Blue Mo-Fi Powered High-Fidelity Headphones with Integrated Audiophile Amplifier
- Integrated audiophile amp and custom-matched drivers deliver unrivaled sound
- Revolutionary personalized fit for superior comfort and performance
- Powered system improves performance of all your devices
- 50mm titanium-reinforced ultra-responsive dynamic drivers
- Comes with 1M cable with Mfi Mic, 3M cable, and 6.5mm to 3.5mm adaptor
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Mo-Fi stands for "True Mobile High Fidelity". Now you can have studio-quality, high fidelity sound on any device, anywhere. Mo-Fi is the first headphone designed around an integrated hi-fi amplifier. Since Mo-Fi doesn't rely on another device for power it can have custom drivers that are power hungry-and extremely accurate.
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I was surprised how great these sounded with my IOS devices (iPad Air and iPhone 5s). The sound they give is rich and full, but not overwhelming. I suppose they would not appeal to those who are of the "flat sound school". They are not analytical. I liken them to a very analog sound verging on an almost tube like sound, but very still responsive.
As you probably know many audiophiles amplify their mobile devices with external/outboard amplifiers and DAC's. I've gone that route some years ago with a portable CD player no less (Headroom Headphones rig). However, even the more modern solutions do not currently appeal to me. The deployment and carry requirements for every day mobile use are just a bit too daunting, let alone the cost of even higher end external mobile solutions.
With my IOS devices I mainly used them with in the amplifier "On" position. I did not use the "On+" position much as I didn't think it was needed. I suspect that there may be some types of music that this would benefit. I did like the "On+" with some Acoustic Alchemy music. But all in all I kept the "On" position in play.
I also like that the lows, mid-range, and highs are all clearly heard in a well balanced presentation. The music doesn't step on the vocals. It all blends nicely. I'm kind of a sound stage freak and I found that while good I think the sound stage is wider on my P7 headphones, and certainly wider on my HD-650. Then again experts tell me that "closed" headphones are always somewhat soundstage challenged.
A really unexpected bonus is that this headphone sounded great with my desktop amplifier and DAC rig while listening to tunes from my iMac. In fact this made the purchase of these headphones even more satisfying. I know Blue is pushing these as a mobile solution, but if you have a desktop rig you too might be surprised how well these headphones scale up in sound with the internal headphone amplifier off. The driver design on these cans have really paid off!
Having said that you do have to be careful operating this headphones. You do want to turn off the amplifier when plugging and unplugging them from your source. This is common sense I know. But it is easy to forget if your used to the simple chain of headphones/earbuds to mobile device.
Fit and finish seem good for the price. I would like to have the amplifier switch more articulated.
I wish the ear pads had a leather or velour option. The memory foam "pleather" is comfortable as long as you are not in a hot environment. The memory foam and closed headphone design passively keep the outside sound down. No Bose like electronic noise reduction is going on with these headphones. Given that excellent sound keeping the electronic noise reduction out of the mix is probably a good thing.
Many have made comment about the weight of these headphones. Yes, they are pretty substantial in design and weight. But I've worn them for up to four hours without discomfort. The armature like adjustments work great once you dial them in. I was getting a little jaw discomfort until I adjusted them just right. I am hoping that the supplied bag with swallow them up just as I have them set. Otherwise I'll be dialing in the perfect fit every time I take them out of the bag.
I like the fact that the headphone amplifier with turn itself off when you pull them off your head. I was disappointed that there was no built in microphone for iPhone use. I also felt that the auto off feature should communicate with the IOS device to stop playing the music. Maybe that is a lot to ask. I thought the round inline control on the headphone cable was hard to use as it rolled between my fingers.
The proprietary cable connections worry me. If you lose the accessories your won't find a Radio Shack or Best Buy rescue. The accessories supplied are very well thought out. A short cable for mobile and an a long cord for desktop rigs are supplied. So is an adapter from mini-plug to a full sized amplifier. Though that too is proprietary as the shaft on the plugin is the longest I've ever seen.
I'd like to see some high end, third party cable options. Blue Moon cables for a product made by another manufacturer called Blue would be sweet! Blue on Blue ;) Well if that happens let us hope the esoteric cable doesn't cost as much as the headphone.
Blue's first headphone effort this is very unique and an extraordinary piece of equipment. I've read on the Internet they have another more "professional one" six months out. If that is true I'll most certainly be in line to audition one.
If I could give the Mo-Fi 4.5 stars instead of 4 stars I would. Any criticisms I've voiced here are minor considering the what they have accomplished. For the price I think these headphones perform far greater than you would expect. When you factor in the headphones include a built-in amplifier $350.00 is very reasonable, and perhaps a bargain if your willing to pop $300+ for headphones in the first place.
