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8 of 9 found the following review helpful:
Wireless Audio with No Compromises - UPDATE: Broke after less than two yearsSep 23, 2013
By Michael J. Descy
Update: I really liked these headphones but they broke in two pieces right above the right ear cup after less than two years. I used them heavily but treated them gently (they never left my desk and were stored on a stand).
I am very impressed with these headphones. I wear headphones almost 8 hours a day at work and while I exercise or do grocery shopping. These headphones sound fantastic, have numerous connection options (Bluetooth, USB, audio cable), and are comfortable enough for long stretches of listening. They include a microphone, too, which makes them perfect for pairing with a mobile phone--now I don't have to take my headphones off to answer a quick call.
Sound Quality (5/5)
These headphones have some sound Creative Sound Blaster processing in them. I don't really know what that means, but the headphones sound great. I can hear everything clearly, instruments and voices sound natural. I listen to music (classical, rock, jazz, and pop) and podcasts; I rarely use headphones for TV, movies, or gaming. For my testing I listened to many types of music and to a couple podcasts.
I think these headphones sound great and totally fit in with others at their price level. They sound a lot better than the iPhone earbuds. I prefer them to my Bose QuietComfort 15s (at least when I'm not on a plane). (The Bose headphones sound just like the iPhone earbuds to me: warm and muddy with poorly-defined lows.) The EVOs sound similar to my previous favorite headphones, the SteelSeries 7H Gaming Headset (Black), which are close to a flat-EQ, reference style headphone, but have more bass. The EVOs do not have the booming, exhausting bass of some of the Sony headphones and all of the Beats Audio headphones that I've tried in stores. Classic rock and classical music both sound natural and vibrant streaming from my iPhone over Bluetooth or via an audio cable, or from my computer over USB. I did not think anything was left out due to using Bluetooth rather than a hardwired connection. To me, these are perfect.
These are Bluetooth headphones, of course, and they offer a built-in microphone (it's a directional mic with noise cancellation, rather than a boom mic). They have a rechargeable battery, which is a mixed blessing. It offers up to 8 hours of listening time per charge. If that battery runs out, you have a couple options to keep listening, however. First, you could charge it over USB while listening, and, second, you could plug the headphones to an audio-out jack with the supplied male-to-male cable. All three connection options sounded good to me, and I am very happy that I can still use the headphones after the battery dies.
I paired the headphones with my iPhone and iPad via Bluetooth (you can connect to up to two devices and toggle between them). You can also connect to a PC or Mac. (I couldn't test on Linux, which isn't officially supported.) There is driver software for Windows and Mac that lets you turn on noise reduction for the built-in microphone and tweak some other basic audio settings, but it didn't seem worth my time to install it. The SoundBlaster iOS app might do the same things, but I couldn't get it to work.
These headphones do not include active noise-cancellation. That's not a required feature, but it is important to know when buying them.
The headphones are made of metal and sturdy plastic. The red color looks pretty rad, but their outward appearance is mostly black. They look great, in my opinion. Everything folds up for travel, and it doesn't appear to have weak parts that could come apart or break. The pads are leather or leather-like; they do not appear to be detachable.
I was impressed with everything included with the headphones. The included USB and audio cables are red, which matches the headphones and is an impressive touch. The audio cable is just long enough to keep your phone in your pocked while connected. The USB cable is plenty long. A felt-lined faux-leather pouch is provided to store everything in. It would be awesome to get a soft-sided case (like Bose includes) rather than a leather pouch (though with Bose you are paying much, much more for everything).
These are *on-ear* headphones rather than over-ear, and have a closed back design. They isolate you from your surroundings very well. I found that these headphones were comfortable for me right out of the box. They didn't pinch or make my ears sweat excessively, even after 3-4 hours. That said, I think that *over-ear* headphones are even more comfortable than these, though over-ear phones tend to be a lot bigger and will make your ears sweat.
It often takes a good 20-40 hours to break in headphones, so I imagine they will feel even better in a week or two.
