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2.0 out of 5 stars
Poor value, 6 Jan 2013
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These headphones cost the better part of £400 and frankly they don't live up to that kind of cost. The sound quality is what I can best describe as ok - and you have to be honest at this kind of cost you do expect a lot and I have to say they dom't impress in the way you'd want. The bass is really, really deep. If you listen to something like Imagine The Fire
from The Dark Knight Rises the bass is so powerful you'll feel either the air or the earphones vibrate which depending on your point of view is almost too intense.
Tracks with more middle frequencies don't fair much better. The exaggerated bass effect tends to smother the more delicate sounds - it did Peter Gabriel's Steam (Live)
no favours at all. Not all headphones suit all listeners so your milage may very hugely. This kind of audio reproduction might suit you immensely, I have to honest and say I found it a bit wearing after a bit and had to adjust the EQ on the devices I was listening to it on. For a device pitched so heavily at Apple products, I didn't find it's performance on the 5th Generation iPod Touch anything particular special. In fact I prefer my Sony MDR-V55 DJ Stereo Headphones - Black
which are about a 8th of the price much more.
As far as Bluetooth is concerned I've had and seen much better designed headphones. The last Bluetooth headphones I had were Nokia BH-905i Stereo Headset Fits Nokia N8 - Black
and they were better than these in almost every way. The controls were much more refined, the noise cancelling was vastly superior and even the accessories were better - it came with a myriad of adaptors including a 3-pin charging adaptor where as this just comes with a Micro USB lead. Crucially the Noia headphones were half the price. They were also substantially less bulky and felt much more of a premium device. These headphones feel very plastic-y and their appearance really isn't reflected in the price. Not to mention the ridiculous box they come in - a very expensive effort on something you'll put straight in the bin.
Whether you'll get on with Bluetooth is something only you'll know. Bluetooth is quite a bit of hassle - you have to be mindful of charging the headphones up and they do drain the battery of iPods more quickly. Unless wireless is absolutely essential I got a bit fed-up with the hassle of it all. I'm pretty sure you don't get the advantage of the built-in amplifier of these headphones unless you use Bluetooth which is a bit disappointing. Also these headphones are pretty ugly - I know that seems very picky but at this price they should be easy on the eye.
In a nutshell when you price headphones at nearly £400 you're setting a huge expectation and I'm afraid these headphones just don't live up to that promise. I suspect there are much better and cheaper alternatives.