Headphones are everywhere these days. You have the Beats by Dre, Skullcandy, Sony, and Bose to name a few. All of these big companies seem to have everything covered when it comes to headphones. Sound quality and Bluetooth are all that is required of a high-end pair of headphones with each company having a slight focus with their headphones. The Beats are all about style and fashion while Bose is more about noise-canceling qualities. Not to say other companies don’t also have headphones that share those qualities but the innovation for headphones seems to be exhausted to the point of redundancy. Every time a new pair of headphones is released, the company tries to tout the “brand new” functions and quality while all they are really doing is repackaging the same ideas.

I’m here to tell you about a pair of headphones that break the norm. They have Bluetooth and high quality audio just like every other pair of headphones. What makes them stand out are the touch controls and the NFC functionality. Made by a company I had never heard of before, the Whitelabel RaveTouch, or Rave for short, is so subtle yet innovative, I am considering getting myself a pair of these headphones. Considering the price of $49.99, these may be worth your attention.

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What’s New

The Whitelabel RaveTouch is not the most advanced pair of headphones. They are not meant to compete with the higher end headphones such as Bose and Beats but they do sport an amazing list of functionality that even the higher end manufacturers have yet to produce at such a low price. NFC is the first on the list. These headphones have an NFC (Near Field Communication) chip that you can pair with any other device with the same NFC chip with just a touch. That’s right, just a touch. No pushing down a button for seven seconds while standing on your head until the lights blink with Bluetooth. With NFC, just touch your device that is transmitting music with the headphones and they will automatically link and start working. If you don’t have an NFC capable device, Bluetooth is still an option with a wired connection being the last resort.

My favorite characteristic of the Whitelabel RaveTouch is the touch capabilities. I myself have a pair of Skullcandy SK Pro Series DJ headphones that I’ve been using for about 3 years now. They are a higher quality pair of headphones, at least price-wise, but there is something about having to reach for my phone or tablet to stop the music that always seemed cumbersome. With the Rave, you can pause and play music, raise and lower the volume, and go to the next or previous song, all just by certain touch gestures on the left headphone. A single touch pauses the music, another touch starts playing it again. A swipe up raises the volume, a swipe down lowers the volume. A two fingered swipe up skips to the next song, a two fingered swipe down plays the previous song. What a fantastic idea! Of course, you need a newer gadget for all of these capabilities but that means very little in this day and age where everyone is always upgrading.

Subtle Yet Efficient

The Rave comes in black and white, look just as good as Beats, and has fantastic audio quality. The battery life is astounding being rated at 12 hours of playback time with 14 hours of talk time and 500 hours of standby time. Even if these are approximate numbers, that means you never have to worry about them dying on you in a single day. For the price with the innovation, the Whitelabel RaveTouch deserves your attention. If I’m not careful, I’m going to buy one of them myself!