Today I’m going to be reviewing a pair of headphones from Headphones By You. This brand takes a generic pair of Bluetooth headphones and wraps them in a unique and colourful vinyl wrap.
You get a unique pair of headphones that will ensure your stand above the crowd whilst still enjoying a wireless music experience.
Headphones By You have only the one headphone model type but have over 40 unique designs for that one model.
But aside from the look, what do they sound like? Time to test them out!
Packaging and Contents.
The Headphones By You headphones come packaged unboxed, but come in a branded carry case. The case measures 24.0cm x 18.0cm x 6.0cm and weighs 340G.
Upon opening the carry case you’ll find the following; 1x Pair of Headphones, 1x Micro USB Cable, 1x AUX Cable, 1x English User Guide.
Headphones By You.
The Headphones By You headphones are made from plastic materials. They measure from ear-cup to ear-cup (Measuring from the bottom of the ear-cup and across the top of the headband to the bottom of the other ear-cup) 50.0cm but can extend upto 56.0cm and weigh 165G. These ear cups pivot slightly, which allows them to sit more comfortably on your head. They also fold flat for storage and transporting.
The headband isn’t padded but is made from a looser PU leather strap which acts like a suspension on the top of your head.
Obviously, the biggest mention is the overall look and design of these headphones. The pair I’ve got my hands on is the Red Strike Abstract Pattern. As mentioned earlier you get a choice of over 40 different designs and styles to choose from. The outer vinyl covering has been designed to be withstanding of prolonged usage and shouldn’t fade over time either.
The Ear Cups.
The Headphones By You headphones have an on-ear cup headband design, which means the PU leather ear cups sit on your ears rather than covering them. The left ear cup is a slave to the right-hand side ear cup, which means you can’t control anything from the left-hand side ear cup. On the right ear cup, you’ll see a number of buttons and ports, these buttons and ports are as follows;
Multi-Function Button – Controls track selection, play’s/pauses music, answer/end phone calls.
+ Button – Increases volume and skips track selection.
– Button – Decreases volume and goes back a track.
Mode Button – Switches between Bluetooth connection/ FM Radio.
AUX Port – Allows you to use the supplied AUX Cable (Which measures 120.0cm)
LED Indicator – Shows charging status and on/off status.
Micro USB Port – The main charging port.
Microphone – This is where the in-built microphone is located.
Micro TF/SD Card Slot – Allows you to insert your own card for music.
You’re able to control your music library directly on the right-hand side ear cup. Controlling your music using this feature is actually very difficult as there’s no tactile distinction between any of the user buttons, I found myself pausing a track rather than skipping it. There needs to be a tactile button for the play/pause button so you can distinguish between the next set of control buttons.
Each ear cup pivots slightly or more accurately wobbles on a ball joint. The centre inner hole measurement is 4.5cm x 3.5cm and the overall padding is OK, they’re not too padded but have enough to enable them to be comfortable.
Charging and Setting up the headphones.
Prior to using you’ll need to give the headphones a little charge using the supplied Micro USB Cable (Which measures 50.0cm) and you’ll need to plug them into a 5V DC power source. Anything USB power outlet will do, if the rated voltage doesn’t exceed 5V DC.
Charging will take around 2-3 hours and will be indicated by the Red LED light going out when fully charged. Once charged you’ll get around 10 hours of audio time on a single charge.
Now you’re all charged you’ll need to pair these headphones to your device. To do this power on the headphones by sliding the power switch to the on position. You’ll hear an audio recording to alert you to the fact the headphones are in pairing mode. Now go onto your device and ensure you’ve switched on Bluetooth and ensure your device can be seen. Perform a search and pair to the option ‘JH-812’, once connected you’ll hear another automated audible voice.
And, that’s pretty much it.
The best way to enjoy these headphones is via a wireless Bluetooth connection. But if the battery has depleted on your headphones, or if want to use on a non-Bluetooth enabled device, then you can use the supplied AUX cable.
I found the overall sound quality of the Headphones By You headphones to be quite poor, the sound is muffled and not clear. Vocal tones are the worst affected as the artist singing sounds like they’re using a dodgy microphone to perform.
Bass tone are alright, nothing spectacular but will start to bleed on more bass themed tracks. The sound quality overall is the a massive let down on an otherwise great looking set of headphones.
Both noise isolation and noise cancellation are poor too, this is because the way the ear cups sit on your ear and don’t provide a tight enough cushion to reduce background noise and stop noise from escaping from your headphones.
The Bluetooth signal strength is very good though, I couldn’t break or interfere with the signal, which is good.
I did find them to be very comfortable, even after prolonged use my ears wasn’t hot or sweaty and I didn’t feel any compression on both sides of my head either. It’s just a real shame the sound isn’t to the same level of quality as the design.
The handsfree calling feature is OK, nothing too special to shout about, you can make calls and are able to participate in a phone call, but the quality is just as you’d expect from using a handsfree device.
- Brand: Headphones By You
- Model: Bluetooth Headphones
- Model Code: red-strike
- EAN: N/A
- ASIN: N/A
- Battery Type: Rechargeable 300mAh Lithium Battery
- Charging Port: Micro USB
- Impedance: 32Ω
- Sensitivity: 105dB ± 3dB
- Bluetooth Version: 4.1 + EDR
- Supported Bluetooth Profiles: HSP, HFP, A2DP, AVRCP
- Transmission Range: 10M
- Frequency Range: 20Hz-20kHz
- Compliance: CE, FCC, RoHS
It’s a mixed review for the Headphones By You headphones. I really like the unique and colourful look to these headphones and the fact that there’re over 40 different custom designs to choose from. But the sound is a massive let down, sure you’ll be looking cool walking about town with these on, but you’ll be listening to your music in a low-quality audio way.
Another negative point to mention is the lack of any tactile buttons on the right-hand side ear cup, even with practice they’re hard to locate and use correctly.
I personally like the concept behind the Headphones By You online store, but they need to choose another pair of generic headphones to use a base model as the JH-812 are too basic and produce low quality audio.
Obviously I cannot recommend you purchase a set of these headphones as the audio quality doesn’t meet with my expectations and I wouldn’t advice you something’s great when it’s not, but go and check out the Headphones By You website and take a look around at some of their cool designs and patterns. The RRP for these headphones is £29.99.
If only they sounded better…
Product sample provided by Headphones By You in exchange for a detailed, unbiased review.
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