For any of you who have read my iHome iB50B Review you will know how impressed I was with the sound quality versus the price. This review wont be like that. This review is based on this concept: “If I had any amount of money to spend on a set of headphones for my phone, what would I buy?”
The short answer is the Turtle Beach i30 headphones.
The long answer is slightly longer of course and comes in the form of the review below.
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The Turtle Beach i30 can be found at the Turtle Beach Website For £249.99
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- i30 Bluetooth Headphones
- 1x 3.5mm cable
- 1 x Velvet carry pouch
- 1x Aeroplane adapter
- 1x USB charging cable
Let me start by saying that although these headphones were built with MAC and iOS in mind they work perfectly with Android devices. I have used them on all of my devices and they work just fine.
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Any pair of headphones that cost £249.99 better have the best darn build quality you have ever seen! fortunately these do. From the leather headband that has just the right amount of padding to be comfortable and firm, to the high gloss white casings on the cans, these just ooze quality. Everything about them feel likes its been put together in a factory while a man with a clipboard ticks things off. The only thing I don’t like is the exposed wire leading down into the can but as it is a snazzy red colour it is clearly there as a design feature rather than, what looks to me, an error.
The headphones are deceptively light when you think it houses not just the speakers like a wired set of headphones but the battery to support the Bluetooth aspect. Oh did I mention these were Bluetooth? Not having wires on these whilst you are at the gym or walking is incredibly helpful and with controls built into the headset you never need to get your phone out to control the music.
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The i30 have a special party piece which as a grown up I officially frown apon but as a big kid at heart it makes me giggle, it has a voice changer. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t going to change your voice into Darth Vader or the guy from Scream but it can make you higher or lower pitched which is pretty funny.. er I mean childish..
The other feature is, as I said earlier, Bluetooth 3.0. The Range on the headphones is fairly decent (8-10 metres) and the connection remained strong even in another room. I never thought I would care for Bluetooth on a set of overhead cans but the freedom from cables is a powerful lure, especially when the sound quality is so good.
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Whether you are hard wired in or running over Bluetooth these headphones are a pleasure to listen to. The sound is rich and mellow and because of the depth of the foam on the ear pieces they cut out any external noise which may interfere with your listening. The i30 have a set of bass and treble boosts if you want them although I found the normal flat sound to be the nicest, I’ll leave the bass/treble boosts to those who think they make a better sound. In terms of volume the i30 are, in the words of my Dad, “Too bloody loud” at full volume, however even at that ear bleeding level there appeared to be little to no distortion (any distortion I hear seem to come from the mp3 itself rather than the headphones)
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Now I know this review seems like a one sided review, and you are right it is a little like that, but for good reason. These are easily the best headphones designed for mobile I have used so far. Ok, I did notice that sometimes, when connected to my laptop via Bluetooth and while I was watching Netflix there was, very occasionally some audio lag but as this review is about how well they work with Android I think that can be looked over.
If you are looking for an amazing set of headphones and you don’t care how much they are, these should be your next.