RadioShack 2.4GHz Wireless Stereo Headphones review: RadioShack 2.4GHz Wireless Stereo Headphones

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CNET Editors' Rating

2 stars Mediocre
  • Overall: 4.7
  • Design: 3.0
  • Features: 4.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good The RadioShack 2.4GHz Wireless Stereo Headphones do away with wires when you're listening portably; no signal dropouts; compatible with a wide range of devices.

The Bad We found the RadioShack 2.4GHz Wireless Stereo Headphones uncomfortable even for short durations; doesn't control iPod remotely or double as a cell phone headset.

The Bottom Line We like that the RadioShack 2.4GHz Wireless Stereo Headphones eliminate headphone wires but wish they were significantly more comfortable.

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RadioShack 2.4GHz Wireless Stereo Headphones

In this world of iPod-centric audio accessories, it's refreshing to note that RadioShack's 2.4GHz Wireless Stereo Headphones work with any portable audio device. We certainly can't complain about the $59.95 list price, but the fact that they're too uncomfortable to wear for extended periods of time rather takes away from the experience. We dislike meddlesome headphone wires as much as anyone else but not at the cost of comfort.

The RadioShack 2.4GHz Wireless Stereo Headphones share most of their design elements with the other wireless portable 'phones we've tested, with good reason. Since models like this need to pack their own batteries, earbuds are out of the question. Large, over-the-head models consume a lot of power and require a heavier battery. Thus, the wraparound design RadioShack uses here is typical of portable wireless options.

Unfortunately, suspending a battery-operated device from the top halves of your ears gets uncomfortable after a matter of minutes. Everyone's ears are different, and we each have our own comfort levels, but during our testing, the sensation of the headphones pressing down on our ears was distinctly unpleasant.

This model is not without its attractions, if you don't mind the slight, constant discomfort. The transmitter has a hinged, extended jack that works with any headphone output--even the recessed ones found on some home stereos--and, to a certain extent, prevents the jack from being dislodged from your MP3 player. Sound quality was fine; we never experienced any dropouts, even around a Wi-Fi network (which, conversely, performed normally around the headphones) and a wireless mouse. But they don't sound as good as high-quality earbuds or full-size headphones. A control wheel on the right headphone handles volume, which is handy when your MP3 player's stowed away.

Both the headphones and the transmitter recharge via the same AC adapter. We coaxed more than eight hours of battery life out of the setup in two separate listening sessions, which is a decent amount of time. You probably have to recharge them every three days or so.

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RadioShack 2.4GHz Wireless Stereo Headphones

Part Number: 33-1253
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  • Type headphones
  • Headphones Form Factor behind-the-neck
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Additional Features volume control