Enjoy crisp audio with these Modal MD-HPBT01-BK over-the-ear Bluetooth wireless headphones that feature sweatproof foam ear pads for comfort while you participate in sports. Echo cancellation and noise suppression technologies help ensure clarity.
Best headphones for the Price, Period.
Posted by: SpaghettiPeddler from: Bahstan on
I owned a nice Rocketfish headphone set for years and refused to give them up long after the rubber lining holding the wires fell off and the foam ear pads disintegrated. I tried the Sony's (tinny), Walkmans, Klipsh and the rest of them but I have big ear holes and the buds kept falling out + ear wax is yucky....and forget about Beats, those things are gangsta and will fracture your skull, so as I fell into despair I did everything to keep my Rocketfish's intact but eventually gave up. Alas !!! These so called "Models" came onto the market weeks later and I raised my hands to the clouds in prayer..."thank you, thank you, thank you, for I am truly spoiled." Same headphone, different name with the much needed durability improvements... The End.
15 out of 15 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Tyrian from: Boston, MA on
So, I've been using the RocketFish version of these that Best Buy used to make and sell, for about a year and a half. They've been slowly wearing out (as everything I wear daily does) with the foam ear cups getting torn, and the rubber temple pieces coming unglued. To be honest, the old ones were held together with E-tape and prayers. Best Buy stopped making them about a year ago, and I couldn't find a new pair that met all my qualifications though, they needed to:
* Have no exposed wires to be yanked, bent, frayed, or broken
* Fit under a bike helmet
* Have an open design so they wouldn't block traffic sounds while biking
* Have at least 10 hours of battery life when playing music
* Not have those annoying rubber ear plugs that always get lost
* Have a standard (mini or micro USB) charging jack
* Have controls for play/pause, skip track, and volume
* Not choke me when worn around my neck during the day
* Not have hinges that will inevitably break
No other bluetooth headphones on the market fit all of these criteria. I'm so glad Best Buy decided to start manufacturing these again, albeit under a different brand name.
As an added bonus, these headphones:
* While they are definitely NOT water-proof, I have worn them through multiple rain storms with and without a helmet, and they play through just fine. The gaps around the buttons are small enough that rain drops won't easily go through. Don't go swimming with them though.
* You can swap the foam style. There's a soft version (like the old model) and a harder, closed-cell one that's going to be way more durable, although I personally find it less comfortable. The hard version is the one pictured on the site, and I'll probably switch back to it when the soft one wears out.
* They apparently have a low-battery warning light, which I haven't seen yet, but hopefully it turns on when you have more than 3 minutes remaining. The old ones just beeped for 3 mintues when they ran low and then turned off.
* If you hold the pause button, you can cycle through equalizer modes. The last one before it goes back to normal is my favorite, it's a slight bass boost that makes up for the smallish drivers you have to use in something this size.
* When they're synced to your phone, the phone and headphone volume syncs up, so you can see the volume change on the phone when you push the buttons on the headphones, really useful for telling how loud you have it before you start the music.
* They added a little reflective strip to the back band, which is cool for people who travel at night in the city as much as I do.
The only negative thing about these I've found so far is that the microphone freaks out in any wind over 5MPH, which makes them useless for taking calls while biking. That said, I didn't buy these for the microphone, I bought them for everything else.
12 out of 12 found this review helpful.
I would give it higher stars...
Posted by: Sweepersan from: Chicago, IL on
I am a fan of these headphones, having had the previous model. I would love to give these more stars, however, they stopped working yesterday—just wont turn on. I've only had them for less than 2 weeks. Will attempt to return them to Best Buy today and am hoping they will honor it with a replacement even though I don't have the packaging. These phones are so good I'm willing to give them a 2nd chance.
10 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Very close to perfect
Posted by: RandallJ from: Columbus, OH on
Headphones are very subjective. My high rating is based on three things - format, sound and connectivity.
The format of these headphones - behind the head, over the ears - makes them perfect headphones for runners. Running with earbuds is uncomfortable and unnatural. I can't stand having something sticking in my ear while I'm running. It's also unsafe to have a sealed ear, which is required to get good sound out of earbuds. There aren't many headphones, especially wireless, that are behind-the-head format, so that is a major plus for these. Some might find them uncomfortable at first, but for me, they're nowhere near the discomfort of ear buds. I've had headphones of this format before and my ears got used to them. They do hurt the back of the ear a bit until you get used to them, but everyone's ear is different, so that will vary.
