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I bought a pair of these during the first drop, about a year ago. Given that I have quite a few pairs of "better" headphones, I'm surprised how much I've used these; they simply have a nice sound signature that makes it easy to enjoy your tunes. Somewhat warm overall with a bit of softness on top, but still quite a lot of punch and detail. You get the sense the biocellulose drivers react quite quickly to the music signal, without overly edge-enhancing the presentation, which can lead to fatigue. These are not fatiguing at all, even over long listening sessions. Easy to drive, even from a portable device, but they do reveal differences in upstream amplification and "scale" as you change the setup in front of them. As mentioned ad nauseum here, the isolation is poor, so don't buy these thinking they will replace your NC headphones. That said, I took these on a ~8 hour plane trip (because they are comfortable to wear, and I knew I'd be in some iffy spots during the trip and didn't want to care about $$) and I still enjoyed the experience. The design is somewhat odd for me, being a sort of combination of on-ear and over-ear; as such positioning can really impact the soundstage in odd ways. But staging is not the strength of this headphone, anyway; tonality, musicality, and enjoyment are. A steal at $75, IMO.
Got these in a few days ago as an on-the-go/at home set for when I don't want to bother the roommate.
I love the look of the wood: very elegant. They seem to fit pretty well once I wiggle them around a bit and are quite comfortable. Isolation isn't the best, but they do soften outside noises, and the boosted bass comes through clearly in noisy settings. Additionally, the microphonics (sounds carried by the cable) seem quite low, especially in comparison with in-ear headphones.
As far as sound, they have a warm overall flavor with a bit of excitement in the upper midrange/lower treble that brings out some texture and detail at medium listening levels but can sound a bit rough when cranking up the volume. Overall, very nice for the price. I think I they sound about as good as my previous pair of closed back headphones, the NAD Viso HP50s, although those had more a reference/neutral tuning than the somewhat fun character of these headphones.
Is this cord for these removable?
ZacharyBinz
No, it's permanently attached.
shumdawg
Thanks man.
I’m realy curious how these cans sound... I was looking for a portable affordable good sounding tending to audiophile pair. I hope this will do the job...
daniel.de.haan
It will! The resolve is quite good but more importantly the tonal balance and timbre are top notch!
These are great for the price
I have both the E-MU Purplehearts and CAL. While they do feel flimsy, I have not had an issue with either yet. Nothing. Compare this to my Sennheiser Amperiors that are said to be built like tanks but constantly fail with connections and Porta Pros that are often returned for new pairs. I find the sound is quite fun, much better than ATH M50 but no where near the 7XX.
Did anyone observe they look exactly like Creative Aurvana Live. Based on the description, the materials used are also similar except for the outer wood casing. And in the comments I am seeing same reviews that I see for Aurvana Live especially about sound leakage and poor isolation
sandeepkuvs
EMU is owned by creative, creative paid Foster (parent to Fostex) to make the CAL. This is the CAL with purpleheart wood cups...
I have had quite a number of headphones, and just got these on a whim.
Wanted to try a budget pair.
Lots of sound leakage, poor isolation, build-quality is so-so.
Bass bottoms easily compared to others in this range..
They are very comfy and light though.
Probably my least favorite massdrop purchase so far.
Excited to get reamed by taxes, exchange and customs charges on my shipment to Toronto, Canada.

In all seriousness, this should make a great gift for the girlfriend, but I expect a thorough dicking to my wallet before Xmas is through.

Cheers, will look nice next to my old Walnuts ;)

edit: if the frequency response is the same as the CAL! these are based off, its 10Hz to 30 KHz with an impedance of 32 ohms (no need for driving these). - for anyone looking for this info.
JAS54
get A buddy in the states and use his address;)
You can get Dolby Atmos headphones for far less, but if you're in need of audiophile (reference) headphones, then you should still likely look elsewhere.
If I wanted to re-terminate my cable as a balanced xlr, does anyone know the cable configuration/color coding? CEE_TEE
Do not buy. They photograph well, but that is about it.
jason101287
Elaborate.
jason101287
they're OK for the price.
Do you have better competition at this price point and size?
Asking a noob question but would you say this has better frequency response in this lows and mids as compared to a beats ?
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Vitalik
Just about any real headphones are gonna be better and cheaper than Beats
Vitalik
Anything here is better than beats. Beats is just bloated overpriced garbage, like any other average consumer focused brands.

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