XO Vision Ematic IR620 Wireless Headphones Review

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Pros:

  • Universal design compatible with OEM and aftermarket in-car DVD systems.
  • Folds for easy storage.
  • Automatic shutdown feature helps preserve battery life.

Cons:

  • Only one channel.
  • May have difficulty receiving the IR signal.
  • Consumes batteries quickly.

An Affordable Alternative to Expensive OEM Headphones

In-car DVD systems provide hours of entertainment on the road, but they can also be distracting to the driver.

The best solution is to provide the passengers with headphones, but that can be a costly proposition. 

The Good

The best thing about the XO Vision IR620 is the price tag, but these headphones are also highly competent for the price. Each pair includes its own power switch and volume control, and the ear cups can be rotated for easy storage. Since there aren't any wires to deal with, the headphones can be easily stowed under a seat or in a seatback pocket. In addition to a power switch, the XO Vision IR620 also includes an automatic shutdown feature. If you're looking for in-car headphones for children, that's an especially nice feature to have. Adults can forget to turn off electronic devices too, though, and nobody wants to set off on a long road trip only to discover that their headphone batteries are dead.

The Bad

Some IR headphones have two different channels, which allows them to receive audio from multiple sources.

The XO Vision IR620 headphones lack that functionality, so they'll typically be stuck with the audio from your DVD player. If you don't think your passengers will want to listen to the radio or a CD via their headphones, that won't be an issue. However, you'll want to look for multi-channel IR headphones if that's a feature you think you'll need.

The XO Vision IR620 headphones so eat through batteries at a fairly quick pace. The automatic shutdown feature prevents them from running down when nobody is using them, but these units are power hogs when they are in use. If you purchase multiple units, you may want to invest in rechargeable batteries. Even with that added cost, the XO Vision IR620 headphones are still a good deal.

The Bottom Line

The XO Vision Ematic IR 620 universal headphones are a great option if you're looking for an additional in-car DVD listening option. They're a great alternative to costly OEM headphones, and can also supplement an aftermarket system that didn't come with enough headphones to go around. However, it's important to verify that they will work with your system before you pull the trigger. You'll need headphones that have an A/B switch if you have two IR audio signals, and some systems use radio frequency (RF) headphones instead of infrared to provide wireless listening functionality.

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