Arctic Sound P311 Stereo Bluetooth Headphone Review

Arctic Sound P311 Stereo Bluetooth Headphone Review

The iPhone added stereo Bluetooth capability some time ago, but I have yet to try it. Finding quality with affordable prices can sometimes be difficult, so I never looked very far. There are times when wireless stereo headphones can come in pretty handy, so I was excited to test out the Arctic Sound P311 headphones.

Most mornings I workout early in the morning long before the rest of the family wakes up.  Speakers are not really an option to avoid waking the crew, so I always use headphones.

Some of the exercises allow me to hold my iPhone in my pocket or hand, while others require a careful juggling act of placing the phone on the floor without damaging it but without pulling the wires. Now, I have a wireless option, giving me the freedom to move during my workouts.

The question is, how do the P311 headphones stack up to wired headphones?

Arctic Sound P311 Stereo Bluetooth Headphone Review

The P311 headphones come packaged with a USB charging cable and travel case.  The travel case is a hard case with a zipper and provides excellent protection for the headphones.  The headphones are one-size-fits-all, with a plastic band that sits behind the head and curves just over the ear to help hold them in place.

The Arctic Sound P311 features cup-style earphones with soft padding that are quite comfortable. To make the unit more compact, the behind-the-headpiece folds to allow them to fit in the case. The headphones only weigh 71g, and I never felt any fatigue while wearing them for extended periods.

Despite the appearance that these are music headphones, a hidden microphone is included to make them usable for phone calls.

Arctic Sound P311 Stereo Bluetooth Headphone Review

Five control buttons are found on the right earpiece for all actions.  The center multifunction button will act as the main control. To turn the unit on and off, hold the button for 3 seconds. Hold this button for 7 seconds to pair and connect the bluetooth device.

An LED light surrounding this button will blink blue and red while pairing.  I will cover the other functions later in the review.

The other buttons are volume and skip and are pretty self-explanatory.  After a quick memorization of button placement, I was able to control my phone and iPod functions easily from the included buttons.

Arctic Sound P311 Stereo Bluetooth Headphone Review

I was not sure what to expect in terms of audio quality when using Bluetooth headphones.  I have several bluetooth speaker devices that sound ok and one phone headset that sounds awful.

Being in a relaxed, chilled mood tonight, I chose a fitting song.  I decided to have some nice slow guitar music as my test track.  The song I used is Dan’l Boone’s Room by Bob Schneider and Mitch Watkins from the album “Underneath The Onion Trees.”

The song is a beautiful folk/classical guitar duet worth checking out (as is the entire album).  Guitar music usually covers a wide spectrum of musical ranges.  To my amazement, the headphones began belting out crisp, full-range audio.

Actually, I was honestly blown away by the audio quality. Deep bass coupled with crisp yet clean highs provide a wonderful listening experience.  The vocals are also clean, and the mid-range levels are perfect.  All genres of music sound fantastic over the Arctic Sound P311 headphones.

My one complaint is the inability to skip or reverse songs using my iPod app from the iPhone 4.  This is not a deal breaker for me, though, as I rarely use any remote buttons to skip on my phone.  I still like the visual of seeing the song come on and the album art.

I had my wife try them with the same song, and a few hours later, my brother.  Both of them put on the headphones and looked at me with wide eyes, and said, “Wow!”  It was funny that both of them had the same reaction.  So, as audio headphones, I give the Arctic Sound P311s a big WOW.

Arctic Sound P311 Stereo Bluetooth Headphone Review

Yes, the Arctic Sound P311 headphones have dual functionality and can be used as a phone headset.  Without a visible microphone, I was not sure how they would work despite the amazing audio quality.

While listening to music, an incoming call will fade the music and play the selected ringtone from the phone.  To answer, click the center multifunction button one time.  My first test call to my wife I asked if she can hear me good and her reply was, “I’m amazed at how clear you sound without a microphone near your mouth.”

Call quality on the receiving end was also above average and clear.  To end the call, tap the same button again and the music comes back on where you left off.  If you press and hold the multifunction button, the phone will call the previous caller.

If your phone includes voice dialing, just double-click the button, wait for the prompt from your phone, and say the name.  All of the phone functions have worked well for me every call I have made or received using the headphones.  For calls, I give the unit another WOW.

If you own a device that supports A2DP stereo Bluetooth, I highly recommend the Arctic Sound P311 headphones. They are probably my best headphone option now, and the call quality is great without having to mess with a microphone.

The most amazing part of this unit is the price for all of the quality.  The P311 headphones retail for $37.95.  If they only worked as headphones with a wife and did not include phone functionality, I would pay this price for them. These things are a steal!

I have tried many products, and most of them are good and enjoyable, but I am giving these a highly recommended personal stamp of approval.

The Arctic Sound P311 Bluetooth Headphones sell for $37.95; they are available directly from the manufacturer. 

Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample

What I like: Amazing audio quality coupled with great phone functionality.  No wires, FTW!

What Needs improvement: I am not able to use the skip and reverse buttons on the iPod app of my iPhone 4

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About the Author

Travis Ehrlich
Travis is a high school teacher and coach in a small South Texas town. His love for gadgets began at a very early age, and he has been a cross between a jock and a geek for most of his life. He has two boys and a wonderful wife who lets him be a gadget freak. He is a Mac convert and has drank the whole pitcher of Kool-Aid! He is also an avid guitar player and loves the outdoors, especially hunting with both a bow and rifle.

7 Comments on "Arctic Sound P311 Stereo Bluetooth Headphone Review"

  1. RT @geardiary: Headphone Review:

  2. aadilanis | July 27, 2010 at 1:24 am |

    Headphone Review: Arctic Sound P311 Stereo Bluetooth | Gear Diary: The iPhone added stereo Bluetooth capability so…

  3. Deni Tako | July 27, 2010 at 3:31 pm |

    This is one of those situations where I’m ready to buy just based on the review…but, I cannot find anywhere where they are actually for sale. I went through the website trying to find a dealer (because you cannot order them from the manufacturer directly) and I can’t find one that has these for sale. A Google search turns up no shopping results either. Bummer!

  4. Travis Ehrlich | July 28, 2010 at 5:26 am |

    I plan on buying another pair also. The Arctic Cooling people told me their webstore is down right now being rebuilt. Check back on their site in a few days.

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  7. The ARCTIC SOUND P311 is avaiable for purchase at the ARCTIC international webshop at:

    And you may also order from the following U.S. dealer:

    But looks like they are temporary out of stock. You may check back later.

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