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Aiwa Arc 1 Bluetooth Headphones with 20h Playtime Extreme Sound Clarity with aptX and Over Ear Comfort

Last Updated: 9 Jan 2019 (Refresh Now)
8.6
SCORE
/10
Total Reviews
143
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1.57 meters
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Review Summary - 123 recent, verified reviews

Detailed Mode
Sound Quality
 80
sound quality, aiwa, sound, listen, arc 1
+99%
-1%
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" ...  When I put these on for the first time I was totally amassed at how good they sounded. ... The sound quality while using for phone calls is really good too.  ...  "
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" ...  If the only standard were sound quality, this is a complete keeper.  ...  "
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" ...  I was very excited to receive these headphones as I absolutely love my Aiwa Exos 9 (large bluetooth speaker) with superb sound. ... I received the headphones and was very happy with the build quality and the sound.  ...  "
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" ...  - Amazing sound for BT, matches my very expensive corded Grado cans ... - Earcups are comfortable and isolate most sound  ...  "
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" ...  Excellent sound no connecting issues.  ...  "
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" ...  I have had the Arc-1 headphones for a month or so now and have listened to them extensively with all kinds of different music.  ...  "
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" ...  They feature a solid bass, not overwhelming but enough to please and have great tonality throughout, great mids and highs, no sibilance even at loud volume, they sound great without equalization, in fact I thought I had an eq set the first time I turned them on.  ...  "
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" ...  Absolutely fantastic balance for enjoying listening.  ...  "
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Comfort
 44
ear, head, ears, cup, earcups
+93%
-7%
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" ...  While I've had some decent little earbuds in the past, headphones hands down have a lot more clarity simply because they have a bigger driver. ... As for additional things I really like: These are the only pair of headphones I have found that are comfortable to wear with glasses (I literally can go for hours with no pain or discomfort) and the battery life is GREAT (Rated 20 hours but I haven't needed to charge them for the two weeks I've owned them).  ...  "
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" ...  Very comfortable easy to adjust and I never have pressure fatigue. ... Lower end headsets and earbuds usually have a rough time with classical music keeping each instrument clear and pronounced.  ...  "
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" ...  These were light and very comfortable.  ...  "
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" ...  These are worth every dollar, perfect sound, comfortable fit.  ...  "
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" ...  Very comfortable, very light, very stylish and more than worth the asking price.  ...  "
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" ...  This may have the widest soundstage of any over-the-ear, closed-back headphone I've used, especially at this price point.  ...  "
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" ...  Do your ears a favor, and give them the pleasure they’ve been missing out on your whole life!  ...  "
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" ...  I also like the big "L" and "R" inside the ear cups ... they used a closed back and solid materials to provide natural isolation which always works.  ...  "
Bass
 35
highs, mids, mids and highs, vocals, sound quality
+100%
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" ...  *Bass have power (punch) but never blead to the mids frequencies.  ...  "
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" ...  This headphones are awesome,if you like bass rumble your head maybe this isn't for you, this headphones are focusing more in quality sound.  ...  "
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" ...  They feature a solid bass, not overwhelming but enough to please and have great tonality throughout, great mids and highs, no sibilance even at loud volume, they sound great without equalization, in fact I thought I had an eq set the first time I turned them on.  ...  "
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" ...  Powerful and can reach high volumes with heavy bass. ... I wouldn't want Aiwa to take the bass out of future models. ... The bass is very clean and heavy which makes for a fun experience. ... Overall I am pleased with these headphones, I think they sound best playing bass heavy music.  ...  "
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" ...  Clean, well-defined vocals (mids), The lows are well-defined and not too muddy or over-powering.  ...  "
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" ...  I'm into hip hop and rock the bass is very good and the overall mids and highs are great, they aren't as loud as other brands but nonetheless great value.  ...  "
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" ...  The bass was massive without being muddled and the highs and mid range remained clear as a bell.  ...  "
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" ...  Awesome bass response.  ...  "
Headphones
 33
headphone, ear, arc 1 headphones, sennheiser, listen
+97%
-3%
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" ...  We have several other headphones, but none of them compare to the quality of sound that these Arc-1 deliver.  ...  "
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" ...  I've owned high end stereo equipment in various forms since I was a teenager and have a very discerning ear when it comes to audio imperfections.  ...  "
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" ...  What a great set of headphones!  ...  "
