While jutting out a ridiculous distance from your head, the backs of the s prominently display a brushed metal plate and their logo.
Some may term it "bland" but we'd say "tried and true." The band of the is really nothing special to look at, but it has very thick padding and is fairly adjustable.
There are two removable/swappable cables included with the , a 3.93 foot and a 9.84 foot cable, both Y-shaped, and very well insulated. There are no features like a microphone or remote punctuating either cable.
The 1/8th inch plug is threaded to allow a 1/4th inch plug to screw on, and allow you to use different sources like an amp or older system.
Even though each cord guard is surprisingly robust, even in the extremely unlikely event that you do manage to break them, you can simply toss them in favor of a replacement.
Uncommon with headphones, the s also come with a thinner set of ear pads, and an airplane adapter.
We've emptied the contents of a package of s and put the headphones, an airplane adapter, a 1/4th inch adapter, two cables, and additional ear pads.
While they aren't the most durable headphones we've ever seen, the s can withstand just about any abuse you hurl at them. Not only are they well-constructed, but you can also replace their cables should they break.
They ain't got no alibi, they're ugly. Even though part of the backs are relatively unobjectionable, the sheer size of the cans makes them look bad. Oh well, no headphones are perfect, and these trade aesthetics for durability.
Despite the high notes straying a little outside of our ideal limits, the s' frequency response is notably flat, meaning most frequencies of sound are reproduced at roughly the same volume. While on its face it may not seem like the best way to listen to music, it actually lends itself well to equalizing. Without altering the response of the playback however, you will note that there maybe isn't as much bass as you're used to, or want. Be sure to check out media players that will allow you to control how your music is reproduced.
Over time, if there's an issue with the clamping force for you, it's only going to get worse. That said, few people around the office reported problems, but those that did had consistent issues with the clamping.
The s actually afford its users a decent amount of customizability, though it's all functional and not aesthetic. If you want a longer cable, just yank out the 3.93 foot one and attach the 9.84 foot one. If you're using a system with a different jack, or are on an airplane, just use the adapters; it's that simple.
The s have a cable for both casual listeners and audio nerds: the former is a thick Y-shaped cable that is the standard 3.93 feet long, and the latter is a similarly robust piece of cabling that's 9.84 feet long (perfect for at-home listening stations). Both cables terminate in an 1/8th inch plug that has threading around the base to allow the included 1/4th inch adapter to fasten onto the cable, never to be accidentally torn off.
Despite the fact that the s come with a carrying case, it is extremely bulky and not very useful. If you'd like to take your cans outside, nobody's stopping you, though you will have trouble stowing them should you want to take them off for any length of time. Their large size and relative clunkiness make them almost impossible to manage without a large bag of some sort if you're out on the town.
To those looking for a set of cans they can baby and hold onto for a long time, the s are actually quite easy to maintain. Not only can the cable be easily replaced, but the ear pads can be removed mostly painlessly for an alcohol wipedown should they get dirty.
You're getting a lot for a modest initial investment. That's really the biggest nugget of knowledge we can impart onto you, as not only are you getting a set of cans that are extremely durable and perform quite well, but you're also able to easily maintain them unlike many other options out there for the same price.
While their closed backs and high durability lend well to venturing outdoors, we take no responsibility for insults of "dork" hurled at you, as these are very bulky headphones. Try as they might to accent their casing, the s are just not what you take out on the street to look good.
Poor aesthetics are okay if you care about how your music sounds, as the s do very well in this regard. If you're looking for an affordable set of cans that sound great and are very easy to maintain, the s are a great way to get your foot in the door of higher-end audio.
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