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Are wireless headphones the future?

post #1 of 30
Thread Starter 

Last night on the ABC show Shark Tank, a guy appeared with a product where you design clothing into pockets that can carry all kinds of devices, route wires etc etc. The part I found very interesting came from Mark Cuban. He pretty much thinks the future is going to be all about wireless headphones. It really got me thinking about a few points.

 

These people are businessmen 1st and foremost, so instantly in my mind I didnt agree with him. I kept thinking, no way my TF10, or Image S4 would be replaced by wireless that would be better. Of course, this site and most of us consider sound quality the most important aspect. Then we have people that are not into the best SQ and might be happy with wireless.

 

So what do my fellow head-fi members think? Will wireless be the future?

Will wireless have superb SQ down the road, or do they already?

Do you see yourself going wireless?

 

These are just a few things to consider, lets discuss it. I want to see how the audiophile group and the non audiophiles are looking to the future.

post #2 of 30

As far as I remember, right now, wireless are fine, but they will not sound as good as with cables, especially high quality ones. 

100$ interconnect > wireless. :)

post #3 of 30
That guy was nothing more than a patent troll.

As for wireless headphones and their potential, search the forum for opinions on the Sennheiser RS220. Although I haven't tried them, the RS220 have been described as sounding similar to a well-driven HD600. If that's indeed true, we've surpassed the point of wireless technologies being merely "good enough", at least for all but the most discerning listener. Of course, the RS220 retails for $600 and are full-sized, but improvements in the technology will allow for miniaturization and cost reductions over time.

So to answer your question: Yes, wireless is the future, whether we're ready for it or not. But I also think that wired products aren't going anywhere, at least in the short-term, as cost will still remain a concern for a while longer.
post #4 of 30
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Originally Posted by kjk1281 View Post

That guy was nothing more than a patent troll.
As for wireless headphones and their potential, search the forum for opinions on the Sennheiser RS220. Although I haven't tried them, the RS220 have been described as sounding similar to a well-driven HD600. If that's indeed true, we've surpassed the point of wireless technologies being merely "good enough", at least for all but the most discerning listener. Of course, the RS220 retails for $600 and are full-sized, but improvements in the technology will allow for miniaturization and cost reductions over time.
So to answer your question: Yes, wireless is the future, whether we're ready for it or not. But I also think that wired products aren't going anywhere, at least in the short-term, as cost will still remain a concern for a while longer.


Interesting post indeed. But it got me wondering how did Sennheiser manage to make the signal so clear? How long is the signal range? Also, does it require an amp? 

post #5 of 30

bluetooth

post #6 of 30

I never realized why bluetooth never got better? why cant they just transfer more information like wireless or something.. i guess when hd voice calls come there has to be something new for headsets than bluetooth other wise you cant cant hd voice calls.

post #7 of 30

Mark Cuban is WRONG on this issue:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WheCO4RgMGI&t=51m40s

 

Scott Jordan, CEO

www.scottevest.com

post #8 of 30

Go buy yourself a pair of  Sennheiser MM 100 bluetooth headphones. I bought a pair, haven't touched my Porta Pro's since, they sound smoother, more refined than the Porta Pro's even on the PA2V2! I just ordered a Creative Labs Bluetooth USB adapter with the apt-X profile on it, then I'm going to buy the Sennheiser MM500 bluetooth headphones, they accept the apt-X profile, and I'll see how they compare to the HD650.

But HELL YES I believe that wireless headphones are the future.

An interesting side note, my avatar was originally an advertisement for a pair of wireless Koss Headphones, hence the message. But really Try the MM100's they blew me away.


Edited by BattleBrat - 3/7/12 at 12:17am
post #9 of 30

Most definitely from a consumer market point of view. The technology for any formidable wireless headphone (forget Bluetooth or IR) is still to expensive right now and you are definitely not getting your money's worth in SQ compared to similarly priced headphones.

 

I once had the please of auditioning the Sennheiser MXW1, a very rarely mentioned and very rarely owned wireless headphone. At $600 they ain't cheap, it sounded nice but definitely did not have the SQ of a $600 headphone, more like a $200 headphone. Although it is one of the only consumer wireless headphones around they don't produce any hiss at all! They were also earbuds and not iems for some reason.


Edited by ProjectDenz - 3/7/12 at 12:32am
post #10 of 30

Wait, you're talking about RF headphones? They are obsolete, bluetooth replaced them.

post #11 of 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by SCOTTEVEST View Post

Mark Cuban is WRONG on this issue:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WheCO4RgMGI&t=51m40s

 

Scott Jordan, CEO

www.scottevest.com


cool idea and you are very well composed and calculated, you were the shark in that tank

post #12 of 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by SCOTTEVEST View Post

Mark Cuban is WRONG on this issue:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WheCO4RgMGI&t=51m40s

 

Scott Jordan, CEO

www.scottevest.com


Hmmmm looking at your products I like it, although I believe that wireless is the future, your products offer a lot more than routing wires, Your SeV Revolution Plus is one minimalist yet feature packed jacket, I think I'll pick one up......

 

post #13 of 30
Thread Starter 

Scott, I better get commission on anything you sell from here since I made the original post.

post #14 of 30

Blue tooth is almost there with the sound quality. I'm waiting or the first Bluetooth 4.0 headphones to pop up. The apt-x is still not all that. Kleer would be awesome if they were smart enough to license their own private spectrum instead of using the already crowded 2.4 ghz. I have a pair of RS180 with a RS160 transmitter and I get so much interference when walking down the street it is maddening. But not having wires snag on things is an excellent trade off. They sound amazing, better than most wired headphones. I just wish they didn't run over 2.4.

 

oh well, lets go bluetooth 4.0 

post #15 of 30

I think Kleer with my Sleek SA6s is decent for casual listing. It is a bit noisy with quiet music.

trunolimit, is bluetooth 4.0 close to or better than Kleer theoretically? If so, I am interested as well.

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