Nowadays, wireless connectivity is king, as is evident with the many smartphones and tablets available today, not to mention the hundreds if not thousands of wireless peripherals that goes along with them.
CoolStream, a relatively young entrant to the mobility world, is a manufacturer and avid promoter of wireless technology, specifically Bluetooth accessories. Few days back, we’ve reviewed the CoolStream Duo Bluetooth Music Receiver and concluded that it is a nifty and inexpensive device that can extend the usability of old-school speaker systems and smartphone docks from years back.
Priced at a reasonable (compared to high-end competitors) price of $39.99, these babies are on-ear headphones aimed at letting you enjoy music anywhere.
Inside, it packs wireless music and quick pairing capabilities thanks to its Bluetooth 3.0+ EDR technology. It has a built-in microphone for telephone calls, and has support for four Bluetooth profiles: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile), HSP (Headset Profile), and HFP (Hands-free Profile). More so, the headphones also packs noise cancellation and echo suppression technologies for better sound and more solid bass reproduction.
For a more detailed overview of the headphones’ specifications, see the summary below:
7.5 x 6.3 x 2.2 inches
20Hz to 20kHz
30 feet max
15F to 120F
In terms of build quality, the CoolStream Bluetooth Stereo Headphones feature a lightweight, rubberized headband, which means it will not easily slip your head even during sport activities. It also has leather ear pads for durability and comfort, which is personally a nice touch for me especially given the price.
Controls of the headphones are housed at the right ear pad: the usual play/pause, previous/next controls, volume rocker, on/off switch and a micro USB port for charging purposes. The built-in rechargeable lithium-polymer battery of the headphones charges for about 2-3 hours, and gives up to 5 hours of music playback. Pretty decent by industry standards. There’s also a light indicator that lit steady blue when fully charged and steady red when charging, it’s blinking blue when pairing and paired to music devices. You can easily learn about these functionality through the included manual.
How does the thing fair in actual usage? The past few days we’ve been reviewing the unit, we’ve come to appreciate the durable but comfortable feel of the headphones. The leather ear pads sits comfortably on the ears, and even with our attempts to “break” them, the strong headband of the device remained sturdy and flexed back to shape every time. The headband is also adjustable to fit, though it’s mechanical —-through our use it’s still locking tight. And don’t be surprised about its outstanding noise-cancellation as an over-the-ear headphones.
Sound quality is anywhere between good to very good, and for the price, is really worth it. Bass is punchy enough without being too overpowering, although voice clarity is not that great. Nevertheless, for the casual commuter wanting to listen to some tracks, the headphones is more than capable. Plus, it manages to play for around 6.5 hours in total in 3-hour, 2-hour and 1.5-hour casual listening for a day and that’s beyond its rating.
Bottomline, the CoolStream Bluetooth Stereo Headphones is a great buy for those looking for a lightweight, portable and durable wireless headphones that will not really break the bank. Sound quality is not superb, but decent enough. Battery capacity is also A++, and the overall design albeit simplistic does not feel cheaply made though we’re looking for matte design rather than glossy, but that’s mainly a little on the preference.
The CoolStream Bluetooth Stereo Headphones comes in either black or white, and ships with a standard USB charging cable and user manual.