Overall Impression (5/5)
These are great headphones, with great sound and build quality. It seems that a lot of care went into designing them.
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Perfect for Music, and Battlefield 4.Dec 08, 2013
First I'd like to say I am a MAJOR audiophile. Major meaning I don't even listen to music (as much as I want to) unless it sounds like crystal and deep but mature bass.
Secondly I rate based off things I enjoy and prefer. So my rating of 5 stars for these might be too high for another "audiophile".
1. These are very comfortable to me, yet they aren't as comfortable to my girlfriend. Everyone has a different comfort level for certain things. Yes I would say that Beats Solo HD's feel way more comfortable, but they lack the bass that these have.
2. Turn the volume up as loud as you want and it sounds even better, some headphones lose some quality acoustics doing so.
3. The second you put them on its almost like wearing shooting headphones that dampen noise. And when I play music at about 40% volume I cannot hear anything exterior. So the noise-isolation is not bad, yet not the best.
4. This is a con to me. Anything greater than 70% volume can be heard by all the people on a bus/subway/car/whatever. When your at max volume its like your using one of those bluetooth speakers with your iPhone. So keep that in mind when there's people around you. Unless you don't care :). But a library wouldn't be a great place to slam your music with this headset.
5. The ability to remove the AUX is nice, you could replace it if ever need be.
6. It looks almost attractive on my girlfriend, but I might be biased on that ;) No but seriously they aren't very big and they're stylish to boot.
7. Siri works better with this built in microphone, so if your using voice dictation or just asking siri for information she understands you much better than iPhone's mic.
8. Tried out BF4 with these and WOW. You hear so much more with the "virtual" 7.1 surround its almost overwhelming. From casings hitting the cement to the whop whop whop of a chopper far away to the various explosions and collapsing buildings to the very realistic waves and blowing trees. It's actually incredible.
So yes, these will be more than enough for those who cannot afford the very best, yet can't stand cheaper sounding headphones.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Impeccable Sound For A Wireless, But A Little Less Impressive When WiredOct 22, 2013
By K. Harris
When Creative announced its new Sound Blaster line of headphones, much of the focus was placed on the first products out of the gate: Sound Blaster EVO ZxR and Sound Blaster EVO Zx. These headphones promised a new experience in audio technology with a processor that intelligently enhanced real time usage. Creative, after all, made its name in designing sound cards for the PC market so they know a thing or two about establishing an immersive environment. The focus of this initial launch was the gaming marketplace, but the Sound Blaster EVO Wireless headset hopes to catch a more diverse crowd of users. I was eager to give the EVO Wireless a test and have used them almost exclusively for a full month. I wanted to really experience the headphones as opposed to slapping out a quick review on first impressions.
In short, I find the Creative Sound Blaster EVO Wireless to be nicely stylized and quite effective producing an impressive sound in its wireless configuration. It might be slightly less successful in its wired settings, though, as its primary focus is definitely geared toward maximizing Bluetooth technology. When both things are considered, I'm not convinced that the overall experience can't be rivaled by less expensive options. But if you're looking for a strong wireless option, this one does serve the goods.
Design: With its red and black coloration, it is still apparent that Creative has particular ties to the gaming community. In fact, when wearing the cans, the user's appearance even recalls Iron Man to a certain degree! That's OK, though, I wouldn't mind trading places with Tony Stark. To further captivate a youthful audience, the headset can be flattened and made incredibly compact for travel.
Configuration: I found the pairing functions of the headset quite easy to set up with my Bluetooth devices. Utilizing the speech functions is also relatively intuitive and the output is perfectly clear. Using these for multi-player gaming, therefore, is an ideal operation.
Sound Quality: The cans fit securely over the ear and I found the noise canceling capacity quite acceptable. The Wireless sound, as I've mentioned, is pretty impressive with an awesome bass range. Although compact, these do boast the full 40mm Speakers (where some comparable options do not). However, when wired through cable or USB, there is a noticeable drop off in quality in my opinion.
