Top positive review
8 people found this helpful
on 2 February 2014
Look and Feel
To get the obvious out of the way, these are some of the most stylish headphones I’ve seen recently. The striking colour is refreshing amongst its black styled peers and that now hugely imitable red style. A bit more fluorescence would have been nice. The remote looks and feels excellent. I don’t know why efforts to have a remote are always only meeting Iphone requirements, maybe there is some patent hogging going on. But actually on the new android phones the play button will stop and start music, double tapping it will skip to the next track. Many reviews say how heavy the remote unit is, but there is a clip supplied for the wire which alleviates this issue.
The other major qualm about the S4 range is the durability, these have a reputation for not lasting too long. My previous pair of the original S4s lasted for one year though. I bought these not expecting them to last in a way, and the rugged part of the name doesn’t necessarily mean the wire connections are more sturdy, just that the seams are fairly protected against maybe water intrusion.
I have found the fit with the supplied tips to be not quite right, either too small or two big, I am more inclined to blame my ears, though another size would have been welcome. The ear pieces have very small needle like outputs, unlike all the other brand headphones, so prevents you using a previous pair of correctly fitting tips.
My headphone credentials are: creative ep630, vmoda vibe, Klipsch s4, Beats, MeElectronics sp131, and ME Electronics Mduo. Relative to all of those bar the previous klipsch S4 set, these are much more orientated around the treble and middle range of the spectrum, and it does them very well indeed. It has great speed and response to the player signals, hence giving that sense of ‘HD’. To expand on the classic line in reviews of hearing sounds one has never heard before, I think the thing I started to notice again was being almost able to hear the texture of the instruments being played, such as fingers wiping across guitar strings. I have generally veered towards a bassier line in my previous purchases, the s4s are certainly not going to feed that gecko tongue punch in the eardrum that other sets can, Of course the bass can be heard, just not felt. Hence it is much more suited to certain types of music with detailed production or instrument focussed
Bass isn’t to everyone’s tastes, sometimes I want it more than any other part of the spectrum, at other times I primarily want the detail and the crunch of instruments to be heard, so my solution has been to have multiple earphones in use, as I haven’t wanted to spend above £100 on a pair. This pair excellently covers the upper range and does an ok job at the low range. Knowing that and the acknowledging the historic durability risks, there will be nothing else in this pair that could disappoint you, I will enjoy what time I have with them.