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Well...good news and bad news...
February 13, 2019
I got these for my daughter for her birthday. For whatever reason, prime shipping was going to take 5 days (?) so I upgraded that and they still arrived a day late. That isn't factored into this review, but something to check for. Now, the estimates are normal. Anyway, when they arrived, I opened the box and it was not sealed and nothing was in plastic, which I thought was odd, but it also meant I got to test them out without messing up any packaging. They came in a black carrying pouch, which is nice, and they looked just as I hoped. I went ahead and charged them for a bit and tried them out. The charging was a little odd. They seemed to charge to full, but didn't the first time and needed to stay on longer before they were actually full, but finally did. They kinda yelled something when I turned them on, so I'm glad they weren't on my ears at the time. The first thing I noticed after that were the lights. They look really nice lighted up, at first. Having said that, you cannot keep them a solid color, which is aggravating. They cycle colors ALL OF THE TIME and the sides do not match each other, which takes the look from cool and impressive looking and makes them seem annoying and tacky. They aren't flashing or anything, it's a gradual cycle, but you can't choose what you want. Apperently, that's what they mean with the term "breathing light," which had my girlfriend and I googling that (to no avail) before I ordered them. You can turn the lights off, but I really wish there was a way to select a color and keep it there. The red looks nice to me, but you can't pick one color. Looking at Picun's other headphones, it seems they all use the same circuit and do that, which is a shame, because it would really add value to be able to choose the light color and make them more "adult" and seem less like a tacky kid's toy from the state fair. Luckily, my daughter is 11, so they should be fine for her, but I admit, I wouldn't want to be seen in public with the lights constantly cycling this way; its just kind of infantile looking. Also, if you turn the lights off, they go on again the next time anyway. I wish it would save the setting. Anyway, they paired fine to my phone and I picked a track to test these out. I'm very picky about headphones. I have $350 Samsung Bluetooth earbuds, several Klipsch IEMs, Sony studio monitors, bass headphones (just for fun) and a billion pairs of wired earbuds. I hate the majority of headphones that I hear. When I heard the first sounds come from these, I was pleasantly surprised! The clarity was good, although the bass seemed light. The box said "Extra Bass" or "Heavy Bass" (Im writing this in bed and not getting up to see which one), so I switched to some more bass-heavy tracks. I still felt like the bass was fairly lacking, but the overall sound was really surprisingly good! With full range drivers reproducing all frequencies, its always a tug of war between bass and clarity. I'd like more bass, but I like the clarity enough that I think these headphones strike a good balance. The bass won't blow you away, but they arent muddy, like my Sony XB500s are. There is some sound bleed, so the person next to you is likely to hear you listening to that song that you're embarrassed that you like (everybody has a few). Anyway, I enjoyed the test run, and they were also comfortable, and I really started to consider getting a black pair for myself for home use at night, mostly so I could preserve the batteries on my expensive Gear IconXs, which I use for lifting, running and staying sane in the grocery store. I was impressed at the sound and features for the price and I was enjoying them. I showed them to my girlfriend the next day and she wanted a pair as well, so that was two more pairs I planned to order. "So if he loves them so much, why the one star?," you may ask. Well, I probably would have given these about a 4, given the sound for the price, which was quite good, holding back a little for the lights that don't stop changing colors, which would be such an easy fix (whyyyy?), and the fact that the buttons and the charging port seemed a tad fragile. The pros definitely outweighed the cons and I was impressed, overall. However, the next time I turned them on, sound only came out of one ear. Bit of a problem, that. I turned them off and on again, paired again, used an aux cable, but no luck. The left side had already died. Keep in mind that they were used for about 30 minutes on the couch and for about 1 minute the next day. I felt like I had gotten a great deal on these until that happened. I wanted to order a couple more of these and possibly the over the ear model I saw that they they have as well, but I'm not confident about the build quality at this point. Did I just get a bad one, which happens, or are there build issues with these? A few reviewers have had this happen, although, in fairness, similar things can be said of my expensive Samsungs. If I ordered 2 or 3 other sets, would it be a matter of luck if they work/last or not? Reading other reviews, I could belive either. I'll shoot them a message tomorrow and see how things go and update if things work out. I'm hoping its just an odd, bad set, because I was really pleased with finding these at first.