Bluetooth headphones have gotten a bad rap over the years, and deservedly so. Whether it was their lack of comfort, poor battery life, poor sound quality, or high price, such issues caused most consumers to simply stick with wired headphones. Fortunately, recent generations of Bluetooth headphones paired to devices with Bluetooth 4.0 capability have solved nearly all of those issues, and are now just as worthy of consideration as most of their wired counterparts. Silicon Devices’ Silicon Comfort+ Headphones is one such product that may make you leave the wires behind for good.
The Silicon Comfort+ Headphones come in a deluxe package. Contents include the headphones themselves with a default pair of rubber earpieces, additional rubber earpieces and earlocks, a shirt clip, a short MicroUSB charging cable, a carrying case, and an instruction manual.
It takes just a few hours to charge the headphones (officially about 1.5 hours for a full charge). Once charged, pairing is simple; add Silicon to your Bluetooth device list. The headphones paired right away with my iPhone 6 Plus, but these also work with Android, computer, and other devices that support Bluetooth. In supported devices, you not only get to listen to audio, but can take phone calls thanks to the built-in microphone.
The Silicon Comfort+ Headphones support Bluetooth CSR 8635 v4.0 + EDL at a working distance of 10 meters. Talk time is rated at four to six hours with a standby time of 150 hours. A built-in voice announces connection status.
The sound quality of the Silicon Comfort+ Headphones is surprisingly good, if not quite perfect. Whatever sound processing is taking place in the headset delivers hiss-free vocals and instruments with strong bass response. The only real negative is that this processing made some of the music I listened to feel a bit sterile, i.e., too “clean” to me. With that said, I’m not sure if it’s fair to call that a negative in the traditional sense, since I’m not really used to that type of clarity from the other Bluetooth headsets I’ve been using. I suspect over time I’ll get used to the enhanced precision these headphones offer. Oh, and speaking of other Bluetooth headsets, the maximum volume these go to put other headsets to shame. These go to 11.
Despite the nice selection of included earpieces and earlocks, I found the default earpieces fit my ears perfectly, with a simple twist providing a nice, secure “seal,” helping keep unwanted sound out and the earphones in. The aesthetics and build quality are excellent, though I did sometimes find that the soft cord connecting the two earphones was a bit annoying on the back of my neck depending upon what shirt I was wearing (particularly with a collared shirt; no doubt the reason why a shirt clip is included). Access to the buttons is fairly intuitive and should become second nature with just a few days of use.
Finally, it should be noted that the headset is sweatproof, but not waterproof, so they’re ideal for vigorous exercise, but not swimming.
Although these are presently sold out on Amazon, they usually retail for just under $50 on there. With coupon code F3J3PFPD, you can even get an extra 10% off. Even without that discount code, though, these represent a tremendous value for the audio quality and included extras.