The iPhone 7 and similar no audio port having smartphones are forcing everyone to go wireless. By everyone, we do indeed mean everyone. Even those Cat Ear Headphones Brookstone introduced last year are getting a Bluetooth version, but they didn’t just cut the cord and call it a day.
Last year’s Cat Ear headphones were no simple gimmick. Instead of just sticking cat ears on top of the headband, they outfitted them with speakers — if there was a better pair of party headphones released last year, we’re not aware of them. This year’s wireless headphones still have those cat ear speakers, but most everything else is different.
This year, the cable is gone — instead, they get wireless Bluetooth connectivity and a five hour battery life, which isn’t great. Bluetooth isn’t the only change. The detachable boom mic is out, replaced by a microphone embedded within the headphones. But, the best change is with the LED light accents around the cat ears. Last year, you had to choose which color you wanted at purchase — the LED lights can now change color. The lights can be made steady, flashing, or can be made to pulse to the beat of the music.
We took the Wireless Cat Earphones for a stroll and quickly became the talk of the cat walk. Forget Beats, these are the loudest pair of headphones you can wear. We had an easy time pairing them with our phone, and love that they have actual built in speakers into the ears. The speakers are tinny, but able to play pretty loud. The headphone’s audio is also not that great, but these headphones are less about an audio experience and more about having fun. Between the rotating lights and cat shaped design, Brookstone’s has made a pair of headphones that are purrrfect, even if they aren’t perfect.
The Wireless Cat Ear Headphones are available now from Brookstone for $140, which is actually cheaper than what the wired headphones version cost last year.
The Good: Ear cushions are comfy, controls are easy to access on the headphone cup, the ears double as pretty loud speakers, you’ll be the life of the party if you’re strutting these, also works wired via an included 3.5mm cable for when battery goes out
The Bad: They are heavy to wear, actual headphone audio isn’t that good, short battery life of just a few hours
This story was originally published at Cat Ear Headphones Are Now Purrrfectly Wireless