Shine Bluetooth Headphones Review: A Light Show On Your Head

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A few weeks ago I received a pair of bluetooth headphones in the mail from a company called Shine. Some might argue that these are earbuds, but Shine calls them headphones and that’s what we’re going with.  Now generally bluetooth headphones of this capacity are a dime a dozen but Shine has one differentiating feature, the laser light cable that pulses to your music. This is the Shine Bluetooth headphones review.


  • Charging time: 1.5 hours
  • Input: DC 5V 500 mA
  • Size: 30 mm x 24 mm x 9.3 mm
  • Music playback time: 7 hours
  • Weight: 17 g
  • Battery capacity: 3.7 V/80 mAh
  • Operating distance: 10 meters
  • Sound track: Stereophonic


The design of the Shine headphones is unlike any other headphone I’ve used. I was honestly a bit confused on how to put them on. Once I figured it out it made perfect sense as to why they designed them the way they did. They have soft rubber clip-like contraptions which go over the back of your ear to keep them in place and that design works perfectly.

I’ve said in the past I prefer over-ear headphones and some on-ear headphones because in-ear headphones generally don’t fit very well. The Shine fit great, much like the Phiaton headphones I reviewed some time back. Overall the design is nice. Kind of sporty meets trendy.


The main feature of the Shine is the light cable that goes behind your neck. This is actually pretty cool and works with your music as well as your movement. The prototype review unit I had sometimes would not light up on one end of the cable but these are prototype stock, not production, so any flaws should be ironed out for the production units.

Overall the design is really nice, the light/mood feature is great for those who like to be flashy and really express themselves in such a way.



These headphones had a pretty decent sound for the $59 price. I think they’re priced competitively within the target price market they’re in. These aren’t going to sound like a set of Master & Dynamic MD60’s but they also don’t sound like a $5 pair of headphones from Target (which I have seen but never heard). The sound will be just great for anyone who just wants music while running, working out or just chilling.

The Shine will also come with an app that lets you control the lights in the cable. You can switch from solid color to multi-color and do a few other nifty things with it. The app that was given to me for review was a bit difficult to navigate, mostly because it was basically in Chinese. I suspect that the app was simply a placeholder and they’re working on developing a full robust app for the Shine.

Call Quality

I had no issues with call quality, it is acceptable.

Price and Value

The early bird special on Kickstarter is $59 and if you’re into the whole light show thing, these headphones are a decent buy at that price. The next tier price goes to $79 and that’s when you’ll have to weigh your options. Other tiers offer more incentives so you might consider those as well. Overall, the Shine is worth a buy, given that you like decent sound with some flashy style.

Shine Bluetooth Headphones
4.3 Out of 5
Nailed It
Nice design, fit comfortably, decent sound, reasonable price and the laser light idea is kind of cool.
Needs Work
iOS app is confusing, most of it in Chinese (literally) but this may be due to these being prototypes.
Bottom Line
Shine has a great idea on their hands here, the review unit I had was a prototype so that's a huge thing to keep in mind. The app is sure to be refined once the headphones are produced. They're competitively priced with other similar Bluetooth headphones.
Call Quality4.25
*We were sent a prototype pair of Shine headphones for the purposes of this review.
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