Hër on-ear headphones full review: German brand Hër’s on-ear Bluetooth stereo headphones packs lush sound in an exceedingly compact and stylish design. It’s marketed to ladies, with its soft colors and minimalist style (we can argue female aesthetics another day) – and three of its profits move to the German Committee for UN ladies.
We found that it offered a reasonably balanced bass and treble range, creating it ideal for daily commuters and casual listeners, although maybe not the audiophiles who need to hear every minute detail (they will see our roundup of additional premium wireless headphones).
Hër headphones aren’t significantly cheap at £99/around US$111, however, is it definitely worth the price?
Hër on-ear headphones: United Kingdom valuation and availability
Hër headphones are obtainable directly from the Hër website for £99/around US$111/€99,00 and will presently be available at Selfridges within the United Kingdom. If you are shopping for online, the company offers free delivery if you are inside Europe. At this price range, it’s on the upper end of budget headphones.
Hër on-ear headphones: style and build
The design is an instantaneous strength for the Hër headphones – it’s compact, attractive and feels comfy. The leather headband adds a premium feel against the matte metal end on the housing and slider.
It’s additionally light-weight and sits well without clamping onto your head with unnecessary pressure. Although it doesn’t have noise cancellation, it will block out the outside world reasonably well once in use, creating it ideal for commuters.
The ear-pads additionally swivel 90 degrees. Therefore you’ll be able to go with an angle that suits you.
The headphones go along with an audio jack cable which you’ll use if you run out of juice. It’s a skinny plastic cable though, that doesn’t quite match the high-end look of the headphones themselves. We might expect a weightier nylon braided cable.
Though it’s sweat resistant it’s not the most suited if you’re significantly active – whereas it stayed put throughout jogs, it sometimes fell off during floor exercises.
Hër on-ear headphones: Sound Quality
Now for the most necessary part. Hër headphones deliver a transparent sound that handles bass well and does an excellent job with trebles too. Overall, you can expect a balanced audio quality without tinniness or flatness. Bass beats conjointly come through with a pleasant, satisfying richness.
The headphones have an impedance of 64 ohms that sets it above the quality of low-impedance headphone, that is typically between 25 -50 ohms. This makes it versatile for at home and outdoor use, and ideal for casual listeners and commuters.
Hër guarantees a wireless range larger than 10m. We paired the headphones with our phone, and the sound did cut out or stutter once we stepped away over 8 meters. When worn on the streets, the sound sometimes cut out once the phone was placed in our pocket.
This could be a haul if you’re streaming music whereas focusing on other things (like walking while not bumping into strangers), however if you frequently just watch videos on the train or browse Instagram whereas streaming Spotify within the background, we don’t assume this could be a problem, as your phone would be out and in very close range.
You can control the volume using a volume-up and volume-down buttons on the right headphone housing – the buttons are quite close. Therefore it’d take some getting applied to.
Hër additionally guarantees 21 hours of playback and will take 2 to 3 hours to charge. It comes with a micro-USB cable, once more made of the same low-cost plastic as the audio cable.
We used the headphones with and without the cable and didn’t need to charge it in three to four weeks of use (having not charged it at all out of the box!). Hër guarantees 840 hours of battery life in standby mode.
We did realize the audio quality sounded fuller once connected to Bluetooth – although this might have just been due to the standard of the cable provided.