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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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Deals: Bluedio UFO Bluetooth 4.1 Headphones for AU$99.99 Shipped (AU Only)

The Bluedio UFO are a high-end set of over-the-ear Bluetooth headphones featuring an 8 driver design that I reviewed recently. They’re currently on sale over at Bluedio’s official eBay store with a massive $80 off for a limited time.

Thanks to their 8 driver setup, they’re able to reproduce an impressive range of notes. They’re bass-focused so their sound signature will suit most people. If you’re a fan of Beats-style headphones, these are great.

Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity offers you wireless freedom though you can also use them wired if you prefer (or you forget to charge them!). However, the built-in battery should offer around 25 hours of music playback.

Inside the box, you’ll get the Bluedio UFO headphones, user manual, carry case, 3.5mm audio cable, and a micro USB cable for charging.

Amazon buyers love them too, with a 4-star rating from over 450 reviews at the time of writing.

If you’re wanting to upgrade your audio, grab the Bluedio Air headphones in one of seven (!) colors (black, black-red, white, black-silver, red, purple and “tarnish”) for only AU$99.99 with free shipping until the 28th of December via the link below.

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Deals: Bluedio T2S Bluetooth 4.1 Headphones for AU$25.99 Shipped (AU Only)

The Bluedio T2S is one of Bluedio’s most popular Bluetooth headphones and they’re currently on sale over at Bluedio’s official Australian eBay store for a very respectable 35% off for a limited time thanks to our exclusive deal for Aussie readers.

Sporting large 57mm drivers, the Bluedio T2S features an over-the-ear design with padded earcups for improved noise isolation.

Despite being over-the-ear headphones, a unique rotating design keeps them compact for traveling or storage.

As far as wireless audio is concerned, the Bluedio T2S feature support for Bluetooth 4.1 standard which offers improved connectivity and power consumption. Two separate phones can be paired simultaneously which is perfect if you use more than one device i.e. phone plus a tablet.

However, if you’re re not a fan of wireless headphones, you can also use them wired using the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Based on reviews over at Amazon, the headphones keep Bluedio’s tradition of favoring bass which seems to match a majority of tastes.

Having used Bluedio headphones for a number of years now,  I can personally vouch for their quality. They offer a price to performance ratio that cannot be beat.

It seems Amazon reviewers agree, with over 3,100 reviews and a 4 star rating at the time of writing.

For a very limited time, you can get the Bluedio T2S headphones in your choice of 4 colors (black, white, red or blue) for only AU$25.99 with free shipping via the link below.

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Deals: Bluedio A Air Bluetooth 4.1 Headphones for AU$41.99

If you’re looking for a set of Bluetooth headphones, the Bluedio A Air currently on sale over at Bluedio’s official eBay store for a massive 40% off for a limited time.

With large 57mm drivers, the Bluedio A Air support Bluetooth 4.1 for wireless playback – perfect if you’ve picked up an iPhone 7 with its missing headphone jack.

They’re perfect for those on the go. Not only are they incredibly durable, with a flexible headband that can handle some impressive twisting, they’ll also fold up for easy transport.

There’s an included battery that’ll offer an impressive 20 hours of music playback. If you manage to drain the batteries, plug in the included 3.5mm audio cable to use them wired.

Bluedio have also thrown in a generous set of inclusions. Inside the box, you’ll get the Bluedio A Bluetooth headphones, user manual, carry case, 3.5mm audio cable, 3.5mm cable with microphone and remote, Y audio cable, cable pouch and a micro USB cable for charging.

The headphones are well-rated, currently sporting a 4-star rating from 311 reviews over at Amazon.

For a very limited time, you can get the Bluedio Air headphones in either black or white for only AU$41.99 with free shipping via the link below.

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Bluedio Unveil Bluedio Vinyl Bluetooth 4.1 Headphones

 

Bluedio have taken the wraps of their new Bluetooth 4.1 headphones. Called the Bluedio Vinyl, the new headphones feature 57mm drivers, an Aluminium-Titanium alloy frame, and support for both Bluetooth and wired connections to offer you maximum flexibility.

The design itself is quite interesting, with each earcup able to rotate 180 degrees. This allows them to fold flat for easy transport, in addition to easy single ear use when DJing.

They’re available in 3 colors – the traditional black, in addition to blue and purple versions which look great.

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There’s an impressive array of inclusions inside the box too, with a 3.5mm audio cable, 3.5mm audio cable with integrated remote and microphone, USB charging cable, Y-audio cable, carry case, cable pouch and the instruction manual.

I’ve been a big fan of Bluedio’s headphones for a long time so I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a set to see how they stack up.

Where to Buy the Bluedio Vinyl

The Bluedio Vinyl is currently available from Bluedio’s official eBay store or AliExpress.

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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Deals: Bluedio BS-2 Bluetooth Speaker for only AU$19.60

The Bluedio BS-2 is a stereo Bluetooth speaker featuring a dedicated subwoofer for bass.

Supporting the latest Bluetooth 4.1 technology to minimize power consumption as well as 3.5mm audio in, there’s enough connectivity to keep the music flowing.

An in-built microphone also lets you take your calls when paired to the speaker.

It’s available in 4 colors though the deal is only for the gold, white and silver models (black is unfortunately sold out currently).

I’ve just had mine arrive and I’ve found it to be reasonable for the price. Volume is enough for a small to medium sized room though audio is very treble-heavy, lacking bass.

If you’re interested in picking one up, you can get a massive 30% off over at eBay – bringing this compact speaker down to only AU$19.60 with free shipping in Australia. Offer ends 27th of September.

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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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