I am in a family of music fanatics. My husband is a songwriter and musician, I am an avid music lover and closet singer, and my daughter seems to be following in both our footsteps. Which means that at any given moment, music can be heard blasting from at least one room of our home. This also means that there are headphones in almost every room, because we don’t always want to listen to the same things, along with a variety of docks and auxiliary speakers, because we sometimes want to share our music. I never considered the idea that one device could do both of those things.
Needless to say, when Walmart offered me the opportunity to try the new Flips Audio headphones, I jumped at the chance. They’re designed to work as headphones for personal listening, but speakers when the earpieces are flipped over. Allow me (or rather, my husband) to demonstrate:
These are PERFECT for him as a songwriter. He is often in his own world, listening to a track on his (other) headphones as he writes a new song. But inevitably, throughout the songwriting process, he unplugs the headphones so he can run his ideas by my daughter and I. And we all know that the iPhone speaker isn’t all that great at projecting on its own. He also spends a lot of time letting other people listen to music via his phone. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve seen 2-4 people huddling around him so they can all hear the weak speakers as they listen to a new track, I’d be a rich woman.
All of this means the Flips headphones are really ideal for us. First, my husband said they’re comfortable to wear and really comparable to studio-quality headphones, and that they do a good job of canceling other noise. Second, the clarity of the speakers is great, and they’re a lot more powerful than any of us expected. I also love the fact that there’s no button or switch to activate in order to make the transition. You literally just flip the headphones over.
The one caveat is that these headphones do have to be charged before you can use the speaker functionality, since speakers do require battery power. However, like almost every other device these days, it charges with a USB cable, which means it’s not difficult to find a place to charge it. We have a double USB charging adapter in the car, and I actually used my iPhone adapter to charge it for the first time.
Overall, we love these, so much that I’m putting them on my Christmas list for a couple of music loving friends and family members. They were initially available at only at Walmart, but are now available from other retailers as well. At $119.88, they’re an investment, but I honestly think they’re worth the price for what you’re getting. Did I mention the headphones can fold up and come in a fancy protective case you can use to store them? Plus, they’re still a whole heck of a lot less expensive that those Beats by Dre headphones everyone wants. And they’re a lot cooler and more functional, in my opinion.
DISCLOSURE: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.