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
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.
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 >
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.