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Sony MDR-10RBT: An affordable Bluetooth headphone with decent soundSony's entry-level, full-size headphone is a relative bargain
[MUSIC] This is the MDR10RBT, Sony's more affordable over the ear wireless Bluetooth headphone which retails for $199.99 but can be had for closer to $130 online. At that price it goes from being an okay deal to being a very attractive Bluetooth headphone for the money. I'm David Carnoy and the first thing you'll notice about this headphone when you put it on is that it's pretty light weight and very comfortable. It doesn't clamp down on your head too firmly, and the ear cups are nicely padded. It doesn't do a great job of passively sealing out sound but it's not bad and it's well suited to office environments. I like how Sony's done the controls, both the volume switch and the raise rocker switch for advancing tracks forward and back are easy to operate by feel and the power button is clearly labeled and easy to find on the left ear cup. On a small critical note, go to mention floor rocker's so easy to operate that when a jacket or another piece of clothing bumps up against it, you might find that you've unwittingly jumped forward or back a track. So with the good you get a touch of bad. Extras include NFC tap to pair technology for phones that support it, as well as app deck support. Battery life is rated at 17 hours, which is quite good. And a cable is included in case the battery dies, or you just wanna use the headphones in wired mode. The headphones charge via micro USB; and like all headphones of this sort. There's an integrated microphone for making cell phone calls, an inexpensive but useful carrying case is included. Weirdly, however, the flap doesn't seal the case shut. For a bluetooth headphone, the sound is quite decent. It isn't as full, dynamic or natural sounding as the $379 Beats Studio Wireless. It's a little bright with some treble push and lots of bass, so it's a pretty forward sounding headphone and lacks a little bit of warmth, but I'd say this model gets you about 75% of the way to the beats for a lot less money and that's why at $130, it's a good deal and arguably a better value than Sony's swankier MDR 1RBT which costs around 260 dollars online. It's definitely worth a long look if you're in the market for a decent performing full size bluetooth headphones, it's comfortable to wear and relatively affordable. I'm David Carnoy, thanks for watching.