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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From the Manufacturer
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. Battery life I have yet to test as I have only used them for about 4 hours with zero issues.
Now, on to the meat and potatoes... Sound quality.
These are, by far, the best sounding headphones I have ever used. They have two speakers each side, one tweeter, one woofer. They exude bass. Far better than even my monitors(which cost more than $600). It makes it easy to know when there is too much or too little bottom end. Now, if you listen to music at loud volumes... these may not be the headphones for you. You may go deaf as the bass is hefty and has no where to go but in your ears(due to the around the ear design). I definitely wouldnt recommend them for listening to bass heavy rap music unless you have control over the EQ(like on the iPod) as these phones do not have their own control. Latency is very minimal to none. I really dont notice any at all.
Overall, these are a hell of a deal. I paid more for my Sony phones and there is little to no bass response and they arent wireless.
Truly, you cannot go wrong with this set no matter what you use them for. They are cheap, yet effective and have more frequency response than $1000 studio monitors. A real treat to work with in the studio.
Every time my wife uses them now she makes the switchover with the power cord, looks at me, shakes her head and says "Can you BELIEVE people were actually COMPLAINING about having to do this?". We just don't get it.
The price was unbelievable when you see what faddish, high-brow brands like Sennheiser are charging ...and they're not as good as this set.
Contrary to some reviews, the swivel some people say is breaking is likely due to some seriously rough handling. I've seen how roughly many people treat their laptops and cell phones dropping them on pavement, tossing them onto the table from 6 feet away, slamming the covers down when done, and I think that's what's happening here. No doubt they have dropped them, kids have gotten ahold of them and twisted and slammed them around some, and then they give a bad review. I saw nothing in the construction that would give me concerns if they're properly treated, as ANY electronic device should be. They are very sturdily-built as far as I can tell. They are light, but don't have a "flimsy" feel to them like the previous cheap Radio Shack set did. Just don't throw it at the wall when you're mad, let a 4-year-old use them, or toss them down the stairs or off a balcony, and you should be fine. Seriously, people.
Battery life is excellent. We've used them for a little over 7 hours straight without any glitch in performance. I suspect the 12 hour battery life mentioned in the owner's manual is an accurate figure. I don't like the likelihood of having to hunt down a replacement proprietary battery when this one goes belly up, but it's well worth it to have a lithium polymer battery. Most other models out there use NiMH batteries, and I even found a few Sony models that STILL USE NiCd batteries. Can you believe it? Nicads??? They're horrible. Lithium rechargeables are the best way to go because they can be recharged at any point in their discharge profile without any appreciable memory effect. They're a perfect match for headphones and I'm frankly surprised all the others don't use this type of battery. Actually ....not so surprised. They're much more expensive than NiMH and the unit comes with the battery installed. Other models provide only alkalines in the box and suggest you use rechargeables. So you have the extra expense of buying new rechargeables for it right away. This unit comes with the LiPo rechargeable in the unit AND a set of (3) alkaline batteries for using the transmitter away from power sources. Good move!
I can only give these the highest possible rating. They are comfortable to wear for long periods, have amazing sound quality, excellent battery life, and the RF range is more than adequate. My wife walked down the hall and into another room without any dropout. Also - the manual makes it sound like you must use the tuning "Link" feature every time you turn them on (press link button on base and headphones simultaneously until blue LED comes on steady showing a link has been made). Not so. Once you link them up, they remember, and you can power down and come back to them the next day and merely power them up again. The link remains every time.
I don't see any downside for these except perhaps the expense of replacing the battery when it wears out, but LiPo batteries have a good lifetime, so that will be years from now.