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Setting the bar that all sub-$100 headphones should aspire to be
on July 5, 2017
I wanted these to be a stellar experience with all the hype that surrounds these HiFi Elite Super66 headphones from ModernPortable, and for the most part, they are!
Audio Reproduction Quality: 4.5 / 5
The sound quality is clean and crisp. The rich bass compliments the audio track without overpowering it. I feel that the claims made by ModernPortable that their product is a direct competitor of Beats is substantiated by my comparison. I'd put it on par with a more premium brand. The tuning of the drivers creates a wonderful aural experience. Although it sounds really, really good, I would not put it next to top-shelf brands which feature superior acoustics and spacial imaging. That being said, this is probably the best set of headphones without dropping hundreds of dollars on Bose, Seinheiser, Klipsch, etc
Comfort: 4.5 / 5
Moving on, the padding around the ears and atop the head is really comfortable, completely deserving of a stellar rating in terms of wearability, weight, and comfort.
Appearance / Aesthetics: 4 / 5
I want to first express my disappointment for the aesthetics of this model in terms of what is presented on the manufacturer's website as an indication of what the consumer should expect to receive. I had hoped it would resemble precisely what is advertised in the image, with the silver-accented raised button icons and the brushed, textured finish that is depicted on both the silver (what appears to be brushed stainless steel), and black rear portions of the ear cups. I wish the (stainless steel?) metal banding was continued throughout, but was replaced with a plastic veneer in parts, and the black surface feels rubberized and lacks any kind of brushed texture as depicted in the product image. The silver accented icons is also missing. I am deducting 1 star for misrepresentation of aesthetics.
Initially, I did not like the fact that the power/answer button lacks any raised icon on the button, leaving the wearer to hunt for its location, however, this is a non-issue, as the wearer can still determine where the power/answer button is based on hunting for the top and bottom buttons (step forward/backwards).
Battery 5 / 5:
While I feel that the battery life is closer to the 8-hour mark (at least in my testing), it is within the advertised duration of 8-10 hours. I'd love to see this improved with future models either by upgrading to BT4.1 and/or increasing the battery capacity. In most scenarios, this is still plenty of battery life, so I cannot reasonably deduct any points here as it performs within specifications.
Note: The instructions mention charging the battery fully prior to first use. Although I followed these instructions, it later occurred to me that this unit is powered by a lithium polymer battery -- Lithium Ion-based batteries don't suffer from memory issues like Nickel Cadmium cells. This leads me to question if there are known issues pertaining to battery performance.
Interface / Getting Started / Ease of Use: 4 / 5
Hearing voices in your head? No, it's not you...well, probably not anyhow. When powering on/off, or when battery levels drop, a woman, of non-North America origin can be heard announcing that the phone is paired, or that the battery is high, medium, or low. It is my belief that the type of device being connected to should not be preset. Rarely am I connecting to my phone. A simple connect tone would suffice. Perhaps a firmware update will be released in the future to eliminate the voice prompts by what sounds like a middle-aged Asian woman where English is not her primary language. I also do not like having my music interrupted with the voice promots of "Battery (high|medium|low)". Again, a simple audible alert when the battery is low will suffice. Lastly, no quickstart guide or instructions are included in the box -- instead, consumers are directed to their website. What if the consumer has a device with no Internet access? I am deducting 1 star for these inconveniences.
Connectivity: 5 / 5
Aside from having to hunt down instructions via the manufacturer's website on how to begin pairing (addressed above), I had no issues with the Bluetooth connectivity. Range is going to vary with any wireless device as it depends on transmitter power and environmental conditions.
NOTE: DISCORD USERS -- THE INABILITY TO PLAY AN AUDIO TRACK WHILE CONNECTED TO A VOICE CHANNEL IS A FAULT WITH DISCORD, NOT THE BLUETOOTH AUDIO DEVICE.