I just waded through 3 days of the most boring wootoff evah, hoping to get another pair of these. And then, in the ultimate bit of woot irony, here they are as the "day after" prize!
I have to hope that woot will continue the irony, and include 3 or 4 pair in the consolation bag o' cookies that I did manage to receive for the 3 day snooze fest amazon called a woot off...Anyway, I really did want to join in on the personal review of the headphones, not just gloat about the box o' chocolatte'..;)
I bought a pair of these last time they were on woot, as I'd heard a set of bose qc13's, and was dying for a set but it's against my religion to spend $300 for a set of headphones since I'm not a professional audio person, and as I'm on the older side of the hill, my ears just don't hear all the sounds that make spending those kind of dollars really have an acceptable benefit to dollar ratio.
Literally the day after I got these, I was on an airplane, and I have to say they made the trip on the typical every seat full of screaming baby's plane from hades much more bearable. They did a great job of drowning out the background noise from the mechanics of the flight, and while I could still hear the voices and overly loud PA announcements, they did not intrude over my music or spoken word type podcasts. If I wanted to hear the PA announcements well, I had to take the headphones off, so I could still know there was something I needed to know from the flight crew.
I also tested them out using the lawn mower, and compared them to just regular earbuds. Wow, amazing difference! I could hear everything from the ipod, at a much lower volume in my ears with the headset than without. I figured if I ran over my foot while in sonic bliss, I'd know about it without any external audio stimulus, and if it were someone else, I'd have to wonder why they were so stupid as to put their foot under my mower?
Sound quality? For those wrong side of the hill aged ears I mentioned earlier, they are fine. For the classic rock and metal that I listen to, bass is just fine. For the brain cell killing (c)rap chanting that has been loosely given the term "music" to the kids of today, I'm not sure if they'd be happy, but trust me, after enough brain cells are dead, it won't matter anyway..(sorry, couldn't help including a "dad" type joke there!) They sound fine without the battery on as well, just have to add a bit more volume. I really like the volume knob on the cord, so I dont' have to mess with the mp3 player in my pocket, so the neighbors don't think I'm having too much fun with my music...
The cons to these for me is they are on the physically "large" size. I feel like a robot from a bad 1950's sci-fi movie walking around with them on in the front yard mowing grass. Sitting in a plane seat, they are fine. I use the case to pack my clothes, and check it as baggage, and then carry just the phones in my laptop bag, cord in my pocket, so I do get double duty from it!. I also find them to get "warm" on my ears after an hour or so, but that is easily solved by taking them off for a few seconds.
So, why am I really buying a second pair? Am I a two headed genius like the guy who invented woot? Am I the type of person who doesn't change batteries when they die? No, the wifey has found that they do a great job of reducing the sounds from the TV when she wants to watch something on her computer when say a football game is on the tube. And since if you look at a calendar, football season is here, she thinks a pair of her own would be a wise thing. And of course whatever the queen wants, she gets!! And for $10 less than 2 months ago? SOLD!!
OK, back to sleep now...(me, not you!)