3,0 sur 5 étoiles
Commenté au Royaume-Uni 🇬🇧 le 4 novembre 2014
For me these a double-edged sword. They are the first decent cans that I actually find comfy - having big jug-ears ! At 9.5cms in diameter, and perfectly round, they actually completely surround my ears, rather than touching them. Nice.
But, the foam is very firm, so much so, that they feel more like soft polystyrene, as opposed to memory foam. These literally sit around your ears, as opposed to cushioning softly around them. They are still better than the overly-squishy AKG 550s, which were the complete opposite.
Compared to the Fidelio X1s, they are slightly more roomy, and a whole lot less irritating against the skin. So, although the Philips Fidelios were a little warmer and louder (although the sound stage wasn't as good) those went back, and I'm plugging on with these.
My main issue is that they are literally, 100% plastic. Very light, but very fragile and flimsy. These are for keeping on a stand next to your listening chair. They are NOT for throwing around in a studio, or taking on a road trip. I doubt they'd survive a drop onto a carpeted floor to be honest.
Sonically, again they are a 2-headed beast. Firstly, they really need an amp. TV, streamed music, CD, from optical or USB, is very quiet and clinically flat. Once amplified though (and with my Fiio E17, it needs 6 or even 12 db gain !) it depends on the source material. If there is a rich bass and decent sound stage, these really show it off - beautifully ! Yes, some music will need 4, 6 or even 8 notches of extra bass, and around 2 notches LESS of treble, but a decent recording can be made to sound stunning.
However, a poor quality source, and nothing will help it.
Now, I haven't burned these in yet - some say they do benefit (a lot), some don't... so I'll edit this review in a week or so, if there is any improvement. For me, at the moment, they are a little bass-light, stunning mids, glorious sound stage, but overly bright treble.
What I don't get, is why they need so much amplification, to drive. At 60 ohms, they shouldn't be this quiet, but I'm guessing it's due to their 105 db sensitivity rating, which is quite low.
And, why couldn't they just use a little metal at least around the stress points of the structure. The hammock system they have designed, is very fragile, and the plastic components are also very thin - almost laughable, to be honest ! Overall, I have little confidence in their longevity, and as such. may 'bottle,out', and return them for something else.
Update: 2016 - not found anything better yet, so going to try again with a more powerful amp. Wi repoet back.
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