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Using the headphones is generally a fairly painless experience, though there are some aspects that could do with some extra thought. To activate the headphones you need to hold down buttons on both the receiver and the headphones, which will then activate the connection and allow you to start using them.
This is fine, and the connect button on the headphones has been smartly integrated into the top of the right hand headphone. You can also adjust the volume easily by pressing down on the bottom or top of the right hand headphone.
As mentioned previously, there’s also a Bass Boost mode which is activated by holding down the volume up and connect buttons on the right hand headphone. When wearing the headphones this can be rather awkward to do, and it would be nice to have a simpler way of activating this feature.
The wireless connectivity is provided via Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR (Enhanced Data Rate), with a reported maximum range of ten metres. In reality this is rather optimistic, with five metres or less being the optimal range for uninterrupted listening. Once you begin to wander further off, the headphones struggle with movement resulting in skipping and other audible anomalies.
For the purposes of living room or bedroom use, though, this is generally sufficient, and it ought to be added that the range is in any direction – so it is possible to be on a different floor and still listen to music provided you’re in range. As a general rule, however, these headphones are most likely to be used in conjunction with an MP3 player – making the range rather less of an issue.
The iPod adapters, of which there are six, are connected to the bottom of the receiver providing secure connections to fifth generation 30 and 60GB iPods, fourth generation 20 and 40GB, the iPod mini and iPod nano. Generally these adapters worked well, though for the purposes of keeping a player in a pocket you could probably do without them.
Probably the best feature of the headphones is the design; they are simply incredibly comfortable to wear. At first you might be confused as to how to wear them, but once on you’ll barely notice them. Two flexible rubber loops slip in behind the ear, and the headphones are very secure making them ideal for jogging or going to the gym.
All of which leaves us with the thorny issue of sound quality, and here the FreePulse headphones show their true form. For listening to compressed audio files they do a decent enough job, but for £46 you’re paying a moderate premium for what are otherwise a fairly average set of headphones.
Mid-range performance is fairly solid, with good clear vocals but the higher end sound is noticeably compressed with rather distant and ill-defined percussion.
The Bass Boost is fine at lower volumes, adding warmness to the sound, but at higher volumes it’s rather overpowering and distracting. Moreover, it’s easy to mistake thumping bass for good quality sound, and I’d take crispness over labouring bass in most instances.
What this underlines is that Logitech’s FreePulse Wireless Headphones are really more of a convenience than a serious headphone solution. They’re great for tooling around with an MP3 player, and at times they’re useful for casual film watching and gaming, but beyond this they are limited. That said, if convenience is what you’re looking for then the FreePulse Wireless Headphones will serve you well.
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