Luxa2 Lavi S Wired & Wireless Headphones with External Speaker Review

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Introduction


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Luxa2 are well-known for their premium grade mobile products, but today, we’ve got something a little more unique from them, a set of headphones that also act as speakers! The Lavi S are packed full of features, with the option to use them as a wired headset, wirelessly via Bluetooth, as on ear headphones, or as a mobile speaker to share your music or make hands-free calls. This interesting mixture of features certainly caught our attention, so I’m really eager to test them out and see how well they perform.

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The Lavi S are very well equipped, with a pair of powerful 40mm drivers for the headset component, then another 40mm driver for the loud-speaker. There’s a built-in 1000mAh rechargeable battery for wireless usage, which can offer 30 hours headset use or 3 hours speaker use, on-headset controls for media control, a foldable design and more!

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Check out this quick guide courtesy of Luxa 2 for a quick look at some of these features.

In the box, you will find the headset, a male-to-male  3.5mm cable for wired usage and a micro USB to USB cable for charging the headsets internal battery.

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First impressions of the Lavi S are promising, a mixture of high-quality plastics and soft-touch rubber grip coatings, that give the headset a good quality look and feel.

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Down the left side, you’ll find the drivers have an open back design, which is handy given that there is a speaker on each side! The headband is extendable, allowing for a more comfortable fit on a wide range of head sizes. The headband feels pretty strong and it holds firmly in place once adjusted.

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On the side of the right ear cup, you’ll find a wide range of controls. There’s the headset/speaker toggle switch, an LED indicator, and a power/pairing button.

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Further round the same side, you’ll find volume up and down buttons, the DC IN for charging the headset, a line-in port for the 3.5mm cable and a pin-hole microphone; that’s a lot of buttons and features for just one side of a headset!

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The left driver is the same overall design, but it doesn’t have a plethora of control switches around the edge.

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The padding on the ear cups is a soft leather, that provides a comfortable fit over your ears and it’s close-fitting enough to help dampen ambient sounds.

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The headband has a soft rubber padding, it’s not a lot, but it’s surprisingly comfortable and helps hold the headset firmly in place on your head.

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The top of the headband has a nice black rubber coating, that looks really nice and it is also hard-wearing.

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Finally, the headset has a foldable design, which makes it a lot easier to store the headset on your backpack between uses.

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Performance


The Lavi S certainly have a nice design, but do they have the performance to match? I’m happy to report that they do! The sound quality is very good, with a rich and punchy bass, warm mid tones and clear highs that make your music sound great. Although, I should hope they have a powerful sound given that they pack high-power 40mm drivers. Performance between the Bluetooth and wired mode is the same, which is always nice to hear, as I’ve seen some headsets that don’t perform as well wired as they do wirelessly; which sounds counterintuitive to say the least. There’s nothing remarkable about the headphone performance, but nothing bad either, but still above average for a set of on-ear drivers.

Setting up the headset is easy, obviously the 3.5mm cable is plug and play, but you’ll have to rely on the volume controls on your phone, MP3 player or other device, as the on-headset volume controls are there for Bluetooth mode only. Bluetooth pairing is nice and easy, just hold the button down till the light flashes, find it on your compatible device, click pair and you’re good to go.

The headphones work really well for music or playing games and movies on your tablet or smartphone, but it’s the extra party trick that I’m really interested in. This headset has four 40mm drivers, two for the headphones and two for the outward facing speakers. Immediately I was impressed, the speakers are loud and punchy, giving good bass and a powerful and clear sound overall. At maximum volume, you’re going to have enough sound cutting through to entertain a small group of people, so they could come in handy for that impromptu day sunbathing in the park, or a trip to the beach. Of course, there’s also what I like to call idiot mode, where you where the headphones like normal, but have the external speakers on; people will think you’ve got the loudest headphones in the world, but they’ll also think you’re a massive idiot for doing it.

The pinhole microphone is nothing fancy, but it works surprisingly well for making phone calls or activating Google Now voice commands when you’re listening to your music.

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Final Thoughts


Price

The main downfall of the Luxa2 Lavi S at the moment is the lack of availability in a lot of regions. However, those living in the US can pick them up from Amazon for a very respectable $59.99 for the model I tested today. There’s also an over the ear and on the ear edition available, without the external loudspeakers, which are priced at $46.70 and $29.99 respectively.

Overview

The Luxa2 Lavi S headphones are certainly unique, I’ve never seen a headset that was also a set of speakers and while I can’t imagine myself needing a device like this, I still think they’re pretty cool. If you’re out and about a lot, hanging out with friends, going on road trips or whatever else, these could be a valuable space saver and incredibly practical. You’ve got headphones that are compatible with MP3 players thanks to the 3.5mm cable, you’ve got wireless for pairing up with your phone, great for listening to music and answering calls hands-free, then you’ve got the speakers for those times you and your friends want to enjoy some music, without the need for carrying multiple audio devices.

Build quality is really nice and the mixture of high-quality plastics, rubber coatings, and a strong folding mechanism, the headset should survive more than a few knocks and bumps without too much concern. Then there’s the added bonus that they look pretty cool too, although admittedly the drivers do stick out a little more than most headsets, but not to the extent that it would cause any issues.

Despite the extra drivers. the wireless technology and the built-in battery, the Luxa2 Lavi are also surprisingly light. I mean, they’re still heavier than most headsets, but they’re certainly not cumbersome either and feel very comfortable and secure when you’re wearing them.

A competitive price, good build quality, an impressive range of features and practical applications and decent all-round performance; there’s really little else you could ask for from a headset. With three different editions being available, there’s also plenty of choice to find the right model to best suit your needs.

Pros

  • Headphones and speakers in one unit
  • Wireless and wired functionality
  • Built-in rechargable battery
  • On-headset controls
  • Foldable design
  • Good build quality
  • Good audio performance (both headphones and speakers)
  • Multiple versions available
  • Competitive price

Cons

  • Limited availability

“The Luxa2 Lavi S may not be the greatest headphones or speakers in the world, but for a very fair price, you get a lot of features, a lot of functionality and good all-round performance, making them a good purchase for anyone that needs a multi-purpose and portable audio setup.”

Luxa2 Lavi S Wired & Wireless Headphones with External Speaker Review

Luxa2 Lavi S Wired & Wireless Headphones with External Speaker Review

Thank you Luxa2 for providing us with this sample.

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