Even though Venstar isn’t a well-known brand, they may as well soon be. The S-209 Wireless Bluetooth headphones offer such a great value that simply had to get our hands on them and put them through a rigorous testing. Unless you want to miss on what can be the greatest deal when it comes to bass-oriented Bluetooth headphones, you don’t want to skip this review.
Design and Build Quality
The headphones ship folded inside a hard-shell protective case. Just like the headphones, the case is black, and it does a great job when it comes to travel protection. After we took the headphones out of the case and adjusted the headband, we discovered how comfortable the plush earpads are. They don’t seem to have memory foam inside, but the material is still extremely comfortable even after several hours of uninterrupted usage.
As far as playback controls go, the right earcup features a variety of buttons, allowing you to instantly skip tracks, pause and play your music, and even adjust the volume. You will have to memorize the layout, as it’s impossible to tell by touch alone which button does what. Once you do, however, using the buttons instead of your smartphone will become a second nature.
To cut down on the production cost, Venstar decided not to include NFC technology for easy pairing. Instead, you have to press the play button for 5 seconds and then head over to your smartphone or tablet, where you can select the headphones and complete the pairing process. It’s true that NFC is more convenient, but we had no trouble living without it.
The Venstar S-209 use the latest APTX/A2DP sound technology to deliver uncompromised sound quality over Bluetooth. They are certainly not the first headphones to use the combination of APTX with A2DP, but they stand out in their price range.
Lows extended very deep and don’t creep into mids, which are placed slightly forward and have a warm coloration to them. Needless to say that if you enjoy listening to hip-hop or electronic music, the S-209 will put a smile on your face.
What’s in the Box
One of the best things about the Venstar S-209 Wireless Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphones is how many accessories you get. The packaging not only includes a 3.5mm audio cable for wired listening and microUSB cable for charging, but there’s also an excellent hard-shell case for storage. The case fits the headphones like a glove and keeps them secure no matter what abuse you subject them to.