October 5, 2016

Out With the Old, in with the New - A Headphone Recommendation Retraction

So back in January, I thought that I'd met and fell in love with the world's perfect pair of headphones. Parrot Zik by Philippe Starck promised to have the best sound quality, technology, and a phenomenal accompanying app. (Previous post here) However, after wearing everyday for just half a year, my beautiful headphones began a speedy decay, until eventually, there was nothing left but a slight ringing when I turned on any audio.

Visual of what happened to my gorgeous headphones after only a short period of time:


     Look fine from the outside...


Parrot Zik 2.0 after only months of use.



So now it is time to find my next pair of headphones. My only requirements are the following (in this order):

  1. Bluetooth connectivity is a must - this is especially important for listening to audio books as I clean the house. My only entertainment during this inevitable task, I can't have a cord getting in the way of my dusting or a phone falling out of my pocket while vacuuming under the couch.
  2. Good sound quality - it doesn't have to be club-level ready, but I appreciate  good sound when my favorite songs come on and I definitely don't want to have to subject my hearing to damage from needing to turn the volume up on high.
  3. Comfort with Aesthetic appeal - ok so they have to be a little cute (I am a product designer) and comfortable enough to wear over glasses, while running, and during an 8-hour workday.
So to start, I contacted my favorite gadget rental place, Lumoid.com, to see what the most recent must-haves in audio were available to try out. The three I chose were the following (from top left): 
  • Sennheiser Momentum Over Ears
  • Master & Dynamic MH40 in Black Metal/Black Leather
  • Harman Kardon Soho Wireless in White (I'd ordered black but they only had white available)

The runners-up.

After only two weeks, I was surprised to find the winner was Harman Kardon Soho Wireless! All I can say about the others, is bulky..heavy..and just far too big. While the sound quality of all was fairly decent, the Harman Kardon's came through with flying colors whether connected via bluetooth (great noise-cancellation for the size, very surprising) or connected via the cord for long airplane rides.

Finally, these were the only pair of headphones that made it to Milan with me. Pictured below, you can see how the size fits my face perfectly, and the white adds a nice feminine touch.


Now, before you go out and buy these, I'm going to continue to test for a few months to see if any quality issues arise.



Here are a few peeks at where I wore these during my time off in Milan.












Happy listening!

XO Julia