Heyday Wireless On-Ear Headphones review: No-frills wireless headphones that sound surprisingly good

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MSRP: $59.99

The Good The Heyday On-Ear wireless headphones are attractively designed and sound good for a modestly priced headphone. They also work fine for making calls.

The Bad The headband puts pressure on the top of some people's heads and creates discomfort.

The Bottom Line The Heyday On-Ear wireless headphones are really over-ear headphones. But no matter what Target calls them, they sound good for the money.

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7.3 Overall
  • Design 7
  • Features 7
  • Sound 7
  • Value 8

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In case you missed it, Target -- yes, that Target -- is selling a new line of electronics accessories under its new Heyday brand. Along with a selection of iPhone cases and cables, Apple Watch bands and screen-protecting bumpers, Target's making some portable audio products, including Bluetooth speakers and headphones. 

One of the more intriguing products is a set of modestly priced ($60) over-ear wireless headphones that have somehow been labeled Heyday On-Ear Wireless Headphones on Target's website. They aren't on-ear headphones, which is a good thing -- I prefer over-ear -- but I'm going to continue calling them by their given name until Target changes it (after reading this write-up, one hopes).

As far as the design goes, they seem sturdy but are pretty lightweight at 8.3 ounces (236 grams) and feature nicely padded earcups. They're comfortable to wear, have a clean, stylish look and fold flat, but they don't come with any sort of carrying case. The only complaint I've heard is that the headband (at its crest) puts pressure on the top of some people's heads and creates discomfort. You can alleviate that by opening up the headphones a bit, but then they won't fit your head as snugly.  

One smart choice the designers made was to keep the Heyday brand label small. You barely notice that it's stamped on a tiny plate at the base of the headband on either side. The headphones come in three color options: My sample was the tan and gold version, but it also comes in gray and gold or black print and gold.

The controls are straightforward. There's a power button and a set of small volume control buttons. I had no problems pairing and re-pairing with an iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. You tap the power button to pause or play music and answer or end calls. To move tracks forward, you hold down the volume-up button. To skip back a track, you hold down the volume-down button.

As for the sound, it's well balanced overall and doesn't accentuate the bass (if you're looking for really big bass, this isn't the model for you). It's not incredibly defined or articulate (the sound tilts warm), which you wouldn't expect from $60 headphones, but there's just enough of presence boost in the treble to bring the detail out and give the sound a bit of sparkle.