Compared with the almost bombproof Marshall FX Major 50s, which are now the same price online, the build quality suffers. The Marshalls feature pleather cups, real metal, and a greater attention to detail. They also fold up for greater portability, unlike the larger Motorizers.
The Motorizers sport a sound that could be called exciting, and it's quite different from the sound of the Beats clones out there. Gone is the exaggerated bass and treble; it's replaced by a smoother response, albeit with a considerable presence push. This little bump between 5k and 9k adds a little intelligibility to vocals and some crispness to percussion, but depending on the recording this can become tiring and make you wish for something more neutral. Take as an example the ethereal vocals of "The Beekeeper's Boy" from Mew: on a normal headphone or speaker the breathiness is kept in check. On the Motorizers this track got so breathy as to be borderline asthmatic.
However, this extra intimacy can be welcome on some tracks -- unsurprisingly metal, including Motorhead, is best. Turn the volume up on a sibilant recording such as Metallica's "Wherever I May Roam" (HD tracks), and though the headphone's extra presence doesn't quite push over into distortion there is a lot of high-frequency energy in there! I actually turned my head when James Hetfield whispered into the left channel. But the bass response can be deep, too, when the music requires it -- it's not quite as effortless as on true monitor headphones like the Audio Technica ATH-M50s but neither is it bloomy like a Beats headphone can be.
But could an exciting headphone such as the Motorheads make a silk purse out of a sow's ear? The National's "Trouble Will Find Me" is one of the most blandly produced albums of 2013, but though the Motorheads tried, they simply couldn't bring the rock to this joyless record.
If you you're a fan of Motorhead, then odds are you have a pair of these already. They give off a very dirty, rock vibe and they sound much better than expected. The only drawbacks are the build quality and the overly active presence that can turn speech into shouty sibilance. I do wonder if Lemmy has heard these, though -- least of all because it's hard to wear headphones with a cowboy hat.