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" ...  I have had the Arc-1 headphones for a month or so now and have listened to them extensively with all kinds of different music.  ...  "
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" ...  I was looking for a good pair of headphones, mainly checking out the qc35's and the Sony xm3's but the more researching I did the more the aiwa arc-1's sounded like the smartest decision.  ...  "
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" ...  Ok, I have to admit I’m a big Aiwa fanboy so when the Arc-1 headphones ... These headphones blew me a way, and the fact that they are BT, makes them even more amazing. ... - Amazing sound for BT, matches my very expensive corded Grado cans ... - Headphone construction is very good  ...  "
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" ...  First off the headphones sound great!!!!  ...  "
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" ...  I have not tried some of the more niche functions (sharing with another headset, for instance).  ...  "
Price
 32
200, price point, aiwa, 199, 149
+97%
-3%
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" ...  It'll be a real shame since they sound so incredible for the price.  ...  "
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" ...  delivering audiophile-grade cans at an affordable price.  ...  "
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" ...  A huge price drop was being offered so I figured I would give them a try!  ...  "
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" ...  All-in-all, a very decent pair of headphones for the price.  ...  "
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" ...  Worth every penny.  ...  "
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" ...  TLDR: This is an amazing buy for only 199 you get a headphone that should cost almost 400, which is true to aiwa's promise of double the hardware.  ...  "
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" ...  Overall reallly good buy for the price, at $149.99 since it was on sale for $50 less. ... Probably better sound quality and build than almost all $200 headphones around this price range.  ...  "
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" ...  I would put the Arc-1 right arround the $500 to $700 high end competitors.  ...  "
Bluetooth
 28
headphones, pair, bt, range, connecting
+93%
-7%
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" ...  - BT range is impressive and I can walk through most of my house without having to carry my iPhone everywhere  ...  "
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" ...  I don't think there is a better pair of headphones in this price range and I know for a fact that there are more expensive headphones that don't sound as good.  ...  "
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" ...  First Bluetooth ones .  ...  "
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" ...  As good as any headphones I’ve ever used, and wireless!!!  ...  "
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" ...  They connected via Bluetooth easily and quickly to all my devices. ... They even transmit to another pair of Bluetooth headphones so someone else can also listen with you.  ...  "
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" ...  I have been on the search for a really good pair of wireless headphones for some time now. ... They also run over 24 hours on a charge, but also have a real weakness when it comes to Bluetooth range. ... Both perform well, even further than the expected range of any Bluetooth connection before any dropout occurs.  ...  "
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" ...  Love the ability to pair any other bluetooth speaker to it.  ...  "
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" ...  I haven't had problems connecting the Bluetooth to any of my sources ... I own a pair of Sennheiser HD-1 Bluetooth headphones.  ...  "
Frequencies
 25
bass, mids, vocals, mids and highs, crisp
+96%
-4%
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" ...  Others are great with with mids and highs.  ...  "
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" ...  These have some reallly crispppp mids and the bass is actually perfect, nothing muffled or distorted even with max vol.  ...  "
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" ...  The midrange is precise and the highs are clear like they should be.  ...  "
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" ...  The highs are brilliantly matched with the mids over rich, creamy smooth bass in just the right proportion.  ...  "
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" ...  the sounds are crisp and clean, the bass is felt and not overpowered.  ...  "
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" ...  The treble was clear and not piercing at all.  ...  "
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" ...  Treble and midrange are crystal clear, as well.  ...  "
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" ...  I'm into hip hop and rock the bass is very good and the overall mids and highs are great, they aren't as loud as other brands but nonetheless great value.  ...  "
Build Quality
 24
band, materials, head, feel like, top
+83%
-17%
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" ...  I was about to buy these at $199 when the price dropped to $149.  ...  "
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" ...  They come packed neatly in a nice hard-shell zippered case.  ...  "
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" ...  They are light and the materials are soft.  ...  "
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" ...  The build quality of the headphones themselves is also rock solid.  ...  "
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" ...  You can read all the other reviews breaking everything down but I would much rather pay the price for this amazingness then go back to Bose.  ...  "
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" ...  Good feel of durability and quality of materials and design.  ...  "
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" ...  Seem durable and well made.  ...  "
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" ...  QUALITY: The build on these are solid.  ...  "
