SuperTooth Melody review
Open up the SuperTooth Melody's bulky box and you'll find the headphones themselves, plus a sizeable a travel pouch, and a proprietary USB charging cable. In terms of build quality the overall impression isn't amazing, the faux velvet ear pads and head strap feel plasticky, as does the silver effect trim. The Melody headset is not poorly built, but it doesn't give us confidence for long term use in the gym or via the bottom of a bag. That's what the travel pouch is for, of course.
Some reviews have complained that the Melody headset is small, but this reviewer has a massive noggin, and I found them perfectly comfortable to wear, in general use and when working up a sweat at the gym. It probably helps that they are so light. And they are a smaller package to cart around than some other Bluetooth sets we have tried - although it would be nice if they folded up.
You charge the Melody via the thin black proprietary USB charging cable provided. SuperTooth claims seven and a half hours of battery life in use, and left to run on its own after being fully charged we found the headphones still blasting out our iTunes shuffle to embarrassing effects more than seven hours later. It didn't take long to charge, either, a little more than half an hour from dead. We're not sure why the USB cable has to differ from other Bluetooth headphones, however.
Testing the SuperTooth Melody
As you would expect the Melody comes with a built-in microphone. In test calls we sounded okay to call recipients via the headset, if not as clear as we did via the phone proper. It probably doesn't help that the microphone lives on the right ear piece. On-ear control buttons let you play or stop tracks, skip back and forth, and answer or end calls. Volume controls form part of the bezel around the right ear pad. It's easy to find them and the discrete back and forward buttons, but the other functions are all on the same panel which makes it slightly tricky to use when receiving a call.
But the principal quality required of any headphones is that they sound great. Unfortunately, the SuperTooth Melody sounds like many inexpensive Bluetooth headphones. Reasonable bass, reasonably clear sound, but no real punch and not a great deal of volume. It's not bad, so much as not great.This may in some way be related to the absence of the apt-X Bluetooth audio standard. It may not, of course. But for £69 I'd want better audio quality - even taking into consideration the benefits of wireless connectivity.
These aren't bad headphones, but they aren't great either. The feature set is plentiful, they are easy to use, and the battery life is good. But we weren't over enamored by either the build- or audio quality.