Recently, you were introduced to the new Bluetooth Over-the-Ear Headphones (#10245) from Monoprice. That introduction was, admittedly, a bit enthusiastic and hopeful, but that was because of the low price, long list of features, and the overall ease of setup and use. It was entirely possible that this rosy outlook would soon fade as irritating little problems became evident throughout the course of the test period, but, amazingly, none have and my optimism has evolved into a bit of a love affair.
These headphones perform as one would expect from an audio listening device of this sort, but they do it in a way that pretty much outshines every set of headphones and earbuds I’ve ever tested whether wired or wireless. The bass rumbles out of the 50mm woofers with a depth and clarity that is totally unexpected in a pair of 80 dollar ($78.35 to be exact) headphones, and the three 13mm tweeters per side fill out and balance all that rumble with crystal clear high and mid tones. The listening experience can border on religious when the right tunes are streamed from the device of your choice. Best of all, the manufacturer’s claim of 20 hours of playback per charge is actually on the conservative side. In the past month, the 10245s have been charged only once since they came out of the package and they get used two to three hours per day on the weekends and about an hour per day three days a week. That’s a lot of Tame Impala, Jake Bugg, and Bauhaus.
To be accurate, these headphones aren’t perfect, but they are really close. The standalone MP3 player is somewhat limited due to the fact that track selection must be done blindly (think iPod shuffle without the VoiceOver feature), but the tracks are easy to organize when the unit is plugged into a computer and the playback is perfect and extra liberating since no other device is needed when being used in this mode. As a telephony device, the sound quality is clear, but the volume is a bit on the low side even when the phone and headphones are turned up to the max. This, however, has proven to be a non-issue since it is not legal to drive with these headphones on and it seems abundantly clear that they were designed for the enjoyment of listening to music rather than listening to your friends complain about work or what the dog did on the white carpet in the living room.
**Full disclosure: These headphones were provided at no cost for the purpose of testing/reviewing. To think otherwise would be silly.