a good fit. Clamping force is also good, keeping the headphones in place without being uncomfortable.

The earcups rotate on two axes so they sit nicely against your head. The soft, leather-like earpads cover your ears completely and are very comfortable, even after a solid days listening.

All the controls hidden along the right ear cup. Bluedio’s Multi Function (MF) button, power switch, micro USB port, volume controls and a microphone all make an appearance.

The volume controls and MF button both pull double duty, allowing you to skip tracks and play/pause the current track respectively. Holding the MF button down when paired up with an iOS device will even trigger Siri which is useful for completely hands-free operation.

I did find the button layout to be a little awkward however. It’s not as intuitive as something like the Bluedio UFO which has all the controls arranged in a circle. Instead, you need to remember where on the earcup each button is. Whilst I got used to it after a while, it was frustrating the first few times.

There’s also a 3.5mm audio jack in the left earcup which lets you use the headphones wired if you prefer. This even works when the battery is dead which is very handy if you forget to charge them (not that I ever forget to charge anything…).

It can also be used to share your music to another set of headphones or speakers via a 3.5mm audio cable which is pretty cool, though something that I never really used. That said, I can see it being a useful alternative to using an earbud each to share music.

Actually pairing up the headphones was simple. Just switch them on, wait for the spoken “pairing” voice prompt and pick “Vinyl” from your smartphone’s Bluetooth menu.

With wireless headphones, you want them to last a while without a charge and the Bluedio Vinyl does well here. Bluedio claim around 20 hours of playback and this feels about right. I was able to use the headphones for an entire week, including several full workdays, and still had some battery to spare.

The Bluetooth connection itself was excellent, without any dropouts or significant interference.

Range was equally impressive, easily getting 10m through walls without any dropouts. That’s wireless freedom.

Bluedio Vinyl Review: Sound Quality

Sound quality is the most important aspect of any headphones and the Bluedio Vinyl is one of their more balanced headphones to date. Music sounds clear across all frequencies, with a pleasing balance between lows, mids and highs.

Music sounds clear, with a nice balance between lows, mids and highs.

Bass is still front-and-center but doesn’t overly dominate like some of the company’s other headphones (and admittedly 90% of mainstream headphones today).

Whether I was listing to death metal or acoustic tracks, the Bluedio Vinyls sounded good. Death metal (my personal favorite) tends to have its subtleties drowned out by bass-centric headphones so it’s nice to have a pair that keep detail.

The microphone experienced the same issues as other Bluetooth headphones, namely with the person on the other end of the call finding it hard to hear me. In a quiet environment its fine. However, it doesn’t work well in noisy environments as the microphone is simply too far from your mouth.

I found the headphones did a good job with sound isolation, keeping outside noise to a minimum.

Verdict

I’m a fan of the Bluedio Vinyls. Though their style is fantastic and fits in well with a modern, minimalist aesthetic, the fact that their sound is equally solid is great.

Though I wasn’t a massive fan of the control layout and the microphone was predictably average, these are hardly deal breakers when you look at the overall package.

For under $100, you’re getting a set of well-built and great sounding Bluetooth headphones that’ll outperform most of the competition at this price point.

Pros

  • More Balanced Sound Signature
  • Elegant Design
  • Impressive Connectivity Options

Cons

  • Buttons are not in the best position
  • Average Microphone quality

Getting One

The Bluedio Vinyl Bluetooth Headphones are available from AmazonBluedio’s official eBay Store and AliExpress.

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GranVela G18 Bluetooth Headphones Review

The GranVela G18 is a set of sweatproof Bluetooth In-Ear headphones targeting the sporting crowd with. Boasting Bluetooth 4.1, sweatproof design and a built-in microphone, are they any good? Keep reading my GranVela G18 review to find out!

Thanks to GranVela for providing me a sample to review. Purchase the GranVela G18 from Amazon via the link below.

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In This Review

What’s in the Box?

