Very exciting news from Monoprice: New Bluetooth Over-the-Ear Headphones (#10245) are now available for the shockingly low price of $78.32. This price point essentially undercuts all other over-the-ear, Bluetooth headphones, and it does so while providing as many, if not more, features as its direct and distant competition. Let’s just say that the first impression has been quite positive.
The 10245 headphones are about as feature-rich as a set of headphones could be. Each earpiece houses one 50mm woofer and three 13mm tweeters. That’s right around 3.5 inches of speakers stuffed into each enclosure. The headphones connect via Bluetooth 3.0, which means faster data transfer (12 times faster than 2.0) and significantly less power consumption.
The rechargeable Lithium-Polymer battery takes three hours for a full charge and will provide up to 20 hours of playback and up to 325 hours of standby. That’s twice the playback time of the wireless Beats by Dre headphones that cost $201 more than the 10245. If that’s not enough, Monoprice ships these headphones with a full (or close to full) charge so you don’t have to wait three hours to use your new toy.
Using the 10245 headphones is a breeze, too. Though the general rule for testing around here is to eschew the owner’s manual unless hopelessly flummoxed, the 10245s, with an array of shiny buttons, a glowing multi-colored LED ring, and ports-a-plenty, looked a bit intimidating, so I gave the little booklet a cursory glance. I’m glad I did.
Pairing these headphones isn’t particularly difficult, but the owner’s manual is the only thing that clues you into the fact that the multifunction button (power/pairing/playback/Bluetooth/call answer/call end/call reject, and more!) must be held down for 10 seconds to enter into pairing mode. According to the owner’s manual, the headphones should appear as something labeled “R” in the Bluetooth queue, however, this is not accurate. They show up as “10245” on my Android, iPad, and Macbook, which makes much more sense.
Further reading of the owner’s manual also provides pertinent information as to the myriad features of the 10245 that aren’t entirely obvious. These headphones are designed make and take telephone calls using both the common Headset Profile (HSP) for manual adjustment of call volume and answering duties, as well as the handy Hands-Free Profile (HFP) for voice dialing. There is also a little slot for a micro SD card (up to 64GB), so the 10245 can be used as a standalone mp3 player. The 10245 comes with a micro-USB cable to handle the charging and syncing of the unit, and a male-to-male 3.5mm cable for line-in sound. Like I said, feature-rich.