Back To Headphones

Back To Headphones

Hey friends.

Hope you’re all well! Today’s post is a bit of a throwback, to one of my more informational posts, which gave you the run-down on a bunch of different headphones options, over-ears, on-ears,  in ears, noise cancelling, wireless and non-wireless, the whole shebang. You can read it HERE.

Today’s post, is actually a review. I finally bit the bullet and got a new pair of headphones, wireless, thank God, and I’m loving them. Before writing my last headphones post, and up until the end of August, I’ve been using my Beat headphones which just plug straight into my laptop for whenever I’m working or listening to music at home, Audio Technica headphones for whenever I’m mixing or in the studio, and the stock-standard Apple headphones for daily use like riding on the train or around university.

Since writing that post, there’ve been countless new contenders in the market, and today’s post is about my latest purchase.

To fully understand the reasoning behind finally buying a pair of wireless headphones, and why I chose these ones specifically, let me tell you a story.

My favourite pair of running pants for the gym, ripped recently, (R.I.P), meaning I no longer have them with me. They were my favourite purely down to the fact that, not only were they the comfiest pants I had, but they also had pockets. Pockets.

So whenever I was doing exercises that required bending, lifting, or the use of both of my hands, it was just super convenient to put my phone in my pocket and get on with it. However, with the loss of those particular pants, I’m now constantly having to either tuck my phone into my pants waistband, the strap of my sports bra, or keep my hoodie on and put it in the pocket of that. It’s a huge third-world problem, I understand, but it started driving me nuts.

So, I decided that the loss of those pants and my wireless headphone-less life needed to be fixed, and when a sale popped up at JB Hi-Fi at the end of August, I was there.

The pair I settled on, after much deliberation and advice from the super helpful staff, was the Plantronics BackBeat FIT 500. These bad boys set me back $150, but for something I considered an investment that I’d be holding off on getting, I knew what I was getting myself into from the moment I got in the car to go to the shops. I got the Teal one, accidentally, but to be fair, I only wear black to the gym so it’ll be a nice pop of colour, I guess. I also made sure that whatever I got, was sweat resistant and made specifically for gym and exercise use in mind considering I really only ever plan on using these headphones.

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So what do I think of the headphones?

So far, so good! They don’t budge, which is something I was skeptical about. They’ve lasted throughout the running portion of my workouts, as well as a range of full body exercises that nearly kill me, but they keep up. They don’t feel sweaty or wet at all, and I’m able to walk around the entirety of my gym while my phone is in my bag and keep a consistent, strong sound.

The On Ear Controls are super handy for changing over songs and checking how much charge I have left, which has been more than enough battery since I’ve had them. It takes me a while to burn through the 18-hour battery life.

 

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The quality of the sound is pretty great. For on-ear headphones, they do the job perfectly, especially for a music snob like me who expects a lot from my headphones. My one issue is that you can kinda hear the music while they’re on my head, as my sister wasn’t afraid to tell me. I have my music kinda loud, and the fact that it can still be heard while the headphones are on my ears wasn’t great because I just feel obnoxious, but on the whole, that’s really the only thing I can fault with them and that’s me being picky!

I definitely sound like I’m affiliated with Plantronics, but I’m just being honest.

 

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But that’s today’s post!! I don’t think I’ve ever done a review here on the blog – fingers crossed there will be more coming soon! What pair of headphones are you currently using? Is there one you wanna try? Let me know in the comments!!

x

Priya

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The Love of Headphones

Much to my mum’s dismay, a huge part of my day is sitting down at my desk and getting on with whatever work I have to do, accompanied by the Christmas present she and my dad probably regret the most, my headphones. So today, that’s exactly what we’re going to be talking about.

There are a ton of headphones out there, with a bunch of variances that are tailored to different people, their needs and lifestyles. That said, there are definitely a few that I’ve come to understand as some of the most popular ones around, some that are great quality, that deliver the best sound, and some that give you your bang for your buck, without skimping out on the production.

Here’s five of the headphones that I’ve heard the most about, or managed to try myself.

