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on April 28, 2011
These headphones are everything ear buds are not: they're comfortable, rich in bass, and keep noise out the old-fashioned way, by encircling the ears with large sound-insulating pads. They produce a big, strong sound from MP3 players that tend to be underpowered.
In a departure from the more rigid headsets of the past, the earpieces swivel on the headband so that they may be packed flat in a briefcase or perhaps alongside a laptop in its case.
The flat, very flexible wiring, resists tangling; and a three-ft. extension cable is provided should you want to use these in your recliner next to your home stereo system.
But there's a problem: the engineers have overshot the mark in battling the scourge of tiny sound. The bass is impressive, and mellow can be good up to a point; but unfortunately, the bass bias is so strong that the overall sound is muddled and unclear. Although I would not go as far as to say that single-driver systems are incapable of producing deep bass without sacrificing mid-and-upper-range clarity, these headphones could certainly use the addition of a tweeter. Curiously, the uppermost frequencies, which produce the characteristic overtones of instruments and voices, are still present.
Usually I have to run my iPod in bass-boost mode, but with this headset I have to switch to bass-reducing EQ, and still there is too much mid-bass mush. Plugging into my home stereo system the situation is even worse, although there I could probably skew the EQ enough to compensate. A treble boost at the sound source is needed to make speech fully intelligible. The overall sound is pleasant, if dishonest; and the noise-insulating quality of these `phones prevents the sounds of the outside world from overwhelming the weak treble. In spite of my disappointment with the unbalanced frequency response, there may be occasions when I will find these useful inasmuch as my primary alternatives are various pairs of tinny-sounding miniatures. Call me Goldilocks, but I'm still waiting for the headphones that are "just right."