Once your child gets a bit older, one of the first requests you’re going to get is for decent headphones. Sales of all portable tech goes up at this time of year – driven by the oparents of older teens who are digging in to their exam studies, new College or Uni courses – and there’s always a surge in sales of laptops, phones, PCs… and of course the essential Headphones for teens to accompany all of them.
And no, the cheapy ones simply won’t do. They need to be able to HEAR the bass, and look cool, and be at a price point which won’t make a parent frankly weep (Im looking at YOU Sennheiser).
So we were really pleased when Edifier asked us if we’d like to review the H880 headphones. Well – I say ‘we’. I was pleased and interested. The 13yr old may have bitten my hand off.
This is how they look on the Edifier site:
Yes. Quite. I mean, I may be ‘old’ (I’m not, btw) – but they look pretty darned cool, yes?
But – we’ve had cool-looking headsets before, and they have either just not done the job, or they have been great – until they have failed and broken. Good Looks, in our experience, come at the expense of durability and functionality at the lower end of the market. So I handed this headset over to said teenager, and asked her to let me know what she thought.
To be honest, she hasn’t said much about them. I’ve had a shoulder shrug, and a “mmm-uh”. Which frankly any parent of a teen knows is pretty high oraise.
More telling is the fact that they’ve not left her head for the past few weeks. She wears them, quite literally, for hours at a time, and never complains about sore ears, or gets a migraine (we discovered an old pair of cheap earbuds used to ber a migraine contributor, so we are super-careful over what she listens with now).
The Edifier H880 is simply and excellent set of Headphones for teens – sylish, sturdy, and with an ergonomic leatherette ear pad which is supremely comofrtable. They’ve also been designed with an eye to practicality and daily use in their design. They feel robust and sturdy enough to withstand a daily battering on the school bus.