Portable DJ style headphones from Audio Technica, $50.
Features include a compact style, with over ear cups. The headphones come in a variety of colours such as white, black, green/black and blue/black. There is a built in smartphone mic that allows you to take calls through the headphone, as well as a button control for volume on the 1.2m cable. The long cable minimises uncomfortable pulling and tangling. The headphones and design with 36mm drivers (inner circle inside ear cup) that provide optimum sound with portability.
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Features and Use:
The headphones are quite light (only 90 grams) which makes them very easy to travel with on commutes to work or on long haul plane fights. The portability of this product is excellent because of the feature that enables the of swivelling the ear cup to lie flat in bags or suitcases. The flexibility also means that the ear cups are versatile for any head shape and it also has a retractable headband meaning it can alter and adjust for different head shapes. The noise isolation is quite good for a small pair of headphones however it does not block out everything so you can commute safely without your situation awareness being phased. The sleek and stylish structure of this headphone means that it is comfortable for everyday wear and is quite a trendy style. As stated above, the addition of the microphone to the headphone cable allows incoming calls to be received through the headphone and headphone microphone. There is also a button for volume which makes the sound easier and swifter to adjust.
Website and youtube reviews say many positive things about the headphones and their portability. A common theme throughout the reviews that they are meant for light wear and are practical for commutes and easy to pack. Another point throughout all the reviews was the quality for price as $50 is quite cheap for headphones, and these seem to be the very best quality, of all the brands in this price range. Websites of reviews are listed below and in the bibliography:
This website says that Audio Technica is the number 1 headphone brand.
Competing brands of Audio Technia are Pioneer, Bose and Beats are said to produce high quality headphones and other sound goods. However, there are a limited range of high quality sound and structured headphones, like the ATH-S100IS, at a low price range. One competing product is from Panasonic, the RPHTX7 headphone. It is $50 but is not as portable as the Audio Technica headphones. Another product is the SRH145m headphone from Shure, however its design is not as comfortable as the Audio Technica headphones.
At a small price to pay for headphones, it is a wonder how high the quality is. However, they are made of hard durable plastic, with comfortable padding and produce excellent sound. The Audio Technica ATH-S100IS headphones are only $50 dollars which is an easy price to pay for the high quality headphones that they are.
The Audio Technica brand is not as well-known in main stream society as other brands such as Beats and Bose, which have been endorsed by famous celebrities and athletes. However, this brand is known in the music industry for producing exceptional speakers and other professional studio headphones and equipment.
There are not many environmental considerations because the headphones are made of plastic which is damaging to the environment when disposed. However as the headphones are considered a durable good, the plastic will not be worn out for a very long time while using the product.