Battery Life
 23
battery, charge, life, usage, listened
+96%
-4%
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" ...  There are 4 LEDs on the side of the headphones indicating charge.  ...  "
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" ...  The battery lasts a nice long time, just like they say it will.  ...  "
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" ...  The battery life is amazing, I've had them over a week and with my usage, it's not an everyday heavy use, but with my usage I still haven't run them down so that they need a recharge.  ...  "
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" ...  They are very comfy, have great battery life, and sound terrific.  ...  "
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" ...  15-20 hour battery life  ...  "
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" ...  -- battery charging and life is very good. ... I can see the headphone charging in less than 45 mins and last me for atleast 2-3 hrs usage for more than 10 days.  ...  "
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" ...  Battery life is very good I haven't run them all the way dead yet.  ...  "
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" ...  The battery level is displayed with lights for easy reference. ... The battery lasts a long time - days if not the week.  ...  "
Device Compatibility
 14
headphones, bluetooth, connecting, pair, iphone
+93%
-7%
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" ...  I have not tried some of the more niche functions (sharing with another headset, for instance).  ...  "
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" ...  These headphones have a feature called a-connect and connect two Bluetooth devices no matter the brand and plays your music through both!  ...  "
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" ...  😒 I already try different phones .  ...  "
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" ...  I have since paired with phone and iPad via BT that was easily connected.  ...  "
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" ...  They connected via Bluetooth easily and quickly to all my devices. ... They even transmit to another pair of Bluetooth headphones so someone else can also listen with you.  ...  "
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" ...  They are extremely easy to connect to and switch between different devices.  ...  "
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" ...  The ability of the headphones to pair with another is a great feature but I was able to do this with my Galaxy phone settings yet with my other IOS or Android devices it is very useful especially when comparing its audio performance to another headphone.  ...  "
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" ...  I'll retire my Klispch wired phones .  ...  "
Call quality
 13
phone calls, mic, listen, clearly, calls
+100%
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" ...  You will hear clarity in your music like you've never heard.  ...  "
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" ...  I use these both for music and also for phone calls - the mic works great.  ...  "
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" ...  That’s basically my only complaint but what really meters is sound and this thing is definitely great calls are smooth as well overall a very good purchase definitely recommend.  ...  "
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" ...  Hearing the outside world so clearly bugged me.  ...  "
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" ...  These Arc-1 are excellent and because of their superior phone microphone (callers have no trouble hearing me as well as me hearing them) and because most are saying that there really is only a small improvement in the bass and a bit more in the higher frequencies, I am seriously considering selling my like new XM2 .  ...  "
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" ...  I can hear all instruments clearly, these are a joy to listen too.  ...  "
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" ...  I work in sales and I like to be immersed in my phone conversations .  ...  "
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" ...  I also tested the headphones with Skype by making a test call (I had no one else to call).  ...  "
Design
 13
soft, slim, rock, nothing, materials
+85%
-15%
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" ...  The look and feel of these headphones are outstanding.  ...  "
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" ...  They are light and the materials are soft.  ...  "
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" ...  i don't feel like these really sacrificed anything when in production, and i can't honestly say how they made something so good and so far priced under some competitors .  ...  "
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" ...  QUALITY: The build on these are solid.  ...  "
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" ...  These are perfect for classic rock or any other type of rock.  ...  "
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" ...  My first impression when I opened the box, was wow, these things look amazing! ... They have a great quality look and understated design that keeps them tasteful, but still exudes quality.  ...  "
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" ...  Love the looks and accessories it comes with.  ...  "
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" ...  Look and feel great.  ...  "
Volume
 11
loud, sound, quite, hear, sound quality
+73%
-27%
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" ...  If you are looking for cristal clear all arround and loud sound, these are for you.  ...  "
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" ...  The sound is great throughout the higher and lower ranges.  ...  "
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" ...  Even though the sound quality is superb, I've had other models that had more Db output Louder).  ...  "
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" ...  I usually don't listen at high volumes, but these headphones have no distortion at any volume.  ...  "
