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Razer Adaro Wireless: Great audio without the cables

Published on May 7, 2014 5:12 PM
 
Razer Adaro Wireless

Hate those always-tangled cables of your headphones? You can try a pair of wireless music headphones, such as the Razer Adaro Wireless Bluetooth headphones.

They are one of the company's latest Adaro lifestyle audio products not specifically targeted at gamers. This is the only one that does away with cables. The Adaro Wireless uses Bluetooth 4.0 to connect to your laptops, smartphones and tablets.

It comes with a micro-USB charging cable in Razer's signature green. But there is nary a touch of green elsewhere on these headphones.

The headphones are black except for a metallic Razer logo encircled by a silver rim on both earcups. The design is simple but classy.

At the base of the left earcup is a power/pairing button, a micro-USB connector, a playback button and a small LED light.

Pairing it with your Bluetooth devices is really easy. Hold down the power/pairing button for 3sec and select "Razer Adaro Wireless" from the list of Bluetooth devices found.

Once pairing is effected, the LED light will flash blue five times and you will hear a voice message saying it is connected. Once paired, the headphones automatically reconnect to the paired device, even if the Adaro Wireless has been turned off for a while.

Having reviewed many gaming headsets and audio headphones, I felt that most of them were really heavy, especially after hours of wearing. However, the first thing you realise when you put on the Adaro Wireless is how lightweight it feels.

Even after I had spent hours listening to music, the headband never felt as if it was clamped over my head. The ear cushions cupped my ears nicely, yet did not make me feel uncomfortably warm. These are among the most comfy headphones I have ever tried.

Inside each ear cup is a 40mm neodymium magnet driver that is supposed to be custom tuned by Razer audio engineers.

The result is strong punchy bass and clear vocals with distinct trebles with pop music or hard rock. With classical music, you can easily pick out the different instruments in play.

Perhaps, the best thing about the Adaro Wireless is how liberating it is. I could move about in my study, yet stay connected to my music.

On the downside, even though the range is supposed to be 10m, there was interference when I was seated in front of my paired computer. The connection dropped when it was only 4m away from the computer.

Playing time was supposed to be around 20 hours. But it was more like 17 to 18 hours.

A full charge takes about 21/2 hours. If you do not relish having to charge your headphones every day, there is always the option of the cheaper wired Adaro Stereos ($159.90).

  • For audiophiles, wireless headphones are blasphemy. But for the rest of us, Razer’s Adaro Wireless are good headphones to have for great audio minus wires.

trevtan@sph.com.sg

This article was first published in The Straits Times Digital Life on May 7, 2014.

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TECH SPECS

Price: $229.90

Impedance: 32ohms

Sensitivity: 91db

Connectivity: Bluetooth

Weight: 197g


RATING

Features 4/5

Design 4/5

Performance 4/5

Value for money 4/5

Overall 4/5