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a_minty_penguin
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Jul 25, 2018
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tl;dr if you like folk, rock, and podcasts, these are for you. If you like metal and rap, they are not. Comfy. If you have large ears, I'd also look elsewhere. Care has been taken to make these look beautiful, though the cups are not grain-matched.
I am normally one to be pretty sure where I stand when rating a product, but with these headphones I have been very flip-floppy. I have settled with four stars, but this is, truthfully, a 3.5 star review. Here's why:
1) The purpleheart wood is absolutely beautiful, and I love the finish. The cups aren't grain-matched at all though. As such, the grain on one side is curvy, but on the other straight.
2) idk if I just suck at reading the numbers (which truthfully mean nothing to me as someone looking for a good pair of almost student-affordable headphones, not an expensive hobby), but the bass on these things has no punch. I'm not looking to have my head vibrate like people who like edm and such, but I thought you'd at least be able to feel the kick drum, even a little bit. This is not the case. It sounds weak, and makes the music sound weak. Bare in mind that I am a metal head, so this will probably be an atypical complaint. Rock and hard rock sound great (looking at you Nightwish), but if you enjoy any extreme metal, black metal, or death metal, I would recommend you against these headphones. Examples of bands that I am talking about to judge accurately: Dawn of Ashes, Wolven Ancestry, Amon Amarth. Also tried them out with some 2pac and the bass there is also disappointing, so probably not for rap lovers either. Put on some Santana though and boy do these headphones shine.
Anything 'above' the lower drums sounds great though. Podcasts are stellar, and likewise with folk music, atmospheric, and rock. But, again, as a metal head, these are not what I primarily listen to. And, again, idk if this is my error in interpretting data that I don't understand, or an issue with the headphones themselves.
3) Comfortable. If you have large ears, they may be small.
4) I really wish more brands followed suit with Massdrop and E-MU in placing their logos inside the headphones/other products. This alone makes me so likely to recommend them to other people, as care has clearly been taken to making these headphones not only pump through clear, beautiful sound, but to also look beautiful, and to have this beauty be made an important, one might say a defining, feature of the product. You have all the stars in this category*.
Overall, I would highly recommend this product to any one who doesn't listen to metal/rap/bass-y edm, even though I must admit that, though perhaps not disappointed, I am underwhelmed.
Edit: This initial conclusion has felt wrong to me and, as far as I am concerned, is wrong. I would rather convey: Though I may be underwhelmed, I am not disappointed.
*minus the lack of grain-matching
Jul 25, 2018
JayBusch
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Sep 12, 2019
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How easy are these to drive? I have to use a USB-C adapter on my phone and it doesn't get my T50RP Mk3's loud enough (though I suppose that's almost a good thing so that they don't blow out my ear drums, ha).
Sep 12, 2019
Athtel
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Oct 5, 2020
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T50RP’s are notoriously hard to drive and practically always need external amplification. These seem to do just fine on a cellphone if my experience with my pair of 50-ohm biocellulose drivers is comparable.
Oct 5, 2020
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