I look around and every day I see people wearing head phones more and more. Not the in ear ones, but the ear cuff ones. The ones which mean people are serious about listening to music. I thought I would put together a headphone review on the three headphones.
I listen to music a heck of a lot. When I’m working I’m listening, when I’m relaxing I’m listening, when I’m exercising I’m listening, and as I type this I’m listening. I’ve gone through quite a few head phones, and like most of the stuff I buy, which I’m going to use a lot, money is not an option. I have owned all three of these brands and I can tell you I’ve used them for hundreds of hours each.
I’m not a DJ, studio producer, or anything like that I’m a guy who likes his music – good crystal clear music. I love clarity in music and enjoy the resonance you get from the bass. When someone asks me how I like my music I always refer back to the Sgt. Slick Song “White Treble, Black Base”. Head phones for me need this, and you only get this from really good quality, and usually expensive, head phones.
If you want a quick overview I’ve put together a quick rubric for each headphone.
A comment by Lovish (below) made me think that I forgot to mention something. Why I choose these head phones to compare and the context of the review. I choose these headphones because they’re the ones I own. The context for this review is for general purpose head phones. If you are going for something which leaves out travel and noise cancellation then the Sennheisers would come out on top. Even though they’ve come out second in this review, personally they don’t travel with me because I have a secret love with them, they’re my favorite and don’t want to break them, so I hope that gives you a better understanding of how I see all these head phones.
When I see people wearing these head phones I always feel they’ve been lured by the colour or the fashion statement it sends out. Clean sleek design with vibrant colours therefore I’m cool. I was one. I had the beats by Dr. Dre Studio. I’m a cool cat because I wear these… yeah! They have a fantastic finish and they’re quite comfortable to wear for a while.
Why did I give up on these head phones and store them in the back of a draw. They’re no good for long wearing. I’ve warn them on a few plane rides and they become uncomfortable after a while. Also, the effects they use to try and make music sound better annoys the heck out of me.
They fold up into a little carry case and are easy for travel – if you’re not wearing them.
Note: Next time your on a flight around the world try and take a peak into first class. No one who has a heck of a lot of money wear these. They know. Yes they are given their own headphones, but some still bring their own and they are not these.
These head phones even though say studio are not studio head phones. The technical reason is because they try and improve the sound quality. A NO NO in studio production. You want to hear the original work in the music, therefore, these are not studio headphones. Another gimmick.
What they do to the sound is increase the bass and some other magic stuff to try and make music sound better. This is what really turned me off after a while. I just want to hear the original work. I reckon no head phones should be bias on the audio spectrum.
I think a lot of people get conned into these head phones by the difference in sound. I did. You put on one set of head phones and then you put on these, and you’ll notice a major difference. This is because of the effects they apply to the sound. If you know no better you believe the sound is better. Wrong. It is different not better.
They have noise isolation or their version of noise cancellation, but to be honest isn’t really that good when compare to the Bose QuiteComfort. It does improve the overall listening experience but it doesn’t take you to another level of listening.
Overall these head phones are great, but way to pricey for what you’re getting. You’re better to walk into a audio store and ask what they recommend for head phones. I’m sure you’ll get a great quality set for the same price or even less and they’ll be better than these.
If you’re a sucker for fads and trends then buy these. If you really appreciate music and sound quality, then steer clear.
Just another note before we move on, beats by Dr. Dre is just a brand which Monster has used for their products. Monster has some other products which are better then these and they are worth a look. Monster is known for associating its brands – or collaborations they call it – with famous people. At the end of the day it’s a label, it’s the technology you’re after!
These are not studio headphones, but headphones for clear sound while providing noise cancellation. Straight up, these headphones are fantastic for frequent travellers. They’re incredibly comfortable for long flights, and they eliminate the sound of a jet engine out side your window with ease. These are the ones I’m wearing now. For long periodes of listening… get these.
They don’t fold away like the beats, but they do come with a hard plastic carry case. These are the number one travel head phones without a doubt.
Note: On your second flight around the world, peak into first class. Majority of people are wearing these. Just a thought. People with the attitude of money is not an option, buy these. Interesting thought.
The sound quality, even though brilliant, is still being enhanced like the beats by Dr. Dre. There isn’t any bass increase, but there is still some magic going on. I would say they are just a tiny bit better then the beats, but not by much. I like these ones more because the bass is not increased so much. They keep the sound clear, crystal clear, while not having to bring other sounds out like the bass. Great for vocal sound. This might be because they are used to listen to more than just music, things like movies, podcasts, and whatever else on a plane’s entertainment system you might find.
Not original sound, but fantastic clarity and great insulation. When I wear these I’m in a different world. All the sound outside is cancelled – well to a degree.
Another thing with these, Bose is not a fad. It has solidly been investing in sound quality and production for decades, this is seen also in Sennheiser. No wonder they have great respect by people when it comes to sound. They just don’t look as good.
These are fantastic head phones. Flaw… they’re open head phones. This got to me after a while so I stopped using them for travel or walking through the city. I like my music loud, but I don’t like having to have it loud to block out other noise.
They’re not that good for long hauls such as plane travel or anything like that, but they’re great to lay on a couch and listen to a nice chill out song. Their cushion I would say is the best of all three, and the look I would say it great too. These are for serious listeners of music, but more for a home gadget instead of a take with you one. I love Sennheiser and this brand was what shot me off into appreciating sound quality. When I see someone with anything Sennheiser I know that person loves their audio.
Straight up brilliant. They don’t isolate any part of the spectrum, such as base or treble, so you end up with a great representation of the original work. I’m not saying they don’t do magic in the background, what I’m saying is they’ve just tired to be non-bais with their effects.
The flaw with this which I’ve already mentioned is they’re open. This means you can have leakage from outside noise. This really gets on my nerves when working in an office and others are talking, printers are going and what ever else. When I work my music is low so I don’t damage my ears, but I don’t want to hear anything else.
If you’re not going out in noisy areas I would say these are the better head phones by miles.
It’s a toss up between Bose and Sennheiser. If I had too choose one, I would say Bose, even though Sennheiser has a better sound quality. The reason for that is because of the noise cancellation technology Bose uses. It is world renowned for a reason – It works. With the beats by Dr. Dre: In the eyes of true sound enthusiast you’ll be seen as someone who got ripped, and were lured like a moth to a lamp with the colours – I was, but they’re still a pretty good set of head phones. They’re too expensive though for what you’re getting. They’ve seemed to pop up over night, but Sennheiser and Bose have been around for Decades and have the research behind them – they’re not a fad. However, You might see me walking around with the beats now and then to be a cool cat!
Something to think about and I hope you get what you’re looking for in sound quality.
Date posted: Friday, April 13, 2012 | comments: 13