Phiaton PS 20 Bluetooth Stereo Earphones ReviewSun, Aug 12, 2012 - 8:00 AM
Time to Cut The Wires With Bluetooth?
Nearly every single smartphone and laptop being sold today comes with something called Bluetooth Technology. That said, people are still walking around with corded headsets for taking calls and listening to music. Do people know that Bluetooth is a proprietary open wireless technology standard for exchanging data over short distances? When you enable Bluetooth you create a personal area network (PANs) that is fairly secure and it means you don’t have to be tied to your device with a cord!When Phiaton reached out asking if we wanted to take a look at the PS 20 Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds we figured why not as we still see Bluetooth as an emerging technology that still has plenty of room to grow. Over the years we have done plenty of reviews on over-the-ear headphones and noise-cancelling earbuds, but we have never looked at “half in-ear” earphones. The Phiaton PS 20 BT’s feature a unique and ergonomic “half in-ear” design combines the excellent bass response of in-ear style buds with the crystal clear high frequency response of open-ear style headphones.
The Phiaton PS 20 BT comes in a nice looking retail box with a full color front with a metallic inlay that looks sharp. The product is clearly visible and the front of the box tells you just the basics to keep things simple. As the box states, this stereo headset is for listening to music, movies or whatever and can also be used to take calls.
Phiaton PS 20 BT Controller Specifications:
- Communication Network: Bluetooth standard Version 3.0
- Operating Range: Within 10m
- Bluetooth Profile: Support A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
- Battery: lithium polymer DC3.7V / 150mA
- Battery Life: 250 Hours Standby / 6 Hours Calling & Music
- Microphone Frequency Response : 10 ~ 4,000Hz
- Microphone Sensitivity: -40 dB
- Microphone Noise Cancellation: Yes
- Dimensions: 51 x 30 x 17( mm)
- Weight: 16 g
Phiaton PS 20 BT Earphone Specifications:
- Driver Type: 14.3mm Dynamic
- Sensitivity: 110 dB/mW
- Frequency Response: 15 ~ 22,000Hz
- Impedance: 32 ohms
- THD: Less than 1% at 1 kHz
- Sensitivity: 101dB at 1 kHz
- Maximum input power: 30 mW
- Weight: 13 g
- Cord Length: 1.2 m
Inside the box you’ll find the USB to micro-USB charging cable, neck strap, four sizes of silicon ear tips (XS, S, M, L) and of course the Phiaton PS 20 BT Earphones. Take not that no AC adapter is included for charging, so you have to use a USB port.
We were also shocked to see that Phiaton included a carrying pouch that was reminiscent of the pinch-open coin pouches of the 1980’s (the kind you pinch the ends together and it pops open like a fish mouth). You also get the instructions and a product registration card.
The Phiaton PS 20 BT stereo headset has an MSRP of $129, but the street price is $87.73 shipped. Spending $90 on a headset might be out of the question for some, but before you gasp at the price you have to remember all the parts that go into these. Not only do you have all the regular headset components, but you also have the rechargeable battery pack, the circuit board with the Bluetooth 3.0 chip and of course the microphone and noise canceling software.