The Blue Microphones Mo-Fi Powered High-Fidelity Headphones provide a full range of sound which brings out sounds that remind me of the days of vinyl. The headphones are quality built and the built in battery lasts a long time between charges; plus the headphones can be used as un-amplified headphones if you forget to recharge. They remind me of high quality headphones from the 70's/80's, except they are much more comfortable (some may find them a little big and/or heavy). A great investment for someone who enjoys hearing the full range of their music (even has a switch for added bass for folks that like the added thump). Thanks Blue!
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How have I bought 30 + cans over the last 18 months and only now am I discovering these!?
They really are a bewitching gem! Heavy and bulky yes but man is it worth it. The weight can be alleviated somewhat by the tension dial on the headband so they're doable but after a while they're comfortable. But I'm used to Beyer DT150's so it's all subjective! Ear cups are large enough and deep enough for my large ears. Just chunky all round these are. But in a good way. Substantial and well designed.
Sound wise on passive mode they're very good. Slightly thin but very balanced and detailed with a decent amount of bass. But when you switch the amp on......sheesh it's a different beast! Fuller, wider, clearer, more detailed and just all round wow! Headfi Jude said these weren't bass head headphones but there's enough here for me and then some. And that's without switching on the on+ bass boost! Mids are great and the slightly rolled off treble is well articulated. It's a well balanced headphone in amp Mode and if there's a tad too much bass then it can be EQ'd down or just switch it to passive mode. It's very versatile.
So they need charging but everything does these days so I'm just going with it. Unlike my Beats Studio 2.0 (don't hate - read my review on them - they may surprise you) the Mofi's have a passive mode which negates the battery haters!
I won't be using them for portable but they're just about doable! I use them for at home listening as I can't use open backs and in amp mode they sound as good as many other headphones that I've been running through my Fiio E12A Amplifier so that's one less thing I have to carry about!
So a bit more padding on the headband wouldn't go a miss but these really are a revelation.
Hope some of this helps.
- Superb sound stage in both passive and active.
- Great balance of treble, bass and mids.
- Secure fit that is engineered for comfort-ability.
- Weight of the built in amp can cause fatigue in lengthy sessions of wearing them (Note the Blue Lola does not have a built in amp).
Coming from gaming headsets, particularly with a virtual 7.1 surround sound push on marketing, I was astounded at the quality this stereo headset provided me within both gaming and film editing. Bought primarily to edit videos on a proper sound stage, these provide excellent in-game sound with an amazing sense of direction. This particular set (Blue Microphone Mo-Fi) has a passive, active and bass enhancing mode due to its built in amp. Although all give excellent clarity although I fail to notice much added bass in the last mode the switch has and the amp adds a lot of weight to the set adding difficulty with long sittings.
For gamers, referencing my time with Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege which places emphasis on the use of sound, I often find myself knowing exactly where the enemy is due to footsteps.
For editors, I find the passive stage perfect to edit with, giving a clean and crisp sound, using the active amp to boost the audio once I've edited. This enables me to check all sounds are clear and as they should be before running them through a separate reference monitor for a third check.
Overall I highly recommend them but if you are worried about wearing them for long periods of time, I recommend checking out the Blue Microphone Lola set of headphones, which are exactly the same on sound range but without the active settings. Their lack of built-in amp relieves a significant amount of weight.
I was still picking up my jaw from the ground where it fell after my recent purchase of the Bluedio UFO h'phones (what a wonder!), when I came across this wonder of technique and craftsmanship.
I'm a designaholic (yep, a new word!), you oughta know this and so I got bewitched by the sensual shape of the Mo-Fi first of all, and as soon as I peeped around the web to know more of them my enchantment grew so much that I really HAD to get them, being the 11th pair I own this far.
What the hell, think no man can resist their lure, simply watching the details of their body.
I watched and listened a comparative test on Youtube with the Audiotechnica ATH M70X and, man, the Mo-Fi in active mode sounded exactly like the original track, no difference at all in definition, clarity and soundstage, while the adversary sounded quite muffled in comparison with the source playback, the effect that makes us perceive we got h'phones on instead of getting music from the loudspeakers.
Now at last I have them in my hands, it's a pure lust for the first sight and touch, for all the wonderful design details: the articulated headband (multi-jointed) in three parts with extensible end segments, the adjustable tension of the headband, the rubber cups between headband and earcups, the half-hidden lights for battery status, the giant and soft earpads, the elegant finishes in burnished silver.
Wearing them on is a real amazing show , just the one movement to open the earcups and set them on the ears to automatically have your h'phones in the right position, every head will have at once its own, there are no bigwigs that can resist them, do not need any adjustment apart the headband's tension adjustment to have an even greater comfort for prolonged use.
Not to talk of the heavenly sensations springing from the comfortable earpads once you switch them on, giving "a new skin for the old ceremony" (a li'l tribute to Leonard Cohen...) of listening my favorite music pieces, really, new shades appear in well known listenings, doubling the hot sensation I experienced with the mentioned UFO's when I litterally felt my ears move and tremble inside the earcups due to the 8 drivers performing their powerful strike force.
