Yes you saw it here first!
I wanted some headphones for listening to music on my tablet and US TV series on my laptop, so thought it was about time I got myself a decent pair instead of those awful earbud things they expect you to use.
Well the first port of call was my local PC/entertainment shop, where the good news is that they had loads and loads of headphones – in fact all thirty metres on one wall was covered in different models. The bad news is that well over half of them are Beats by Dr Dre.
Now I’ve nothing against DrDre, whoever he is, and I’m sure that he’s very good at writing prescriptions, but the speed with which headphones bearing his name have taken over the world is amazing even though to my mind the value of his recommendation is limited to say the least. Actually, I do know who Dr Dre is (I looked it up on Bing) and what I found out makes me pretty sure that what he knows about headphones could be written on a beermat. Sure he makes a shedload of money out of them, but is that any reason for me to buy them? And if you need convincing, check out practically any review. They’re not all brilliant by any means.
Anyway, ignoring the Beats stuff made my checking out the shop’s stock a lot quicker. There were one or two by other well-known makers – Sennheiser for example, or Bose, along with some I hadn’t heard of. But I do like Bose gear.
If you’ve ever spent any time looking at audio reviews of anything, you’ll find that the so-called audiophiles just do not like Bose. They slam them at every opportunity, criticising arcane little points that they’ve found in their “audition” (yes, you don’t listen when trying them out, you audition them!). The main problem it seems is that Bose is good at marketing, and spends a lot on sales and marketing as well as technical quality and development, so self-styled audiophiles dismiss them as a PR company and don’t give their products a fair chance.
For myself I’ve always found the build quality and technical performance of their kit excellent. And let’s face it, they offer the chance to return your stuff for a full refund inside 30 days if you decide you don’t like it. Now does that show confidence or what? Try returning your Beats by Dr Dr after four weeks’ use because you don’t like them.
The Bose Soundtrue Around Ear headphones I picked are amazing.
Light as a feather, comfy enough to wear all day, cover the ear and block out any outside noise without the eerie silence you get from Noise Cancelling phones (did you know that those give some people giddy turns??) and truly exceptional sound.
They come in a range of colours as well as the standard black.
The audio line feeds in just under the left phone and has a couple of control switches built in. These were designed to control the iPhone/iPad/iPod – all Apple devices – but there’s a clever app you can get for your Android tablet or phone that lets them work just as well there too. Which is as well, as I’m not a big Apple fan and wouldn’t touch an iPad with a long pole.
Headphones like these are not cheap, but if you reckon that they cost about the same as a top price ticket to a big name concert, then I know which I’d rather have. They’re guaranteed for two years and should carry on long long after that, if any of my other Bose kit is a guide. And I should add that I’m not on commission from Bose and get nothing at all if anyone else buys them. I just know great headphones when I hear them!