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Phiaton PS 20 Bluetooth Stereo Earphones Review
|Product:||PS 20 BT Headset|
|Date:||Sun, Aug 12, 2012 - 08:00 AM|
|Written By:||Nathan Kirsch -|
Final Thoughts and Conclusion
The PS 20 BT features full inline musical controls to let you take charge of all the songs in your music library. You have FF, REW, PLAY, STOP, PAUSE, Vol+, Vol- all located on the in-line controllers, which is nice as you don't have to locate the smartphone or the device it is hooked up to in order to do something like skip a song.
On the side of the controller you can see the lock button along with
the micro-USB port that is kept covered by a small rubber door. This
cover it nice as it keeps pocket lint and dirt from getting into the
charge port. The circular hole on the right side of the controller is
where the neck strap or a lanyard of your choice can easily connect.
The controller also features an answer button to allow you to answer
phone calls, and then resume listening to your music when finished. Just
to the right of the answer button you have a round device that is the
on and off button for the PS 20 BT. Notice that on the bottom of the
controller you have a clip. Phiaton calls this a 'Clip and Go'
controller as it easily attaches to your bag or clothing so everything
is within easy reach. The cord that goes from the controller to the
earphones is approximately 18-inches long.
Phiaton designed the the PS 20 BT with musicality and overall audio
quality as the number one priority, which is fine by us as we mainly use
a headset for music and movies. The PS 20 BTs' feature powerful 14.3mm
drivers that are easily capable of producing crisp and accurate sound.
Most importantly, the unique "half in-ear" design of the earphones
allows them to be worn just outside the ear canal for a comfortable fit.
Having a headset that feels nice is key as most of us listen to music
for hours on end.
The Phiaton PS 20 BT has a feature called MaxBass, which refers to a dual-chamber structure inside the earphone’s housing that allows for better air movement and, supposedly, better bass response.
We tried out the Phiaton PS 20 BT on our Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone that was running Android 4.0.4 and had no issues pairing the device. The Samsung Galaxy S III supports Bluetooth v4.0, so it should easily support all of the Bluetooth v3.0 features of this headset. Pairing so simple that we didn't even have to enter in the default pin (0000) in order to sync the two devices together.
People often assume that Bluetooth devices don't have the same sound quality versus a wired connection, but we couldn't tell a difference. Technically, there is some loss of quality when using Bluetooth A2DP vs. wired. However, it is not a difference that we could hear when testing the headphones! We were able to get about 31 feet away from the Galaxy S III before the audio started to break up when in line-of-sight with the device. This distance is normal for Bluetooth devices, so no issues with pairing or distance. The Phiaton PS 20 can connect to up to eight devices at once, so those with many devices are in luck.
Final Thoughts and Conclusions:
If you are looking to cut the cord between your smartphone or laptop then you should certainly give a pair of Bluetooth wireless earbuds a chance. We were shocked how well they sounded, but then again these were designed from the ground up for music. The bass quality stands out as being exceptional, but you can thank the large 14.3mm drivers for that. We were able to get a solid 5-6 hours out of the Phiaton PS 20 BT headphones when listening to music, so the battery life is as advertised.
The one thing we should note is that when in airplane mode, Bluetooth functionality is disabled. One of our favorite places to use wireless devices like this headset is inside a cramped airplane. Sadly you can't do that unless you want to break a few FAA rules in the process. The use of wireless devices inside an airplane when it comes to safety is still being debated, but will likely change in the next several years.
The Phiaton PS 20 BT Headset for $87.73 shipped and are backed by a one year warranty. There are less expensive models of wireless earbuds out there, but they are generally made for taking phone calls and not for listening to music. We found no major faults with the Phiaton PS 20 BT headphones and recommend trying them out if you want to give Bluetooth audio a shot!
Legit Bottom Line: The Phiaton PS 20 BT headphones sound great and we love the freedom that Bluetooth gives!
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