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Not "Wicked" Enough
on September 9, 2014
In a quest to find some reasonably priced headphones that I can use in my CD-Walkman at work and around the house, a friend and music associate recommended the Wicked Audio Reverb over-the-ear headphones. Since these headphones were 50% off the regular price at the music store, I thought I would give these a try.
The look and the packaging of the headphones are a good start to bring the buyer in. The headphones come in several solid colors, and they also come in radical designs as well. They come in packaging that is very easy to take out, and there is a 4-ft. cord with a 1/4-inch jack to plug in to your listening device. The padding at the top of the headphones and on the ears make it very comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. The durability and longevity of these headphones are also amazing.
The first thing I noticed from listening to these headphones is how deep the bass is. The low-range bass sounds from these headphones are very strong, and when listening to the appropriate music, like hip-hop and even heavy metal music, those sounds actually enhance the music coming through. These headphones are very appropriate when listening to modern music, where more emphasis is put on the bass and drums and lower-range sounds.
However, what strength comes from the low-range sounds immediately dissipates when it comes to the mid- and high-range sounds. It sounds like they were sacrificed at the altar of the bass. When listening to solo music, like solo piano or solo guitar, these headphones are a severe disappointment - the low-range tendencies of the headphones totally ruin a crisp, clean performance and make those instruments sound very muddy. These headphones also do not bode well when it comes to music with audible but minimal bass - the early trance music of Tangerine Dream, for example, suffers considerably through these headphones.
The Wicked Audio Reverb over-the-ear headphones will never compete with the Bose and Beats headphones and even pales in comparison to the more moderately-priced Koss headphones. However, it does hold its own with the Sony and the overrated Skullcandy headphones, and with a list price of $29.99, it is actually a better bargain than any of the above headphones. While the durability, comfort, and low-range sounds are appealing to the serious listener, the lack of mid- and high-range sounds keeps the Wicked Audio Reverb headphones from being, well, "wicked".