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I have been looking for the last week trying to find some over ear headphones to buy. I recently had some in ear Sennheiser IE7s which are some of the best in ear headphones money can buy (check whathifi) with the sound on them being incredibly clear. The only reason I wanted over the ear was because I get fed up of the earbuds moving around and they also gave up the ghost just out of warranty which was very annoying. So I searched the net looking for something quite specific.
I wanted the following:
1. Sound quality
3. Good/original looks
4. Short cable length
5. Cable length on only one side (harder to find than you think)
6. Not too big/portable...
7. A mic/remote for track skipping if possible
All this (not necessarily in this order but preferably) for anything between £50-£150. Too much to ask you might think...
Wrong. Apart from the remote part, mic available though.
I looked these up and saw mixed reviews from Audiophiles to youths on Youtube (who didn't seem to know too much about what they were on about). The Audiophiles tended to be swayed away from these whereas the youths didn't seem to mind them at all and praised the sound. I had to check it out for myself so I went down to the WeSC shop on Carnaby Street in London this evening and spent £41.99 (yep - much cheaper in the store!) after having tried them in the shop for about 20 minutes trying out all the different genres of music on my HTC mp3 player.
These really are quite good, not registering 5 stars only because I have heard better but at 3 times the cost. Other slight niggles, they don't label left and right and there is a bit of sound leakage, but when you have them on the isolation is okay so you don't need them on loud at all.
What I suggest anyone do is ensure that the output on their phone/mp3 player is powerful enough to get a decent sound out of these and also play around with the graphic equalisers to ensure you are getting the sound that you want. Worthwhile I promise.
Very happy with this purchase.
WeSC (We are the Superlative Conspiracy) is a decent brand but not always reliable, although the headphones can be bought for around £10 to £30 and come in plenty of different colours to match with the users personality and style as well as targets the correct audience (lets be honest, teenagers). It can display 120 Db and has a sensitivity rate of 1kHz as well as a 40 mm power drive.
WeSC is a fashionable brand but this is not really a phenomenon as other companies and brands have been doing this for years.
These headphones are pretty well built and durable with a solid chunky metal headband and padded ear cup brackets that are not exactly the most comfortable thing in the world as they are plastic coated, instead of leather coated and thin. The metal headband is padded either. My friend who owns a pair of these says that is not really a problem as her ears always hurt before her head does. The ear cups themselves can move around quite well but that is just about it adjustment wise. Because of this they can fit most head sizes, but not very well and the cups do not properly mold to the ear. Overall, this and the padding problem mean that wearing these headphones for over an hour can prove to be quite painful.
I guess one of the most important features for headphones is music quality as that is kind of what headphones are for. These headphones give great quality and the music is loud and clear and I have to emphasize how great the treble and bass sound. Noise isolation is good to an extent but I personally would not play these to loud in public.
Fast forward four days and this beautiful piece of hardware was in my hands and I was beside myself with joy.
Unfortunately, this joy was short lived. Remember, this is a 2500Rs product so it should be evaluated accordingly.
The sound quality is underwhelming. JBL products are usually high on the treble. This one delivers an adequate but not impressive amount of bass that comes at the cost of clarity. The higher frequencies are strangely muted. The JBL does a better job when playing poor quality mp3s than FLAC or CD formats.
Some people have complained about tightness but this is not an issue even with my rather large head. The padding material around the drivers is soft and initially feels comfortable but after about 5 min of keeping the headphones on, your ears feel like they are each in their own personal sauna. In Bangalore this is something you can live with but in a hotter place using it in a non ac environment would be torture.
Do I regret buying these headphones? At this price, no, but to pay anything more than 900Rs for them would be folly. It would be better to buy an entry level Sennheiser.
If, like me, you're buying this as a stop gap option before splurging on an expensive pair, go for it. If this is going to be your only pair of headphones, look elsewhere buy generally from WS retail, but thought of taking a risk with new seller.
FX audio also rocks with the best quality delivered
I was bought these headphones after my sennheiser px100's gave up the ghost. I'd been after a pair of WESC for some time, having auditioned the Oboes.
The Bongo look great and also sound very good, though are probably better suited to bass-heavy & dance music, also performing admirably for most rock. Classical music can get a bit muddy, but generally overall they're good all rounders - definitely worth testing out.
You may find that after extended periods that they get a little uncomfortable, pressing on the ears - nothing a little adjustment can't fix & it's a small price to pay for keeping leakage to a minimum as well as providing a decent level of blocking out the outside world.
I get extended use out of these headphones, travelling to & from work, so was disappointed in the build quality - in less than 18 months the ear pads have fallen to bits, 2 sets of iPhone remote cables broke & eventually one speaker stopped working, probably due to a loose connection.
WESc don't seem to have any sort of customer service for repairs or spares so I'm left with an unusable pair of cans, this is pretty disappointing after less than 2 years of use, admittedly I need my hardware to be durable, which the sennheisers managed for 5 years.
It also has good earing quality sorry uys had to do this because it says its a express rewiew?
As far as unique names for companies go, the Swedish fashion company responsible for these headphones amongst others, certainly knows how to make a mark. Wesc or to give them the full name We are the Superlative Conspiracy were founded in 1999 and have a style that is influenced by the skateboarding scene. So immediately you know their stuff is literally what the cool kids are wearing.
Their range of headphones are determined by the build using different shapes such as squares which gives it a very firm, well built feel. However their main selling point is the use of colours and designs. Dooyoo have chosen the picture above of a black pair of 'Bongo' headphones which I can say without doubt are the most tame on offer. Colours and designs take in the whole rainbow. In fact you can go one stage further and make your headphones a part of your wardrobe. They are as much an accessory as your bag or shoes.
The pair I own are called Daffodil Yellow. To my eye they share the same colour as the Lance Armstrong 'Livestrong' bracelets so that was a nice, if unintentional bonus. Some designs are all the more desirable because they are limited editions, usually designed by DJ's, Skaters etc.
Their price is in kind of a middle ground for headphones. I paid £50 for mine which may raise some eyebrows but when you consider the competition such as the 'Beats by Dre' range which seem to charge in the region of £200 for no other reason than 'because they can'. They certainly aren't what would be termed professional. Headphones such as these are for people who want something more than just the standard iPod earbuds. It was quite a surprise for me after upgrading from the Ipod earbuds to the Bongos. Whereas previously I had to turn the volume right up to full on a morning bus, now it goes no further than half way. And with no noise bleed to annoy other passengers.
The only downside to them is they will hurt you after prolonged, maybe one hour or more. The build quality which is excellent, does have much give and they will flatten your ears. It is possible if you use them to much you may suffer the same fate as rugby players and end up with cauliflower ear. Maybe not.
They can be used with an Iphone as they have a remote control on the 2 metre wire.
40mm power drivers
1khz sensitivity:120 db
Frequency range:20-20 001hz
Plug:gold plated 3.5mm stereo
Cord:pvc 50cm + 1m extension + 10cm HTC/Sony adaptor