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thinksound on1 Supra-Aural On-Ear Monitor Wooden Headphone

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Rated #285 in Over-Ear

Posted

Pros: Warm, rich, detailed overall; solid articulate bass, very comfortable, nicely made

Cons: Excessive ibilance with stock cables

This is an UPDATE of my original review.  Listening further, experimenting,

taking suggestions from the comments.

 

My original rating was 3.5, because these headphones do - as noted - display

clearly audible sibilance wherever it can possibly occur.  

 

Some comments suggested using aftermarket cables, and I did so.

The sibilance disappeared.

 

Most recently, I've been using these with a plain cable offered by V-Moda.

Straight, light, and reasonably priced.  (I tried 5 different cables in all.)

 

While IMO thinksound has to bear responsibility for bundling a cable

with these headphones that degrades their quality, the fact is that

aftermarket cables are widely available - and thinksound did "think"

to use a standard 3.5mm input, allowing the use of many different

cables.

 

And, with the V-Moda cable (and others mentioned in the comments

below), these headphones sound superb, easily holding their own

sonically with any of the competition.  Rich, warm sound, highly

detailed, great dynamics, and a superior soundstage.  

 

They're also very comfortable - one of the more comfortable

on-ear designs I've worn.  

 

They have a solid feel, and the wood earcups look terrific.

 

At $260.00 or so there's plenty of competition - e.g. the Beyer T51p,

the NAD HP50, the KEF 500.  But the onOne's compete very well

indeed.  I recommend listening to them if at all possible (with an

aftermarket cable at the ready).

 

And withal, I'm raising my original 3.5 rating to 4.5.

 

Comments, jeers, cheers, all welcome.

 

 

ORIGINAL review follows:

 

 

 

It will be a short review.

 

Sibilance.

 

I was excited to find these headphones, since I had use for a closed on-ear set of reasonably high quality.

I had the Senn Amperiors, but IMO their bass was too much.

I'd had the Senn HD25 1 II, but the clamping pressure was too tight for me - also, soundstage was small.

Looked at the new aluminium Senn HD25, but they didn't seem to be 'wowing' anyone at $329.

KEF 500 looked OK, but I noticed the pads are flat - and flat pads generally bother my ears (physically).

B&W P5, P7 - thought I was paying too much for bling type materials e.g. leather (plus the name).

(I happen to be a fan of B&W speakers, own them, (2 pairs).

 

Then I saw these Thinksound headphones, which I remembered vaguely from a review.

 

Bought them (brand new).

 

Initially, out of the box, I was delighted.

They did pretty much everything well.

Sounded bigger than most closed headphones,

beautiful and very nicely made,

a rich sonorous sound through and through.

Punchy dynamic bass (perhaps even slightly too much for some listeners),

smooth, coherent; soft yet detailed treble.

 

The cord was microphonic but with all I'd looked at, it seemed nitpicking.

I figured I'd probably just get another cord.

 

And then > :eek:

 

Sibilance!  On one of my top test albums, one Id listened to hundreds (thousands) of times

Female, mezzo, "s"

 

Then I heard it again, this time on a "t"

 

Not happy about that.

 

Listened to a couple more albums that I use for testing and know very well,

...sibilance on every one.

And not a small, "I can live with that" sibilance,

but a strong, "Here I am" sibilance.

 

After burning in the headphones for about 10 hours,

I listened to them again for a few days off and on

using a different playback system.  

Specfically, a DX50 > O2 (FLAC files only).

 

It was a bit frustrating because the headphones continued

to sound great but for that blasted sibilance.

 

Reluctantly, I've packed them up and

will return them to the seller on Monday.

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thinksound on1 Supra-Aural On-Ear Monitor Wooden Headphone
Description:

The On1 features accurate, professional studio monitor sound and imaging. The On1 supra-aural monitor has an enhanced 40mm speaker driver with upgraded acoustics for more accurate sound reproduction and a larger sound stage, while offering deep bass extension and clear high frequencies that think sound is known for. The On1 takes the award-winning, critically-acclaimed think sound signature sound to a new level. The On1 supra-aural monitor is available in a beautiful natural wood finish and includes two sets of detachable Kevlar reinforced, tangle resistant fabric cables. One is a standard 4.5' cable and the other cable features a microphone with single button control for smartphone use. The On1 has luxurious memory foam ear pads and a flexible headband for extra comfort. A cotton carrying pouch is also included to protect the headphones and store the accessories.

Details:
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Brandthinksound
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FeatureHand crafted natural wood housing for accurate music reproduction F(2) 4.5' long detachable cables - (1) with single button mic control and (1) without 5Hz-22kHz frequency response, 50 ohms, 40mm dynamic driver Award-winning think sound signature acoustics Sweat-resistant design, perfect for the gym
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Titlethinksound on1-natblk Supra-Aural On-Ear Monitor Wooden Headphone (Natural/Black)
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