"Acceptable sound, overpriced, more thoughts within..."3.5 starson by looncraz
Pros: Very crisp highs and clear sound separation. Can't get around that. Phenomenal for game playing or movies. Not so great for music unless you feel like re-tuning to undo the damage done by the internal fakery done by Bose.
Seriously comfortable. There
Cons: Equalizer trickery to make the sound seem livelier and more vivid has the effect of destroying some content of music. While the more subtle notes are accentuated, sometimes the more important notes are so muted as to be inaudible. I have very sensitive
Summary: These head-phones sound terrific in the store. Seriously terrific - because I didn't know any of the music they were playing on them.
As an audiophile and musician I have learned to separate music into its constituent parts ( by instrument or frequency range, take your pick ). This means my review for a pair of headphones that was true-to-life, but otherwise inferior would rate higher.
The deficits of this set can be overcome with some inverse equalization, thereby undoing the sound damage rather well. I push the pre-amp up about 10%, and use the tweaks as follows: ( to balance the sound with some subjective optimizations undoubtedly thrown in ).
@170hz + 1.6db
@14khz - flat
@16khz - +1.6db
This is almost inverse to my normal tuning for Klipsch or anything else, except on the basses, where I tend to bring up the 50&60khz ranges quite a bit, but I normally leave the 310 kyz range flat, and never drop 5db anywhere... like I did @ the 3khz range to undo the over-accentuation of the mids. Typically I never have to push up the pre-amp either, a 10% boost is required just to get enough juice to move the woofer to recreate subtle bass notes properly ( these things were hurting me as I kept missing vital clues to transitions - the bass players would be furious to know so many people are missing their hard work, I'd think ).
That said, when I turn the E.Q. off these are terrible for music. I mean just terrible. Granted, I have to use the E.Q. on most speakers / phones I rarely have to go through so much work to make things right, normally I'm trying to tone done the over-embellishments in the lows rather than fighting the mids from 1khz to as high as 12khz., usually just a bit too much at 6Khz, which is actually not bad on these at all.
However, as I said in my pros... these are AWESOME for gaming. As is, with just a touch of bass boost ( personal preference, perhaps ). I can hear detail in the games like never before, which is really important when you're in combat and you can hear the reflection of a shot being fired against the structure the sniper is using to hide... yes, that good. I didn't even know there were water sounds in the game, LOL!
I haven't tried them with movies, but there my "pickiness" about sound goes away as well and it becomes wholly subjective, which is where Bose has spent there money.
So if you like 'em, I don't blame ya. If you haven't tried playing games with them... then you should. I was pretty upset with these until I gamed with them.
They don't work well for what I wanted them for though: playing the guitar to myself to test various distortion without disturbing the neighbors... I prefer a $5 set of RCAs for that... No, they aren't good... but they are absolutely accurate in the lows and mids.. and acceptable in the highs.