Pros: Great visual design, Rumbling bass, Fairly portable, Extremely soft padding
Cons: Slightly murky (lacking in overall clarity), Uncomfortable for wearing around your neck, Only comes with coiled cable
This review is of the Reloop RHP-20 DJ headphones, used in combination with an iPhone 4, using ALAC audio.
These are really cool headphones. The build quality is apparent from the moment I pulled them out of the packaging. The coiled cable is quite thick, and keeps memory of the position it is shipped in for a little while. I was very exited to try these on, and was not disappointed. They don't quite wrap around your ears, but more so fit on the edge, which isn't really an issue thanks to the super soft leather material that is used on the cups. From the first note of the Knife Party track I listened to, I could tell that these were going to be a treat for any basshead.
Build quality / comfort:
The build quality is great with these headphones, being mostly composed of high-quality aluminum and hard rubber. The hinges right above the cups are the only things that may cause some concern, but after abusing them while on the go, they haven't shown any signs of wear.
Unfortunately the swivel design that was implemented with these headphones are not overly useful, as they only move about 45 degrees each way. They are quite uncomfortable when you try and hold up one side with the rest pressing against your neck.
The cups and band padding feel great against your skin, as long as you're wearing them on you head. When you throw them down to your neck, the metal and rubber construction scrapes and jabs at your neck.
The cable duct is recessed into the left cup. The mini xlr connector clips in, so there's never a worry about the coiled cable loosening or falling out, even when you have it stretched to its max.
Overall it's a nicely built headphone, but the edges could have been smoothed off to make it easier to wear down on your neck.
Unfortunately my headphone amp hasn't shown up quite yet, so this is an unamplified test with my iPhone 4.
Right off the bat, you feel the bass. These cans rumble and make themselves heard. It doesn't directly disturb the highs or mids, but it is definitely not a sound that would appeal to SQ snobs in the slightest.
The mids and highs are definitely there, and they are fairly crisp, considering the thunder that they have to overcome.
They are clear enough that you don't want to use lower-quality recordings, as it will definitely show.
Overall the sound can be described as extremely colorful, to the point that it's almost muddy. I haven't actually tested these in a club environment, but I imagine that it would balance out a bit with the background noise, as the isolation that the cups provide is less than ideal.
I have to test these again once my amp arrives, as this may change drastically. (I kind of doubt this however.)
Overall I quite enjoyed these headphones, and they lasted through all the abuse I put them through when I was out working. However, now that my tastes in audio are changing, and I'm enjoying more accurate sound, they are starting to collect dust.
They are a good choice for any basshead that isn't looking for perfect clairity. I wouldn't recommend these headphones to any SQ happy audiophiles however, as they are far, far too colorful.
As for their intended use as DJ headphones, it'll truly depend on your style. If you're wanting to leave them around your neck, and raise a single cup to your ear, you won't find these comfortable in the least.
(This is my first headphone review, as a noob to the audiophile field. Any tips would be appreciated)