- More Balanced Sound Signature
- Elegant Design
- Impressive Connectivity Options
- Buttons are not in the best position
- Average Microphone quality
The Bluedio Vinyl are great value if you’re looking for a set of wireless Bluetooth headphones. They look and sound great – particularly for their price.
The Bluedio Vinyl are a new set of Bluetooth headphones from the company. With Bluetooth 4.1 support for wireless connectivity and a metal build, are they worth it? Read my Bluedio Vinyl review to find out.
What’s in the Box?
I’m really impressed at Bluedio’s inclusions this time. The company has included the most comprehensive set of accessories I’ve seen to date.
Inside the box, you’ll get:
- Bluedio Vinyl Bluetooth Headphones
- Zip-Up Carry Case
- Cable Carry Bag
- 3.5mm to 3.5mm Audio Cable
- 3.5mm to 3.5mm Audio Cable with Integrated Microphone
- Micro USB Charging Cable
- Y-Audio cable
- English User Manual
Bluedio Vinyl Review: Hardware
The Bluedio Vinyl are over-the-ear with a retro-inspired design as their name suggests. With their elegant, cylindrical earcups featuring chamfered edges, the Bluedio Vinyl feels both modern and classic all at once. It’s a look I’m a massive fan of.
THE BLUEDIO VINYL FEELS BOTH MODERN AND VINTAGE ALL AT ONCE.
There’s actually 3 colors available. I’ve got the silver model but there’s also blue and purple models available for those who want something a bit bolder.
The headphones are well made, with a flexible yet durable Al-Ti alloy metal frame and plastic earcups that house the unit’s massive 57mm drivers.
The headband itself can be adjusted to fit different head sizes. I’ve got a large head and didn’t have any issues getting a good fit. Clamping force is also good, keeping the headphones in place without being uncomfortable.
The earcups rotate on two axes so they sit nicely against your head. The soft, leather-like earpads cover your ears completely and are very comfortable, even after a solid days listening.
All the controls hidden along the right ear cup. Bluedio’s Multi Function (MF) button, power switch, micro USB port, volume controls and a microphone all make an appearance.
The volume controls and MF button both pull double duty, allowing you to skip tracks and play/pause the current track respectively. Holding the MF button down when paired up with an iOS device will even trigger Siri which is useful for completely hands-free operation.
I did find the button layout to be a little awkward however. It’s not as intuitive as something like the Bluedio UFO which has all the controls arranged in a circle. Instead, you need to remember where on the earcup each button is. Whilst I got used to it after a while, it was frustrating the first few times.
There’s also a 3.5mm audio jack in the left earcup which lets you use the headphones wired if you prefer. This even works when the battery is dead which is very handy if you forget to charge them (not that I ever forget to charge anything…).
It can also be used to share your music to another set of headphones or speakers via a 3.5mm audio cable which is pretty cool, though something that I never really used. That said, I can see it being a useful alternative to using an earbud each to share music.
Actually pairing up the headphones was simple. Just switch them on, wait for the spoken “pairing” voice prompt and pick “Vinyl” from your smartphone’s Bluetooth menu.
With wireless headphones, you want them to last a while without a charge and the Bluedio Vinyl does well here. Bluedio claim around 20 hours of playback and this feels about right. I was able to use the headphones for an entire week, including several full workdays, and still had some battery to spare.
The Bluetooth connection itself was excellent, without any dropouts or significant interference.
Range was equally impressive, easily getting 10m through walls without any dropouts. That’s wireless freedom.
Bluedio Vinyl Review: Sound Quality
Sound quality is the most important aspect of any headphones and the Bluedio Vinyl is one of their more balanced headphones to date. Music sounds clear across all frequencies, with a pleasing balance between lows, mids and highs.
MUSIC SOUNDS CLEAR, WITH A NICE BALANCE BETWEEN LOWS, MIDS AND HIGHS.
Bass is still front-and-center but doesn’t overly dominate like some of the company’s other headphones (and admittedly 90% of mainstream headphones today).
Whether I was listing to death metal or acoustic tracks, the Bluedio Vinyls sounded good. Death metal (my personal favorite) tends to have its subtleties drowned out by bass-centric headphones so it’s nice to have a pair that keep detail.
The microphone experienced the same issues as other Bluetooth headphones, namely with the person on the other end of the call finding it hard to hear me. In a quiet environment its fine. However, it doesn’t work well in noisy environments as the microphone is simply too far from your mouth.
I found the headphones did a good job with sound isolation, keeping outside noise to a minimum.
I’m a fan of the Bluedio Vinyls. Though their style is fantastic and fits in well with a modern, minimalist aesthetic, the fact that their sound is equally solid is great.
Though I wasn’t a massive fan of the control layout and the microphone was predictably average, these are hardly deal breakers when you look at the overall package.
For under $100, you’re getting a set of well-built and great sounding Bluetooth headphones that’ll outperform most of the competition at this price point.