This headphone, which retails for $92, is similar in durability
and features to the HPK-1000, also reviewed on this site. In addition
to the features it shares with the HPK-1000, the HPK-1010 also
has a boom mounted microphone.
Califone headsets are built for classroom use and are very rugged.
These headphones "wear" differently for people used to broadcast
studiophones. While they seem bulkier and heavier than normal headphones,
they are in fact a little lighter than they appear. The headphone
features a "comfort strap" headband for longer wearability. If
your student spends a long time in an online classroom, this is
a standout feature.
We tested the headphones using Skype, and students were able to
hear the teacher clearly after several attempts. When using a headset
equipped with a microphone, the record and playback settings are
set separately. Problems you may encounter are often related to
the software being used and not the headphones. However, if you
do encounter problems with the headphones, Califone has an aggressive
customer service program called "Project Intercept" that will quickly
repair or replace defective equipment.
The HPK-1010 features Califone's "Sentinel Technology"--a limiter
built into the volume control that keeps the volume levels at or
below the recommended 85 db. A red light on the volume control
indicates that this technology is enabled. When using the microphone,
you do not hear your own voice in the headset while talking
The earcups have soft foam cushions and fully cover the ear, filtering
out distracting noise. However, these are not noise canceling headphones.
The detachable cord has a built-in in-line volume control. This
is the first washable headphone, and it cleans easily with the
cord and microphone detached. The durability theme is carried out "inside" the
earcup as well. There are slotted baffles to protect the speakers
Califone products are designed for durability in an institutional
setting. With normal care and maintenance, this may be the last
headphone you need.