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Bluetooth over-the-ear headphones for PS3 and iPad/iPhone

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Hello headphone wearers,

 

I am looking for some nice sounding, comfortable Bluetooth over-the-ear headphones that I can use to listen to TV/Movies/PS3 (when my girlfriend is sleeping) and also to music on my iPad (iOS 7.1.2) and iPhone 5 (presuming the same iOS as the iPad). With less of a focus on also being able to use them occasionally on my Toshiba desktop computer running Windows 8 (this currently connects well (make that well for Windows 8 - iOS is so much nicer to manage bluetooth connections) to a Samsung bluetooth soundbar so fingers crossed bluetooth headphones would work also).

 

I would love some advice from experienced users on which model to go for. I know sound is very subjective but I am a little lost and any help would be greatly appreciated.

 

I like the idea of being wire free and am okay with some loss in sound quality for the added freedom. I am definitely not an audiophile. I just want a wireless headphone that sounds pretty nice, is comfortable and which is not too expensive.

 

All the TV sound comes from the PS3, which is used for Movies, Games and TV (using PlayTV). The TV is a Toshiba 37XV500A which is about 6 years old and would not have Bluetooth. I am pretty sure the PS3 has Bluetooth but if the purchased headphones don’t work directly with the PS3 or the TV, perhaps some sort of "bluetooth adapter" would solve that problem (at least until I upgrade to a more modern TV) so that I can buy one headphone for all purposes?

 

I mainly listen to rock (indie rock, electro rock, pop rock and alternative rock) and electronic music (dance / electronica). I also intend to listen to meditation music using the headphones (wires are annoying for this).

 

I can’t really see myself wearing big headphones down the street or on a plane - the ones I am looking at are pretty big and I would feel like I am wearing satellite dishes on my ears - but who knows, that might change once I start using some.

 

The local stores here only seem to have the mainstream brands (eg Beats, Monster, Skull Candy etc) and of those the stocked Bluetooth options seem limited. I tried on the Beats Studio wireless but didn’t find them to be very comfortable and online these seem to not get the best reviews.

 

Due to the limited range locally I probably won't have the option of pre purchase listening / demoing unfortunately. I am in Australia so will likely not have the luxury of returning an online headphone purchase if I don’t like their sound / comfort etc due to freight costs.

 

From my online research, I have narrowed it down to the following headphones (probably in that order):

+ Sony MDR1-RBTMK2  

+ AKG K 845BT

+ Harman / Kardan HARKAR-BT

+ Parrot Zik (it seems like these only sound good using the app?? No good for movies / games then?))

+ Sennheiser MM 500-X

+ Pendulumic Stance S1 (why on earth would they make them only in brown?)

 

I am leaning towards the Sony MDR1-RBTMK2's but apparently they don't work with the PS3 (go figure, its Sony to Sony) so that has stalled / confused my decision. Perhaps an adapter would fix that?

 

I am not so keen on an app-dependant headphone so I seem to have discounted the Parrot Zik's.

 

I am not really fussed about noise cancellation so that is not a deciding factor.

 

I am not worried about being able to skip tracks directly with the headphone - but volume control would be good.

 

I am not concerned with using a microphone for phone calls or skyping - this is purely for listening.

 

I don’t want any leather (I am vego) so I have discounted the Harman / Kardan HARKAR-BT's (their website says "Leather Finish - Parts of the product use leather finish for luxurious touch and feel". I am not sure if that means it uses real leather, or just has a leather look as it is a bit ambiguous?) and the Pendulumic Stance S1's (their website talks of hand picked protein leather which I presume is from animal sources).

 

Comfort is an important factor for me. I probably wouldn’t wear them continuously on an 8 hour flight or anything like that but I would at least want them to feel comfortable when watching a 3 hour+ movie.

 

Any ideas / suggestions based on the above?

 

Thanks so much in advance for any help.


Edited by sunnyb0y - 9/4/14 at 4:06pm
post #2 of 5

Quick thoughts: The best method of Bluetooth Audio transmission is called "APTX". Some things support it, some don't. Macs do, but iDevices don't (yet? IOS8 maybe?). If you're going to listen to music, you want that as a preference. However, the one pair of BT headphones I have here that has APTX (from Pendulumic) sounded fine from my iPad, though supposedly it shouldn't.

 

What is the deal with the Sony Playstation and the Sony headphones? Does it specifically say the Sonys aren't supported? Does the PS3 support BT headphones?

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Quote:

Quick thoughts: The best method of Bluetooth Audio transmission is called "APTX". Some things support it, some don't. Macs do, but iDevices don't (yet? IOS8 maybe?). If you're going to listen to music, you want that as a preference. However, the one pair of BT headphones I have here that has APTX (from Pendulumic) sounded fine from my iPad, though supposedly it shouldn't.

 

Thank you Currawong.

 

aptX - ah ok thanks, I will do some more research on that and make sure what I buy has aptX. I read something about that in another thread mentioning it as a must for high end bluetooth headphones. Looks like the Sony MDR1-RBTMK2's

Harman / Kardan HARKAR-BT's and the Sennheiser MM 500-X's have apt-X. I can't tell with the AKG K 845BT's or the Parrot Zik's.

 

The Pendulumic Stance S1's look awesome (the website copy is sensational), but I think they have real leather so I will avoid.

 

Quote:
What is the deal with the Sony Playstation and the Sony headphones? Does it specifically say the Sonys aren't supported? Does the PS3 support BT headphones?

 

That's what I think too. The PS3 has bluetooth. In my online research it sounded like bluetooth headphones work for microphones (so you can talk to other players etc) but that the game / tv / movie sounds do not come through the headphones, but apparently instead come through the TV speakers. Seems weird to not have the option to have all the sound come through the headphones.

 

When I was reading amazon user reviews and questions and answers someone asked about whether Sony MDR1-RBTMK2's work with the PS3 and No was the answer. That's all I have to work with unfortunately (it's not exactly a definitive answer) as I am not in a position to test without having some Bluetooth headphones. I am hoping I have got my wires crossed on that - I'd love to hear confirmation or otherwise on that from a PS3 user.

 

Thanks again.


Edited by sunnyb0y - 9/4/14 at 4:07pm
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As far as vegetarian leathers in headphones go, I contacted these brands directly about the following models and was advised that these definitely use synthetic leathers only (no animal based leather is used):

+ Sony MDR1-RBTMK2  

+ AKG K 845BT

+ Parrot Zik

+ Pendulumic Stance S1

+ Jabra Revo Wireless

post #5 of 5
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I ended up buying a pair of the Sony MDR1-RBTMK2 headphones and an Avantree Priva bluetooth transmitter. I love the headphones and the Priva works nicely, they will both do me just fine.

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