Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
- Noise Reduction
After using some closed phones for a while, I started looking for an open model, because a) I actually want to hear if my wife is calling me or if someone's at the door, and b) I was looking for a more open soundstage. I'm playing FLAC and high bitrate MP3 through a Soundblaster Z to an AudioEngine NS-22 amp, into which these phones are connected. The sound is buttery smooth, which is good because I listen to more jazz and female vocals where I want the sound to be warm. So, music from Norah Jones and Conjure One just oozes out of the phones and envelopes you in a warm aura that's going to be great for passing away the winter months. They work well with classical and rock also, although that upper sizzle is rounded off, so it may not be as exhilerating for certain music selections. However, this same characteristic makes them easy to listen to for hours. The bass is exceptional for all of the above. Comfort is good; they don't disappear on my head (and I don't have a big head), but I don't feel like I'm wearing a vice either. The cable is pliable and quite long; it's easy to keep out of my way in the desktop environment where I'm using it.
Pros: Creates articulate but smooth sound. It's neither clinical nor sloppy. Reasonably comfortable. They're lightweight and fairly low profile.
Cons: Well, they are a little pricey....