Koss, an audio company that usually makes wireless headphones, is usually pretty affordable. However, the KossÂ StrivaÂ Tap wirelessÂ earbudsÂ are the complete opposite, the $500 wirelessÂ earbudsÂ are the epitome of luxury, and popular enough that even at the price, they frequently sell out. So what makes theseÂ earbudsÂ so special?
KossÂ StrivaÂ Tap
The KossÂ StrivaÂ TapÂ earbudsÂ are revolutionaryÂ earbudsÂ that useÂ wifiÂ for sound. This means that they are more reliable than BluetoothÂ earbudsÂ and that they can access music and internet radio stations anywhere where there is internet. While this does not make them suitable for going outdoors to listen to music, you can walk around your entire house, the library, or anywhere with aÂ wifiÂ hotspot without giving up the sound in yourÂ earbuds. In addition, you can also plug them in to your MP3 player or mobile phone just like you would regularÂ earbuds.
How Does it Work?
With no strap or cords to help keep them in place, theÂ StrivaÂ Tap relies on a series of very fitted ear plugs that you can change out until you find the one best suited for your ears. This is important as if one falls out, you could loose it very easily. TheÂ StrivaÂ Tap comes with a streaming device and a CAP (Content Access Point) that you can plug into your devices to stream music from them to your headphones. Without any controls, theÂ StrivaÂ Tap can be programmed to a series of internet radio stations and channels, and you can then flip through them by simply tapping on the side of yourÂ earbuds. You can also turn up the volume by sliding your finger up the length of theÂ earbuds. While the fact that theÂ earbudsÂ only have one button, which is the power button, might be confusing, it does allow them to be sleeker, and more modern. Learning the gestures should only take most people a few minutes, so once adjusted to, it’s a relatively simple process that mostly gets rid of the need to find or press tiny buttons. Because you can easily switch through music channels and songs, you won’t have to worry about listening to anything you don’t wan to, and because it usesÂ WiFiÂ rather than Bluetooth, the signal is significantly better than Bluetooth. In fact, this is something that Koss has had issues with before as their traditional Bluetooth headsets aren’t usually rated well for connectivity. However, withÂ WIFi, you don’t have to worry about the range, and can instead listen wherever you have internet.
Why You Might Not Want One
While the KossÂ StrivaÂ Tap look awesome, they do have some major flaws. For example, at $500 you might expect top of the line crisp audio to rival Bose or Beats byÂ DrÂ Dre. Unfortunately, that’s not what you’re going to get. While not low end by any means, theseÂ earbudsÂ don’t deliver high fidelity sound. In fact, they’re about the same quality that you might get a standard pair of headphones forÂ forÂ about $60. Â Essentially, youâ€™re paying an additional more than $400 to go hands and wire free. Is it worth it? Probably not.