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The Christmas before last I couldn't really think of anything in particular that I really wanted, so whenever anyone asked me what I wanted as a gift I'd just tell them to get me something that they thought I would like. I got heaps of lovely surprises that year, including this pair of headphones which I didn't like at first but now I use them as my main headphones. I use them with my iPod, iPad, iPhone and laptop and they plug in to each of these devices absolutely fine, I've never had any connectivity issues at all which is good and shows that the headphones are versatile.
I used to prefer my earbuds over these because they are a lot more discreet and a little bit more lightweight but these headphones do have better sound quality and they're also more comfortable as the ear cups are padded. I do still use my earbuds for my iPod when I'm out in public, because I think I'd look silly walking around with these headphones on but this is just my opinion. Don't get me wrong though, they're fairly trendy and look decent enough. The design does look a bit plasticy and not that great close up, they're average looking, but I don't think that they look cheap and nasty.
The headphones have got a long cable which is good in my opinion, and it doesn't get tangled up easily as the cable is quite thick. The headphones go on my head like a headband would, it has a plastic band part with the ear cups on each side and it fits comfortably, not tightly but not loose. At the time when I first got these headphones I'd only ever used in ear headphones so it took a bit of getting used to having the plastic band on my head and the ear cups seemed very bulky, I also wasn't keen on the feeling of the padding on the ear muffs because it wasn't a very nice texture, it reminded me a bit of toilet tissue the feel of it but now it doesn't bother me, it's soft and comfortable on my ears so thats all that really matters.
The headphones have got good sound quality, not the best by far and if I turn the volume of my device on to the highest setting the sound is very tinny and echoey but when the volume isn't too loud the sound is crisp and clear, the earphones play sounds really well for example if there are two vocals in a song one will play through one ear cup and the other through the other cup if that makes sense and also they can sync the sound if the song is designed to be like that which sounds very powerful, I'm not sure if I've described it clearly as it's hard to describe, but I hope that makes sense! The earphones also pick up little sounds my earbuds don't, like in one song I noticed a little clapping sound in the background which I couldn't hear on my earbuds. If there's ever a strong beat in a song, it feels like it's being played in the centre of my head which is a bit of a weird feeling and not one I've got used to yet.
These headphones currently are retailing at around £30, so they're mid range and reasonably affordable, would I pay that much though? To be honest no I wouldn't, I'm glad I got mine as a gift as I think that £30 is a bit much, these aren't anything special - yes they're better than my cheap £10 earbuds but compared to other brands of headphones I don't think they're the best around because they can't play songs at a decent quality at high volumes but I'm happy with them as I don't like my music too loud, and I'm going to give them 4 out of 5 stars.
Had these about a year now.
Quality>>> The build quality of these is fine, obviously for the price you come to expect the lesser quality of materials, but overall don't look that bad. The actual design of the headphones isn't bad, like the other review possess the red and black ones which look quite smart. In terms of sound quality, they offer quite a loud sound, but nothing much on the quality front. Not as sharp sounding as my other sennheiser headphones and not as bassy.
They come with an incredibly long lead, so would be good for desktop style computers. But for using with iPod, etc, they lead is cumbersome and too long. I have resorted to tying up a section of the cable to keep it out the way.
They are pretty comfortable to wear offering ample cushioning and sound blocking.
The ear cups themselves move left and right 90 degrees, and vertically 180 degrees.
The headphones also extend to accommodate larger heads etc, on the largest setting however due to the design, stick quite far out on the sides.
Overall>>>> If you're looking for quality in terms of sound and build, look elsewhere, not necessarily brand but these just fall short n too many places, and for £30 you can get a decent pair of sennheisers.