Head­phones earn high marks

Winnipeg Free Press - SundayXtra - - ENTERTAINMENT -

AS I seem to say of­ten with prod­ucts, I have had the Sol Repub­lic Tracks Air on-ear wire­less head­phones sit­ting around my of­fice un­opened for a few months. I missed out on a few months of a prod­uct that sounds and looks great.

They are built with a unique head­band track sys­tem to en­sure you get the right fit, no mat­ter how big or small your head is. Each speaker slides onto the head­bands track and can be po­si­tioned for com­fort.

The right speaker (called Sound En­gines by the com­pany) has a mi­cro-USB port to charge the in­ter­nal recharge­able bat­tery for up to 15 hours of use. A solid green light alerts you when the charg­ing is done.

Af­ter it’s charged, make your wire­less con­nec­tion with Blue­tooth or NFC pair­ing us­ing the multi-func­tional but­ton on the right speaker, which can also be used for chang­ing tracks.

This side also has power and vol­ume con­trols, and a mi­cro­phone for hands-free calls.

I used them on a re­cent cross-coun­try flight while writ­ing this col­umn. Af­ter 2½ hours, the only rea­son they came off my head was the flight had landed.

Both the sound and com­fort from the padded ear cups scored high marks in my book.

A cool fea­ture lets you to con­nect a pair of de­vices to the head­phones si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

De­tails: US$199 avail­able in black, blue, red and white; www.sol­re­pub­lic.com

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