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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2012
i have a pair of sennheiser headphones that's getting a little beat up. they were 200 bucks when i bought them but now i can get the same pair for 75. i was going to buy another pair but decided to get these instead, when they showed up for 75 bucks on woot.com (part of the amazon umbrella). i was a bit concerned after reading all the reviews stating the bass wasn't strong, but everything else I read led me to believe they'd be perfect. I got them today and am happy with the purchase. they stay on my head well when moving around. i haven't worn them long but they feel light and not as if they will be tiring after long wear. they are far more comfortable around my ears than the sennheisers and, although they are a bit warmer, they sound just as good. in fact, i always thought the sennheiser hd 485s were a bit cold and precise in the treble (not innacurate or distorted, just not as pleasing to the ear) so I was quite pleased with the sound. I raced to test out the bass, and was not disappointed. I just finished Dubber Side Of The Moon by the Easy Star All-Stars and I have no complaints. I heard everything I wanted to hear and didn't hear anything I wasn't expecting. i have no regrets about this purchase.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2012
These headphones are an all around steal and best kept secret for a pair of headphones that don't bust your wallet. The references by some about no bass is untrue. If you want uncolored, fully detailed reproduction of music then you want these headphones and amazing sonic response. They are flat and provide you what has truly been recorded. I love them. My son has a pair of AKG K495's and I swear mine sound better. Since I make my living listening to acoustic wave forms--I have a keen sense of frequencies. They are inexpensive and provide the best bang you will get for your hard earned dollar.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2012
Out of the box, these come with a carrying bag, and two detachable cords with a volume/play controller. The cords come in two colors, one in the primary color (either grey, white, or black) and the other in the secondary trim color (either blue, orange, or green) depending on the particular color you ordered. (I noticed a few reviews that stated that the controller on the cords they got were broken, and indeed, my friend bought a pair with a busted controller. However, Incase is fantastic about replacing the cords. He called the customer service line about this particular defect, which they immediately acknowledged and sent a replacement that he received within 2 days of the phone call.)

When looking at a pair of headphones, there are 3 things I consider:
First and most importantly, the sound quality, because why buy headphones if they don't sound great? The sound is bass heavy but not the clean punchy bass sound that I would like. Instead we have a sound that is louder and muddy on the low end which recedes into the mid range and evens out again on the top end. The treble is clear but muddied by the lack of mid range and overpowering bass. As a frame of reference, the bass is weaker than Beats by Dre, and if you appreciate that sort of skull shattering bass, these are not the headphones for you. Also if you are an audiophile that appreciates crystal clear sound, you would be better off looking elsewhere. Overall for sound quality, I would give these headphones, a not terribly impressive 2/5.

However, despite less than ideal sound quality, not everything is amiss about the Incase Sonics. Where these headphones excel particularly is in comfort and design. The sleek design aesthetic of Incase make these headphones one of the few pairs of cans that I am not totally embarrassed to be wearing in public. As someone who likes to listen to music on a public commute, the other pairs that I've tried out in public were Dre Beats (only to be disappointed by the overwhelming bass and otherwise abysmal sound quality), and Audio Technica m50's. While the ATH-m50's proved to have great sound quality, they also were extremely clunky and I felt a little awkward wearing such large headphones in public. The Incase Sonics however look great and the sleek design is uninstrusive to the eye especially while on public transportation. For design, I give the Incase Sonics a 5/5. Because lets be honest, they're beautiful.

Finally comfort. There are by far the most comfortable pair of headphones I have ever used in my life. Let me reiterate, I have never worn a pair of headphones more comfortable. I have tried a wide variety of headphones ranging from gaming headsets, Beats, Audio Technica, Sennheiser, Shure, Grado's (just once...I wish I could own a pair...), and in terms of comfort, these headphones outshine even the best of the best in name brand cans. I frequently spend long periods of time with these headphones on, and even after periods of 10 hours or longer, there is little to no discomfort from the headphones. For one, they are extremely light and barely feel like they are resting on your ears. Also the tension in the band between the ear cups is weaker than other headphones balanced almost perfectly where they can sit on your ears without falling off and also without putting extraneous pressure on your skull. Other headphones that I've tried wearing for that long ended up leaving my ears sore after an hour or two and using them ever longer left me with a very uncomfortable pressure on my temples. On the merit of comfort alone, I would recommend these headphones, especially if you want to use them for a long work day or if you're student like me, pulling 10+ hour study sessions. For comfort, the Incase Sonics get a 5/5.

