Why the new headphones
I used to have Marshall Major 2 headphones (these ones), but wearing it for multiple hours caused quite some pain around my ears.
Having psoriasis around the ears, and also wearing glasses did not make it better.
The Marshalls tend to be very tight and pressing down hard on the ears, which is nice for sports, but not so nice when you are sitting at a desk for more than 8 hours a day.
The basic requirements before I started doing my research where these:
- It had to have Bluetooth. I like doing little things around the house when I'm working and not having to take off my headphones.
- Over ear was going to cause less pain to my ears. If I would use the headphones for sports, I would definitely have gone back to on-ears.
- Media controls. This is quite a basic requirement, but playing music on your phone and not having to go into your pocket to adjust the volume or skip a song is pretty great.
- Light and sturdy construction; again, as little pressure on my ears as possible. And of course good build quality.
- Under 200 euros. I use my headphones often, but not that in a way that I want to spent more than 200 euros on it.
Buying the new headphones
Based on all these requirements and some other, irrational choices, I ended up buying the Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC Bluetooth headphones with noise-canceling. These costed me around 150-170 euros.
In the package you'll find
- A 3.5 mm jack plug cable (for when the battery dies)
- A traveling bag (not a very good one)
- The headphones itself, folded up
- And a USB charging cable with a protection cap.
No charging adapter, but that seems to be normal nowadays.
Actual review of the thing
1. Sound quality
The sound of these headphones is pretty good. In comparison to the Beats Solo 3 Wireless, or the old Marshalls, it has less bass.
These headphones don't need to make up for bad sound quality by having a lot of bass.
Also, the bass seems to have gotten a bit looser after using the headphones for a bit.
2. Build quality
The whole thing is made of plastic, even the hinges on top. The plastic is not of the cheap kind though and it feels very sturdy, whilst also being very light at the same time.
The ear cushions are made out of Skai, which are very pleasant on the skin around the ears.
I have not tried these for running (since I don't like running with over-ears and these are pretty bulky), but for every day use and wearing these 6+ hours a day, these are very comfortable to wear.
Where the Marshalls pushed against glasses and on the ears, these just kind of hang off the head whilst lightly pressing down on the ears.
They are a good fit as well, making them not move around when you are.
The headphones have some buttons on the right ear cup at the bottom.
From bottom to top, there is
- An input for USB charging (the thing charges pretty fast)
- A 3.5 mm jack plug input for listening to music when the battery is dead (noise-canceling does not work without the battery though)
- A volume rocker. You can also activate noise-canceling by pressing and holding both sides of the rocker.
- The media toggle. You can flick this up or down to change songs or push it to play/pause music or answer phone calls.
- An on/off switch that puts the headphones in pairing mode when held for an extended period of time.
The buttons are handy, but sometimes it is difficult to turn the headphones on or off, because the little button is a bit hard to push.
The noise-canceling on the headphones is something I don't personally notice that much. There is not really that much of a difference between it being on or off in my opinion.
It might be me doing something wrong, or my hearing being off as well.
The headphones isolate the background noise very well either way.
Bottom line for these headphones is that they are very good. The battery life goes up to 36 hours, the sound quality is pretty nice, they are are not too pricey and they are very comfortable too wear.