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A niche portable - no frills, styllish and warm sounding portable best suited for non travel applications.
on December 6, 2014
Summary: (3.5 stars)
These are what I consider to be a very niche portable that provides upsides of versatility and good sound quality while also being stylish for an office setting. The downsides are that they are slightly big for a portable, can get uncomfortable, don't have music controls/mic, and are generally poor on airplanes/public transportation. Ultimately I'm considering keeping them as a work headphone, but don't plan on bringing them out of the office much, if at all. Make no mistake, you're paying for a very specific sound signature (richness at the slight expense of some details - a bit artificially warm) and wood aesthetics - no frills.
General thoughts - I'd like to think that I like a balanced headphone that isn't too heavy in any area, but am looking for one that is on the more fun side with good vocals and a present but not overly bright high end. Having used these for a week or two auditioning them with a variety of music, sources, and against a variety of other headphones, I have a few thoughts about their performance in different settings. Ultimately, I do have to say that they are one of the better headphones I have tried in this price range and are toward the more versatile side across genres, not listening settings (see notes about poor travel).
(4.5 Stars) Friendly for many genres and mix qualities - The low-mid bass definitely puts a veil on some of the details - this overall "smoothing" factor is great for poor recordings/mixes but hides many of the details that one would like to hear on great recordings. I have other more detailed sets of closed headphones that I find to be much better at bringing out musical details but aren't quite as forgiving to poor recordings or overly-gained current pop music.
(2 Stars) Not airplane/travel friendly - People should be aware that using these on an airplane actually accentuates the bass aspects of the cabin noise (kind of like when you put a conch shell up to your ear). They have only OK isolation, in my opinion. Other reviewers seem to say that they're not great on other public transport, presumably for the same reasons. One redeeming quality here is that the cable is fairly short which I found to be a big bonus on the plane. I really wish they had a mic and controls - missing these features makes them a deal-breaker as a sole traveling headphone.
(3 stars) Can be physically uncomfortable after a long time - I found them uncomfortable after medium-long listening sessions.
(4 stars) Sonically comfortable for long listening sessions - I find them to be sonically comfortable for long listening sessions (not sibilant or fatiguing). Of course, to achieve this sonic comfort, some compromises had to be made on the resolution of details.