Review: Subjekt Pulse BT headphones

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Bluetooth headphones fall into a strange place in the world of listening to music. In most cases, Bluetooth headsets are geared towards communication instead of music. The design is focused on catering to those users who are highly mobile, and there’s not many devices out there that offer Bluetooth audio with a focus on quality music playback. The Subjekt Pulse BT headphones are neither built for communication nor will you be using them during your next jog, but their goal is to produce a good sound.

Subjekt’s Pulse BT headphones are unusual to say the least. The lightweight fixed band design makes the headphones feel rigid and inflexible, but in fact they bend just enough to be comfortable on a variety of heads. The speakers extend down about an inch and a half, and the pads that hold the speakers rock slightly to help conform to the head. The buttons on the sides of the headphones are rubberized and don’t make any sounds when you press them in. Everything else is a sleek, glossy plastic. It makes the headphones much less portable than other headsets, especially if your goal is to stuff them into a bag and use them on the go.

The sound produced is some of the best I have heard coming from a pair of Bluetooth headphones, as long as I wasn’t looking for bass. The mids and highs have actual personality, and the sound doesn’t get tinny until you start playing strictly brass instrumental or very high pitched singing. Even when turned all the way up, there’s very little audio leaking out. The headphones offer basically zero bass, in fact in some songs it felt like the notes were missing altogether. The tone is consistent across many different songs, even when at the limits of the Bluetooth connection. Ultimately, these headphones would rather drop off entirely than produce a lower quality sound, it seems.

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