GranVela S8 Bluetooth 4.0 Headphones

Priced at just a shade under £30 this has to be judged as a budget headset but in fact it was rather better than I feared it might be. Inside the box aside from the headset itself was a standard mini-jack to mini-jack audio cable, a charging cable, and a small but well printed and easy to read r User Guide. I reproduce the User Guide at the end of my unboxing video.

The headset is quite lightweight and looks rather cheap , the body feels a bit flimsy and the headband and ear cup padding is thin and unsupportive That said, the construction quality seems OK to me with no sign of the padding on the band working loose, poor stitching, or weak joints – all elements that have failed on similar headsets I have owned in the past. Time will tell and if something fails in the future I will update the review accordingly. It is marketed as a sports headset which I suppose accounts for the lightweight build, unusual design and lack of passing. As a runner myself I am not sure I would like to run in it, but each to their own.

The headset is supplied with a simple control free audio cable and a USB to micro-USB charging cable but both work seem well made and function fine. The headset has a very unusual design and this is perhaps the best feature. The track and volume controls are nicely positioned and very easy to find and identify by sight if not by touch. The port bay is grommet protected against rain and has a micro USB charging slot and audio in port for when the headset is used without Bluetooth. The headset folds well for storage into the provided rigid carry case..

Bluetooth Pairing simple enough and achieved in the usual way by depressing the Multifunction/Power button for several seconds. Once paired I found the connection to be stable and strong. The headset will also work with the supplied audio cable when the battery fails and there is little if any difference in quality when used in either mode.

The most important feature of any headset is the audio quality, and bearing in mind that this is a budget device I was fairly happy with the sound. There is a decent amount of bass and it is clear, smooth and undistorted. Mid tones are clear and detailed and very easy to listen to. The sound is rather flat but comfortable and never abrasive or sibilant, at least to my ears. The sound is OK, not bad but nothing to write home about.

This a well made set of headphones, lightweight and comfortable to wear with decent sound quality and if you like the unusual design then the low price makes them a great buy.

The Good
Good price
Good audio
Easy touch controls
Lightweight build for sports use
BT/Wired modes
Grommet protected ports
Rigid case
Good User Guide
Folds for storage

The Bad
Thin padding
Feels flimsy
No aptx
No SD card slot
No FM Radio

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