My old headphones have blown up, leaving me to try and find a new pair of wireless cans.  I found some on eBay that were around £10, but depending on the seller they were going for anywhere from £8 – £20.

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Inside the box, you get the headphones, transmitter, 3.5mm – 3.5mm audio cable, 3.5mm to 2x phonos cable, and attached to the transmitter is a cable to 2x phonos.  The box also includes a very basic instruction booklet.

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These headphones need 2 AAA batteries, as does the transmitter.  The headphones themselves can be used to auto-scan FM radio without the transmitter, and while it does work well, it was exactly mind-blowing quality.  On the underside of the headphones is the 3.5mm audio jack, letting you use the headphones in a wired mode, if desired.

To use the headphones in wireless mode, you need to turn on the transmitter, then the headphones in that order.  I tested in various modes, both wired, and wireless from various sources but the volume never seemed loud enough.  The sound quality is pretty good:  there’s decent treble and decent enough bass, but the lack of volume makes it difficult to tell.  It’s a surprise then, that the FM radio mode’s volume is actually more than enough.

You can use these headphones as a monitoring system as well: leave the transmitted in one room, and keep the headphones on.  You can hear fairly clearly what is going on, thanks to the built-in microphone on the transmitter.

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For the price of these cans, you really can’t go wrong.  The downside was the volume level from every source by built-in FM Radio.  If you are looking for a great, but cheap pair of wireless headphones, head over to eBay:  you’ll find some great deals, but if you want that volume, look elsewhere.

Update 2014:

Since this review was written, i have found this item again for cheaper in home bargain stores.  I noticed a pair in B&M recently for £4.99 and £6.99.  The product still suffers from the volume issue we had, but it’s still a fantastic buy for the money.  The biggest problem I can see if that in wireless mode, the headphones are only mono sound when you directly connect the using a cable.

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