Above: Wearing Libratone Q Adapt On-Ear Wireless Headphones (gifted) in Camden, with Lettice.
I am never without a pair of headphones. And that’s a sentence I never thought I’d find myself writing. I’d always thought of headphones for daily wear as being something mainly for the music-obsessed, DJs or record producers, but the combination of daily dogs walks in the park, a hectic schedule, and a fairly constant travel schedule has made a pair of headphones my constant companion.
And I’m not alone – a piece in The New York Times last week agrees. “Global headphone sales hit a peak of $8.4 billion in 2013, and two years later, that figure rose to $11.2 billion, according to the research firm Futuresource Consulting. The company predicts that sales will rise another $2 billion by 2018, meaning we have yet to reach Peak Headphone.”
I’m particularly into wireless headphones at the moment – whether I’m wrangling the dog with her lead that always seems to get caught around my ankles, or racing through an airport trying to pull up a boarding pass on my iPhone, the last thing I need is a wire attached to my phone, getting tangled up in my hair and my clothes.
These Libratone Q Adapt On-Ear Headphones fit the bill perfectly. Libratone have made an art of wireless technology – they began as a start-up in Denmark back in 2009, creating one of the world’s first wireless speakers, and their clean, beautiful design pairs with cutting-edge audio technology.
For those of you who haven’t used wireless headphones before, they are remarkably simple to operate. I was a little concerned that I would find it complicated, another thing to get my head round in a world of evolving tech. But the process is streamlined, and the Libratone headphones connect to your phone via Bluetooth. (A nice plus is that you can also connect to a friend’s set over Bluetooth to share music or podcasts simultaneously. I imagine this would be handy on a ‘plane.)
So, how do they work? Well, they have touch controls, which allow you to Play, Pause, change the track, activate the Hush function, or just raise and lower the volume, simply by tapping the touch interface on the earcup.
And, joyously for someone like me, who often wants nothing more than complete peace and quiet in which to write, travel, sleep or just think, the Libratone headphones have their trademarked CityMix™ Adjustable ANC – adjustable noise cancelling, which allow you to drift off into your own world, either whilst listening to music or podcasts, or simply by shutting down ambient noise. I wore them on the street in Camden, one of London’s busiest tourist destinations, and I could barely hear the traffic roaring down the High Street, or Lettice barking for attention at my feet.
And you also don’t need to worry about them dying on you on long journeys – they have more than 20 hours of battery play time, and a full recharge takes less than three hours. I am planning to use them on my long flight to Thailand next week, and it’s great to know that they will last the entire journey – including the stopover in Singapore.
I was gifted my headphones by Libratone to review but, if I hadn’t been, they’d be an addition to my present list, and I think they’d make a perfect Christmas gift for both the technologically adept and the technologically challenged, who will appreciate the clarity of sound, the comfy earcups, and the ability to switch off from the world around them.
You can find out more about the Libratone Q-Adapt On-Ear Wireless Headphones at www.libratone.com
This sponsored post was written in collaboration with Libratone