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I’m a member of Bespoke Post and have been receiving their Box of Awesome for five years now.  They are a subscription box company that specializes in lifestyle items for men.  They have eight categories of items they sell ranging from clothing and accessories to home and outdoor items.  Recently they have also added a women’s shop to their website with a limited collection of items for the lady in your life.  If you’re a member, they send you an email on the first of the month.  You have until the 5th of that month to decide to receive the box for that month, select a substitute box from their inventory or choose to bypass this month’s box altogether.  If you don’t make a selection, you receive the default box for the month.

I’ve never been disappointed with the quality of the items in the boxes, and quite a few of them have added to some of the pleasures I take in life.

For instance, the Churchill box contained a very nice selection of cigars, a nicely crafted reclaimed wood ashtray, a den candle, some cedar spills for lighting the provided cigars and a cigar cutter.

The Aged box contained a cocktail aging kit and two Cupa-Rocks cocktail tumblers.

This month I missed the email, and so by default I received the Sonic box.

 

To be honest, I was not in need of another set of headphones.  I have a set of the Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones that I purchased a little over two years ago and love them.  They block out the vast majority of background noise and allow me to focus on work or whatever I happen to be reading.

The Sudio Tre is a headphone of a different flavor though.  These aren’t designed to be noise canceling and in fact, are advertised as offering full sound transparency.  This means you can still hear the surrounding noises as you are wearing the headphones.  They are designed to wear during a workout, run, bike ride or any activity where you may not want total isolation from the background.  They are very minimal design with earbuds and a flat connecting cable of rubberized matte back material.  On the right side just below the earbud is the small remote with three buttons while in the same position on the left side is the battery container.  These two containers are of the same size and help to balance the set weight as well as the design; it looks well thought out and not clunky like other headphones of this type I’ve seen.  The earbuds are covered with the same rubberized material as the rest of the set and have a wingtip design to help them stay in your ear during heavy activity.

In the box

  • Tre earphones with three pairs of wing tips
  • Owners Manual & Quality Assurance Card
  • Leather Carrying Case
  • Metal Clip
  • Charging Cable

 

After charging the headset for a couple of hours, I paired them with my iPad, and I was quickly listening to music and podcasts as I worked around the house and yard.  I tried them on with the wing-tips they came with by default.  The earbuds fit easily into my ear and were quite comfortable; I was pleasantly surprised.  They don’t weigh much and are hardly noticeable while wearing them around the shop or outside working in the yard.  There wasn’t a single activity that dislodged them from within my ear, and the rubberized material makes them very sweat resistant.  The cable passing behind my head resting on my neck was hardly noticeable, and I like that they were never in the way of anything I was doing.

The sound quality was good, strong bass with a nice clear mid and top end.

I’ve not had the opportunity to try them for a long period; the manufacturer advertises they have a nine-hour battery life with a ten-day life in standby mode; charging to full capacity takes 2 hours.  They easily lasted for the two hours I wore them, and after a little while, I hardly noticed them.

There were only a couple of drawbacks that I would mention for this review.  One is the range for the Bluetooth connectivity, they advertise 15 meters, but that must be line-of-sight.  I walked outside the garage door at one point and lost the signal, and at other times the signal was weak.  The solution is not to lose sight of your broadcast device.  The other was with the owners manual.  There are nicely specific instructions for pairing, but nothing that clues you to what the various button do after the set has been paired.  The top button closest to your earbud raises the volume, the middle pauses the music, and the bottom lowers the volume.  I know, it seems obvious but I never assume anything when it comes to interface design.

Overall I liked these headphones and would recommend them if you are looking for a set of headphones for your workout or when you want to listen to music but don’t want complete isolation.

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