Overall, despite the less than ideal sound quality, I would still give these headphones a 4/5 based on the fact that I love to use them because of their comfort and great look. If you're looking for an audiophile or a bassphile pair of cans, these are not your headphones. (Instead I recommend that you look into ATH-m50's. Audio-Technica ATHM50S Professional Monitor Headphones) But if you appreciate design and need an extremely comfortable pair of headphones, these are great for the price*.

* - Note: As I write this review, they are listed at $74.99 which in my opinion are well worth the money. However, I purchased them off woot.com for $50 which for sure is a STEAL.

TL;DR - Not for audiophiles. Not for Beats by Dre lovers. EXTREMELY comfortable and look sexy as hell.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2012
I bought these half off a few months ago on another website and I've never regretted it.

I wouldn't say I'm an audiophile but I've been through my share of headphones. I've had Koss PortaPros, SportaPros, UR-40, and KSC75. I consider these the best. I would rate the sound at the level slightly higher than the PortaPro and SportaPro with one added benefit; they are closed. I know open headphones have their benefits, but when I'm on the subway, it blocks out enough outside noise that I barely mind how it must look on my head.

There have been a few reviews that have stated these headphones have no bass. I've never listened to beats headphones but I am assuming they produce extra bass even where there's no bass to be found on a track. These headphones provide an excellent balance but if you are looking for extra bass, it all depends on your device. When paired with my iPod Classic, it sounds great, but with the noise on the NYC subway, they bass is diminished. Lately I've been pairing it with my Android phone, where I have more options when it comes to equalization and virtualization (I use the PlayerPro app) and I haven't touched my iPod in months.

One other great plus is the cord. I love the PortaPro and the SportaPro, but I've sent them both back to Koss twice (lifetime warranty) because that thin cord keeps getting damaged. Not only does this one come with two thick cords, they detach from the headphones. If either of these cords are damaged I could just buy a basic cord to replace it. Best headphones ever!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2013
Only complaint is if you have your music a little bit loud (not all the way) the sound seeps and others can hear it clearly. I'm not sure if this is true of all over the ear headphones, but I would have liked a little bit more privacy without having to turn down my music considerably in quiet places (I'm not an ear-drum burster so my music isn't usually up to the max, or even near it)

- Very good quality
- Adjustable
- Despite light colour - I've managed not to get them dirty and I've had them for about 4 months now.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2012
I have only had these for about 5 min now but I already love them. The sounds seems pretty well balanced and do not over-emphasize bass too much. The cord has iPhone/iPad/Macbook volume and playback controls as well as mic so you can even use these as an iPhone/Skype headset to make calls. Lastly they are incredibly comfortable to wear. I was weary of buying them but I got a great price on woot.com and I gotta say it was worth it. I also own the "Sennheiser hd sp 25 ii" and these are way more comfortable and sounds pretty similar but I'd really have to compare the sound quality more carefully before really confirming that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
So I was in the market for some good headphones and was leaning towards either a pair of Bose, Sennhieser's, or Beats by Dre, but I didn't want to shell out a lot of cash in the process. All of which produce some seriously nice sounding hardware as I've tried various models, particularly the Beats, out in a local bigbox electronics store near me.

Then I stumbled upon Incase's Sonic. With no local stores carrying the product I mainly had to rely on either reviews from here or online. Not surprisingly they've garnered excellent reviews with a few perceived faults, all of which don't bother me one least bit. In short I felt I gambled and won big, especially when the cost is factored in. This review is for the "Primer/Fluro Blue" model:

Construction: The whole unit seems to show great care in overall in fit and finish. For example, the headband and cans are completely covered in a matte soft touch rubber texture and although it's made of plastic there are no signs of any injection mold lines that's so common in other competing products, a little observed detail of quality. The headband is very flexible, compliant and comfortable applying a very faint amount of tension on my otherwise big head. The cans slide on a notched rail that provides a good amount of adjustablity with good retention on placement. The padding on the headband and cans is fantastic! It's of the micro-fiber suede fabric and is extremely soft with padding that's adequately supple, it makes for extended listening a real pleasure. An added plus was the that the unit came with two DETACHABLE (and replaceable, yay!) headset cables, one gray the other blue, with ipod volume controls and mic for phone use. (NOTE: only the talk, or center button, works on Android phones, but he mic works too) The cables are on the short side though and the 90 degree jack might not suit all situations. The included pouch is... cheap feeling, but it does it's job.

