Ted Baker is known for its luxury clothing line so when I heard that they had launched audio products despite having little experience in this area, I was a little sceptical. However, I remained open-minded as I tested the Dover In Ear Headphones via my smart phone and MP3 player.
The overall appearance of these Ted Baker Dover headphones is pleasing. My pair was rose pink with brass and gold finishes and the flat leather tangle-resistant wires are stylishly retro in comparison to standard earphones. The soft silicone in-ear buds are comfortable but I could hear a lot of rustling as the wires moved about which was distracting. The earphones do come with three different sized ear adaptors which is useful.
The sound quality is balanced in both ears and the smart phone remote and microphone on the wire was useful when my phone rang, allowing me to seamlessly switch between songs and calls with a couple of clicks. The quality of the sound is a little tinny and even when I had the volume at its highest (which wasn’t that high unfortunately), the bass failed to come through as strong as I’d usually like. However, there was no distortion, even at the highest volume level.
It’s fair to say that the style of the Dover earphones outweighs the sound quality and at £59.99, I’d be expecting something a little more technically-advanced for this price, especially from a well-known luxury brand. They’re stylish, comfortable and meet Ted Baker’s luxury standards aesthetically, but perhaps a little more work needs to be done to pump that bass out.
Dover In Ear Headphones are available in Silver and Black Cable & Ear Inserts, Antique Brass and Black Cable & Ear Inserts, Champagne Gold
and White Cable & Ear inserts, or Rose Gold and Nude Pink Cable & Ear Inserts, and can be purchased from www.tedbaker.com for £59.99.