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#33 JBL E35 headphone

About  $80.00

The JBL E35 home/studio-style headphones have a closed on-ear design. These headphones are intended for use with cell phones and have a detachable 51-inch audio cord with a modified stereo 4 contact mini-plug that works with cellphones and tables, but may not be compatible with other audio devices. The headphones have an inline microphone and inline remote with a music player function and call connect/disconnect control. Additional features include earcups that fold and swivel to flat for ease of carrying and storage. The E35 is covered by a 12-month warranty.

Detailed Test Results

Design and features:These headphones have medium sensitivity so they can provide satisfying volume levels when used with home audio equipment and all but the lowest-powered portable audio devices. The E35 has an integrated microphone and player function controls that are compatible with iPads, some iPods, and some iPhones and some other cellphones. The call connect/disconnect button can be used with some iPhones and some other cellphones. These headphones may not operate properly with some non-Apple/non-Android mobile devices or other audio equipment. Additional features include earcups that fold and swivel to flat for ease of carrying and storage.

Sound quality: We found the E35 delivers delivers sound quality that falls in the good range - it reproduces music and voice reasonably well despite the obvious shortcomings in its sound. The overall sound can be summarized as boomy and muffled. Bass (as in bass drums, bass guitars, stand-up bass, etc.) has good impact and goes deep, but is somewhat prominent and boomy. The midrange (voices, guitars, horns, etc.) is a bit nasal, muffled, and dark (there is an opaqueness that covers up fine detail), and has a slight plastic resonance (something like what you would hear if you talked into a semi-rigid plastic cup). The treble (cymbals, the upper range of violins, etc.) is subdued and a bit smeared (sounds that should have a delicate shimmer sound blurred). While the sound has a decent sense of liveliness it is closed-in (sound-wise it is obvious that you have something covering your ears).

Comfort: We found that these headphones produce a sense of moderate pressure on the ears. When wearing this model the sound of the cable rubbing on clothing can easily be heard; while walking the vibrations from each foot step may be heard through the headphones by some users. As typical of on-ear models the ear pads might feel hot and/or sticky after prolonged use.

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#34 Monoprice Hi-Fi Lightweight On-Ear headphone 13191

About  $20.00

The Monoprice Hi-Fi Lightweight On-Ear headphone 13191 home/studio-style headphones have a closed on-ear design. These iPod/cellphone-centric headphones have a 48-inch audio cord with a modified stereo 4 contact mini-plug that works with iPods, iPads, iPhones, and some cellphones, but may not be compatible with other audio devices. The headphones have an inline microphone and inline remote with music player function and call connect/disconnect controls. The Hi-Fi Lightweight On-Ear headphone 13191 has earcups that swivel to flat for ease of carrying and storage and is covered by a 12-month warranty.

Detailed Test Results

Design and features:The headphones have high sensitivity so they can provide satisfying volume levels when used with lower-powered portable audio devices. The Hi-Fi Lightweight On-Ear headphone 13191 has an integrated microphone and music player function controls that are compatible with iPads, some iPods, and some iPhones and some other cellphones. The call connect/disconnect button can be used with some iPhones and some other cellphones. These headphones may not operate properly with some non-Apple/non-Android mobile devices or other audio equipment. Additional features include earcups that swivel to flat for ease of carrying and storage.

Sound quality: We found the Hi-Fi Lightweight On-Ear headphone 13191 delivers sound quality that falls in the fair range, meaning that it has sonic shortcomings that leave a lot to be desired when listening to music but don't rule it out for dialog and communication. The overall sound can best be summarized as full, muffled, and very bassy. Bass (as in bass drums, bass guitars, stand-up bass, etc.) has good impact and goes deep, but is very prominent and boomy, and a bit muddy. The midrange (voices, guitars, horns, etc.) is fairly even, but is hazy, and somewhat soft, grainy, distant, and overwhelmed by the bass. The treble (cymbals, the upper range of violins, etc.) is subdued and smeared (sounds that should have a delicate shimmer sound slightly blurred). While the sound has a decent sense of liveliness it is closed-in -- sound-wise it is obvious that you have something covering your ears.

Comfort: We found that these headphones produce a sense of moderate pressure on the ears. The ear pads might feel hot and/or sticky after prolonged use.

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#35 Monoprice Hi-Fi Over-the-Ear headphone 12230

About  $61.00

The Monoprice Hi-Fi Over-the-Ear headphone 12230 home/studio-style headphones have a closed over-ear design. These iPod/cellphone-centric headphones have a detachable 48-inch audio cord with a modified stereo 4 contact mini-plug that works with iPods, iPads, iPhones, and some cellphones, but may not be compatible with other audio devices. The headphones have an inline microphone and inline remote with and integrated volume, music player function, and call connect/disconnect controls. Additional features include earcups that swivel to flat for ease of carrying and storage. The Hi-Fi Over-the-Ear headphone 12230 comes with a storage case and is covered by a 12-month warranty.

