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06.2009 test results

 

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Results table

Full results for all models are shown in the table below.

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS FEATURES
Brand/model (in rank order) Overall score (%) Performance score (%) Ease of use score (%) Standby energy score (%) Range score (%) Earcup type Headband / neckband Transmitter type Claimed range (m) Measured range (m) Claimed battery life (hours) Weight (g)* Charging dock Price ($)
Verbatim 41925 (A)
www.verbatim.com.au
72 74 62 100 56 On-ear, closed Neck BT 10 4 4 45 110
Sennheiser RS 140 (A)
www.sennheiser.com
61 63 75 0 62 Over-ear, closed Head FM 100 51 23 291 450
Philips SHC 1300
www.philips.com.au
57 59 68 0 78 On-ear, closed Head IR 7 5.5 15 154 100
Sennheiser RS130 (A)
www.sennheiser.com
56 58 70 0 57 Over-ear, open Head FM 100 42 22 275 350
Philips SBC HC8540
www.philips.com.au
54 59 64 0 48 Over ear, closed Head FM 100 25 15 331 250
Philips SBC HC8440
www.philips.com.au
53 55 69 0 52 Over-ear, closed Head FM 100 32 15 224 200
Sennheiser RS 120
www.sennheiser.com
52 51 68 0 59 On-ear, open Head FM 100 45 20 228 250
Sony MDR-IF140K
www.sony.com.au
42 17 70 77 78 On-ear, closed Head IR 7 5.5 60 126 139
Sony MDR-IF240RK
www.sony.com.au
41 18 69 70 66 On-ear, closed Head IR 7 4 35 128 229

(A) Discontinued, but may be available in some stores.

Using the table

Scores The overall score is made up of:

  • Performance: 55%
  • Ease of use: 30%
  • Standby energy: 10%
  • Range: 5%

Price Recommended retail, as of February 2009.

How we test

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.

Energy Our testers measure 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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