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Good for use in quiet environments, but that's it.
on 7 July 2013
Sound quality: the headphones have a fairly flat response, which is to say that everything sounds much as it should. The are a few light resonances in the low end, so occasionally you'll notice that certain bass notes/sounds stick out a bit too prominently. The 1-4kHz range comes out a bit blurred, snare drums don't sound great, but these are £30 headphones. I found them to be quite non-fatigueing on the ears. So far so ok. HOWEVER....that's all in a quiet environment. Once you go outside the house it's a different story. These are my first pair of over-the-ear headphones for general out-and-about use, I have always used in-ear headphones up til now. What immediately struck me was that extraneous low and low-mid frequencies from the outside world aren't shielded out very well at all. In fact they are accentuated. I did a slightly non-scientific experiment. Standing next to a bus, with no audio passing through the headphones, I listened with and without them on and the low frequency roar of the bus was to my ears accentuated by the headphones (and I hope my ears are decent enough, I work as a classical music sound engineer for the BBC). Much like putting a sea-shell to your ear, you can hear a roaring sound if you are near traffic or on a tube train.The effect this has on the music is that the low end becomes very indistinct, to the point that you sometimes can't hear the bass notes. Boosting the low end in the EQ helps a bit, but the bass will still be cloudy and rhythmically indistinct. I therefore wouldn't recommend these headphones to people who like listening to bass-heavy music and walking around in cities (or even travelling on coaches, where the low engine noise intrudes on the sound).
Build quality: seems very good for the price. The cable is, in my opinion, sturdily constructed and a good length. Same goes for the jack. The wiring around the cans themselves is tucked out of the way.
Comfort: Fairly comfortable, can get a bit clammy though, I wouldn't want to be sat on a long non-air-conditioned bus journey with them on. They were a bit tight around the head initially, but a good flexing of the metal band sorts that out.
I'll give them 3 stars because the sound is really very good for the price. However, for the purpose of general "wandering around listening to music" or commuting headphones I can't recommend them, I'm afraid.