Hey gang, Valkor here. 2016 is close to a wrap, but we’ve got a few choice items to share with you guys before we ring in the New Year with some new gear! First up, we'll dip into TechView, where we get the chance to toy with a piece of tech that I’ve had my eye on for some time. And now that it’s in the cave, it does not disappoint. Check it out; it’s Brookstone Bluetooth Cat Ear Headphones. And the anime geek in me is overcome with joy.
Brookstone’s Cat ear Headphones is made of a hard plastic shell that extends at the top into two cat ears that also doubles as speakers. The headphones are decked out with LED lights that form a circle at the earcups as well as in the speaker/ears. With a push of a button, you can change the color (up to 8), as well as the intensity or effect such as blinking or pulse to the beat of your tunes. All of the headphones ports and controls are contained around the left earcup, starting with the top where you'll find your pairing/power button as well as a microUSB port for charging. Underneath you have your volume and play/pause button, 3.5mm port in case you want to go wired (included), and the lights/speaker controls; the first is the on/off for the speaker, following up with the effects button for the lights, finishing with the button to change the colors. Pairing with your preferred device is quick and easy, and once you choose your media, you’ll soon be well on your way.
Given the style of headphones I’m dealing with, I switched into total geek mode, with my choice of media being anime beats on my Nexus 6, and moving on over to the Playstation Vita where I got in some "Ys: Oath in Felghana" (because the music in that game is amazing). And lest I forget, Brookstone has a limited edition, Ariana Grande version that offers the same effects, but with a silver and white color motif.
The Brookstone Bluetooth Cat Ear Headphones is an impressive piece of eye candy that will certainly garner the attention of passersby. The lights are at a perfect level of brightness, where they’re not overpowering, but you’ll definitely stand out. And that is is the main feature that attracted me to these headphones as the look isn’t totally gamer-centric (but that description can be applied here) or something meant for audiophiles. No, these headphones are fun, playful, and something that will make a person smile just because they can see them, or for the wearer, it’ll make them feel more uplifted and upbeat. Its like, how can you not feel even a bit of cool styling these babies? Sound quality with the Cat Ear headphones is a mixed bag and for the most part, the audio is exceptional with clear vocals and a rich, thumping bass. But on the downside, the bass might be a little too rich for my taste as it distorts at higher volumes. But it’s not annoying that I couldn’t wear these headphones for long hours as I only needed to lower/raise the volume depending on what I was listening to. A prime example was when I was listening to Bleach’s Season One opener; I had to bring the volume down a touch; however, with the “Vision of Escaflowne" opening song, I had to raise the volume up to embrace the full effect of the song. Finally, I really enjoyed my portable gaming experience as the look and the quality of sound really enhances play. In the end, however you choose to use Brookstone Cat Ear headphones, you’ll be dealing with amazing quality audio and style that will not disappoint.
The speakers are less than impressive and if there’s another version of these headphones on the horizon, then I wouldn’t be mad if this feature is excluded. Let me be honest, if all you’re doing is sitting in a circle with a few friends, jamming to some beats, especially for the younger crowd, then you might not mind the low-quality audio that’s produced. However, if you’re indoors, you should definitely switch to something stronger. Also, the buttons should be highlighted so that they’re more identifiable. I actually had to hold the headphones under a light to figure out which button is which.
If you’re looking for a pair of headphones that are not only fun but will also enhance your cosplay appearance or give your commute an anime boost with a dose of exceptional sound quality tossed in, then you’d be wise to invest in Brookstone Bluetooth Cat Ear Headphones. And while I might garner a few weird stares, I can’t wait to try them out in my future air travels. So, out of TOV 5 stars, I’m giving the Brookstone Bluetooth Cat Ear Headphones a solid 4. And They’ve been Valkor tested, TOV Approved!