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" ...  powerful, but natural and not overbearing  ...  "
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" ...  You will hear clarity in your music like you've never heard.  ...  "
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" ...  The battery lasts at a reasonable listening volume around 18 hours during my week+ use of the headphones, with the occasional volume increase to drown out the ambient noise (lawn mowing for instance).  ...  "
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" ...  can push volume if I wanted, but with sound so good, i don't really need to.  ...  "
Noise Cancellation
 11
canceling, cancelling, cancellation, active, add
+91%
-9%
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" ...  Noise cancellation is occasionally handy, it does help a little bit.  ...  "
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" ...  No active noise canceling - if thats a must have.  ...  "
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" ...  - No noise cancellation  ...  "
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" ...  These headphones provide good passive noise-canceling, but this is not enough to block unwanted noises.  ...  "
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" ...  Buy these if you are not looking for active noise canceling. ... Bose still takes the cake on the noise canceling side of things. ... These headphones are more noise dampening which works well for me.  ...  "
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" ...  The sound on these headphones will blow you away.  ...  "
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" ...  The comfort could be better and noise canceling would be a great asset, I have a pair of B&O that are remarkable for the same price and are noise canceling.  ...  "
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" ...  That is nothing because the comfort and the even more sound isolation is fantastic.  ...  "
Product Reliability
 9
weeks, update, months, aiwa, later
+100%
comment
" ...  - Will post expanded review later.  ...  "
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" ...  So far no issues.  ...  "
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" ...  That worked wonderfully. ... I am a long Aiwa fan having a shelf system for 10+ years bought back in 1998 or 1999 or so.  ...  "
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" ...  Again Good luck. ... I will update this review when I receive resolution and/or clarification to my concerns and issues.  ...  "
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" ...  I will update later.  ...  "
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" ...  Only had them a couple of weeks.  ...  "
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" ...  You will always be in my life.  ...  "
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" ...  Salivated over these tech-laden wondercans for a few weeks, kept scoping the reviews, and finally pulled the trigger.  ...  "
Fit
 9
head, ear, cup, sound, every
+67%
-33%
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" ...  As for quality, the ear cushions, metal frame and sizing and fit are all great.  ...  "
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" ...  Doesn't fold - earcups do fold in to lie flat but overall keeps a larger storage profile.  ...  "
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" ...  These are worth every dollar, perfect sound, comfortable fit.  ...  "
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" ...  Then used double sided tape to attach to the ear cup mounting plate.  ...  "
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" ...  The rotation and adjustment on the mechanics of the earpads provide a range of motion that deliver a really nice fit.  ...  "
Marketplace
 8
thank, today, products, immediately, support
+88%
-13%
comment
" ...  thanks for all !  ...  "
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" ...  Contacted Aiwa, and they shipped them out immediately.  ...  "
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" ...  I just received these today.  ...  "
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" ...  came available I immediately ordered.  ...  "
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" ...  From their customer support, to their values as a company, to the products themselves, AIWA is one of the most reputable audio companies on the market today. ... Cheers and thank you AIWA for yet another incredible product!  ...  "
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" ...  I have purchased products from the "New" Aiwa, and have been very impressed with the performance of their products.  ...  "
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" ...  Thank you AIWA.  ...  "
Cables
 7
braided, usb, t10, supplied, rha
+86%
-14%
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" ...  I love that these have the option of being used with a cord fantastic idea an job!  ...  "
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" ...  I have not had them long enough to comment on battery life or how they sound via cord (should be even better).  ...  "
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" ...  Also love the very high-quality braided USB cable. ... Better than every other cable I own.  ...  "
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" ...  Comes with a Micro USB charging cable which in itself is a braided, higher quality cable. ... Backup 3.5,, connection - with cord supplied  ...  "
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" ...  Obviously, these headphones are intended to be wireless, but if you're going to include an aux cable, make it of the same quality as the charging cable or don't include it at all.  ...  "
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" ...  Better than my RHA T10's and the headphones do not sound any better going wire connection through my JDS LABS C5D portable DAC/AMP vs no cd5 only bluetooth headphone. ... Better than my RHA T10's and the headphones do not sound any better going wire connection through my JDS LABS C5D portable DAC/AMP vs no c5d only bluetooth headphone.  ...  "