Inside the box, you’ll get:

  • GranVela G18 Bluetooth Headphones
  • Micro USB Charging Cable
  • Rubber Eartips (3 sizes)
  • English User Manual

GranVela G18 Review: Hardware

The GranVela G18 is definitely targeting the fitness community. The headphones are made of bright green and grey plastic, with large ear hooks to keep the headphones in place during exercise. I can’t say the color scheme will be for everyone (I felt odd wearing them to work) but they nail the sporty aesthetic.

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They’re also IPX4 rated, meaning they’re protected against sweat and other liquids which often kills other headphones.

I found the headphones’ large ear hooks kept the headphones in place regardless of what I was doing – whether it be running or headbanging. It was nice not having to worry about them falling out at a critical moment.

The ear tips themselves are made of soft silicon which let’s them easily adapt to your ear canal. GranVela pack in 3 different sizes so you should be able to find one that fits. They’re pretty comfortable, even after a day’s listening so that’s a plus.

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Now, the G18 manages to fit in a full set of Bluetooth controls on the earpieces themselves.

The right earpiece houses the power button, volume controls, power LED and the microphone. Those buttons actually pull double-duty, with the power button pausing the music whilst holding down the volume controls skips tracks. I found it really useful to be able to skip tracks without having to grab my phone, particularly when I was in the middle of exercising.

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There’s also a micro USB port for charging in the left earpiece. However, I found that having the power LED and charging ports on opposite sites unintuitive as you can’t just look where you’ve plugged it in. It doesn’t affect usability, but it’s an odd design choice.

Speaking of power, battery life was good, with the headphones getting around the stated 7 hours of playback. They’ll also power down when left unused to save power.

The Bluetooth connection was solid during my testing. I didn’t experience any dropouts or interference which is excellent.

GranVela G18 Review: Sound Quality

You can have great hardware, but if the sound quality isn’t there, you’re just wasting your money. However, I was actually impressed with how the GranVela G18’s sound.

Audio sounds crisp and retains good detail, with a fairly even response across highs, mids and lows.

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Bass is respectable without muddying audio. However, the amount of bass will depends on how good of a seal you get. I personally liked the even approach to sound, though some may find bass lacking.

Microphone quality is usually where these headphones suffer (typically because they’re located away from the mouth) so I was surprised when I made a call and the person on the other end said they could hear me clearly. It’s not better than speaking directly into the phone but they did sound better than some of the other Bluetooth headphone microphones I’ve tested recently.

Verdict

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Sport headphones are typically an exercise (no pun intended!) in compromises. Unless you’re spending big bucks, most offer mediocre audio in exchange for being sweatproof or wireless. However, the GranVela G18’s left me impressed.

Whilst they’re not going to compete with top-tier headphones, audio quality was solid for sports headphones and being both wireless and water resistant make them perfect partners for the gym. If you’re wanting a cheap set of headphones for your workouts, the GranVela G18 is definitely worth considering.

Pros

  • Balanced Sound Signature
  • Good Microphone Sound Quality
  • Sweatproof
  • Headphones stay in place during excercise

Cons

  • Unattractive Color Scheme
  • Large Ear Hooks are only in 1 size

Getting One

The GranVela G18 Bluetooth Headphones are available from Amazon.

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Bluedio UFO Plus Bluetooth 4.0 Headphones Review: Beam Me Up!

The Bluedio UFO Plus is a premium set of Bluetooth 4.0 headphones and the top of Bluedio’s range. Featuring a massive 12 drivers (6 per ear!), Ti-Al alloy construction, rotating ear cups and support for both Bluetooth and wired connections, is it a winner? Keep reading to find out!

I want to say thanks to Bluedio for sending me a sample to review. You can buy one from them here.

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What’s In The Box?

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As usual, Bluedio have included everything you need to get up and running. Inside the box, you’ll get:

  • Bluedio UFO Plus Bluetooth headphones
  • Carry Case
  • Coiled 3.5mm male-to-male audio cable
  • Micro USB charging cable

I like the carry case sit does a good job of protecting the headset and keeping everything together.