 

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I’m a huge advocate for Audio Technica. While you probably know them more for their turntables made famous at Urban Outfitters, their headphone range is incredible, whether you’re looking for over ear headphones to connect to your phone or laptop, in-ear headphones for working out, or in my case, studio headphones for taking into the recording studio. AT have a huge range, and they’re all fantastic quality. However, these bad boys are amongst the most popular. I’m on the look out for some bluetooth wireless headphones at the moment and these are sounding really good. They aren’t ridiculously pricey, but if you are on a strict budget, then maybe look for something else, as they do retail for around US$120.

 

 

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Beats are renown for making some of the best over-head and on-ear headphones, so the progression to in-ears is only natural. I have heard great things about these headphones, however they are priced a bit higher than the AT, retailing at $149.95. But, when it comes to wireless headphones, these are somewhere at the top of the list. With a 2 hour battery after a five minute charge, their small, compact size make them portable and comfortable. These seem like they would be great to take into the gym or for a run (which we know I don’t do). I know from experience that the iPhone in-ears aren’t the greatest when it comes to actually staying in your ear during exercise, so these could serve as a good alternative, albeit maybe an expensive one depending on your budget and how much you plan on using them.

 

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Skullcandy are an old favourite amongst those who are looking for great quality sound from their headphones, without having to blow a paycheque. You can find these on Amazon for just around $40, which is great for anyone on a budget, yet still looking for a good quality set of headphones. While they are wired, they do give you the ability to pause/play, switch tracks and take calls easily.

 

BOSE

Possibly some competition for Beats, is Bose. While I have Beats myself, majority of the speakers in our house, portable and standing, are Bose, just due to the quality of the sound they produce. It seems their in-ear headphones are no different with these being amongst the most highly rated in-ear headphones I found. Selling for $149.95, same as the Beats, the price is definitely an indicator of the quality you pay for. They do outlast the Beats, in terms of battery life, running for six hours on one full charge, and they’re clearly made for physical activity and outdoor use, making sure to note they are sweat and weather resistant.

 

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I have to admit, most of what you’ll read now is pretty biased since this is the pair of headphones I currently have on my head right now. These are a classic set of headphones from Beats, and since receiving them for Christmas two years ago, I have not a single complaint. They’ve lasted perfectly, and the sound is still as clear as it was when I first tried them, sustaining through rigorous use, almost daily. They’re priced at $139.95, which is cheaper than the newer in-ears and the Bose in-ears. That said, they aren’t bluetooth, so you are restricted by a wire when you use them. I love the bass booster that’s in most Beats products, however these headphones in particular aren’t suitable for studio use because of that, hence why I turn to the Audio Technica option.

 

Now, while my headphones are basically sacred, a huge factor that makes them as great as they are, is the music you listen to with them. There is nothing better than turning up the volume to a dangerously high level while wearing your headphones and letting the music completely wrap you up like a cocoon. So naturally, I’ve got some tunes for you to listen to, that are made especially great when listened to through a good set of headphones.

You’re welcome.

Faking It – Calvin Harris, Kehlani
Grows Old – Third Story
Home – Johnnswim
Home – DOTAN
End Of Time – Ecca Vandal
The Heart Is A Muscle – Gang of Youths
Brakelights – Omar Apollo
Overtime – boy pablo
If Only – TEEKS
Collide – Odette
Bloom – The Paper Kites
Resolution – Matt Corby
Unexpected Feeling – Gretta Ray
Badge And Gun – John Mayer
Lights Down Low – MAX
Boom Clap – Lennon and Maisy
Guillotine – Jon Bellion
Purple Rain – Prince
My Favourite Part – Mac Miller, Ariana Grande
Telepathy – Christina Aguilera
Arcadia – The Kite String Tangle
Fool For You – Zayn
Love Ride – Christian French
Blessed – Daniel Caesar
Jungle – Tash Sultana

 

So yeah! Hopefully this post helped someone out, I know researching and looking into different headphones definitely helped me out with deciding what direction I want to go in with my next set. And I definitely hope you enjoy listening to some of the songs above.

 

x

Priya

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