Adding Bite to Bluetooth Headphones
Initially, wireless Bluetooth headsets were primarily in-ear models intended for workouts and wandering. They were designed more for convenience than quality. But the trend this year is toward models targeting the Dr. Dre market. These on-ear and over-the-ear cans are for commuting and flying, rather than running around the track. Here’s a look at some of the latest models and what kind of shopper they’ll appeal to.
Jabra Revo Wireless, $249
Known for its popular hands-free Bluetooth earpieces, Jabra also delivers high-end headphones with a slick, touch-sensitive design, and a soft, comfortable fit for sensitive heads.
With memory foam pads, this on-ear pair is more form fitting than most. To skip tracks or answer calls (there’s a built-in microphone) wearers simply swipe the circular touch-sensitive part of the earphones’ back. The Revo is also suited for the road, withstanding twists and turns, and they fold up, arms akimbo fashion, for travel. In addition to Bluetooth, the Jabra Revo Wireless model will also pair with NFC devices.
Decidedly middle-of-the-road in terms of sound quality, the Jabra model tries hard not to offend. So there’s no overwhelming bass or crystal sharp highs. Most shoppers will find the sound accommodates a variety of music from pop to folk, but some may find the sound a little too soft.