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4 out of 5 eggs Good for what they are 03/12/2014

This review is from: Syba OG-AUD63038-2 Oblanc Cobra200 2.0 Stereo Headphones with In-line Mic (Black)


These Sybas are on the bassy side. They feel good, maybe a little tight on the head but the pleather covered foam padding is firm and comfy. If I'm busy working or gaming I can usually forget they're even on, although because of their fit and pleather seal around the ears they can get a bit warm after a while depending on ambient temperature. The microphone seem to work well enough, I haven't used it extensively though.


Unfortunately they're also a little muddy sounding. Although that usually comes with the bassy territory. The dynamic range of these cans is kind of weak. They drop sharply around 30hz but down to 20hz is still somewhat usable. On the high end, they basically die around 16500 hz. Sure, they make sound up to 20khz, but you're not going to hear it in practical listening as it's extremely quiet compared to their mostly usable range of 30 - 16k.

Other Thoughts:

These headphones, like any others, will work great for some things and not so well for others. They shine for vocals and some pop or bass tracks, although not all bass tracks since they'll trail off for the really low stuff. Most modern rock comes through muffled and muddy, although some things can sound really great if they aren't heavy sounding already. Just as an example, Joe Jackson's Look Sharp! or Green Day's 1039/Smooth actually sound thumpy through these headphones, if you're familiar with those albums you'll know that isn't natural. Other things that are already mixed on the bassy side, Soundgarden or Powerman 5000 for instance, are really mellow and basically sound like you're listening through pillows.

They do require a little bit of power, I usually use them on my PC and they work fine, if I use them on something like my cell phone it can't quite give them what they need and will start to distort and garble above 70% power.

Overall though despite the unnaturally deep tone and slight tightness, they're really just easy to listen to. I've never found them fatiguing and, as I mentioned previously, aside from needing a break to let them (and my ears) air out after a couple hours I don't ever feel a pain or fatigue that would force me to remove them before I was finished. I got them roughly 86% off their 69.99 MSRP, and considering their comfort and moonlighting as a headset/mic I think they were worth it.

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