The coiled cable is a nice inclusion. It offers plenty of length and has a twist lock mechanism to keep it connected to your headphones. The 6.5mm adapter even screws on for a secure fit. It’s the little details like this that I love about Bluedio’s products.

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Bluedio UFO Plus Review: Hardware

The Bluedio UFO Plus are a massive set of headphones. Thanks to their Al-Ti alloy construction, they feel incredibly durable. They’re also not too heavy (at least for me).

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The large ear cups easily cover your ears to block out ambient noise. They fold up for easy portability but use a pivoting mechanism compared to the folding mechanism used on headphones like the Bluedio UFO or Turbine T3s. It works well but causes the headband to flatten when you’re wearing them which looks odd.

They’re also impressively adjustable, with ear cup rotating independently plus an adjustable headband to get them exactly where you need them.

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As with Bluedio’s other Bluetooth headphones, controls are located in the right ear cup. Here you’ll find volume and music playback controls, in addition to Bluedio’s Multi function button which is used for everything else like turning the headphones on to answering calls.

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There’s no physical difference in the buttons so you’ll need to feel around to get the right button without looking. You’ll get used to it pretty quickly though.

As is usually the case with Bluedio headphones, the Bluedio UFO Plus are incredibly comfortable. The thick leather-like pads are soft and were still comfortable after several hours of listening. However, I did find my ears getting warm after long listening sessions. Clamping force was good – strong enough to keep the headphones in place without being painful. They also provide excellent noise isolation, blocking out an impressive amount of ambient noise.

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Bluedio UFO Plus Review: Using It

Pairing the headphones is identical to any other Bluetooth device. Just hold down the multi-function button to put them into pairing mode and then pick them from your smartphone’s Bluetooth menu. You can even pair the Bluedio UFO Plus to two separate phones, with the headphones intelligently switching between them.

If you drain the internal battery, you can even use them wired which is a massive plus. I loved the fact that the included 3.5mm cord features a twist-lock to keep them attached to the headphones at all times.

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The Bluetooth connection is generally excellent, with fantastic range. I did experience the occasional bit of interference but these instances were rare.

Battery life is solid as usual, getting around a week of typical use. You can also use the headphones wired if you’ve drained the battery which is handy.

Bluedio UFO Plus Review: Sound Quality

So the most important question is “how do these cans sound?”.

Well, the Bluedio UFO Plus are capable of producing some beautiful audio. However, their sound signature definitely favours bass, with it tending to dominate higher frequencies on demanding tracks. I wouldn’t use them to mix an album but they’re great for general listening – particularly given that most people prefer enhanced bass response.

These headphones really come alive when you feed them bass-heavy music, with booming bass that sounds so clean. Tracks like Skrillex’s Bangarang sounds incredible.

Acoustic tracks have excellent depth, with the headphones’ 12 drivers handling mids and highs well.

More demanding genres like death metal still sound good. However, the bass does tend to muddy some of the detail in the vocals.

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Movies and games sound amazing thanks to the enhanced bass response. Gunshots and explosions are delivered with force, leading to a much more immersive experience.

Interestingly, the Bluedio UFO Plus is the first Bluedio headphones I’ve reviewed that show a distinct difference between Bluetooth and wired connections. When wired, bass is even more prominant. However, adding in an amplifier like the Fiio E6 seemed to improved the audio quality.

There’s also Bluedio’s 3D effect which is available when connected via Bluetooth. The company says this should enhance your audio with improved sound stage. In practice, it’s a waste of time. With music, it just makes everything sounds muddy. The situation does improve with movies but not dramatically so.

Verdict

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The Bluedio UFO Plus is another solid set of headphones from the company. Bluedio have produced a exceptionally well-build set of cans with an impressive array of features. However, its $250 price tag will be a hard pill to swallow for most, particularly given the variety of quality headphones available at the price point.

