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Perhaps not suited to average ears & bass junkies...
on 24 November 2010
After using in-ear headphones for a considerable amount of time, I considered switching to these over-ear cans to see if they were better for long term comfort.
Some people find in-ear headphones too pressuring as they obviously they have to plug your ear tightly to stay in).
Unfortunately I found that these over-ear cans instead heat up my ears , and another effect was the thin 'pleather' material on the cups, weren't very breathable, if you get what i'm saying.
The overall design & construction of the headphones is great, I have used other over-ear cans and I really like the adjustable cloth strap, and the very solid slider mechanisms to adjust it and takes good pressure off your ears whilst being super comfy on the top of your head. Also I thought the cable was really nice... all cables should be like that.
The problem for me was the sound. With whatever device it was plugged into, the intense treble (even with a good period of 'burn-in') caused me to feel pain in my ears!..
For something advertised as 'deep bass' it is lacking in punch for me, I feel like a good set of in-ear headphones actually gave a more live sound-stage, you could imagine you were standing in the recording studio with the band.
But with these the music felt distinctly reproduced, and although you can hear the cans are quietly recreating the bass tones, it entices you to turn up the volume.
For me this was where I decided to return them, as the treble increases too (obviously) in loudness, when you turn up the volume, and it was very uncomfortable to listen to for the amount of bass that they were reproducing.
I can only advise you to try and go to shops where you can try out headphones before you buy, as it saves a lot of hassle. The Apple store usually has a selection, but they can be ridiculously overpriced / useless models!..
For me, Over ear headphones: Too bulky (and pressure of clamping on your head, and jaw below ears!), Not enough bass, distant sound-stage.
Take it with a pinch of salt as they are only £35, but I've heard these are some of the best you can get for up to £150, so I was surprised that they didn't impress me more.
I'm sticking to in-ear canal phones with large drivers, as they are comparatively more comfortable for me, and despite having less treble and mid range clarity, they make me feel more involved in the music.