[This article has been re-posted/edited from our old website]
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Intro, Device Overview and Comparison to Predecessor:
In my previous review of the Logitech Bluetooth audio adapter, I shared how much I appreciate the convenience of Bluetooth connections over standard wired connections. I happen to also be a lover of music. Fellow music lovers will appreciate good sound and will notice poor sound. It is for this reason that a few years ago I decided to stop getting my music through shady Youtube to MP3 converters and switch to a legitimate streaming service (currently Beats Music). To make the best use of such a subscription, I needed a good set of headphones which I could use to enjoy this high quality music. So I purchased the Bose Soundlink Bluetooth Headphones. A solid set of headphones they were, but they came at a cost ($250 to be exact!) It is of course nice to have a top quality pair of headphones around for at home listening needs. However, when you go to the gym, to a big city like New York city, or even to school, it is very hard to bring a $250 pair of headphones with you. The worries of the headphones being lost, stolen or broken outweigh the sound quality. For this reason, I like to have a pair of “throw around” headphones that get the job done, but if broken or stolen wouldn’t make me stay up nights. It was over two years ago when I found the Kinivo BTH220 Bluetooth Headphones on Amazon for a mere $25. For headphones with Bluetooth capabilities, this price point seemed nearly too good to be true, even for the lowest quality headphones. After purchasing these headphones I was pleasantly surprised. They weren’t the most stylish pair of headphones nor did the sound blow me away but everything in perspective. Noise cancellation was passive and minimal, sound quality was adequate and the battery life was great. I only had to charge the battery every couple of weeks, using the headphones a couple of times per week for about a half hour each time. All of this for only $25! For these reasons, when my BTH220s finally stopped working (a two year lifetime for a product of this price is excellent, especially considering exposure to sweat at the gym) there was little thought required before purchasing the BTH220’s successor: the BTH240.
The BTH 220s (left) and 240s (right)
The 220s are now $20 and the 240s take the $25 price point on Amazon. Everything I loved about the headphones’ predecessor is still present, but subtle improvements help give these dirt cheap headphones a more premium feel than before. This is the review of Kinivo’s BTH240 Bluetooth Headphones.
Design and Sound Quality:
The BTH240s still have a relatively flimsy, plastic design.
The 240s look sleeker and higher quality than the 220s, but the buttons are harder to feel for while wearing the headphones because they are flush with the earcup, as opposed to the 220s whose buttons were slightly raised. The 240s feel tighter around my ear than the 220s but in a way that makes them feel secure rather than uncomfortable. I can now bend over without worrying about the headphones falling off of my head. There is still a blue, blinking LED light on the headphones which some people were bothered by, but personally, I couldn’t care less. For charging, the 240s now use a standard micro USB cable (the same one used for all Android phones and most other headphones and accessories) instead of the dedicated cord used with the 220s. This is a convenient and welcomed change. Sound quality is still good considering the price of the device. In a noisy, crowded gym with music playing on their speakers, I was still able to concentrate on my music.
As I mentioned before, the 220s blew me away with how long the battery lasted. The 240s promise an additional two hours (ten hours total per charge) and this has so far held true for my usage. This is only five hours less than the $250 Bose headphones I mentioned earlier at one-tenth of the price.
So far, the BTH 240s have impressed me just as much as their predecessor. $25 will buy you a solid, portable Bluetooth set of headphones that last ten hours on a single charge. The catch? Nothing so far. Sound quality isn’t comparable to top of the line headphones and noise cancellation is only good enough to fully cancel out conversations and relatively quiet noises, but this is to be expected given this price point of headphones. The 240s have been more comfortable than most other budget headphones I have used, and I wouldn’t be terribly uncomfortable using these headphones for extended periods of time.
Review at a Glance:
The Good: Battery life, price, Bluetooth connection
The Acceptable: Comfort, ergonomics, sound quality
The Not So Good: Appearance, noise isolation
In case you decide to purchase these headphones for yourself, I have provided the Amazon link below. Questions, comments or greetings are always encouraged in the comments section. Thank you for reading Morning Coffee Tech and we’ll see you in the next post. (Feel free to follow us on Twitter @amcoffeetech!)
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Kinivo-BTH240-Bluetooth-Stereo-Headphone/dp/B00AWIPITS/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1444610293&sr=8-1-fkmr1&keywords=kinivo+bth440