Product review: Logitech Freepulse Bluetooth headphones

May 6, 2008 3 Comments »

I’ve had these headphones for about a month now, so I thought I’d toss up a quick review. In a word: great! These headphones are the extremely improved version of their disastrous iPod Wireless Headset (everyone I’ve ever heard of who bought these had the headband break under the pressure of keeping the earphones in place).  Obviously, the major improvement is in the headband.  Where before they relied on a hollow plastic neckband (hollow to run the wires to the second earphone), they’ve replaced that with some kind of metal wrapped in rubber – much more flexible and more comfortable to boot.

The second big change is the loss of iPod controls – Logitech’s previous generation came in two versions, one for iPods and one for generic MP3 players.  The Freepulse is more accurately the follow-up to the second.  Part if this is Apple’s fault: the older generations of iPods had headphone-based controls available with a special earphone plug, which the old Logitechs took advantage of.  Apparently, the new iPods can only be controlled via the dock connector, so Logitech eschewed full control of skipping songs in favour of being able to keep their 3.5mm universal jack.  The Freepulses do come with “docking plates” that hold the transmitter snug against various models of iPod, but they also include a 6-in cable to allow the base unit to plug into any standard headphone output.

Stylistically, the Freepulse unit is less weighty and better looking than the previous generation, having shed some bulk with the advent of newer, smaller components.  This also led to a decrease in mass, allowing them to be worn comfortably for longer.

The decreased size hasn’t impacted the sound reproduction in the slightest.  The one area in which the previous generation produced well was sound, and the Freepulses have improved on that as well.  To be sure, as with any wireless unit, there are moments where the sound cuts out for whatever reason, but these are few and far between (unless the unit is running low on battery or you are at the edge of its range).  Music travels clearly between the base and the headphones, and everything from Mozart to Metallica is produced as well as any headphone in this price range.  They lack somewhat in bass response, but that was more noticeable to me in listening to the sound from a movie than it was with music.  Overall, I was happy with the sound coming from the headphones.

I thoroughly enjoy using the Logitech Freepulse headphones and recommend them to anyone who is looking to cut another cable from their life.  Their list price is $120.00 CAD, but you can find them for much cheaper if you look around.

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3 Comments

  1. Jeremy May 14, 2008 at 9:47 am -

    i bought these right before your review went up, and i’m really enjoying them. i have them paired with my phone so i can listen to podcasts or music, and they work pretty well.

  2. Ian H. May 14, 2008 at 11:41 am -

    How do they work when a call comes in? Do they unpair so you can answer the phone, or what?

    They’re a huge improvement over the last version, that’s for certain. I’m glad you’re also enjoying them…