Acoustic Research AWD210 Wireless Digital Stereo Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Experience the clarity of 2.4 GHZ digital wireless sound
- Set your sound free with high-performance audio
- Enjoy your own personal subwoofer from the patented dual-speaker design
- Transmits through walls, floors, and ceilings
- Neodymium drivers for left and right channels and separate subwoofer
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AWD210 Wireless 2.1 Over-Ear Stereo Headphones
Want to listen to your favorite music all over the house without waking everyone up? Or maybe you just don't want to offend your roommates different musical tastes. Want to keep the music close to your ear so the sound of doing dishes or cooking food doesn't disrupt the beat? You've found your headphones!
Upstairs, downstairs and everywhere in between, with AR wireless 2.1 headphones you can enjoy crisp, clear sound reproduced with unsurpassed depth and clarity. Watch TV, listen to music in a whole new way, immersed in entertainment and free from wires. Roam wherever you want and maintain flawless CD-quality reception through walls, floors and ceilings up to 100 feet from the transmitter.
The AWD210 uses 2.4 GHz digital wireless sound transmission– the latest in wireless audio technology. And the patented 2.1 dual-speaker design in each earcup gives you your own personal subwoofer.
Acoustic Research Quality
Legendary innovation. Uncommon intuition. It's what sets Acoustic Research apart. Acoustic Research headphones are designed for optimal performance. Delivering clear, crisp sound the way it was intended to be heard; with no interference or artificial enhancements. Whether wired or wireless, over-ear, on-ear or in-ear, we personalize your listening experience with unequaled style and comfort.
Pairing the AWD210 headphones and transmitter is as easy as a single button press. The AWD210 transmitter runs on AC power or battery power so you have unlimited choices on where to use it. The lithium polymer headphone batteries last up to 12 hours between charges!
Wireless 2.1 Stereo Headphones Include:
What You Can Play Through The Transmitter:
|Effective transmitting range||150 feet||150 feet||100 feet|
|5.1 surround sound stereo|
|iPod/ iPhone compatible||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|Driver size||Neodymium: 23mm for left/right channels, 40mm for subwoofers||Neodymium: 30mm||Neodymium: 30mm||Neodymium: 30mm for left/right channels, 40mm for subwoofers||Neodymium: 8mm||Neodymium: 8mm|
|Audio input||3.5mm stereo jack||3.5mm stereo jack||3.5mm stereo jack||3.5mm stereo jack||3.5mm stereo jack||3.5mm stereo jack|
|Distortion (THD)||Less than or equal to 1 percent||Less than or equal to 1 percent||Less than or equal to 1 percent||Less than or equal to 1 percent||Less than or equal to 1 percent||Less than or equal to 1 percent|
|Battery type||2 AAA rechargeable||2 AAA NiMH rechargeable||Lithium polymer|
|Battery life between charges||Up to 6 hours||Up to 6 hours||Up to 12 hours|
Top Customer Reviews
That said, I did a little research and came up with these headphones. As always, the Prime Membership makes all of the difference here on Amazon as 2-day shipping is free. Lets start with look and feel...
These headphones are about the size of the mid range Sony wired headsets. In between the old 80's tiny sets and the 70's huge sets. The weight is about a pound or so and very comfortable, you basically dont even realize that you are wearing them. The volume controls are easy to find while they are on your head. Wireless range is good. Dependent on what is in between you and the receiver. I was upstairs in my 2000 square foot home and they were working well, would cut out only here and there. Nothing really to worry about though, as in the studio... you probably wont be far away from the receiver anyways.
Build quality is good, they are heavy feeling without being heavy on the head. Nice soft and comfortable headband. The receiver is small and unobtrusive, though I probably wouldve taken larger with antennas for more range. Connections are easy enough, one for the power, one for the audio out. Which is a 1/8" plug. It wouldve been nice had they included a 1/8" to 1/4" converter for studio applications as I had to go to Radioshack and buy one for $6.Read more ›
100' range honest, although intervening walls [especially those containing wall ovens or refrigerators, etc.] can cut down range. Advent 'phones had a bit more range -- but inferior sound quality degraded even more.
Caveat in buying any wireless headphones: be sure seller offers 30-day return policy so you can make sure 'phones operate satisfactorily under all the conditions in which you wish to use them. [I got mine through Amazon vendor DependableResource: no problems thus far.]
These 'phones were slightly less convenient to use than the Advents: the Advents had a combo 'phone rest/charger/transmitter. These do not. When not in use, the 'phones are plugged into the power cord for charging. When using, the 'phones are unplugged and the power cord is plugged into the transmitter unit.
However, the quality of sound is more than worth it!
Why didnt AR allow the headphones to use AAA batteries and/or USB? Seems a little bit short sighted when the manufacturer assumes the listener can wait a few hours while recharging to listen to their headphones. Only forces the listener to use the old standby pair.
Note to potential buyers: Buy them only if you CANNOT find a pair that supports batteries and USB. And only then if the price is right.
It is possible to use a cell phone power cord as well (mini-USB type) for the transmitter or headset provided the voltage is the same (5V) and it provides enough amps (e.g., 0.7A (=700mA) exceeds the 0.5A requirement). The transmitter is designed to be portable, and you can use a DC power phone charger cord in a vehicle (good for passengers) if you don't want to feed it batteries. Use of a DC cord can be a tremendous boon on long road trips.
The AR AWD210 is a comfortable wireless headset with excellent overall quality. I greatly prefer it over my Sennheiser RS 130 wireless headphones.
The range and clarity are *excellent.* I can move through most of my 2-story house and still have clear reception. The base level is set higher than I initially liked, but now I prefer it. The sound quality is good, volume ample, and the over-the-ear muffs do an exceptional job of dampening outside noise. The muffling is handy when doing chores or using exercise equipment.
The headset is slim and light compared to most other circumaural headphones, much to my liking. I can wear them at work without looking like a doofus. (I also have a pair at home.)
Follow-up: Both sets that I own have ended up breaking on the left side, the latest after ~2 years of use. I have managed a rough fix on one of them using strong epoxy, but that side can no longer swivel. The break occurs on a small, plastic axis in the swivel that cannot be replaced. Hence, I've downgraded my rating from 5 to 3 stars. I will not purchase any more headphones from this brand.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These did a wonderful job when I first received it. We did not abuse the head phones yet it broke not long after we got them.Published on May 29, 2013 by Willis Hicks
i find the headphone is good when it comes to sound quality and range... no static noise due to it's 2.4 frequency... Read morePublished on January 24, 2013 by lhaytz
wish they had a way to integrate multiple head-phones in their base. Because if you have more than 1 wireless headphone then you need to buy a duplicate pair. Read morePublished on February 5, 2012 by chuka
I got these a couple of years ago. They always worked pretty well. In particular, my favorite things about these headphones is the range and connectivity (it just WORKS). Read morePublished on August 24, 2011 by Eric A. Crockett
I guess I was luckier than some. I loved these headphones. The sound was impeccable. Extremely comfortable. Read morePublished on April 14, 2011 by A Thompson
This item was working great after few months,the headphone was damage or not working at all. I have to send this item to company for a repair or replace new one. Read morePublished on February 22, 2011 by dgt7
See my review of this product I wrote after it broke making it useless. My first review was very positive, but because it is too fragile, I now rate it negatively. Read morePublished on February 2, 2011 by Andy Nelson
I ordered the Acoustic Research AWD 210 to replace my 10 year old Advent wireless head phones. I found that the AR - AWD 210 was not at all user friendly. Read morePublished on November 29, 2010 by rairwin