Bragi The Head­phone

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Bragi’s very first of­fer­ing – The Dash – was wa­ter­proof, could do ac­tiv­ity track­ing, and ran all con­trols via touch, but some­times suf­fered from con­nec­tion is­sues. Fast for­ward just un­der a year and Bragi is back with their se­cond prod­uct – a stripped down ver­sion sim­ply called “The Head­phone” that does noth­ing but its core prom­ise – play mu­sic wire­lessly.

Un­like any of the other head­phones in this shootout (or even The Dash), the car­ry­ing case for The Head­phone doesn’t act as a spare power source. It sim­ply keeps the unit safe. That may be be­cause The Head­phones give a solid six hours of play­back on a sin­gle charge, al­most twice the bat­tery life of the com­pe­ti­tion.

And there are no touch con­trols here ei­ther, only three sim­ple but­tons for vol­ume con­trol and power on/off on the right head­set. Pair­ing is a sim­ple easy af­fair, sim­ply hold down the power but­ton to put the head­phones in pair­ing mode and con­nect with your phone. We per­son­ally found the con­trol but­tons a bit awk­ward to use as press­ing down on any but­ton means you’re ef­fec­tively press­ing the ear bud deeper into your ear; some­times un­com­fort­ably so. That said, we must say The Head­phone gives pretty good pas­sive noise iso­la­tion be­cause of the tight fit.

In terms of au­dio, we were pleas­antly sur­prised to hear the range of au­dio pro­duced. While most of the sets in this shootout promised a fre­quency re­sponse of 20Hz to 20kHz, none of the other head­phones pro­duced bass with body like the Bragi did, so that cer­tainly made it stand out. For ex­am­ple, Re­becca Pid­geon’s Span­ish Har­lem starts off with an invit­ing bass line that draws the lis­tener in to the track. On all the other head­phones this is barely au­di­ble at best, leav­ing you feel want­ing, but with The Head­phone, this not only has weight, it also has enough de­cay to make it sound more nat­u­ral.

That’s prob­a­bly why it per­formed best on Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia by The Ea­gles on our for­mal test­ing. The track is led by a steady bass beat, and gives the head­phones a chance to show off their mu­si­cal­ity, as it fea­tures a mul­ti­tude of mu­si­cal in­stru­ments that The Head­phone ren­ders with aplomb.

Un­like the oth­ers, the Bragi’s case doesn’t act as a spare bat­tery.

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