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01 .Introduction

wireless headphones

Headphones are an ideal way to listen to music or TV without disturbing others in the room. They can also help shut out the surrounding ambient noise, letting you enjoy your latest album or movie without having to turn the volume up too much. Unfortunately, a standard pair of headphones with a cable can limit where you listen – a problem if you are watching TV and want to sit a few metres away.

CHOICE tested 12 headphones that use wireless technology to transmit audio from a televisionmusic system or radio to the listener, with some of the models allowing you to move around the room or throughout your home while you listen. Households with one or two members who are hearing impaired can use wireless headphones with the volume levels set to suit, while the rest of the house listens to the TV at normal volume levels.

Some loss in audio quality when using wireless headphones compared to the same-quality headphones with a cable is inevitable. However, the overall sound quality of the top-performing models in this test is still surprisingly good.

Models tested

  • AKG K912
  • Creative Labs WP-300
  • Jaybird SB2
  • Philips SHD8600
  • Philips SHC5100
  • Philips SHC2000
  • Sennheiser RS110
  • Sennheiser RS170
  • Sennheiser PX 210 BT
  • Sony MDR-RF4000K
  • Sony MDR-RF925
  • TDK WR700

How we test

All 12 headphones were given to six trialists (three male, three female) with ages ranging from 25 to 71 to determine how the headphones perform for comfort, ease of use and ability to keep out ambient noise. Each user wore the headphones for a period of at least one hour to simulate normal use.

Technical tests take into account internal noise, passive noise reduction, frequency response and total harmonic distortion.

Range is tested by measuring the maximum distance at which the signal can be received without noticeable interference or degradation.

Ease of use is assessed on how easy the controls are to use, and how easy the headphones can be adjusted and cleaned. The headphones are also assessed for comfort and the score is a combination of scores submitted by a user trial as well as our tester’s evaluation.

Energy Our tester measures the energy consumption of the power adapter both on standby and during use. Where applicable, products may meet legal requirements even if we score them 0%; however we believe that if even if one product can maintain less than 1 W on standby, then all the others should be able to.


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Adam's opinion:

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2 MONTHS AGO | I bought the Russell Hobbs Steamgilde a couple of weeks ago on the back of this review. To my mind it's a good iron for the price - does what it says it does. There are only two drawbacks. The first is that it's a little heavy for my liking, though not excessively. The other is that there's a pinhole in the water reservoir cover which leads directly to the reservoir. I'm not sure why it's there, but if the iron gets moved around a lot (I tend to iron in a hurry) small amounts of water come out of the pinhole and it either drips down the iron when it's standing and pools on the ironing board, or ends up on the clothing.



Glenys's opinion:

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1 MONTH AGO | What does ns mean under Drip Protection?
Philips PerfectCare Azur GC4912/30



Jens's opinion:

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11 MONTHS AGO | Will there be an updated iron review soon? Thanks.



Kate's opinion:

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1 YEAR AGO | Unrelated to the test results of Choice recommending the Sunbeam iron, I purchased a Sunbeam Verve 68 Resilium iron last year but it has been the worst iron I have ever used. Similar to other comments posted here, I found the water leaked and spattered over clothes during use, leaving wet patches, so I am not pleased with this Sunbeam iron and intend to replace it - yet Sunbeam have had such a good reputation up until now. There is clearly a fault in its manufacture as other Choice members seem to have had the same problem of leakage and spattering. I will not purchase a Sunbeam iron again.



Eva D's opinion:

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2 YEARS AGO | No mention on what any of these irons cost to run, is there?
Typically these are all 2400W irons, so if you use one just for one hour its 2.4KWH. Lets say you iron on average 10 hours a week, at typical peak electricity rates here in Victoria that will be $125 a quarter, $500 a year.
We have a Phillips GC4420, but it cost too much to use it during the week, so we only use it weekends and public holidays - off peak rates.
For little jobs during the week we have a small Sunbeam Pro Travel ($32). It only uses 600W and does a surprisingly good job. Even at 600W we still use it sparingly to keep costs down.
We know people who never iron anything, apart from small touchups, and others that spend every day ironing practically everything. We're somewhere in between, but it still costs way too much!
Also why we boil the kettle on the gas stove rather than use an electric.


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