Much has been written in the press recently about the impact that technology is having on our lives, from how we watch video and, in particular, how we listen to audio so it is no surprise that manufacturers have been racking their brains for new and exciting ways to appease the consumer.

One product that I am looking forward to checking out is the truly wireless headphone.

I currently have my regular wired headphones wrapped around my iTouch, and it’s always annoying trying to untangle them before I can listen to my music.  And that is without the added possibility of them breaking, catching on something, or the wire near the connection just “dying” on me at any given moment.

So, you can imagine how thrilled I was to hear about the range of wireless Bluetooth Headphones on the market at the moment.  No more wires, no more tangles, no more throwaway headphones just because the sound cuts out on one headphone as the wire has broken!!

Bring it on!!

The first ones that caught my beady little eye were the “Motorola S9-HD” headphones.

These lil babies slip on your ears, the “techy” bit at the back holds the battery and floats around at the back of your neck.  They “pair” with just about anything, and are supposed to deliver a fantastic sound since they were upgraded from the previously releases S9 model.

Controls mounted on the phones allows monitoring of volume, track selection etc.

Two sound modes (Stereo and SRS- WOW surround sound) provide adequate spatial sound tittilation.

They retail at about £90 but you will need a Bluetooth adaptor to get it to work with your iPhone/iTouch (there are packs available online that contain the headphones and adaptor).

The battery can be charged up to 400 times, giving about 5 hours of use per charge.

Now, the pros and cons:




Can be used to intercept incoming calls from your phone

Sweat-proof and water-resistant

Noise-cancelling technology for a more personal audio experience


May not sound as good as equivalently-priced wired phones

Heavy users may find themselves with a £90 dud after 12-18 months, if they charge daily

Good for on-the-go use, but not good for lying around listening to music

Tailored for a certain head size, so try before you buy

Reports of phones cutting out during rigorous work-outs


Whilst the above headset has whetted my appetite for a wireless method of listening to my music on the go, in the gym etc I feel there are too many reasons against spending nearly £100 on a pair of headphones that “look the part” but just might fall apart.

Save your readies for Apple’s own incarnations, or maybe the Altec Lansing Backbeat 903’s (as advertised on Apple’s site).