Break free from your MP3 player and go wireless for an amazing music listening experience. Don’t stop there, with the Phiaton PS 20 BT you can make calls and voice command your phone at a range of up to ten meters. The PS 20 BT is an in-ear stereo headset with a lightweight bluetooth receiver. It features superior audio quality, a unique ergonomic earbud design, and great controls.
What’s in the Box
-Micro-USB Charge Cable
-Ear Tip (L, M, S, XS)
The top portion of the Phiaton PS 20 BT headset looks similar to a regular pair of heapdhones with a Y-shaped cord, however instead of turning into a plug it leads to a small receiver/controller. This bluetooth receiver has a few different buttons, a multi-color status LED, a clip, and a hole for an optional neck cord. The receiver will hang about a foot and a half below your neck; the neck cord hangs about a foot below. The receiver is small enough and light enough to clip to your collar or sleeve without getting in the way. The audio cord is reinforced where it connects to the receiver and where it connects to each earbud. The earbuds are ergonomically designed to really stick in your ears. This makes them great for exercising.
On the front of receiver is a ‘jog switch’ which is like a flattened joy stick. This jog switch controls volume and track controls, and pushing it in is play/pause. The jog switch buttons can be multipurpose depending on the phone function and the length of holding it, for instance it can ignore calls, mute calls, forward calls, and more. Because the jog switch can be easily knocked in any direction, there’s a lock button on the side of the receiver. Lastly, there’s a phone call button and a power button. The device charges with the included micro-USB charger.
The Phiaton PS 20 BT uses Bluetooth 3.0 technology. It will sync with most, if not all, common bluetooth devices like iOS devices, Android, Windows phones, laptops, etc. The bluetooth has a range of 10 meters and supports A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, and HSP. It can store 8 bluetooth devices in its memory and even pair up to two devices simultaneously. There is a special “Echo-Off” feature built into the PS 20 BT that reduces background noise in phone calls.
The PS 20 BT gives you a lot of control over your bluetooth device. For music, you can control tracks changes and fast-forward/rewind. You can make answer phone calls, ignore calls, and mute calls. Also, you can access voice commands from any capable phone. Once you have Siri on the line there’s really not much you can’t do.
The headphones use a “half in-ear” design which allows you to wear them outside the ear canal for a comfortable fit that never loosens. Phiaton incorporates a feature they call “MaxBass Reflex” which eliminates unwanted vibration and echos.
The battery can last for 6 hours of use or 250 hours of standby. It takes 2 hours to fully charge.
Of course anything bluetooth requires a pairing process with your phone. The pairing process was painless and once it’s paired, the PS 20 BT is no harder to turn on then plugging a cord into your phone is. The most difficult feature for me to get used to was not being able to clip the receiver to my pocket. The headphones are very comfortable and stay securely in my ears. I can exercise comfortably with the receiver clipped to my sleeve. I preferred using the device with the included neck cord. It does seem a bit silly that the with the neck cord, there is a lot more ‘cable’ than there is with a regular pair of headphones. I guess that’s the price of breaking free from your cell phone or mp3 player. While exercising, it’s always good to keep your expensive phone out of harms way.
A common issue with bluetooth headphones is the delay. Luckily, there is next to no delay with the PS 20 BT. The delay is so minute that videos sync up near-perfectly while watching on your device. There is an occasional hesitation in the wireless connection. The controls are also very responsive with next to no delay, as are phone calls. The included microphone worked just as well, if not better, than the built-in mic on Apple’s included iPhone headphones.
It’s tough to stress just how comfortable the headphones really are. They’re well complemented by the amazing audio quality. The audio is very clear. The bass is warm and present, the highs are detailed, and the mids are nice and balanced. The device has it’s own volume control, independent from your phone or bluetooth device, this was a bit surprising. The PS 20 BT was quite generous to our MP3s of all qualities. Personally, I’d really like if the headphones were removable. I wouldn’t mind plugging the headphones straight into my phone, or using the receiver with over-ear headphones.
The Phiaton PS 20 BT headphones aren’t just a great way of removing the leash from your phone or music-device, but it’s a pair of comfortable headphones with amazing audio quality and good controls. They can be purchased for $124.99 from Amazon. For listening to music and making phone calls, they’re fantastic. If you need your phone to be isolated from your headphones, they’re a great purchased. If going wireless isn’t a big deal for you, then they’re not offering much more than a nice pair of headphones with ControlTalk.
The Good: Wireless, Comfortable Earbuds, Great Audio Quality, Responsive, Includes Carrying Pouch, Status LED is Informative
The Bad: Cord Could be Longer, Cable with Neck Cord Easily Tangles, Headphones are not Removable, Pricey