Today we’re looking at TDK’s WR700 Wireless Headphones utilizing Kleer lossless wireless technology.
If you’ve never owned a nice pair of headphones before, you probably shouldn’t buy the WR700’s from TDK… because they will make all the headphones you ever owned to that point seem like garbage. I was blown away at the actual sound quality of the TDK set of cans. The bass nicely punches you when needed, highs are crisp, and lows are clear and have a nice sense of space. These things can get loud too, but be careful. These get loud like a very drinkable wine gets you drunk. The sound quality is so nice that you don’t actually realize how loud they get until you take them off and the buzzing in your ear starts up.
Kleer wireless technology is a lossless audio tech that delivers audiophile pleasing sound without those pesky wires, but there is a catch. A plastic wireless transmitting dongle uses 2 AAA batteries and the headphones won’t work without it. The headphones themselves actually require 2 AAA batteries as well. TDK advertises 30 hours of use from one set of batteries and I have no problem with that number. Non rechargeable batteries are not really acceptable in this day and age and this omission really hurts the overall product which by nature should endure heavy use.
The real double edged sword of the WR700’s is the price point. They are relatively cheap for such a decent pair of wireless cans, but the money that they saved means the build quality doesn’t match the great sound. This is an all plastic construction, sturdy enough, but obviously plastic. The good thing there is that they are very lightweight and comfortable to wear. The earcups incorporate memory foam that helps to nicely seal the ear and keep out ambient noise while in use.
Compare the Kleer technology in these headphones to the Aptx codec we’re starting to see in wireless Bluetooth headphones and you’ll see a HUGE difference. Only a handful of devices can actually utilize aptx (including my Galaxy Note 2) and even then, quality is spotty and not truly lossless. Bluetooth is much cleaner and easier though. Rechargeable batteries are not even a question and you don’t need to worry about losing an additional dongle the size of a zippo. You need to think of what you need. If you need quality and you can remain more or less stationary (i.e. no rollerblading, running, outdoors activities) then the Kleer tech is a good bet. If you don’t mind sacrificing some great audio detail in favor of convenience then it’s Bluetooth and aptx all the way. You just need to know what’s important for YOU specifically.
Thank you again to TDK for supplying their product for review.
Main advantage: Better Audio than I’ve heard before on any wireless headphone solution. Comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. Fold up to a small footprint with included soft bag and adapters
Plug type: 3.5mm
Driver Diameter: 34mm
Frequency response: 20 - 20,000 Hz
Sensitivity: 106 ± 5dB
Input impedance: 32 ± 10% ohms
Transmitter range: 10M (33 ft.)
Warranty: 1 year limited
Main concern: non rechargeable batteries, bulky dongle is not very secure while active
Unique features: Kleer wireless technology delivers lossless CD quality audio wirelessly. Included adapter makes this great to use with an amp to play instruments in a quiet area without wires. Integrated volume control on the right headphone. You can sync up to 4 pairs of headphones to a single audio source
How much: available for as low as $124.55 at amazon.com! (Don’t waste your money on beats by dre!)
Alternatives: there are only a couple using Kleer, a few from sennheiser and SMS audio’s 50 cent branded options as well. Sleek Audio also makes a pair of wireless earbuds that use Kleer
Is it worth buying: At the price I’m linking to, the answer is YES!!! Go now and go fast, too many people buy headphones based off marketing alone. If you want sound without wires, you’ll be happy with these.
ENJOY YOUR GADGETS!