The headline above says it all.
Purchased in order to resurrect a set of 1980s Revox 3100s. They seem ideal - better than the originals.
Firstly, I was extremely reluctant to spend any amount on this set of headphones.
A: I don't like headphones.
In-ear canal is my preference - hands-down - but a decent pair is beyond my budget. Over-ear canal is acceptable - but all the pairs I've purchased or listened to sound dreadful. I like passive noise-cancelling. On-ear - absolutely out of the question. Around-the-ear - like these Revox - tolerable providing they don't touch my ears. Unfortunately the Revox do touch my ears - although only slightly it's enough to cause pain after a few hours. I have sensitive ears!
B: I never liked the sound quality of the Revox 3100s.
The bass on these always seemed distorted to me. Awful. Dreadful. But I was desperate as all my other sets - Sony, Phillips, Creative, Senheiser, Bose, ... were dropping dead like flies in a pesticide factory, and each new pair sounded like my older brothers' 1950s transistor radio ear-pieces!
Admittedly, I haven't been listening to much quality music with these - I'm mainly using them for TV - but for what I have listened to they are an improvement over the originals. Firstly, they do impact the sound quality - to my ears they sound better due to there being less distortion in the bass. Secondly, with the original vinyl set I tended to perspire a lot more where they were seated against my head. Horrible. With these, perspiration is much less of a problem for me - I was wearing these all day over the festive period with only minimal dampness. I expect the summer months may prove somewhat more problematic. Meanwhile I'll enjoy wearing them with this new lease of life.
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