Puro Sound Labs BT5200 Adult Bluetooth Wireless Headphones Review
Puro Sound Labs headphones aren’t playing when it comes to hearing.
They developed these unique wireless over the ear headphones that combine high quality sound, really great construction.
They didn’t scrimp.
The key here is in the volume limiting technology. Puro works closely with the Hearing Health Foundation in an effort to combat the very real issue of noise-induced hearing loss in children.
They even have a version for the kids; The BT2200 with the same construction and quality sound.
Upon opening the box the unit comes in, I found the units come in a really cool protective case which make for great storage.
Despite the good quality construction the Puro Sound Labs BT5200 only feel heavy but you can wear them without fatigue for an entire day.
The cups are well padded for comfort and I don’t know how they did it, but they certainly got it right no doubt about it.
I would certainly suggest picking up a few pair to have at the office, home, plane, yacht, where ever you feel like escaping from the noise of the world around you.
Oh; did I mention noise cancelling? Yes they have that too. They’ve left no stone unturned with this product.
- 40mm custom dynamic drivers
- 20Hz – 20kHz dynamic range with <1% total harmonic distortion
- Bluetooth 4.0 with AptX codec support
- Advanced microprocessor-driven volume display LEDs
- Lightweight aluminum construction with anodized aluminum finish
- Protein leather headband padding and ear cups
- Rechargeable Lithium ion battery rated at 24 hours playback, 200 hours standby
- Ambient noise reduction blocks 82% of background noise
- Built-in high sensitivity microphone for calling
- Folds flat for travel
- Available in Black/Silver and Tan/Gold
- Includes headphones, hard carrying case, USB charging cable and 3.5mm Aux audio cable
30 day satisfaction guarantee with one year warranty
- MSRP $129.99
My review unit was the Tan/Gold option, with supple protein leather in an attractive tan color paired with gold anodized aluminum with a bit of chrome trim.
They look much more sophisticated than shiny plastic and the aluminum makes for lightweight, sturdy construction.
These are on-ear headphones and between the soft padding, the flexibility of the headband and the ability of the ear cups to rotate 90-degrees, it was easy to get a tight, comfortable seal.
That’s important, because worn properly, the Puro BT5200s are able to block 82% of ambient noise without needing active noise cancellation. That means less volume needed to hear music.
The company tunes the 40mm custom dynamic drivers using their own Puro Balanced Response curve and the Bluetooth wireless connection supports the high bit-rate AptX codec.
Not all teenagers want to wear volume-limited cans and not all adults realize when volume levels reach the point where they are contributing to permanent hearing damage.
In the case of the BT5200’s the approach is education.
A chip is actively monitoring the sound level in decibels and it reflects those readings in a multi-color LED mounted on the left ear cup.
And here’s where things get really technical and important but simple at the same time.
Color Code:Green indicates a level of 85 dB or less, which is considered safe for up to eight hours of listening; yellow is 85 dB to 95 dB which should be limited to no more than two hours of listening, while red is the red flag indicating volume has exceeded 95 dB and should be either stopped or held to less than 15 minutes per day.
The weak link in this system is that the listener can’t actually see that LED unless they remove the headphones (or look in a mirror), but it’s still a very useful safety feature.
Puro Sound Labs could remedy this absolutely minor issue with an app that tells you when you’re in what zone.
I use my laptop to play music; on that if I am at a volume level of 27 I’m at the maximum level of the green zone and that is still really good.