Headphones from iGo
These are over ear headphones, not large but they do have a good amount of adjustment 5cm on each side. My head is largish but there is still another 1.5cm of adjustment available for those with an even larger head area.
Described on the box as white and red they are white everywhere but the 3.5mm lead and the stitching around the headband.
The lead 1.4metres long and the plug is gold plated the inline microphone is red matching the lead. In the box is 3.5mm to phono lead 20cm long. The only instructions are on the rear of the box but why should there be any.
According to the press release these are also available in brown/gold. They are described as retro and feature a lightweight frame and cushioned earpieces.
The earpieces are more or less round at 7cm across so they do fit on the ear rather than encompass the whole ear.
The sound was reasonable for a set costing less than £20, there was both bass and treble when connected to a audio system, somewhat less when attached to a MP3 player or iPod.
This type of unit seems to be more popular now judging by the number of people I see with headphones rather than earbuds on the train/tube.
The unit’s microphone worked fine and I also used it with Skype via the 20cm lead mentioned above without problem.
The iGo Miami Headphones are available from the link below for £18.08 including free delivery
This is the top of the range offering, mine was Brown/Gold, they look and sound fantastic. The mid brown colour is al over apart from the gold coloured joints and the earpices and padding under the overhead piece that are black.
Like the ones above there is 1.5cm of extra expansion from what I required. The earpices are oval at 10x6cm and turn through 90 degrees. The right earpiece takes a single ‘AAA’ battery (supplied). The left earpiece has an on/off slider power button and 3.5mm connector for the supplied 1.4metre black 3.5 to 3.5mm cable that has phone connector 15cm down the lead.
In the ‘off’ position you get nice clear crisp sound even from an iPod or MP3, superb from an audio system, switch to ‘on’ and almost all external noise disappears, this has the effect of making whatever you are listening to sound just that bit louder, however even in a noisy tube the external noise was pleasantly muted out.
A simple instruction sheet to show how to insert the battery with a couple of diagrams is provided as is what I believe is called an ‘Airline Adapter’ and a 20cm 3.5mm to phono adapter for those units that do not have 3.5mm socket or for those wanting to use Skype or other VOIP services on their PC’s.
The iGo City are available from the link below for £51.05 including free delivery.
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