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Old 03-15-2013, 08:56 AM
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Default Surprising Headphone Find - Sears/Kmart

I wanted an inexpensive pair of over the ear headphones for my daily commute on public transportation with somewhat better noise isolation than earbuds. The old women on the bus can be loud and chatty.

I walked into the nearby Kmart the other day at lunch and found these Alphaline 10650 headphones on sale for $23.99 (normally $29.99).

I wasted no time plugging them into my 8GB Sansa Fuze for a test.

Here are my non-expert observations:
  • Nice looking design, low profile. I don't look like an array searching for extraterrestrial signals while wearing them.
  • Lightweight. Construction seems good and durable.
  • Good fit. Not too tight but don't slip off either.
  • 1.5m flat cord that doesn't get twisted.
  • Nice padding on earcups and headband provide comfort.
  • Swivel earpads for compact storage
  • Moderate isolation of external noise.
  • The sound is superb! Highs, lows and everything in between is clear and crisp. Brass, strings, bass and vocals all sound wonderful.
  • Zero distortion at maximum volume. No hiss, crackle or pops.
  • Good soundstage, if that is the correct term.
Specs from the box:

Drivers: 40mm
Frequency response: 20-20kHz
Impedence: 32 ohm +/- 10%
Sensitivity: 1124dB



After several hours of listening I have no complaints about these headphones. They seem to be built to last but only time will tell. In my opinion, the sound is fantastic and I've sampled several genres of music for comparison.

For $25 I think these are an excellent value for casual, on the go listening or even for a quiet night at home.

Made in China for Sears, Roebuck and Co.
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