I gather that this generation of this headphone replaced a foam covering with rubber. I really like it because they never get soaked from sweat. They're comfortable enough, being soft enough to be comfortable but not so soft that they wear out or become deformed. They seem to repel sweat just fine.
The sound of these headphones is pretty good, though not awesome. I used to run with Sennheiser PMX-100 wired headphones and THEY sounded awesome. These Modal headphones don't have the bass or clarity of the Sennheisers, but that doesn't mean they're bad. I'm not after an audiophile experience when running, just music to run with that sounds like it's supposed to. Over-ear headphones are generally very good at delivering a good sound while still letting you hear things around you, as these do. When listening to them, even while not running, I never think - these sound terrible. But I can also tell where my Sennheisers would have made a song sound better. The only thing I would change about these is putting in an even higher quality driver. I'd gladly pay more money for a little bit better sound. Again - they're not bad at all. In fact they sound quite good. They're just not Sennheisers.
The buttons are easy to find, all on the left side, and don't make a loud sound when pushed. The volume rocker is on the top, the song skip forward and back are on the bottom. The main button on the side turns them on and answers the phone. Simple and appropriate.
Connectivity is impressive. There's a spoken "hello" when you turn them on, and "connected" when they connect. My Android phone, a Motorola Moto X 2nd gen connects right away and hold the connection some 30 yards away (never tested max range). The microphone is clear, and callers have said they didn't notice I was on a bluetooth. Having the microphone on the ear is weird, but it does a great job of picking up my voice. I've not had any issues with connectivity while running, and have yet to run a battery down - though I don't try to either. My runs are one to three hours and it does fine.
I tried Bluebird X2 headphones (probably the best sport earbuds you can get... but they're still earbuds), 66 Audio bluetooth cans and Bose SoundSport earbuds (AWESOME earbuds, but not wireless) and I've kept these Modal headphones. Until Bose makes their impressive earbuds in bluetooth, I'll keep using and buying Modal for running and working out.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Sound quality is great, but ...
Posted by: Dixie from: on
The sound quality is great; they're lightweight; battery lasts a long while; charges pretty quickly. My only complaint is that due to the shape & position of the ear components (rounded triangles?) the foam pads are near impossible to place on them or stay on them for comfort.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Good utility wireless headset
Posted by: MichaelDS from: Puget Sound, WA on
First Bluetooth headset that stays connected to my Win8.1 tablet. Auto reconnects every time so far. Tried several others with no success. Definitely worth the money.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
A good, lower-cost option.
Posted by: Tiresias from: Muskogee, OK on
I really like these earphones as a lower-cost alternative to the Bluebuds X, if you're not ready to spend $140-160 on those higher-end buds. The sound is really full, the rubber earguards on the speakers that come with it do a good job of making cleanup easy without diffusing the sound much. The USB charger is rated to fully charge in 3.5 hours, but it usually only takes an hour or less, so kudos to overestimating the time necessary for a charge.
My one complaint is this: if you have a really big skull like I do, then it can be problematic to find the right angle to fit them all the way around the back of your dome to get them to rest over your ears. It can be done, but you have to finagle them a bit. That's my only complaint, minor though it might be. Get yourself a set of them if you're not ready to pull the trigger on more expensive models.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Great set of headphones.
Posted by: SadieTilly from: Jacksonville, FL on
Really like these headphones. They are very light, comfortable, and easy to operate. Oh, yeah, great sound too!
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Posted by: liza86 from: on
Works great with our new iPad Air 2 and iPhone 5s. Did not however work with our iPad 2
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Good sound and bluetooth connection
Posted by: Fanfan from: on
I have used this headphone around 3 months.
Good: The bluetooth connection works very well and fast. No additional noise from the device. Good cruise time. I had itch ears when I was using my previous headphones, due to the thick sound-proof pads, and this new pair of headphones never has this issue.
Bad: Nothing really bad. The sound-proof is a little weak, but still pretty reasonable and predictable for this kind of shape. The upper edges of my ears, where the headphones sit on, felt a little bit pain due to the weight after long time wearing (> 1h), but it goes immediately when I remove the headphones for just 1 minute. The pain felt more obviously when I began to use them, but now it is much better, and I think my ear got used to it.
In summary I highly recommend it!