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(3.5 stars) Good for the Price
on September 2, 2004
Headphones are a kind of annoying investment. There are some out there that cost around 10 bucks or less, and look nice, but you don't know if they'll sound like junk, then there are others that promise noise cancellation, then there are others that sell for absurd prices, and you just don't know which ones to get. And if you pick up some w/ crappy sound, you're stuck.
Well, I bought these used from Amazon (which is the only way you'll get them on this site, they have no more new ones), and upon first listen I was almost completely blown away. Why? Well, the sound quality is just fantastic. There are lots of very low and background type sounds I never knew were recorded on some of the CD's I own, but I've finally picked them up with these headphones. All the highs, lows, etc come out crystal clear (I think this has to do with the wider frequency bandwidth these headphones bring through), the sound output is overall extremely well-rounded. Anyways, the sound alone is reason enough for purchase. Another plus is that they come w/ an extra thicker plug, so in case you wanna use them for another reason like playing a guitar through an amp, you can do that too. They're also very comfortable, I have big ears and they fit comfortably around them when placed on properly. The headphones bring through great volume, so I don't have to adjust my volume knob on my CD player as high as I used to, which is good cause I like having a certain amount of leeway.
A few downsides though: The headphones promise outside noise cancellation, but even w/ the headphones on a lot of noise still got through, i think this is due to the fact that the headphones really aren't FIRM around you head but just slightly snug (they won't fall off but they're not tight either), plus the plastic shell outside the speakers are light and thin, letting sound through. Secondly, even though the sound quality outputs extremely well, bass is reduced significantly. This may change due to what bass settings you have on your CD or tape players, but I felt a lot more bass w/ my smaller, non-noise cancellation Panasonic standard headphones (it seems they turned up the treble a lot but sacrificed some bass). Third, they're very big. There are 2 plastic bands above your head, one is adjustable to your head but the other is just there to bring through the wire to the other speaker (one wire connects into one speaker only). It looks kinda silly having them on cause the higher plastic band is a good inch or so above your head. I would gladly sacrifice having 2 wires connect to each speaker rather than have a big plastic band over my head.
Anyways, if you're looking for something w/ outstanding sound quality and clarity and don't have more then 40 or 50 bucks to spend then these are the headphones for you! I'm simply blown away on the sound quality alone.