Charging
 7
charging, headphones, seen, quickly, quick
+100%
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" ...  There are 4 LEDs on the side of the headphones indicating charge.  ...  "
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" ...  From what I hear, they charge very fast (like a half hour) but I have not to charge them yet.  ...  "
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" ...  Being the amazon shopper that i am, most of the chargers in my house and vehicles are quick charging (12w for iphones) so i am scared to use them for these expensive headphones.  ...  "
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" ...  - Headphones quickly charge and the battery life is spectacular  ...  "
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" ...  -- battery charging and life is very good. ... I can see the headphone charging in less than 45 mins and last me for atleast 2-3 hrs usage for more than 10 days.  ...  "
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" ...  Wow these things can hold a charge.  ...  "
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" ...  FAST CHARGING/LONG LASTING: Ok, I’ve never seen anything like this. ... This ‘quick charge’ capability is a game changer.  ...  "
Ease of Use
 6
easy, set, sound, pretty, intuitive
+100%
comment
" ...  Very slick, great sound, and easy to use.  ...  "
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" ...  The set up was easy .  ...  "
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" ...  Controls are easy to use and pretty intuitive.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to set up and to use.  ...  "
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" ...  - Love the quick connectivity and ease of use.  ...  "
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" ...  The pairing is straight-forward and simple.  ...  "
Band
 6
head, top, put, headband, leather
+67%
-33%
comment
" ...  Comfortable to wear.  ...  "
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" ...  The top band rests on my head to help it stay put but they could be more cushiony.  ...  "
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" ...  real leather headband  ...  "
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" ...  The thick and rugged band is great.  ...  "
For Running
 5
buds, xm3, run, qc35, music
+100%
comment
" ...  Best pair of headphones I have ever bought and their only $150!!!  ...  "
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" ...  I was looking for a good pair of headphones, mainly checking out the qc35's and the Sony xm3's but the more researching I did the more the aiwa arc-1's sounded like the smartest decision.  ...  "
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" ...  I admit I own a free-from-Apple wired Studio 2, and even a Beats X buds).  ...  "
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" ...  These headphones do not disappoint.  ...  "
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" ...  Another Home Run.  ...  "
Controls
 5
button, would, sound, songs, pretty
+100%
comment
" ...  The controls work well.  ...  "
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" ...  Controls are pretty intuitive and basic. ... I love how tapping on the power button shows the remaining battery level.  ...  "
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" ...  You can literally pick out the individual notes in the baseline on songs. ... Controls are easy to use and pretty intuitive.  ...  "
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" ...  Will update this as and when I feel some change  ...  "
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" ...  can push volume if I wanted, but with sound so good, i don't really need to.  ...  "
Setup
 3
easy
+100%
comment
" ...  The set up was easy .  ...  "
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" ...  Just an ordinary looking set.  ...  "
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" ...  The pairing is straight-forward and simple.  ...  "
Capacity
 3
home
+100%
comment
" ...  Home run, here, Aiwa!  ...  "
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" ...  Like living life again!  ...  "
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" ...  Another Home Run.  ...  "
Overall performance
 3
price, aiwa
+100%
comment
" ...  Overall: for the price you get wonderful performance.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Great job Aiwa.  ...  "
Returns
 3
questions, immediately, end, asked, aiwa
+100%
comment
" ...  Contacted Aiwa, and they shipped them out immediately.  ...  "
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" ...  If you don't like the sound, simply return them.  ...  "
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" ...  And make no mistake .  ...  "
Delivery
 3
shipped, received, immediately, got
+100%
comment
" ...  I just received these today.  ...  "
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" ...  came available I immediately ordered.  ...  "
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" ...  I just got them today, lucky me they shipped from Georgia and I live in Tennessee so they got here super quick.  ...  "
Features
 3
feature, ever, best
+100%
comment
" ...  Best feature ever .  ...  "
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" ...  you set a price point and ask a company to jam in all the features higher priced items offer - but within your budget.  ...  "
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" ...  The Qconnect feature is really cool and works great. ... That really limits the capabilities of this feature.  ...  "
Ports
 3
quality, braided, charging cable, cable
+67%
-33%
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" ...  Also love the very high-quality braided USB cable.  ...  "
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" ...  Comes with a Micro USB charging cable which in itself is a braided, higher quality cable.  ...  "

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Specifications

Body
Size:  1.57 meters
Connectivity
Bluetooth:  Yes 
USB:  Yes 
1.57 meters
SIZE
Yes
BLUETOOTH
Yes
USB