While the pop and R&B world is littered with stars who slap their names upon the latest piece of plastic to land on the wharf, the roster of rock musicians willing to do the same is more an addendum to a footnote. We have Lou Reed, and...um...we now have Motorhead. That's right, the one-time "loudest band in the world" Motorhead and its -- admittedly hearing impaired -- leader Lemmy Kilmister have released a range of headphones.
Consisting of both earbuds and on-ears, the top of the new range is the Motorizer -- named after the band's 19th album. It is a faux DJ set of cans that features interchangeable cables and a "specially tailored sound for punchy bass, clear mids, and distinct high frequencies." It's too late for Lemmy Kilmister, but this product proclaims that "if it's too loud, you're too old," daring you to destroy your hearing in the same way. Are these headphones therefore deadly weapons? I call them "Lemmy 'nades."
Design and features
The Motorizers are distinctive-looking headphones with the band's mascot on the earcups and little details like the ace of spades on the 3.5mm connector -- in honor of the band's most recognizable song.
The headphones feature velvet earpads, which feel a little cheap and pick up a lot of lint. Attached to the earcups is a detachable cord that lets you choose between two different woven cables: a 1m cord with a three-button mic remote, and a longer 3m cord without the remote. Unfortunately, the plug is terminated with a male connector at the headphones end, which means it will be a little more difficult to buy a third-party replacement.
As Motorhead's top-of-the-range headphones it would have been better to see a higher build quality. While they look like they're partially constructed from metal, they are actually different colored plastics; even the wire brace appears to be plastic. Where most headphones allow you to adjust the fit by flexing the headband, the Motorheads don't feel like there's any flex in them at all.