Pros

  • Solid build quality
  • Bluetooth and Wired support
  • Attractive Design

Cons

  • Bass-heavy sound won’t be for everyone
  • Expensive

Where Can You Buy The Bluedio UFO Plus?

The Bluedio UFO Plus is available from the following stores:

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GranVela Conch In-Ear Headphones Review: Android/iOS Wonder?

The GranVela Conch are a set of hybrid driver in-ear headphones with an integrated microphone. However, they boast proper Android and iOS compatibility thanks to a handy switch – something few headphones can boast.

Are they any good though? Read my GranVela Conch headphones review to find out.

Read moreGranVela Conch In-Ear Headphones Review: Android/iOS Wonder?

Bluedio UFO Bluetooth Headphones Review: The Spaceship has Landed

The Bluedio UFO are a set of overhead Bluetooth headphones that feature 4 individual drivers in each ear, Bluetooth 4.1, dual phone support and 3.5mm connectivity. Are they any good? Read my Bluedio UFO review to find out.

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Mpow Seals Airflow Review : The Best Sports Bluetooth Headphones?

The Mpow Seals are a set of sporty Bluetooth headphones from the company. Boasting Bluetooth 4.0, IPX4 certification and memory wire to keep the earbuds in place, are the Mpow Seals Airflow the perfect Bluetooth sports headphones? Read my Mpow Seals Airflow review to find out.

I want to say thanks to Mpow for sending me a set to review.

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What’s In The Box?

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Inside the box, you get:

  • Mpow Seals Airflow Bluetooth headphones
  • MicroUSB Charging Cable
  • 2 Sets of Ear Plugs
  • English Instruction Manual

Mpow Seals Airflow Review: Design

The Mpow Seals look like an oversized set of in ear headphones, each earpiece sporting a bulky chrome and black frame. They definitely look like a decent set of headphones and don’t feel cheap.

The actual drivers have a gentle curve to them, allowing them to angle into your ears for a good fit. There’s actually 3 sets of rubber tips so you should find something that fits your ears well, though I found the medium set that was installed out of the box to fit me perfectly.

The wire near the ear pieces is made of memory wire, allowing you to bend it around your ear to keep the earbuds in place.

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There’s also controls located in the right earbud’s wire. You’ve got volume control, power button and power LED. There’s also a small microphone too for using the handsfree function.

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The side of the controls also house a micro USB port for charging.

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The remainder of the headphones’ wire is soft rubber that sits behind your neck when worn.

The unit is IPX4 certified so it’ll be able to handle drops of water or sweat just fine, making it a great gym partner. It’s not waterproof however so don’t try and take it swimming.

Mpow Seals Airflow Review: Using It

After charging up the internal battery for around an hour, the headphones were ready to go.

Connecting them up is a case of holding down the power button for a few seconds then selecting the “Mpow Seals” from your phone’s Bluetooth menu. You can actually pair the Seals to two phones at the same time which is handy if you carry around multiple phones like I do. I found the headphones reconnected quickly once paired which is great.

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Music control is via your phone or the onboard controls. Aside from the volume controls, you can press the power button to play or pause the current track. Holding down the volume up or down buttons will skip tracks forwards or backwards respectively.

Given that the controls sit behind your ears, they’re not the easiest to get to. However, I’m glad they are there and found them far quicker to use than fetching my phone out of my pocket.

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Comfort

The headphones fit well into my ears, with the angled design getting the audio exactly where it needs to go. The Mpow Seals take their namesake seriously. Noise isolation is excellent, with the headphones blocking all but the loudest ambient noise. I also found the headphones comfortable to wear for long periods.

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The memory wire does a good job keeping the headphones in place. They even staying in place after a few brutal headbanging sessions so they should be fine for the runners out there.

Battery Life

Battery life is reasonable for such a small unit. I only saw a 10% drop after around 2 hours of use. After a full day, I was only down to 40% so you may be able to get 2 days of use depending on how much you use them in a day. Just keep a micro USB cable handy just in case.

