I was sent a pair of ZealSound wood headphones for review, and my son fell in love with them. I told him that if he wanted to use them, he had to write the review. Given that headphones are one of those things that, at least in my house, teens go through five times as frequently as adults, his perspective on cost and durability, as well as assessing them in light of the frequency of simply losing them, is something worth considering when choosing earbuds for teenagers.
Summer is near, and that means long days, late nights, and lots of music. Being someone who goes through headphones regularly, I understand the struggle to find affordable headphones that don’t sound like garbage. The nicer headphones sound great, but cost a lot of money for something that ends up lasting less than a year, and sometimes less than a month, before fate runs its course and they are shut in a car door, stepped on in the dark, lost at the park, or any of the other unfortunate events that I have become accustomed to.
The cheapest brands of headphones I have grown to tolerate always come packed with problems. Whether it is short cords, buzzy sound, or earpieces that just weren’t designed to last, I have learned to accept these shortcomings since they will be replaced in a few months. However, the opposite problem exists with high end headphones. There is great sound and a miraculous lack of faulty equipment, but when they are lost or broken in the months to come, it is a big deal. Thankfully ZealSound’s wood headphones have the solution. Their combination of wood headphones, tangle free cord, and low price are exactly what I need.
- Model: HDE-300
- Driver unit: Dynamic 10mm Neodymium
- Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz
- Maximum input power: 10mW
- Sensitivity: 99dB±3dB
- Impedance: 16Ω
- Connection: 3.5mm gold-plated jack
- Cable length: 53″ / 1.35m
When wearing the headphones I am able to focus due to the successful noise reduction, but I can still hear if someone has asked me a question. This allows me to get work done without being 100% oblivious to what is around me and accidentally walking in front of a train. The headphones come with three sizes of ear pieces: small, medium, and large. I am happy to say that I didn’t have to play the game of finding earpieces from other headphones that fit better as the medium size fit nicely in my ear, but having only three choices means they are less likely to fit everyone.
The tangle free cord worked great and made it easy to wrap and unwrap the headphones to put them in my pocket. Even if they did get tangled, the build of the cord made it quick and easy to untangle without all the frustration like some other headphones. However, the length of the cord was a little much. When moving from place to place, the headphones would catch on anything I passed, whether it be a doorknob, chair, or another human being. When the headphones were plugged into my laptop on my desk, they would manage to snag on whatever school work I was attempting to do at the time. While I did find my own little workaround by feeding them under the back of my shirt and to my front pocket, that should not be required for snag free listening.
Other than the slight cord dilemma, they are beautiful headphones. Every great once in awhile there will be a slight static sound, but only when the music is paused, and even then it is only occasionally. When listening, the music is clear and crisp. I’m pleased to say the sound quality is great for the $20 price. When comparing them to my dad’s high end milled aluminum earbuds or my old crappy plastic ones, I am amazed at how much closer they are to the high end. The ZealSound earbuds are a great quality, especially for the price, and the wood is beautiful.
I am personally not a fan of the shiny aluminum or clunky plastic most headphones are made of. These headphones are exactly the style I have been looking for. They have an appealing look to them that fits my personality perfectly. The wood gives off a more relaxed feel than aluminum while still providing the touch of colorless style to go with whatever you are wearing. When at school, I have gotten many comments on how cool they look and if they are really wood. I am always proud to say that yes, they are wood, and they work great.
And they still work great. I have had them for months and they are not showing the slightest bit of wear and tear. The constant bird bites, rough snags, and tight tangling seem to have done nothing to them. These headphones are affordable, sound great, and built to last. Now I just need to avoid leaving them at the park, and I should have a good pair of headphones that both out-look and outlast the cheap headphones I am used to.
The ZealSound HDE-300 headphones are available at Amazon.com.
I received a pair of ZealSound HDE-300 headphones for review purposes. All opinions are my own.