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Avantree Audition Pro Wireless Headphone Review: After using it for 3 months

I have been looking for a wireless headphone for quite some time. I got tired of my laptop getting dragged accidentally when my headphones were plugged in and I got tired of headphones slipping down. I didn’t want on-the-ear Bluetooth headphones, as they are aplenty. What I wanted were a good pair of over-the-ear headphones without spending upwards of Rs. 10,000 — preferably less than Rs. 5000.

I looked at the Sony MDR-XB650BT and the Sennheiser RS 120 II but digging around on Amazon.in, I came across a model call the Audition Pro from a brand called Avantree. Looking online, I found out it was a Chinese brand. Not too many reviews could be found on the Amazon India page but Amazon US had the same headphone listed. Much of the user reviews there seemed positive and that gave me the confidence to think about buying it. I checked YouTube, watched a few video reviews about it and felt that it met my requirements.

So I took the plunge. I used a Rs. 1500 voucher I had from Amazon.in and bought the Avantree Auditition Pro for Rs. 3,399 (Rs. 4,899 actual price) back in August.

Amazon India delivery box
The package was delivered on time
Avantree headphone Amazon delivery
Time for the unboxing
Avantree Audition Pro headphone box
Unlike most unheard-of Chinese companies, you can at least tell Avantree has a future just by looking at their packaging — clean, simple but well designed
Avantree Audition Pro case
It comes with a carrying case, which has good build quality
Avantree wireless headphones inside case
As you can see, the headphones are foldable
Avantree Audition Pro headphones
First impressions: love the clean look, the dualtone finish — and the headphones felt super-light!
Cables Avantree Audition Pro
I comes with a micro-USB charging cable and a male-to-male 3.5mm cable — if in case you want to turn your wireless headphones into a wired one
Avantree Audition Pro NFC headphones
There’s a flap on the side to open up the charging port. This side is also where you would tap an NFC device (like your mobile phone) for pairing

I tried NFC pairing first, since my phone – a Sony Xperia Z1 – had NFC. Even though the headphones weren’t switched on, as soon as placed my phone near the earpiece, the Avantree headphones switched on and my phone detected it. Next I paired with via Bluetooth to my Macbook Air, which also worked so quickly and without any fuss. When you switch on the headphones, you hear a recorded message saying: “Welcome to Avantree” and “Connected” once it has been paired with any device. Pretty cool.

I’ve been using these headphones for three months now. Listening to all sorts of music and podcasts. Sound quality is great overall and the bass is effective enough without sounding exaggerated. The earpieces are comfortable and don’t pain my ears over extended use. My ears do get sweaty though. But that’s expected with over the ear headphones — you will find yourself wanting to take them off and give your ears some access to fresh air once in a while.

The downsides? Well, I’ve noticed that there’s a big drop in overall sound effect at lower volumes. Best way to describe it is by saying that if you want to hear all that a particular song has to offer, it’s best you listen it at over 50% volume. The difference in how good a sounds is so much more apparent when you turn up the volume at over 50% volume. It’s quite remarkable. It wasn’t like this with my previous Sony headphones, which sounded consistent even at lower volumes.

The other downside is when two audio sources are playing simultaneously. I experience this the most when say, my dad calls on Google Hangouts or when I get a video call on Facebook while I’m listening to a YouTube video. The headphones automatically dropped the audio on the YouTube video and set the video call’s audio to default. In theory this sound like a thoughtful feature but it doesn’t always work well. When the call ends, the audio from the YouTube video takes some time to get back to normal.

Another major headache in wireless mode is when I get video calls on Google Hangout but Avantree headphone’s microphone fails to pick up my voice. Maybe it’s to do with Google Hangout’s failure to pick the headphone’s microphone as the audio source (since it’s wireless) but it has happened once or twice with Facebook calling as well.

Other than these frustrations, audio-wise, I can say the Avantree Audition Pro 4.1 Bluetooth headphones are very good for the price you pay. The battery lasts for more than 3 days on average given my usage and they don’t take much time to charge as well. Would a Sennheiser or a BOSE headphone be better? I’m sure they would, but try to find a wireless bluetooth, over the ear headphone from either of these brands for less than Rs. 5000.

The Avantree Audiion Pro isn’t the best headphone money can buy, it’s just one of the best headphones for your money.

My ideal Yatra – A luxurious flight to NYC followed by sightseeing on foot

If I had to plan a dream trip, it would be a mix of luxury and a trip itinerary that most follows the way I go about sightseeing — by foot. A city I have always wanted to visit is New York City. It’s a cliche by now, given how much it has been featured in Hollywood movies — especially romantic comedies. But still, I’m sure it would impress me and live up to the hype. The skyscrapers, Central Park, the choice when it comes to eateries — the whole world lives in New York City!

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The Horlicks #Immunity4Health Indiblogger Meet in Bengaluru

Date: 8 May 2016

Time for another blogger’s meet organized by the fine folks at Indiblogger! This time it was hosted by Horlicks, at Taj Vivanta, near Trinity Circle. The theme was #Immunity4Health, part of their marketing pitch for the new Horlicks, now with twice the content of micro-nutrients. Today being Mother’s Day, Horlicks were especially honouring the efforts mothers play in raising children. So needless to say, there were no shortage of ‘mommy bloggers’ who also made their presence felt at this event.
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