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Audio Quality

I was pretty impressed with the audio quality of the Mpow Seals. Mids and highs sounds great and there’s plenty of bass on offer. They are closer to “fun” sounding than reference which probably suits for most listeners.

Volume is also great. Pushing my iPhone 6 volume to half put the headphone volume at my threshold of comfortable listening so those who love to prematurely deafen themselves will be well looked after.

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The microphone that’s used for the hands-free is ok but given its placement (it’s behind your ear), it made it pretty hard for the other party to hear me during calls sometimes, particularly if there’s lots of background noise. I’m glad the feature is there but the microphone’s location really needs to be closer to your mouth.

Verdict

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I was impressed by the Mpow Seals Airflows. Bluetooth headphones tend to show compromises compared to their tethered counterparts but these were great.

Though the controls are a little difficult to use, the audio quality, design and fit are excellent.

If you’re wanting a set of Bluetooth headphones, particularly for the gym or running, the Mpow Seals Airflow are fantastic.

Getting One

The Mpow Seals Airflow are available from Amazon, Mpow, GearBest and eBay.

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Bluedio T3 Bluetooth Headphones Review

The Bluedio T3 are electronics manufacturer Bluedio’s latest headphones. Taking inspiration from their previous models and some ingenuity, are Bluedio’s latest headphones a success or failure? Read our Bluedio T3 review to find out!

I want to say thanks to GearBest for providing a sample to review. Purchase the Bluedio T3 headphones from them here.

Bluedio have also provided an exclusive time-limited deal to get a massive 25% off at their official Australian eBay store. Click here to get the Bluedio T3 Turbines for just AU$41.24.

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Bluedio T3 Technical Specifications

General

  • Sensitivity
    116dB
  • Resistance
    16ohms
  • Frequency Range
    15~25000Hz

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth
    V4.1 + EDR

Physical

  • Weight
    388g

What’s In The Box?

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Bluedio have given a good set of accessories inside the box:

  • 1x Bluedio T3 Bluetooth Headphones
  • 1x Micro USB Charging Cable
  • 1x 3.5mm Male-to-Male Audio Cable
  • 1x Soft Carry Bag
  • 1x Instruction Manual

Bluedio T3 Review: Design

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I think the Bluedio T3’s are a fantastic looking set of headphones. Using a black and gun-metal grey color scheme and chunky, robust components make the device look like an impressive set of headphones and will match your AV equipment.

The entire frame is made of zinc alloy and it feels solid and durable. I’m not worried about the headphones breaking. The hinges allow the headphones to fold up, making it easy to transport them.

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The earpieces have an elegant record style design, with circular grooves reminiscent of a record surrounding a silver circle featuring Bluedio branding.

Each earcup is made of memory foam covered in a soft leather-like material. They’re incredibly comfortable even after several hours. Noise isolation was also very good. They also tilt up to 10 degrees for extra comfort.

The headband features the same soft touch leather like material, cushioning your head from the solid band.

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I was a little worried about clamping force of the headphones given the earcups touch when no force is applied. Thankfully, my fears were unfounded with the pressure being enough to hold them fairly securely to my (admittedly large) head but not enough to cause headaches or discomfort after long periods of use. Being closed back earphones did mean my ears got warm after a while.

In terms of size, the Bluedio T3’s are a fairly large set of headphones. The earcups, hiding the massive 57mm drivers, were large enough to completely cover my ears.

The right earpiece houses all the technology. The outer surface features hidden buttons for volume control and a play/pause button. The silver circle acts as a power button, in addition to controlling phone calls but more on that later.

There’s also a micro USB port for charging hidden away at the bottom. I actually mean hidden too, requiring the ear up to be angled to access it. Given you’re rarely going to be charging the unit when listening to it, the improved aesthetics are worth it.

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The left side is far more pedestrian, featuring the combined 3.5mm line in/line out port.