Detailed Test Results

Design and features:The headphones have high sensitivity so they can provide satisfying volume levels when used with lower-powered portable audio devices. The Hi-Fi Over-the-Ear headphone 12230 has an inline volume control that works with iPads and some iPod and iPhone models, plus an integrated microphone and music player function controls that are compatible with iPads, some iPods, and some iPhones and some other cellphones. The call connect/disconnect button can be used with some iPhones and some other cellphones. These headphones may not operate properly with some non-Apple/non-Android mobile devices or other audio equipment. This model has a detachable audio cable, earcups that swivel to flat for ease of carrying and storage, and comes with a storage case.

Sound quality: We found the Hi-Fi Over-the-Ear headphone 12230 delivers sound quality that falls in the fair range, meaning that it has sonic shortcomings that leave a lot to be desired when listening to music but don't rule it out for dialog and communication. The overall sound can best be summarized as nasal, washed-out, and sizzly. Bass (the tonal range that covers bass drums, bass guitars, stand-up bass, etc.) has good detail and decent impact, but is slightly subdued and deep bass is lacking. The midrange (voices, guitars, horns, etc.) is nasal, somewhat constricted (think straightjacketed) and congested (as in sonic traffic jam), and has a very noticeable plastic resonance (something like what you would hear if you talked into a semi-rigid plastic cup). The treble (cymbals, the upper range of violins, etc.) is somewhat extended but the upper treble dies off quickly and what's left is pronounced and sizzly - sounds that should have a delicate shimmer have a sound reminiscent of bacon frying. While the sound has a decent sense of liveliness it is closed-in -- sound-wise it is obvious that you have something covering your ears.

Comfort: We found that these headphones produce a moderate sense of pressure around the ears. The over-the-ear fit of the ear pads may be cramped for those with bigger ears, and the pads might feel hot and/or sticky after prolonged use. When wearing this model while walking the vibrations from each foot step can be heard through the headphones.

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#36 Sennheiser HD 461 headphone

About  $49.00

The Sennheiser HD 461 home/studio-style headphones have a closed over-ear design. These iPod/cellphone-centric headphones have a detachable 51-inch audio cord with a modified stereo 4-contact mini-plug that works with iPods, iPads, iPhones, and some cellphones, but may not be compatible with other audio devices. The headphones have an inline microphone and inline remote with integrated volume, music player function, and call connect/disconnect controls. The HD 461 is covered by a 24-month warranty.

Detailed Test Results

Design and features:These headphones have low sensitivity; so while they can provide satisfying volume levels when used with home audio equipment and higher-powered portable audio devices, they may not be a good match for lower-powered portables. The HD 461 has an inline volume control that works with iPads and some iPod and iPhone models, plus an integrated microphone and music player function control that are compatible with iPads, some iPods, and some iPhones and some other cellphones. The call connect/disconnect button can be used with some iPhones and some other cellphones. These headphones may not operate properly with some non-Apple/non-Android mobile devices or other audio equipment. Additional features include a detachable audio cable

Sound quality: We found the HD 461 delivers sound quality that falls in the fair range, meaning that it has sonic shortcomings that leave a lot to be desired when listening to music. But don't rule it out for dialog and communication. The overall sound can best be summarized as bassy and "plasticy". Bass (as in bass drums, bass guitars, stand-up bass, etc.) has good impact, but the mid-bass is somewhat prominent and boomy while the lower bass is subdued. The midrange (voices, guitars, horns, etc.) is a bit nasal and echoey and has a moderate plastic resonance (something like what you would hear if you talked into a semi-rigid plastic cup). The treble (cymbals, the upper range of violins, etc.) is extended but prominent and sizzly--sounds that should have a delicate shimmer have a sound reminiscent of bacon frying. While the sound has a decent sense of liveliness, it is closed-in (sound-wise, it is somewhat obvious that you have something plugging up your ears).

Comfort: We found that these headphones produce a sense of light pressure around ears. The earpads might feel hot and/or sticky after prolonged use. The sound is very dependent on the earpads forming a good seal around the ears; if a good seal is not achieved, bass and midrange performance suffers (the bass becomes recessed and midrange gets nasal and more plasticy sounding). Users with small or narrow heads or pronounced depressions around their ears may have problems getting a good seal. Although it has a detachable audio cable, it is very difficult to detach the cable from the headphone.

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