Mitchell & Johnson GL1 Headphones

Mitchell & Johnson GL1 Headphones

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The most affordable of Mitchell & Johnson’s hybrid electrostatic headphones, the GL1 has a design similar to its more expensive siblings, allowing you to enjoy the sound of an electrostatic headphone without having to own a specialized electrostatic amplifier. It does this with an electret driver, which works like an electrostatic driver but is permanently charged using a special diaphragm that can store and utilize this charge in everyday use Read More
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MaxAndreozzi
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Jul 4, 2018
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The switness of planar transducers merged with the energy of dynamic speaker's bass. They don't need power. Otherway I think that they sound better with smartphone than with more powerful headphones amps. Anyway I like their sound and... yes the materials seems cheap ma at this price I think that is an intersting hybrid solution to test.
CoupeDeBoulder
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Feb 18, 2019
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Pretty much the same as most. Feels really cheap but sounds surprisingly good for the price. If you cannot afford more, than this is a solid value for the $'s. There are definitely better ones but few at this price. I was curious about how headphones at this price would sound and I was surprised they sound as well as they do. If you can move up in price, the purple hearts are a great value.
I_have_no_name
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Jan 14, 2019
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I'm no audiophile and mostly use portable solutions. I used this pair on an LG V30. It was definitely good. Bass was quick and had a solid thump. Treble was well controlled and didn't seem peaky. Where some headphones falter is with treble. This handles it well. Mid bass was ok. It was very clear as well. That's what impressed me the most. As for comfort, I have really small ears so every over-ear headphone is comfortable. It also tends to get hot around the ears after about an hour or so. It's not uncomfortable, just noticeable. The cushoning on the headband is meh. It could use some more cushioning. Now for the dislikes. Attached cable...why? EXTREMELY PLASTICY. I'm not talking about Audio Technica plastic, I'm talking about, "eww, how long will this last", plastic. This is about 1st Gen beats plastic. At $200 NOOOO!!!!! At $44, ok. The only reason I'd say get it is because of the sound. I have never tried anything that can compete with it at $44.
bigshel
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Feb 4, 2019
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Been giving these a longer audition today and have to revise my review downward... these headphones have almost no sound stage / spaciousness. Sound Quality: C+ - Highs are solid, mids okay, bass a bit lacking. Overall these don't sound as big as some other headphones (SHP9500s for example); even playing a song like Elements from Lindsey Stirling which is normally a spacious song sounded smaller. Listening to some Tito Puente... feels like the entire band is sitting on top of my head, actually had to take them off after a while. Vocals seem forward (which I like). Instruments like horns and violins sound pretty good through these. Build Quality: D+ - Build quality is that of a pair of headphones that one for find hanging on the shelf at Target for $15. Cable is too short, seems intended more for mobile use vs desktop use. Comfort: C+ - the poor build quality makes these light. the cups are small to me though. Clamp factor is good; I have a round head and don't find them too tight or too loose. Overall: Probably a C-. At $30-$40, probably an okay buy... sound quality is okay (especially with some instruments) but far too narrow. the cheap feel drops these by a fair amount to me. Can't say I'd recommend them unless you want to just try a little something new.
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Motokaya
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Dec 15, 2018
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Loved the audio. I had no DAC or AMP but everything sounded great. Bass was a little on the weaker side. Mids and highs were better. Build quality left a lot to be desired. Everything about the headphones except the cable felt cheap. Ear cups and headband were prime examples. I gave this headphone to my girlfriend after a week of using them. Why? The ear cups are far too small in terms of depth for my ears. Give it an hour and I would have to stop listening due to the outer loop of my ear hurting from grinding the speaker. Good news though it is very easy to remove the ear cups to replace them. Getting larger ear cup cushions would remedy this issue. TL;DR - Good sound, bass isn't really there, build quality is disappointing, people with bigger ears either stay away or get a thick set of headphone cushions with these.
HotChocolate
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Sep 30, 2018
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The sound is excellent and amping these are completely unnecessary, the ear pads are OK and the headphones are light, but once you take them off you're hugely disappointed by the materials used, it then just looks and feels like a toy and you question how such nice sounding headphones could have such a build. If the build was better I'd be giving these a 4 star +. Can't say much more about these since I've sold them due to the materials and finish, the sound was nice and am waiting for the MJ1'S or 2's to drop and hopefully the build quality is at a point that doesn't disappoint this time. If you want nice sounding headphones and don't mind wearing something built like a toy, knock yourself out with these, they do sound really good!!! .
I_have_no_name
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Jan 14, 2019
Definitely agree on all your points. Good sound, solid and quick bass but terrible build quality. Maybe if I baby them they'll last.
drjohntmc26
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Feb 13, 2019
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The overall sound is good. The mid frequencies lack some presence. What I don't like is the plastic construction very flimsy
aficionado
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Feb 13, 2019
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Descent for the Massdrop price but nothing really special sonically or construction. Non detachable cable is a big minus as well. It would make an impressive gift for the price paid however!
Morningdew612
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Feb 13, 2019
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I'm surprised that they sound good. I have them amped and the bass is deep and not distorted. I compared them to my ATH M50 X for bass. I also compared them with HM5. You can't beat them for the price.
Pathma
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Mar 16, 2019
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I never received this item although the status on the website states that the item was delivered ! Very bad!
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