Bluedio T3 Review: Using It

The unit’s turned on by holding the button down on the right ear for several seconds. A helpful spoken cue will let you know when the units on and another when it’s actually paired to our unit.

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The pairing process is pretty straightforward, although not as easy as using NFC as in other Bluetooth headphones. With the unit off, hold the power button down until the unit says its entered pairing mode. After selecting the T3 in your Bluetooth menu, the earphones will confirm they’re connected and you’re ready to go.

You’re actually able to pair two devices with the Bluedio T3 and it’ll automatically cut over to the correct device when it plays music. It was nice to get notifications from both of my phones without having to change the pairing all the time.

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The integrated controls work well, with volume, play/pause and a call button. Various click patterns will do things such as redial the last number called or skip tracks. They can be a little challenging to find when wearing the headphones due to the lack of separate buttons, but as long as you work from the central button, it’s not too difficult.

Interestingly, the volume controls control the onboard amplifier rather than the smartphone’s volume. This means that it’s capable of outputting some serious volume for those of you who like bleeding eardrums.

Another great feature is the line-in support, that allows you to use the Bluedio T3’s as normal headphones if you want to use them with a device that doesn’t have Bluetooth or their in-built battery is flat. This is particularly useful if you’ve forgotten to charge it’s batteries.

However, the in-built music controls don’t work over the 3.5mm connection which is disappointing but not surprising.

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In terms of audio quality, I wasn’t able to hear any difference between the Bluetooth and 3.5mm connections, with both sound quality and volume seemingly uninfluenced by the connection type.

Another unique feature is the line out function. If you’re connected via Bluetooth, you can share your music with a friend by directly connecting headphones directly into the Bluedio T3. I can see it being handy if you wanted to share music with your friends but I didn’t really use it. Also, whilst it worked fine with standard headphones, those sporting a TRRS jack (like the Apple Earbuds) won’t work.

The Bluetooth connection itself is rock solid, with only a couple of brief breakups in several hours of listening. Even when walking around, I didn’t have any issues.

Battery life was fairly good, achieving around 20 hours of music playback offer the course of two weeks. Micro USB charging makes it easy to top up when your not at home.

Bluedio T3 Review: Sound Quality

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Now to the most important part – how do they sound? I have to say that the Bluedio T3s definitely are on the bassier side of headphones, far more Beats than AKG 701s.

Bass has a very satisfying thud and highs are well represented at the expensive of muddy mids.

These are fun headphones to listen to. Electronic tracks like SKRILLEX’s Bangarang sound amazing with the headphones reproducing the thumping bass and electronic components well. However, tracks with a combinations of lows, mids and highs often sounded a little muddy, with bass drowning out some of the detail.

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Bluedio have made a point about the new 3D sound effect that’s available when using the headphones via Bluetooth. Activated by pressing the center and Vol+ buttons at the same time (and deactivated by pressing the centre and vol- buttons), it seemly adding a little depth and echo to the music I was listening but the effect wasn’t particularly dramatic and what effect was there seemed to make the music sound faded and more distant.

The included microphone has the same issues as other headphone microphones. As the microphone is located in the ear cup away from your mouth, audio is quiet and picks up a lot of static. It’s functional and I’m glad the feature is there but this isn’t a replacement for a proper Bluetooth hands-free kit.

Should You Get One?

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The Bluedio T3 headphones are a solid set and well worth the price of admission based on the overall quality of the unit and impressive array of features. Build quality is amazing, with great details that make the device feel far more expensive than it actually is whilst being incredibly comfortable. Sound quality was also good, though too bassy for my liking, but fans of bass-heavy music will love them.

If you’re in the market for Bluetooth headphones with some real power, the Bluedio T3 are a fantastic option.

Getting One

The Bluedio T3 are available from GearBest and Amazon.

Bluedio have also provided an exclusive time-limited deal to get a massive 25% off at their official Australian eBay store. Click here to get the Bluedio T3 Turbines for just AU$41.24.

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