Here it's rather a matter of an astounding richness in definition and clarity in association with the obvious raise in volume generated by the amp.
And if you set it to "off", the resulting sound will absolutely be a remarkable one, while if you got an excessive attitude, well, turn it on at the "on +" position, your ears will transmit an earthquake to your brain, better watch out.
Wow, breathtaking indeed, all this makes you forgive and forget the sensible weight of the Mo-Fi, nearly the double of similar items, they stay up there around your head with a strong embrace to remind you they're the origin of your listening pleasure and that their mainly metallic structure gives them a reassuring sense of sturdiness, they won't break up even if you mistreat them (horrible sin!, respect such a masterpiece).
If you think the price you pay for all this lust is way too high, then you deserve to stay aligned in the herd of conventional listeners, you're not ready for the R/Evolution.
Just think a while what's the meaning of having no separate amps to couple with your mobile devices or your pc's to have a decent sound from the h'phones you invested in, sure, these ones ain't slim in size, their weight is challenging, but quality has a price, you know.
Me? I'm happy with this price, I feel part of the avantgarde marching towards the future, steady and proud... Ha!-Ha!-Ha! (quoting Ultravox!)
In concluding, if my praise hasn't been enough convincing, just simply take a look around as I did and really think the same awareness I felt will show in you as well:
gotta get them!
C'mon, do it.
Undeniably, these FEEL like the price you pay for them. They are weighty and of a sturdy construction, but not so heavy they make your neck tired. It's worth highlighting that I use these exclusively as my PC headphones, and I do not use them for listening to tunes when I am out and about.
As a result, the fact you have to charge these in order to get the full benefit of the drivers makes these a bit of a hassle. When I am playing games, editing footage or listening to music, all of a sudden the sound will cut out and you will have to switch back to the passive setting on them until you plug in the USB cable to charge them. Note these are NOT wireless (as well they shouldn't), so having a charger cable and audio cable hanging out of them when you are trying to use them is not really practical. So make sure you charge them every night.
My biggest issue with these is the selector switch between passive, active hybrid, and full active modes. I wish companies would STOP PUTTING SWITCHES AND DIALS ON THEIR HEADSETS. Maybe I got a dud set, but after a couple of DAYs of using these headsets, the switch started funking up. When I switch to active, one headphone will cut out and you have to jimmy the switch a millimeter back and forth to get it to come through both headphones. I hate wiggly switches and this headset has it. I understand the "audiophile" reasoning behind not having the power and audio on the same lead but in terms of practical everyday use, I don't really rate these.
Also I wear glasses and these things hug your head pretty tight so it starts to get sore after an hour or two. The tension dial on the top lets you vary the strength anywhere between Wood Vice and Ninja Death Grip
Overall a good looking and feeling product but disappointed with impracticality of daily use and POXY FIDDLY SWITCHES!
Und an der Tonqualität ist wirklich NICHTS zu bemängeln, die verschiedenen Sound Modi sind wirklich eine tolle Spielerei und irgendjemand braucht das bestimmt deswegen werde ich dazu nichts sagen.
Ich muss schon sagen dass die Kopfhörer wirklich gut aussehen und einen super Ton haben ABER:
"Tragekomfort" kann man das wirklich NICHT nennen. Der Druck der Ohrmuscheln währe ja noch OK wenn die Ohrmuscheln nur etwas größer währen. So werden die Ohren im inneren des Kopfhörers zusammengedrückt und tuen nach etwa 30 Minuten echt weh. Stellt man den Druck jedoch herunter, hat man durchgehend das Gefühl das ein Backstein auf meinem Kopf liegt. Nicht weil die Kopfhörer schwer sind (also auch aber nicht nur) sondern vor allem weil das Polster nicht wirklich... polstert. Durchgehen drückt irgendeine Metallschiene auf meinen Kopf ein, hart, kalt und schwer.
Außerdem weiß ich nicht ob ich einfach nur Pech mit meiner Kopfform habe aber diese Metallgelenke die zur Höhenverstellung dienen drücken durchgehend kalt und hart gegen meinen Kopf.
Ich möchte wirklich nicht sagen dass das schlechte Kopfhörer in sachen Tragekomfort sind, aber das sind sie einfach.
der eingebaute verstärker gibt nochmal extra sound, z.b wenn man vor allem an einem laptop hört. der akku ist entsprechned regelmäßig leer … und während das ladekabel steckt hört man ein statisches brummen, is klar, also – wie alles heutzutage – am besten alle paar tage nachtsüber aufladen.
So like in many reviews online I would say, only for home - not for commute.
ce casque a une amplitude rare et une finesse des détails très agréable
l'ampli intégré ne booste pas trop les extrêmes
Seul défaut : le poids : c'est un casque de salon uniquement