Two things that drive my life are music and technology, so I'm always pretty happy to see things that start to combine the two of them. Today I wanted to take a look at the Xtream H3 Bluetooth Headphones from Adesso. Designed to store in a compact form, these over ear phones are going to be put to the test!
Out of the box
The Xtream H3 Headphones are a nice large size so you should be able to wear them comfortably all day. They come equipped for Bluetooth usage, but they also have hook-ups for micro USB and an old fashioned audio line in. I should also note, that that both of these cables are provided from Adesso, the only thing they don't provide is a Bluetooth dongle for your PC, but with the cables, shouldn't be an issue. The headphones themselves have a rotating frame near the ear cup that rotates the ear cup into the headphone frame for a reduced travel size. The ear cup itself has a nice large size and is very flexible so it should make for a comfortable fit with almost anyone. Even more convenient are the integrated controls on the right ear cup. These are very large and easy to use.
First Hand Trials
The first and most important test is sound quality. I don't have any special tools beyond my ears so I'll just say that everything sounds good. My music is clear and the bass is at a typical level that I'd expect. The second test is comfort, which can still be a deal breaker. When I listen to music, it's typically an album at a time or for an entire day. Finding a comfortable set of headphones can be a real challenge when you're aiming for that level of usage. Luckily, these pass that test with flying colors. They have a comfortable fit and large ear cups that don't press on my ears at all. The padding is soft, and the band fits well.
So now it's time to get more technical. These are Bluetooth, so it'd be a poor choice if I didn't touch on that aspect! Holding the center button for three seconds turns these on, six seconds gets it to sync and another three seconds turns them off. When you're using them as old style headphones, you don't need to worry about the power, and the center phone button will work as a mute button. When synced, you can control the volume and skip between tracks. While sync'd you should also be able to watch the battery meter. These sync'd up without any issues at all. Because of the size of these headphones, I wouldn't use them while working out, but for casual use around the house, office, or like the name suggest, behind a DJ set, these are the perfect fit for giving you a little extra room for anything you want.
The Xtream H3 headphones are a great buy. They deliver on the comfort, sound quality, and functionality. As headphones explicitly, they travel decently well for over-ear headphones. The sound quality was right where you want it, but honestly, the comfort that these bring for all day use is worth it in itself. The added wireless Bluetooth functionality really takes these a step beyond. I know that everything is Bluetooth these days, but the easy to use controls on the ear cup make them extremely convenient. These are a great buy for anyone looking for a new set of headphones who's planning to really get some time out of them.