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They're nice, not amazing, but nice. Horrid durability.
on January 20, 2014
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I'm really torn on what star ranking to give these, if I could it would really be around 3.5, maybe a 3.75 star ranking, right now they're getting the four stars more because they just have noise canceling than anything else.
With this review this is where I am coming from, I am NOT a sound aficionado or someone who spends all their time buying the latest and greatest headphones and speakers. That being said the last three sound producing devices have been from Klipsch for in hear headphones, Klipsch again for standing entertainment system speakers, and Sennheiser for over ear headphones. Apparently this has upped my standards from the old random sony or no names I would get from college.
The bass in these are... nice, capable, and give a bit of a punch, not to the level that the Klipsch manage, but those are in ear so obviously it should be somewhat different. However the Klipschs do a substantially better job of giving the full range of sound in almost any song. Mainly I listen to dance, bassy types of music, but I'll listen to some tchaikovsky or something else here and there. They do an AMAZING job at addressing the full musical experience, the SL300s... do not. There is substantially more attention given to the bass, the other notes are there yeah, but they're muted somewhat.
Also most songs sounded terrible on my phone till I turned on the equalizer, the Klipschs by themselves were great, these felt like they needed to be told what to do to be great.
All in all, I am... MAYBE... MAYBE keeping these. The sound canceling feature is nice, better than the passive feature of the in ear headphones, but not by a lot. The cushioning is good, however I have a fairly big head, and a developing afro that adds another inch+ of natural cushioning so... I'm sure that is helping the fit.
At about 100 these are a fairly safe buy, at the original 300 price I would not in any way think of even buying these. I am pretty grateful for them so now I understand just what all the psycho audiophiles meant by 'bass heavy' and 'no midrange' and all the other things they say about Beats and SOULs and what not, the second I turned them on I just went 'OOOOHHH... ... yeah... yeah I hear ya...'.
With all that... for 100 bucks yeah, these are a nice buy, deliver good sound, fit well, and are just overall pretty nice. They're not fall to your knees throw your hands up to the air and thank God that you were able to experience such a wonderful moment in your lifetime, but they deliver good sound, at a good price, and really are a nice addition to a already existing family of headphones and speakers. They're not the greatest, but at the price, I really don't think I can complain that much really.
I took two starts out for durability. These headphones are predominantly used at my laptop. I don't travel with them frequently, so far just one trip to try them out, and usually I just sit at the desktop with them. There is a metal component in the headphones that reinforces the headset when you extend it for larger heads... the plastic part covering this has broken. I haven't owned these for a year yet, not even 10 months yet, and it has broken, under relatively minimal use. Not even under daily use. I'm debating whether I can say I 'got my money's worth' out of these. Granted their discontinued, rarely sold and what not, but should you find them this is genuinely a get what you pay for situation. They still work though, but I question for how long at this point.