Overall, this premium headphone is a good option that doesn't exactly revolutionize the market as it might have intended. I am pleased to have the Sound Blaster EVO Wireless headset, but am not sure that I would have expended the purchase price had I not received a pair of these for trial. Also, the battery life (in my experience) fell well short of the eight hours promised. As gamers tend to play uninterrupted for extended periods, I'd suggest having a sizable back up on hand. KGHarris, 10/13.
3 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Very good sound, great microphone, and not so good cablesNov 21, 2013
Courtesy of the Amazon Vine program, I have received a Sound Blaster EVO Entertainment Wireless Bluetooth Headset for review. This is my third premium (>$100) Bluetooth headset, and so I am already pretty well acquainted with the features and limitations of this product category. Let me walk you through the different aspects.
First, a headset has to have good speakers and Sound Blaster really delivers here with a pair of 40mm drivers. I am not an audiophile, but let me say that this SB offering is approaching the diminish of return curve at the very end: in the wired mode, you can get better sounding headphones, but only slightly better and at several times the price (and the price of this SB is already quite hefty). In other words, I don't think anyone can nick this SB headset due to its sound quality.
Second is comfort and battery life. Yes, it's very comfortable. Everything is nicely padded and the headset is large enough for all my friends who have visited my house. (This cannot be said for a Jabra Revo that I have reviewed before.) The battery life is very long: over 10 hours at comfortable volume. If there is anything to nick here, it's the build quality. The plastic squeaks.
Third is the microphone. This is where this SB Evo Headset really shines. This is literally the best sounding headset I have ever tested, bluetooth or not. The reception is focused and clear. Everyone on the other side of the conversation praised the quality. I don't know what magic the SB folks have put there (well, it's basically a high-quality noise-cancelling array microphone), but it really sounds very nice in both Skype and games.
Fourth is the connectivity. This SB offers all three mode of operation: analog wired (3.5mm), digital wired (usb), and bluetooth. The bluetooth pairing can be done traditionally or through NFC. This is essentially standard these days.
Fifth is the control. SB is quite conservative here. There is an on/off button, a next button, a prev button, and a stop/play button. Nothing fancy, but everything works. What can be a little bit annoying is the digital volume knob. You turn this knob one way to increase, the other way to decrease. The problem is that it's a digital knob, and so you can be turning in one direction forever without knowing where you are relative to the min/max scale. It's very common among bluetooth headset though, so I do not plan to take any star off.
Finally comes the cables. Well, this is where I am not so hot about this product. They are very rigid plastic cables (feels like coffee stir) instead of the more trendy and comfortable cloth cables. Both are snag-free, but the cloth ones are softer and conforms with your body much better than these coffee stirs. Fortunately, the microphone is on the headset itself and so you can just replace the cables.
Overall, this is a very solid offering from Sound Blaster. If I am in the market to buy a bluetooth headset for home use, this SB is high on my list. For mobile use, be sure to think about replacing the cable.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Not quite what I expected... Microphone quality is definitely below averageMay 19, 2015
By Aaron Griffith
These are average at best.
I bought these less than 3 days ago, and received them today. They were pretty simple to set up, I didn't need to read the directions, as most bluetooth devices work similarly. I tried them on my phone (Nokia Lumia Icon, with Dolby audio) and my computer.
After using them for a while, I thought the sound quality is a bit below of what I'm used to, but figured I could live with it. However, when I connected to Skype, via USB (then Bluetooth, to see if the quality was any better, I'm not exactly sure why I tried), I was quickly informed that the microphone quality was definitely below average, to say the least. It was, at best, the kind of quality you'd expect from an iPhone 5/6 speaker-phone mic. So not absolutely horrible, but by far the best on the market. It's really quite a shame, since Creative Sound, from what I've heard, has some top notch audio products... But I'm certainly not going to try anything from them unless it's radically different from this product (in terms of price range or build).
If you're coming from a Logitech G930, don't go for these. They are definitely a step down in my book. However, the Bluetooth is nice. It just doesn't justify the cost of the headset, entirely.
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