Using Headset To Make Or Take Phone Calls, Comfort, Difficult To Use, Did Not Meet Expectations
As a stay at home mother, keeping track of my rambunctious 3 year old is my top priority. I hardly have any time to enjoy my favorite music and podcasts. When I was given the opportunity to try out the new Panasonic bone conducting headphones, I jumped right on it. Its a great way to listen to music and also be aware of your surroundings. The set up was simple and charging the device was fast. It came with one rechargeable battery. (I wish it came with two so you don't have to skip a beat.) At first, I was a bit skeptical about bone conducting technology. To my surprise, it really does work well. The sound comes in clear and the music sounds amazing. It takes some time to get use to focusing on the music and what is going on around you. I have to imagine it like listening to music on a stereo during a party where listening to music is secondary to what you are really doing. There are some major comfort issues. I had some problems with adjusting the size to make it fit comfortably. Since the back of the headphones is a bit heavier than the front, when I moved my head up or down, the weight will force the speakers to move forward or back into my ear holes. There is an adjustable band that you can move to make it fit to your head size but the weight doesnt seem to help in my case. If you wear sunglasses or prescription glasses, like I do, you might find a bit annoying to constantly adjust the headphones and glasses to find the right balance. I think these headphones would be perfect for those who dont wear any other head gear. I also had a lot of issues using the headset to make phone calls. The quality was horrendous. I connected via Bluetooth with my iPhone 6 and my end caller sounded like they were talking in a tin can. The end caller also complained about the degraded sound. I tried in many different locations and it was the same each time. I hope Panasonic can improve upon this function in the near future. Overall, the headset concept is promising but has some major design flaws that need addressing. If they fix these issues, I would definitely pick up the next version.
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