Sound: All of the finest design touches and materials on a pair of headphones would be for nothing if they didn't sound amazing...thankfully these don't disappoint. I find them to be right in the center spectrum of overall sound reproduction; neither too thrashy (high treble) or too low on the bass that the highs couldn't be appreciated, everything is there but just not too much of everything... it's just right. Are they better than say the Beats Pro? Honestly no, but not by too much unless you need all dat bass. Comparatively going by price point these are a steal, especially when they're on sale (I picked mine up for sub $85 here on Amazon).

On a side note, what I really appreciate about these 'phones is how discrete they look. Their simple aesthetic doesn't scream "BRAND WHORE!", but politely whispers it in a kind civilized fashion. Not that there anything wrong with a little flaunting, but at least the poseur hard core appearance is minimized.

Would I recommend these to anyone? Yup, save for the "serious audiophile" or brand conscious bloke who needs to how off to the world who much they've spent on headphones. These are awesome...buy two!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2012
I was turned on to these headphones by an email advertisement a few weeks ago. Having been shopping for a quality pair of over the ear headphones for several months, the design and color stood out so much that I had to give them a closer look. I'll tell you now, you can't beat these headphones for the price!

Starting with the important part, the sound. Crisp, clean mids, clear highs, and bass that I'd describe as sturdy, full but not overwhelming or drowning. Love the sound of these headphones, and have actually been listening to about twice as much music since getting these puppies..

For the comfort factor... One word: Cozy... Some of the other reviewers have given these a slight discount claiming ear warmth, but I have not experienced anything I would not expect from an over the ear / noise isolating headphone. I will note that I have only used these in my office from my MBP and my iPod and have not gone jogging in them or anything that would cause my head to sweat or generate any abnormal heat. I honestly don't want to get them sweaty and when I run, I sweat (as one should). I, personally, am a big fan of Cozy. I mean... c'mon, who isn't?

Sylish.. Specifically the color listed (Primer / Fluro Blue). A combination of modern and retro grey with a sleek blue inner that is only seen when wearing these around your neck.

Overall, these headphones get 5 stars based on the price:performance ratio..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2013
I've only burned in this pair of headphones for 2 hours so far, and I have to say I'm very satisfied with this product
Sound (9/10)
Very open and natural sound. The way the artist intended his/her music to sound like. I listened to a variety types of music: Top 40, 80s, Rock and Acoustic Instrumentals.
Bass (9/10): Natural bass sound.Hip Hop, electronica sounds great and natural. May be a bit less for those who want the bass to take the most presence in their songs.
Mid: Don't know how to listen for this exactly.
Treble(8.5/10): Fans of classic rock and metal, may want more of a guitar presence. Distorted/Overdriven guitars don't "pop out" as they should, in my opinion. Less texture and presence on treble. The drums and bass are accentuated however..

Comfort (9.5/10): I've never felt more comfort with a pair of over the ear headphones as this pair. Ear pads are memory foam that register your particular shape, I wore it for 2 hours and they feel like they're barely there. Although they did get kind of warm, but that's expected with any over the ear designs.

Durability (?): Don't know about long term durability. But looks very durable. L-shaped end plug. Detachable Cable. Includes an EXTRA pair of cable.

Design (9.5/10): Modern, simple functional design. The industrial design team for InCase did a great job here. Packaging is on par with apple products, if not more so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 2012
I was getting tired of using in-ear monitors at work, taking them in and out of my ears all day as people came by my desk was a pain. I borrowed a set of Bose AE2 headphones from a co-worker and really liked them, but balked at paying $180 for them (the AE2i) version. Then I saw these on woot for $50. The reviews on Amazon and other sites were pretty good so I figured I'd take a chance. Very pleasantly surprised. Two (2) cords with iDevice controls built in, a carry case, attractive packaging, comfortable (even with glasses), and they sound decent. Unlike everyone else on the internet (it seems), I am not an audiophile. I can't tell you whether the frequencies are reproduced perfectly, but they sound good to me.

I only have two minor complaints, which is why I knocked off a star:

1. After wearing them for a while my ears get pretty warm and I have to take a break. I suspect this is common with around-the-ear headphones.

2. The cord is a little short. I would have liked to see a couple of extra feet to give me a little more flexibility at my desk.
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