MIIKEY Wireless Rhythm Stereo Bluetooth Headphones for iPhone - Bluetooth Headset - Retail Packaging - Black
Just received my pair today, so this is obviously an initial impression review. My previous experience with headphones has been mainly with owning BOSE (IE2, AE2, and QC15) and trying out Sennheiser headphones. I will speak to the build quality, ease of use, and observed sound quality. I did not do any measurements of sound performance due to the lack of equipment.
Out of the box, they feel sturdy. They fold, so moving parts are always a concern for me. They seem pretty rugged. They have a slight rubberized coating too, so it has a nice feel in the hand when grabbing one handed and moving about. Some headphones I have owned are a little slippery depending on what part you grab. They come with a hard case, charger, charging cable, and audio cable. These are all fairly decent quality, but the linning caught me off guard with a pink that reminds me a bit of a TMobile product. Personally, I am not a huge fan of the shinny silver around the ear cushions. The ear cup size is a little deceptive in the pictures and on the website. They look bigger than they really are. They almost appear as an over the ear and their claim of "noise canceling" leads to this as well. I didn't find this to be a very good descriptor. They sit over the ear mostly, but the compression from the cups is not even from the top of the ear to the bottom. The fit isn't horrible, but it doesn't feel as secure as I would like. The ear cups also have a fairly hard cushion. This may break down over time, so we will see. I am also not sure if they are removable like my AE2s and QC15s. For wireless headphones of their size, not a bad weight. I have seen others that offer similar functionality that were a bit heavier. Overall not too bad of a build quality, but not the most comfortable I have worn either.
Ease of use:
These headphones are pretty straight forward. Controls are on the right and have their designated functions that behave as expected. The part that gets weird is that they don't tell you the headphones need to powered when using the audio cable. Ok, I figured that out pretty easily, but kinda sucks for headphones that don't even have active noise canceling. So, I go to power on my headphones with the cable plugged in and I start to head audio coming through. I let off the power button and heard some crackly audio that became clearer as I listened more. All of a sudden, the audio cuts out. So, I did it again. Same thing. Turns out you need to hold down until it fully powers on. Not a huge no go, but certainly didn't seem polished. I needed to get the instruction book for pairing too, which I hate reading instructions. I am a big advocate of intuitiveness. Overall, controls are straight forward and basic.
Since I don't have actual equipment, I am going based on personal opinion. I am not a professional musician, sound engineer, or anything of the sorts. I am actually just a really particular dude and my largest credibility is that I helped write some software for radios for a while. My impression though is that they are pretty flat over the frequency range. The mids seem to be to most crisp though. The typs of music I listened to were rock, instrumental, pop, and country. My source was a mix between internet radio, tunes ripped from a CD, and itunes downloaded content. Also, noise canceling is more like noise isolation based on how loud your music is and how well your ear cups fit to your head. If you want actual canceling, get active noise canceling.
I got these headphones on sale for over 60% off. I mainly got them for the fact they are wireless and I hate cords when I am doing work at my desk. If you are going to be paying full price and want more dynamics in your sound, active noise canceling, and comfort, you should check out Parrot for wireless solutions and the QC15 if you don't really care about the cords. The QC15s are by far the best I have used. They also have superior customer service. I bought mine right before they started shipping with inline remotes. I wrote BOSE and they just sent me it for free, noting it isn't something they typically do. I was in a BOSE store when I was in San Diego and noted I had damaged cups on my AE2s and I just gave them away. They said, "Well you shoulda just stopped in and we woulda taken care of that for you for free." Don't know about many other consumers, but I have no problem paying for superior customer service. Back to the topic at hand, these headphones aren't horrible. They are wireless, fairly small for wireless headphones, have a solid build, and sound quality is average to good. Get them on sale and you will be comfortable with your purchase.