It is time once again to take a look at an item we reviewed in the past, liked and… months later, still use. Today’s contender… The BlueAnt EMBRACE headphones. You can read the review here, but here’s a snippet of what we said last summer: All of this is good and well but when it comes to a pair of headphones there are really just 2 things that matter: comfort and sound.
Are they comfortable?Yup!As previously mentioned, the combination of high quality materials, leather earpieces and abundant padding create a pair of headphones that are incredibly comfortable. I have worn them for an extended period multiple times and have felt little or no “ear fatigue”. I’ve even fallen asleep while wearing them– and that doesn’t happen if headphones aren’t super comfortable. Do they sound good?Double Yup!I’m pleased to say that these things sound awesome. I absolutely love listening to them and find the sound to be full and rich. There is another quality to the sound that I have been trying to put into words but have yet to find the best way. The closest I can come to explaining it is that they put out a “relaxing sound” that doesn’t tire you out by pounding on your eardrums.Such judgments are rather subjective however and I would be remiss to not mention that Elana described the sound as ‘good but a bit muddy”. (Then again she isn’t a fan of headphones in the least.) So overall, how did BlueAnt do with their first foray into non-Bluetooth audio? I give them high marks. The Embrace headphones are high quality, well constructed, quite comfortable and sound great. As an overall package they are a great addition to the lineup of available on-ear and over-the-ear headphones. And at a price of $199.99 they are in the right pricing ballpark too!
And here is how the company speaks about their product:
The BlueAnt EMBRACE headphones are a sophisticated and stylish pair of over the ear headphones, with highly optimised drivers that let you hear your music the way it was meant to be heard.The EMBRACE comes supplied with an integrated in-line remote control and microphone that lets you make and receive calls, adjust the volume and change tracks on your smartphone without taking it out of your pocket.
But that was then and this is now! How have the headphones held up? Am I still impressed with the comfort? Do I still think they sound great? Great, yes and you bet!
Yes, I’ve been using the BlueAnt EMBRACE headphones on and off ever since the review and I still love them. They have held up well, and are showing no signs of wear. They still sound great and, as I have worn them more, seem to get more comfortable over time. I’m really impressed by the full sound and, after using them for a while, going to earbuds can be a huge disappointment. My biggest criticism of the headphones at the time of the review wasn’t really a criticism but a commentary on them that, we’re they 25% less than the $199 MSRP they would be flying off the shelves. Well the good news is that you can actually get them for as low as $129.95 right here in our Amazon Store.