Tenqa Remxd headphones review: Bluetooth cans for those on a budget

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.6
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Sound quality: 6.0
  • Value: 7.0

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The Good The $39 Tenqa Remxd headphones are sturdy, offer good battery life, and are a decent value for Bluetooth headphones. You can also use the headphones as a wireless headset for making calls on your Bluetooth-enabled cell phone.

The Bad Headband won't fit smaller heads; can't charge the headphones with a standard Micro-USB charging cable; headphones don't fold flat.

The Bottom Line Despite their ho-hum design and sound, the relatively inexpensive Tenqa Remxd headphones are a good value for a Bluetooth model.

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A set of entry-level stereo Bluetooth headphones typically costs over $50 and usually closer to $100. But Tenqa's selling its Remxd Bluetooth headphones, an on-ear model that comes in black or white, for just $39.

So are they any good?

Well, the short answer is they're not bad. They have a pretty ho-hum design and are relatively compact, though they don't fold up. You've probably seen headphones with similar designs (Urban Ears was apparently the first with it). While they're not swanky, the headphones have a serviceable quality to them. Everything is faux leather, of course, and the material on the earpads has a little bit of a vinyl feel to it.

The Tenqa Remxd headphones come in white or black. Sarah Tew/CNET

The headphones were easy to pair (they're compatible with most Bluetooth phones) and the Call Answer/End and Play/Pause buttons are amply sized and well placed on the left earcup, so you can operate them by feel. There's a rocker switch for the volume control that also can be used to advance tracks forward and back.

The volume rocker and other controls. Sarah Tew/CNET

One small drawback: the headphones are a little big and didn't fit my head quite right. People with larger heads shouldn't have a problem, but I couldn't get as snug a fit as I might have liked. I could still wear them, but they felt a little loose on my head. In general, this type of on-ear headphone offers middling comfort: OK but not up to the level of on-ear models that feature memory foam earpads.

It's also worth noting that these can be used as wired headphones with an optional 3.5mm auxiliary cable, and they sound better that way, but you also charge the headphones through the same jack with an included USB cable. The trouble with that is that since it isn't a standard Micro-USB cable, if you lose it, you're going to have a problem.

The charging cable is not a standard Micro-USB cable. Sarah Tew/CNET

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Where to Buy

Tenqa Remxd Bluetooth Headphones (White)

Part Number: REMXD -- White Released: Dec. 13, 2011

MSRP: $39.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications

  • Release date Dec. 13, 2011
  • Headphones Form Factor Over-the-head
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Executive Editor David Carnoy has been a leading member of CNET's Reviews team since 2000. He covers the gamut of gadgets and is a notable e-reader and e-publishing expert. He's also the author of the novels Knife Music and The Big Exit. Both titles are available as Kindle, iBooks, and Nook e-books.