Headphones aren’t the kind of thing I normally talk about on Morsels, but they’re an essential accessory for many travellers and I’ve covered more kilometres than usual this year, both in the air and on the road.
The subject of this article is a pair of “Vasa Blå” wireless headphones that I was sent by Swedish brand Sudio, and tested on my recent travels to Melbourne and Margaret River.
The Vasa Blå is Sudio’s top of the line in-ear model, retailing for AU$149. Cheaper in-ear models start at AU$70, with the “Regent” over-ear (but still wireless) phones available for AU$219.
The back of the box tells you a lot, so I’ll let it do its job.
Great attention to detail has gone into the packaging, with the contents neatly packed into two smaller cardboard boxes inside – it’s all very white and minimal, and would make an impressive gift.
My usual headphones are this pair of Sennheiser Momentums that sell for around $350. I’m not one to wear huge phones in public, so when traveling I tend to use a dodgy old Samsung mobile headset. Hi-fi has long been a passion of mine, and although I gave up on CD long ago I refuse to compromise on sound quality and listen almost exclusively to uncompressed FLAC files from my PC (see the end of this article for details of my hi-fi setup).
Being a bit old school when it comes to hi-fi (wires and stuff ) I wasn’t able to pair the bluetooth Sudio headphones with my main listening equipment so I used my Google Pixel XL phone. I use a paid app called Power Amp for playback, which allows me to play FLAC files.
Pairing the headphones with my Pixel was easy, no awkward codes to deal with and I had no problem connecting them to my Samsung tablet as well.
I found the Sudio phones very comfortable to wear, which surprised me as I’ve struggled with in-ear phones in the past. They hang very naturally, and I had no issue with them falling out.
The difference in sound quality compared to my Samsung headset was immediately noticeable, with excellent detail and a surprisingly wide sound stage. Bass was good for headphones of their size, although obviously not as good as an over ear pair. The one thing I missed – and the reason I will still have to keep my Samsungs – is a microphone.
Comparing the Sudio phones to my Sennheisers wasn’t really a fair fight, but they were a comfortable listen with a level of detail that continues to surprise. Using wireless headphones was great when flying, and several tray-table-tangles were averted. They’re also easy to keep around your neck when not in use.
There are two small boxes along the cord, one with volume / play controls and the other with a USB port for charging (but no connectivity) and presumably the Bluetooth components. It’s a neat and stylish package, although a little more plasticky up close than the product photos would have you believe. For the price, though, it’s hard to complain.
Sudio headphones are available to buy online, with express shipping available in Australia. The AU$149 Vasa Blå model that I tested is available in black, white, blue & pink. They’re stylish, functional, quality and affordable. What more could you ask for?
Shop at the Sudio website here, and use the code morselsperth at checkout to receive a 15% discount.
Technical note: I use JRiver Media Center software for audio playback, I’ve never found anything else that can adequately manage my 40,000 track library and offer high quality output. My PC is connected via USB to a Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus, a Cambridge Audio 851A amplifier and Dynaudio Excite X16 speakers. It’s not all digital, though – my turntable is a Michell Gyrodec with an Ortofon MC Rondo Red cartridge and a Project Tube Box S.