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Reasonable, but nothing at all special
on 28 October 2011
- Audio Quality -
These headphones produce fairly precise, crisp sound, and the cups have fair passive noise cancellation. However, they are rather lacking in bass tones, so much so that I often find it difficult to hear any bass at all, especially at lower volumes. They do start to kick in a little more at higher volume levels, but only at which point I find it to be TOO loud. And yes, they are capable of very high volumes without distortion, but I don't see that as an advantage or disadvantage, really. At that point, the sound is just too loud to be enjoyable.
- Style -
I am actually reviewing these on behalf of my sister, to whom they actually belong. She says she bought them because she thinks they look good. I disagree - they are the kind of design that tries to copy genuine professional headphones (which would have significantly higher sound quality) to dupe people into buying them, thinking they are getting a professional-grade product. But, ah well. Appearance is a matter of opinion. I did not consider appearance when rating them 3/5 stars)
- Comfort -
Not good. Really, not good. I am used to headphones that surround one's entire ear, and don't touch one's ear at all. These, on the other hand, press against one's ears quite firmly, and become uncomfortable after less than 30 minutes of use. The ear pads are sparsely cushioned, and made of a material that has a rather cheap feel to it.
- Build Quality -
In some areas, these cans do a good job in terms of quality of materials. The headband consists of what feels like a metal band, as is quite flexible to fit many different head sizes. The ear cups slide up and down on the rails at the side, and rather unusually do not use a clicking mechanism. Instead, they move freely on the rails. However, they require just about enough force to move so that they do stay in position when on your head. I find the movement quite pleasing. Unfortunately, the plastic that the cups themselves are made of feels (and looks) rather cheap, with an unpleasant hollow-sounding noise being produced when they are tapped. Despite this, applying pressure to the cups in various positions does not reveal any particular weaknesses, and no creaking sounds can be heard, so this might suggest the headphones will be able to last a long time. I can't confirm this, however, having had them for only a few weeks.
- Conclusion -
Meh. Not great. If you're buying them purely for the styling (as my sister seems to have done), then go ahead, I guess. But I'd say you'll be getting a somewhat substandard pair of cans. Perhaps looks into a Sennheiser pair at about the same price range for better quality audio, if that's what you're shopping for.