Over the ear headphones will always sound better than sticking in earbuds. That comes from trading off a small shape and near-weightlessness for plenty of room for audio drivers and technology. But in the case of 1MORE’s MK802 Bluetooth Wireless Over-Ear Headphones, you can start enjoying music up close and personal without any comparisons getting in the way.
First the shape – since the MK802 isn’t tiny and because it goes over the ears (not on), that means the ear cups are large enough to be comfortable once placed over the ears. This is helped along by being made from not from plastic but from a synthetic titanium material for greater durability and lightness (this includes the headband too). Using this material also aids in improving the sound chamber of the cups themselves. The ear cups, by the way, can be rotated in 4 directions so as to create the best seal between you, it and the sound.
Nor is the MK802 confined to listening indoors either: built into the ear cups are controls to use with a mobile device (i.e., a phone), which makes sense since there’s no cable. So besides being able to control music playback and do all the other things an in-line controller does like activating voice control, there’s also a MEMS microphone for letting you talk to callers. The mic isn’t just tossed in after the fact but is designed specifically for use with the headphones and so takes crosstalk and background noise and echoing into account (as in minimizes/eliminates them “on the fly”).
The final point concerns getting that sound from the audio source to the headphones. Being wireless and using Bluetooth is both sensible and convenient, but if 1More had cut back on the tech, the audio results from not using a cable to deliver the sound could have been cheapened. So 1More builds Bluetooth 4.1 into the headphones along with aptX Coding to make sure the sound being delivered isn’t suffering from signal loss. So how about that sound? No tiny audio drivers here, but a large beryllium driver worthy of the space it gets to spend time in. So you can expect good mid-tones and high frequencies as well as a strong bass. But because personal preferences are allowed, 1More builds in a switch to boost or limit the bass response (placed on the ear cup). All this means that a more personalized sound can be had, and that while the overall audio “response” has been programmed in by Grammy award winning producer and sound engineer Luca Bignardi, you aren’t forced to stay within the parameters he’s set but use it as the jumping off point for reaching the sound nirvana that is uniquely yours.
The MK802 Bluetooth Wireless Over-Ear Headphones comes in a chrome red or a chrome blue. It provides quality of sound through quality of construction and sensibility of design and application in use, making the retail of $149.99 a bargain for the on-the-go audiophile.