How I Found Solace Through A Pair of Wireless Headphones


How I Found Solace Through A Pair of Wireless Headphones

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

It’s been two months of complete lockdown and social distancing. Understandably, isolation can get to everyone. There are no chai breaks, no sutta breaks, no social lunches; you’re often working from your bed for hours and usually left alone with your thoughts. “When will this get over?” “Will the economy recover?” “Will I be laid off?” “Will I even survive this?” The headlines are bleak and your thoughts even bleaker. Things can get grim and you definitely need a distraction. For some, it’s cooking. For others, it’s their babies or pets. For me, it’s music… the best therapy in times of distress. A bad work day, a break-up, months in lockdown, there is nothing that music can’t make better.

This experience is only elevated through headphones, as they help you to create your own little bubble, cutting out the noise you want to avoid. Which is precisely what the OPPO Enco W31 does and it’s exactly what you need in a city like Mumbai, where personal space is sacred. Plus, it’s stylish, sleek, and easy to carry while commuting. I surely can vouch for it; I’ve had enough adventures with headphones. Only If I can count the number of wired devices I’ve damaged in local trains during rush hour, I could be a millionaire.

It looks like it will be a while before I get on a train. But with or without the commute, I’ve found a companion in OPPO Enco W31. These days, if I have an office call at 11 am, I wake up at 10.45 am. All the late-night binge watching does that to you. But unlike previous times, I don’t waste those 15 minutes panicking and untangling wires, seconds before the Zoom call. All I do is plug in my earphones, and boom, I’m ready to go.

A bad work day, a break-up, months in lockdown, there is nothing that music can’t make better.

My house is right next to a hustling and bustling street, but what saves the day is the noise-cancellation feature and HD sound quality of my earphones. It ensures that the loud honking of cars or the bhajiwala screaming doesn’t get to me. Heck, I can even walk all the way to the fridge to get an ice cream while my boss keeps giving instructions and not get disconnected, thanks to the stable bluetooth 5.0 connection. Once I’m done with a couple of office calls, I usually take a little break and let the seniors believe that I’m working on that “all-important” Excel file.

On the audio quality front, the OPPO Enco W31 delivers thumping HD quality sound as well as plenty of bass, for EDM lovers like me who need a bit of kick on a dull day. Just plug in those headphones and let the party begin. If that’s not your jam, don’t fret. The wireless headphones come with a feature for different genres of music, offering multiple profiles, a natural sound profile, and a bass-boost mode as well. The Binaural Low-latency Bluetooth transmission is a major win! Unlike most wireless devices where one bud acts as the primary and sends over sound to the secondary, on the W31, audio signals are transmitted to both buds at the same time – and that makes it a game-changer.

If OPPO W31 is the superhero, OPPO Enco M31 is a trusted companion. After a long day at work, spent checking COVID-19 stats and some cat videos in between, I turn to the OPPO M31 as I start my workout or take a few laps in the building compound, with obviously a mask on. The best part of the Enco M31 neckband style wireless headset is the comfort it provides during any sort of activity, be it running, cycling, or lifting weights. And it comes with an added advantage – it is water resistant, a feature that’s much needed in a city like Mumbai which makes you sweat a lot. Plus, the high-definition sound makes it the perfect device to tune out.

If OPPO W31 is the superhero, OPPO Enco M31 is a trusted companion.

Even if you get an urgent work call, while you are indulging in your favourite activity of the day – feeding the strays in the building – you can confidently get away with saying that you’re working on the VLOOKUP formula. Your boss will buy it because the OPPO Enco M31 stunningly delivers on noise reduction and offers crisp sound on calls. OPPO Enco series is the only new friend you need during this lockdown. It’s audio quality and comfort allow you to cut off from the pandemonium outside for a bit and make your day a little more peaceful.

There’s nothing like capping off another 24 hours in this dreaded lockdown with a bit of Led Zeppelin, is there?

You can now get your own set of OPPO W31 on Amazon for INR 3,999. It’s available in two colours: black and white. OPPO M31 is available at an introductory price of INR 1,999 on Amazon and also comes in two colours: black and green.