Phiaton was kind enough to send me a pair for review. Here’s what I found …
Phiaton BT 390 Headphones Review
In Phiaton’s own words, the BT 390 are:
On-ear, foldable headphones [that] deliver a compact and comfortable fit with extended battery life for travelers and commuters on the go.
The Traveler’s Take
These days, it’s relatively easy to find passable sound quality in almost any pair of headphones over USD $50. At this price point (around USD $79), the audio from the BT 390 cans is solid, thanks in large part to the improved Bluetooth 4.1 tech.
But, as a traveler, there are three main things I look for in headphone design: comfort, long battery life, and decent noise-cancelability. On the comfort front, the Phiaton BT 390’s are excellent. Padded ear and head cushions work well to ensure they feel comfortable even on a long-haul flight. Even for my abnormally large head, they never give me that “head-in-a-vice” feel after a few hours of wear.
The battery life is exceptional, especially in this range of headphones. Phiaton promises up to 30 hours of nonstop, wireless play. While I haven’t personally tested them for that quite long, that claim wouldn’t surprise me. Basically, they’ll survive even the longest of long-haul flights … and most of the return flight home. Plus, with the supplied audio/mic cable, you can continue to listen even when you run out of juice.
Since these are on-ear, rather than over-ear, they offer little in the way of noise-isolation. But, that’s inherent in the design of almost all on-ear cans. For proper noise-isolation or actual noise-canceling, you’ll have to upgrade to a more substantial pair like the Phiaton BT 330 NC headphones or any of the other NC line.
A few additional miscellaneous things I like … the foldable design means they’re a snap to collapse down and throw in your carry-on. You’ll hardly even notice they’re in there. Plus, a multipoint connection means you can connect two Bluetooth devices (say, you’re tablet and smartphone) simultaneously. Nice.
The Bottom Line
Sure, you can find better-sounding headphones but few at this price point. For my money, the Phiaton BT 390 headphones are a great value. (I pack them alongside these best waterproof earbuds on the market, bringing next-generation technology today’s active listener.)