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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully crafted and very capable headphones, 28 Jun. 2012
This review is from: WeSC RZA Street Headphone - White/Blue (Electronics)
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Call me old fashioned but if ever asked for the one clear example where technology advancement has actually been detrimental to society, then near all matters appertaining to audio and audio reproduction spring to mind. If you don't believe me, download your favorite song or album on MP3, then buy the CD (if you can find a CD retailer on your high street), or try and find a download source with "lossless" audio (even harder to find than an HMV store these day) then, close your eyes listen and compare, it may just change your life. That is of course if either the speakers or headphones you've chosen are actually good enough to allow you to hear the tangible difference, as sadly like their much bigger brothers, headphones these days are sold via emphasizing either style, noise cancellation, looks, branding, near anything apart from audio fidelity, surely the key reason for choosing amongst the 1000's of brands available on the market today!??

With this in mind (and apologies for being a preaching dinosaur), I was looking forward to providing an ultra cynical review of the WeSC RZA Street Headphone, yet sadly it does appear that street fashion and audio fidelity can actually co-exist............to a point.

Ok, first off, the look and design of the headphones is near faultless, the outer shell of the phones have a chrome surround and a nice leather padding to ensure a snug, comfortable fit. Beneath them you have a 3.5mm jack on each side meaning you can place the chord anywhere you like and then on the spare jack, plug your friend in and enjoy a mutual session without any detriment to the sound (or risk of inadvertently choking each other). Although not that discrete, the headphones are very comfortable and resolutely stay in place due to the rubber padding on top.

The phones have two 40mm drivers which is good for headphones of this size, also the frequency response is a very acceptable 20-200k Hz, meaning that if the only play source availalbe will be MP3 or MP4, they'll pick up near everything those ultra compressed formats can throw at them. Overall the depth of the instruments and vocals are very impressive as is the bass, which delivers a firm punch, but not too much so that it distorts other sounds. The mids and lows are very good, very crisp and detailed and perhaps most importantly of all the phones can handle multiple and simultaneous sounds, providing excellent (and exceptionally important "sound separation". They plays all genres of music very well but obviously have been adapted for Hip Hop and Rap, mind you I can't see many Opera fans rushing to buy a pair for the latest recording of the Ring.

Overall the headphones are great and the build quality is exceptional. They look good, they feel good (comfortable) and they actually do sound damn good. Obviously fashion has played a key element in the design but that today is par for the course(see opening paragraph).

So why only 4 stars?? Well at this price range and for those less keen on their cans matching their trainers as on hearing how that hi-hat actually sounded in the recording studio, there is stiff competition in this price range. Take the Sennheiser HD 518's for example, the ENTRY model in their audiophile range, at a price of c£80 and a better frequency response (14 - 26,000 Hz), you can hear an audible difference in sound reproduction (astounding for the money), but you sure as hell won't look as good, nor feel as good wearing them! That is a sign of the times and at least the WeSC's have tried to take both fashion and quality into account and to a greater point, succeeded, so if looks are as important as sound reproduction, a definite recommendation and chances are they will still sound better than 90% of those of your friends - the choice is yours!
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