September 2, 2014

Phiaton PS 20 BT Bluetooth Stereo Headset review

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[dropcap_1] I [/dropcap_1] n the market for some Bluetooth headphones?  You may want to check out Phiaton’s PS 20 BT Bluetooth Stereo Headset as they’ve quickly become our favorite headphones around the house.  I love to use them for when I ride my bicycle or mow the grass and my wife uses them for when she goes on long runs.

To be honest, I had never heard of Phiaton until recently so I had no idea as to what sort of quality to expect. That said, they had a sharp looking website and their products were pretty, if not sleek and stylish.  But you know the adage of books and covers…

Pulled out of the box, I noticed just how lightweight and flexible the cord was, and how sharp they looked overall.  Paired over Bluetooth in a matter of seconds, these were clipped to my shirt and ready to go.  One of the things I liked most about these is that they are part in-ear and part outside-the-ear.  Seeing as how many of us prefer one style over the other, it’s safe to say that these don’t go too far in the direction you don’t like.

Getting back to that “cord” for a moment, I’d like to elaborate on how or why this Bluetooth headset has one.  It’s not to tether to your phone or tablet, but rather to allow quick and simple access to music controls and calling features.  How long is it?  At 1.2m it reaches the end of a short sleeve T-shirt with a little slack, but not too much.

Moving on to the controller.. need to turn that Carly Rae Jepsen song up really loud?  Simply reach over to your sleeve and crank it!  Want to turn mom down because she yells into the phone?  Ditto. Other music controls include fast forward, rewind, stop, pause, and play.  For calls, the controller allows you to answer a call without needing to go to your phone.  Hang up and your back to your music!

[quote_left] …quickly become our favorite headphones around the house. [/quote_left] As far as materials are concerned, the Phiaton PS 20 BT Bluetooth Stereo Headset comes with four different sizes of silicon tips to make sure that they fit all shapes and ears. Calls sound quite nice and music works across all genres.  Lows are better than expected and mid-range and highs are as crisp as we’ve heard elsewhere.  Additionally, the headset comes with a carrying pouch for portability and storage  for the charger.

Talk and music playback time is listed as 6 hours which sounds pretty accurate.  At 250 hours of standby time, it’s far more than I or my wife need between charges and use.  If there’s one complaint we both have it is that we don’t know how much juice is left before it needs to be charged.  Typically, we will charge (microUSB) after each use or in the car before she does a run and we’ll be alright.  However, she’s been out running in the neighborhood and have it go completely dead on her without a warning.  Again, if you have good habits and keep up on it, this is not really an issue.  Don’t tell her, but I could do a better job of plugging them back in when done.

You can pick up a pair of Phiaton PS 20 BT Bluetooth Stereo Headset through a variety of outlets, including Amazon, Best Buy, and Newegg.  Listed at $129.99 they are as nice as other models we’ve tested, including corded “premium” headsets. Shop around and you’ll see anything from $88.00 – $129 with Amazon often coming in as the lowest.