For sports headphones – including Bluetooth – I’ve been approaching cautiously so far. First of all, I just started to be active again, and secondly always (at least for a long time) wireless technology in the headset, I associated with the possibility of fading sound and more battery consumption of my smartphone (or another device using BT).
Nevertheless, I decided to give wireless technology – in this case ART AP-B21 headphones – a chance because I mentioned my physical activity improved. I decided not to wait for New Year’s resolutions and for a few months I started cycling (with a small break in winter), running and walking to the gym.
The third reason for this test was the increasing need to talk in the car while traveling. I do not practice it because I consider it very dangerous (and illegal) to use the smartphone while driving. The option is either a good bluetooth headset or a hands-free kit.
Due to my current mode of life I was forced to buy two or three headphones for the above mentioned purposes, the ART product was a hit. It is time to share with you the results of the small tests.
As far as coverage is concerned, I can definitely confirm the declared 10 meters, although it should be borne in mind that sometimes there may be minor problems around 10 meters. This, however, may in part be due to the construction of the room (I tested with a laptop set at one end of the ground floor, walking up to the attic).
Working time is in my opinion good, because it was about 8-10 hours (at relatively high volume about 70-80 percent). Headphones are also charged relatively quickly, although this depends on the charging source used, whether it is a network charger or a USB port.
Comfort of use is good. When running the handset, it is not uncomfortable (mainly about the battery), although it happened that they were striking at a fast pace in the collarbone – if you can treat it as a fault, I’m not quite sure.
Phone calls also went smoothly. The tests using the iPhone 6 and Siri’s assistant were like the proverbial bread rolls. Using the built-in microphone, I was able to make a call in a voice call, and the caller heard me well. I in turn heard it also without distortion and very good quality.
Quality! This is another thing I usually fear when it comes to lesser known (in a large number of cases) manufacturers. Nevertheless, there was a pleasant surprise here as well. On the headphones I have heard every genre of music from pop, through trans, disco, to rap and metal, in the end how to test, then test;) Both low and high tones were reflected very well. I really like the juicy bass, and what I like, the bass with these headphones was not lacking.
More than I suspected, the noise of external noise was also checked. Thanks to the good work of ART engineers I was able to enjoy my music (with really loud “brewing” from the speakers in the gym) or talking on the street in the quietest environment.
I also can not complain about the placement or operation of the buttons, though sometimes (especially at the beginning) I sometimes skip to the beginning of the first song when I wanted to throw another one. After a few days of using the toes they got where they needed to be.
The ease of pairing with a smarphone or other Bluetooth device is just as important, I bet not just for me, but for every user. In the end, if anything offends us to wireless technology, we will surely reach the equivalent on the cable.
Summary: The headphones that I had the opportunity to get closer to can be recommended to sportspeople who spend a lot of time behind the wheel or regular people who mostly listen to music. In general, I can say that the product I had the opportunity to look at is quite universal.