Tony Bennett TBSE1
Arriving in a budget hard case, it’s hard not to spot the gaudy celebrity endorsement by Mr Bennett as his silver signature runs across the cups. On the plus side, the cups themselves are bigger than your average on-ear headphones and I found them comfortable. The build quality is good but the retro, chunky spiral cable - and gaudy branding - mean these cans are pretty much designed for the home. Walking around with a cable that resembles a 1980s landline phone lead isn’t cool, even if the design is intended to look like retro studio chic. Sound quality is average across the board, offering just the required amount of detail to get involved in the music but falters at louder volumes. The added bonus of free music featuring Mr Bennett hooking up with the likes of Lady Gaga is nice but can’t lift the package from mediocre.
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50 Cent Sync
Offering a novel spin on wireless sound, shunning Bluetooth in favour of a dedicated transmitter which plugs into any 3.5mm headphone socket, the Sync by 50 cans are squarely aimed at Dr Dre’s Beats range. As a label mate, it’s not surprising 50 Cent joined the party. Comfort is the biggest bonus, with the giant cups enveloping the largest of ears, providing an unexpectedly balanced sound compared to the bass-heavy Beats range. Wireless transmission works well, with sound to match the wired option but requires an on-board weight-raising battery. Not ideal for commuting then, and too big for the gym. For home use, they manage to keep noise out, avoid sound leakage and work well connected to your TV for game or movie audio.
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Ten... celeb headphones
What a totally pointless article for a site like this. Is there anyone who reads the Reg that is gonna spunk £300 on a pair of likely average-quality headphones that just happens to have a designer label on it? Didn't think so...
Oh no! Not 'The Beats'!
Seriously. Most of these are pure crap. Get yourselves over to www.head-fi.org and read up a bit then go get some 'proper' headphones/earphones for half of the price or less.
Just say "no."
Re: Oh no! Not 'The Beats'!
Most of the reviewed items are by Monster cable, who have some very misleading advertising and most people feel are overpriced garbage.
Sennheiser HD 600 work great for me. Open backed headphones have the best sound, but obviously they aren't silent in use, there's some sound bleed.
Why spend so much money trying to get detail out of mp3? which is what many listen to with these things.
Re: Am I the only one..
...or, for somewhat more money - Sennheiser HD-25 - apparently indestructible, comfortable, fabulous sound, and most definitely head-fi approved....