Wi-Gear recently announced a new revision of their iMuffs Wireless Headphones, with full support for the the iPhone. The new iMuffs support iPhones, iPod nanos, iPod touch, and all iPods with a dock connector, have improved Bluetooth range and improved radio interference rejection. This helps to remove interruptions from microwaves, Wi-Fi, and other stray radio sources (giving an overall clearer sound).
The headphones function up to 40 feet away from your iPhone (in a obstacle free environment), and allow you to keep your music player anywhere within Bluetooth range of your ears.
One major downside is the fact that the in-built Bluetooth capabilities of the iPhone are not accessible to developers. This means that the iMuffs require an additional dock adaptor to send the audio signal. It would have been far more aesthetically pleasing if Wi-Gear were able to utilize the on-board Bluetooth.
The headphones are very light (at 2.2 ounces), sport a behind-the-neck design, and contain integrated buttons which allow you to pause, rewind, adjust volume and change tracks right from the headset without touching the iPhone. You can also answer incoming calls directly from the headphone using the integrated microphone, with the same automatic music suspension that you get on your iPhone when a call comes in.
Powered by a rechargeable lithium battery, they provide 20 hours of playback on a single charge. It’s possible to recharge them through the USB port of your computer, or via the included travel charger.
Previous reviews have noted that audio quality from older iMuffs models was average to good, as would be expected from any Bluetooth headphones. However, if you’re looking for a wireless set of headphones along with a microphone for your iPhone, these would seem to be your best bet for now.
iMuffs are available directly from Wi-Gear for $149.99.