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bizarre looks belie performance
on 13 July 2009
Looking at these products you'd think they'd been designed as a medical prosthesis. The bizarre method of 'floating' the speaker orbs off the ear means the whole looks like some kind of head clamp and the bass-duct ear-inserts make it appear that you've got something injecting into your lugs.
All this notwithstanding, the sound is incredibly transparent with a real feeling of spaciousness to stereo recordings that makes the whole thing... work. It's a very sweet experience and the strangeness of the ensemble wears off pretty quickly and you nearly forget your wearing the headgear.
Nearly. Two things aren't quite right. The prongs that deliver the bass notes into the ear canal are metal and no matter the powder coating and fluffy covers you can't forget the hardness and temperature differential that is engendered by the hard material pressing on the ear. Secondly, no matter how much twiddling and adjusting of the set-up (and it' very adjustable), I couldn't get a fully satisfying bass sound.
The accessories are all quite satisfying - a quality case with semi-stiff sides to protect the kit, decent extension cord, gold-plated small>big extension jack, and an in-line amplifier that is a real necessity to boost the input signal for the power-hungry orbital speakers. It should be noted that with 3 weeks of near-constant use, I've still not exhausted the charge in the AAA batteries (not supplied) plugged into the thing.
If you're a bit of an headphone-a-phile, like me, I'd definitely have a go with these for the fantastic soundstage, but be aware that the final problem with these things is they are really not suitable for public use as the open format makes them incredibly 'leaky'.
Recommended, but with the reservations noted above.