Wireless headphones have become the main trend of recent years in the market of audio. But however comfortable they are, they still need a digital signal source. Nevertheless, it is fixable – just insert the MP3 player straight into the headset. This is exactly what Harper did by releasing the HB-415. It remains to find out how everything works and whether the game is worth the candle.
All in one device
The main features of the headphones – built-in player and support for memory cards. You can not take a smartphone for a run, just install microSD with a capacity of up to 32 GB with a playlist in MP3 or WAV formats. There are no problems with nested folders – end-to-end playback is supported. Also, the device works adequately with both the FAT32 file system and exFAT. Switching tracks occurs using the keys on the right earpiece.
Harper HB-415 received a 3.5-mm audio input, as well as Bluetooth version 4.2. In the apartment, the connection is stable, even if the smartphone is in the next room.
The capacity of the internal battery is 300 mAh, which is enough for seven hours of music playback via Bluetooth at a volume of 50%. During testing, the headset lasted three days without recharging with two to three hours of music and 20-30 minutes of calls per day. Charging from the adapter to 5 V / 1 A takes about an hour and a half, and if there is no time, it is enough to connect the cord to turn the headphones into wired.
With music at home, jogging and in the office
The case of Harper HB-415 is made of matte plastic, which effectively resists dirt and scratches. Also, thanks to this material, the headset turned out to be light. Swivel hinges allow cups to be folded inside, so that they do not take up much space in the backpack. I am glad that the metal headband arches, however, their adjustment is not the most convenient: there are no clear cut-offs, and in order for the arcs to leave the grooves, you have to make a fair effort.
On the cups there are decorative nets, so that from the side the headphones seem to be open. In fact, the acoustic design they have closed and with appropriate insulation.
Headphones do not cover the ears, and lie on them ear cushions. Landing is dense – the headset does not strive to fly off even on the run. However, after a few hours of listening, ears need rest. In addition, the ear cushions are made of leatherette, so not very soft and breathable. However, they are removable, so you can find a more comfortable replacement.
How to sound
First of all, the bass of the headphones is felt – it is very massive and thick, but at the same time it has a tendency to buzz. In addition, the obsessive bottom pretty masks the midrange, especially the vocals. Soloists sing sandwiched and without spark. In general, this is the case when an equalizer adjustment is necessary.
If in Poweramp cut to several decibels of frequency to the lower middle (250 Hz), the situation is rectified. Bass, though it retains its echoing and unformed, but does not prevent to hear voices and basic instruments.
When listening to electronics and metal headphones do not keep pace with the rapid rhythm. The bass blur is least noticeable on slow genres: blues, lounge, ambient, reggae and calm rock. Something in the style of JMSN, Massive Attack or Twenty One Pilots headphones play well. The situation is also good with modern cloud rap BONES – here the characteristic buzzing bass falls to place.
Built-in amplifier gives an adequate volume reserve in all conditions: at home, on the street and in transport. At the same time, background noise does not disturb the ear even at high volumes. It also turned out that the sound quality is about the same as with a Bluetooth connection, and with a wired connection with a smartphone.
Harper HB-415 stands out primarily for its rich feature set. There is Bluetooth 4.2, a wired connection, support for memory cards – what more could you want from headphones for a low price? Given decent autonomy, this is a universal option for those who are primarily looking for practicality, and secondly – adequate sound.