The Phiaton (pronounce Fee-a-tone) Chord MS 530 headphones are a rare combination of both bluetooth and active noise cancellation. The built-in battery, which powers both functions and last an astonishingly long time, is charged by the supplied USB cable. Overall, these are a great sounding pair of headphones that will appeal to even the audiophiles, and well worth your consideration for a higher end set of ear muffs.
Sound Quality - 5 out of 5 stars
Probably the best attribute of these headphones is the sound quality. For the price range, they blow the competition out of the water. I did side-by-side comparisons with the ParrotZik, Bose Quiet Comfort, and Beats Studio, and they were no comparison to the sound quality of the Phiatons. The Phiatons had a wider range and crisper sound across all genres. And all of this over bluetooth! Once I plugged the provided cable in, I was amazed that the sound was noticeably even better! If sound quality is your top priority, the Phiaton Chord MS 530 is definitely your best bet in this price range.
Noise Canceling - 4 out of 5 stars
The active noise canceling on these is optional. A toggle switch on the side allows you to turn the noise canceling on, or off to conserve battery. The over-ear style drowns out some noise, but the active noise canceling certainly gets rid of a lot more. I have tested them on planes, trains, and automobiles, and they do an excellent job of eliminating most of the constant humming/buzzing of the traveling world. That being said, they do not put you in a world of silence like the Bose Quiet Comfort headphones. Bottom line - they do a great job, but if you number one priority is noise cancelation, go with the Bose.
Comfort - 4 out of 5 stars
Personally, I prefer over-ear, rather than on-ear headphones, so I was a little disappointed that over-ear was not an option with these. However, after putting them on for the first time, they are quite comfortable and the soft memory foam and smooth leather lining feel good on the ears. Over the course of a few hours, though, my ears do tend to get a little tired and need a break from the pressure. I have worn them upwards of 8 hours, and while they are not the most comfortable I have ever had, they are more than tolerable.
Bluetooth - 5 out of 5 stars
Another major selling point, for me, was the bluetooth capability. They pair extremely easily and have a pretty substantial range. You can have up to two devices connected at once (I frequently have music playing on my computer, but can still take calls from my phone). There is a microphone built in to the headset, so the cable is not needed when making phone calls, or skyping, etc. Pairing is very simple (happens automatically with the last device connected) and the sound quality is still incredible.
Controls - 5 out of 5 stars
All of the control features are built in to the headset and are very accessible and easy to use. You can pause, play, skip, fast forward, reverse, change volume, make/take calls all with your right thumb, without the need for the cable to be plugged in. All of these functions are also built in to the provided cable you you prefer to use the little toggle on there instead. An indicator light shows the battery level, as well as a little batter display next to the bluetooth icon on your device.
Phiaton Chord MS 530 M-Series
Wireless & Active Noise Cancelling Headphones with Microphone
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(price as of Aug 15, 2015)