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Gorgeous and brilliant but beware of your own hearing...
on 8 May 2015
Gorgeous and brilliant but beware of your own hearing... all this bass amplification, surround sound, lifelike explosive vibes shaking your nerves. Life isn't like that and these cans show you real life as it is. You may hate them for it. You'll certainly need to forget those fuzzy sounds you've become used to recently. When I started with them I thought the volume was wonky because I couldn't get pure plus loud enough. Then I compared with some cheapo bluetooth cans and heard that fuzz again. I like classical, ambient, rock, old blues... these headphones are unforgiving of poor recording and muddy inputs, very unforgiving. They prove once again what we all neglect to notice that good recordings of say, a Beethoven quartet are good because real people with amazing talent use ancient collections of string, wood and metal to produce brilliantly orchestrated music that has a natural, erm "soundstage". This modern word doesn't mean, a big wall of noise; it means an actually realistic sound captured by clever positioning and mixing using top quality equipment by dedicated recording engineers and producers.
These headphones belong more to that better world from the days before beating beats beat us all down. You can now get them cheap. They're small. strong, classy and nifty. I wear them in bed and they're right enough not to fall off if I do. Love them, or leave them, but don't buy if you just want to blab about soundstage to your mates. They are not in the same class as my Dynaudio focus 140's driven by a decent amp from the same iPad using a blink DAB, but for headphones they are superb.
Haven't we been conned enough with these ridiculous cans that feel like you have a VW Beetle on each ear? This is the answer; for discerning people only. Others may hate them. I hate them sometimes, when they show up the crap recordings on some of my old CDs.
Thank God for Google Music Player, huh... Back we go supposedly to analogue but using digital. Can your bassified ears actually tell the difference between MP3, WAV, Ogg and FLAC? They will do now. And they'll show up lousy sound engineering and cobbled but flat sound-desk so-called "soundstages" where left from right is the only clear differentiation. In real life sound is almost infinite in its production and transmission.
Here's a bit of a reminder in a neat little package. Bluetooth works instantly and much better than you are expecting, almost too well, in fact. I've tried the Sennheiser 180's with Kleer technology and I'd prefer these any day. More like the old 160's, which were good but heavy on your head and sweaty. No perspiration with these at this size.
Now I'm ramblin', cos I love them, actually. They remind me of real wood and honest people with good manners.