Rich detail oriented on-ears
On-ear headphones are a bit of an anomaly in my view. That is to say, closed back versions of on-ears are not what most people typically tend to reach for. They are typically viewed as less comfortable than their larger over-ear siblings and less practical than their smaller in-ear cousins.
These, however, should change some minds.
As in most cases with headphones, I find it is best to really get to know a product before leaving my thoughts. So I’ve owned and listened to these for about 1.5 years now, and have had plenty time to compare them to others.
Sound wise, these lie somewhere in the middle between, let’s say, the 6XX and 177X; two very different headphone models that are both excellent in their own regard. The ON2 have a richness to them, especially in the mid range, and also pick up an enormous amount of detail. They are less laid back than the 6XX, but do not force sound into your ears as potently as the 177X do. The ON2 are never sharp, but they never leave me feeling that I am missing anything.
The ON2 are comfortable too. They clamp enough to make a solid seal, but are cushioned enough that I never feel like my head is in a vice or my ears are being crushed. Sound isolation is pretty darn good.
There are two places where they lack: bass extension and headband padding. The bass extension can mostly be rectified through some light EQ work. The ON2 will never be a bass head headphone, but it will satisfy most others. As for the padding on the headband, there is some but it could be more. You do feel them, but they are light enough that it isn’t much of an issue unless you are really sensitive to that.
Lastly, I should point out that these are closed back and on-ear headphones, so soundstage is not wide. They do a decent job of imaging, however.
Are there better headphones? Absolutely. Are these worth the cost? Definitely! They are comfortable, portable, offer good isolation and a pleasant sound signature. With that, they hold a small niche spot in the world of headphones that is worth exploring.
Would recommend to a friend.