We’ve Gone MOD for Mod-1 Headphones
By Alison Blackman with Tony Sabatini
We are certai that these headphones from Mod-1 (currently on Indiegogo) will surely give other headphone brands a run for their money.
The Advice Sisters Beauty and Style received a preview pair, and we’re so excited about them! If you want them now, you can get them now for $125. However, if you pre-order and wait until May or April to get them, they’ll cost you only $75.
No matter what Mod-1 option you choose, they are worth much much more in terms of sound, enjoyment, and design.
The Mod-1 headphones we are profiling are lightweight, digital, analog and wireless Bluetoooth. They’re also very comfortable and adjust to just about any size head.
Aside from their user-friendly design with all the controls you need literally on the earcup at your fingertips, what distinguishes these headphones is that you can insert a micro SD card
slot to play your favorite tunes direclty from the earphones.
We’ve never seen a headphone that can do this!
There is also a connection to FM radio and an aux-cable option.
If you want, you can charge these headphones and still keep listening, you can use the aux-cable connection option.
At press time there also wasn’t a travel case or bag included with our editors’ sample, but one is also planned.
Sounds of Silence?
The Mod-1 headphones have noise isolation, but in testing them in noisy environments (e.g. the NYC subway and City streets) we found that they definitely lessened the din around us, but still allowed us to hear enough so we could commute safely.
Comfort and Function
One of the things we really liked about these headphones is that the nicely padded earcups and a folding design that make them a perfect travel pal.
In our tests, it was easy to access the controls (see the diagram above). Pairing via Bluetooth with our Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge was a breeze.
There are four buttons on the earcups and each has two functions. The first function is activated by a short tap while the second function is activated by pressing and holding.
We had to press assertively but the functions all worked well:
● Call Button – Tap to answer phone calls. Long press to dial the last number your phone
called or to hang up the current call.
● Next Button – Tap to play next track. Long press to turn volume down.
● Back Button – Tap to play previous track. Long press to turn volume up.
● Play Button – Tap to play or pause tracks
All of these qualities make the Mod-1 headphones an exciting and yet affordable choice for commuters and audiophiles.
However, how headphones sound is key. Mod-1 headphones have nicely-balanced sound with clear vocals and a lively base that made us fall in love with them. *read our feature “How To Buy Audio Equipment –How We Test For Sound”
● SD Card Slot – One of the features that caught our attention the most was the micro SD card slot on the left side of the headphones. You have to move the ear cup to find it.
Once located, all you have to do is insert your micro SD card into the slot, and the headphones will begin playing the tracks in order. You can use the play/pause, skip and
volume buttons. I put my entire iTunes library on the card and although you can’t search through the tracks, you can forward and back with the earcups and leave your phone or iPod at home.
The Bottom Line:
All in all, we absolutely loved these headphones and the price points (if you can wait) are a bargain for what you are getting.
We loved just about everything –especially the unique SD card capability.
The power saving feature was a bit annoying as the headphones turn off automatically after about 5 minutes of inactivity. To turn them on again all you have to do is toggle the power switch on and on and it should reconnect. This (mostly) worked.
We found the headphones to be noise reducing but there isn’t a noise cancellation button. Tested on a noisy NYC subway they reduced most noise but didn’t totally cancel it out. This makes Mod-1 headphones really great for commuters and general use. Perhaps they’re not as useful when there is a crying baby or loud talkers on an airplane.
We eagerly await the future features such as interchangeable sized earcups and an included travel bag.
These small points aside, they’re awesome!
For more information visit:http://www.modheadphones.com