Yesterday, I reviewed the AKG K845 bluetooth headphones. Link https://gavinsgadgets.wordpress.com/2014/08/12/akg-k845-bluetooth-headphone-review/ The K845’s do not have the latest bluetooth codecs or even APT-X. But these award winning Philips M1BT have all the mod cons and specs from Bluetooth v4.0 and APT-X. They also at launch cost the same as the K845’s at around £250. And the M1BT are 5 star Award Winners from What HiFi.
First up let’s cover off the official specs –
– TYPE – Over-ear (Closed)
– FREQUENCY RESPONSE 15 Hz -24hz
– NOISE ISOLATION
– Micro USB, 3.5mm stereo,
– Wireless INLINE CONTROLS
– Impedance 16 ohms
– Sensitivity107 dB
– Total harmonic distortion 0.1%
– In the box, pouch, headphones, audio cable and usb cable
– Minimum 10 hours of music time or talk time
– Minimum 350 hours of standby time
– Normal time for a full charge: 3 hours
– Bluetooth 4.0, Bluetooth mono support Headset Profile – HSP, Hands-Free Profile – HFP, Bluetooth stereo supported(Advanced Audio Distribution Profile A2DP; Audio Video Remote Control Profile – AVRCP)
– Operating range: Up to 15 meters (50 feet)
– Digital echo & noise reduction
– Supports SBC, AAC and aptX® audio
– Auto power off
The M1BT are very different from the AKG’s in every way possible. First the sit on your ears and are comfortable even for long listening periods. They also offer every option possible in terms of control. So from the headphones, you can increase or decrease volume, skip or forward music tracks, accept or reject calls, switch caller during a call, mute the call and power off. And the controls on the headphones are so easy to use as the controls are easily identifiable by touch alone as they are contoured differently. Also you get a battery level indicator on your smartphone status bar.
The M1BT’s being more compact are easier to travel with plus you don’t look like you have a battleship on your head. Also, when the battery dies, you can connect the audio cable and continue to listen to your music.
So what do the M1BT’s sound like. These headphones are not studio quality but warm with bass everywhere. They are not the finest word is accuracy but nonetheless do a good job. They are also provide a forward sound, quite fun at times and are able to go loud quickly. Vocals were clear with some added bass. I played a number of genres through these headphones and they coped really well. From classical, jazz, blues, dance, rock and pop. I will be honest, at first I did not like what I was hearing as the sound was somewhat coloured and slightly heavier on the bass. But after a while, I really began to enjoy listening to these headphones. Plus the ease of changing tracks, good call quality made up for some of its shortcomings.
But if I can leave you with one takeaway on these headphones. Despite the warm, bassy and slightly coloured sound, on my first extended listen I fell asleep on the sofa listening to my tunes. No other headphone has achieved that!