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Tony Bennett TBSE1 Signature Edition Headphone - Black/Silver

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #234 in Over-Ear

Posted

Pros: Looks, accessories, build, price, sound!

Cons: Takes some time to get the right fit, ear cup size

 

To make this easier to read I'm going to break it up the review into a few different categories: build quality & design, accessories, comfort, and sound. But first:

 

 

 

 

 

Build Quality & Design: 4.5/5

When I first open these up I was struck by how good looking they are. They have a nice shine to the black cups, and although I honestly can't say I'm a Tony Bennett fan, the silver signature on the cups makes these look real classy. These definitely have a great appearance. However, the construction didn't really impress me much (at first). Now that I've had some time with them though, these feel quite well made. While mainly made of plastic, there are some key parts made of metal and the plastic parts feel extremely solid. The cups on these swivel and allow you to store them in the case, or to actually fold the headphones in half for travel without the case. There is a mono/stereo switch on teh bottom of the right which is supposed to be for DJing, but I think it is a bit gimmicky. If I had to pick a negative I would say that the coiled cable isn't my favorite because I think these are more aimed at being portables, and the coil makes the cable more bulky and heavy. Overall, these headphones look beautiful, and I don't have any fear of them breaking.

Accessories: 4/5

As I mentioned initially, the Tony  Bennett Signature Edition is the same headphone sonically as the ProDJ100, the difference being some extra goodies in the box with the headphones. I think that the extras that are included are quite nice. Having a case to store you headphones is always great because not only does it protect them, it gives a place to store them so that they don't take up too much space when not in use. The case itself is semi-hard, so it keeps itself and has plenty of protection for traveling or setting a few desktop item on top of it without worry of damaging the headphones inside. Something that I think most people will appreciate is the detachable cable. Most people either don't know how, or have the patience to try and fix a cable once it starts fraying or the connection gets loose and the left tor right ear loses sound. Having a detachable cable makes replacing broken cables easy, and the connectors aren't proprietary, so you don't have to buy the same cable that these came with. The detachable cable also gives added portability. Finally the Tony Bennet Signature Edition includes a download code for the Tony Bennet Duets II album, which is nice, especially if you are a fan of his music. While other headphones have much better accessories, these definitely include some nice things.

Comfort: 3.5/5

Comfort is obviously somewhat ymmv, meaning it varies for each individual as everyone has a different sized and shaped head. I think that these are moderately comfortable. The shape of the headband is a bit wide, so it puts a little more pressure on the center of my head, instead of spreading out the load. However, these are quite light due to the mostly plastic construction and the headband is well padded, so the discomfort is minor (and I am really picky on comfort). I'm also not sure if these are on-ear or over ear headphones as they are somewhere in between (at lead on my ears). They almost fit around my entire ear, but they aren't necessarily uncomfortable. I wore them for about 2 1/2 hours with only minor complaints. These aren't the most comfortable headphones, but they do a pretty good job, and can be easily worn for a couple hours without much issue.

Sound: 7.5/10

This is the most important category since headphones are ultimately made to play music/movies/games/etc, so it is weighted more heavily.

These sound wonderful. For under $100 these are one of the best choices without a doubt. They present the music in a way that makes it so enjoyable. Let me break it down a bit.

Bass: Good, solid, but not the focus of the sound. It is there, but it is not overemphasized and does not extend too deep. Gives the song the bass it needs, but won't satisfy those who want a powerful thump. These don't work too well with EDM or Hip-hop/Rap (though I would assume that's not the intended market for these headphones).

Mids: These are where these headphones shine. They focus on the male vocals and are great at letting the passion an energy from a singer's voice shine through.

Treble: The treble is more laid-back, meaning that these frequencies are a little quieter and make the listening experience overall easy on the ears. While a bit less prominent, the highs are still nice and I do not think that they are lacking.

Additional: These are closed headphones, so they are fairly good at isolating outside noise (blocking outside noise), and seem to have minimal sound leakage (others can't hear your music). Overall, I really like how these sound and am impressed by their performance at their modest price.

Overall (factors in price) : 8.7/10

I'd recommend you buy these if you get the chance. For only $90 these are a wonderful purchase. If you don't want the extra accessories or detachable cable, the Koss ProDJ100 can usually be found for about $20 cheaper but with the same incredible sound. Highly recommended!

If you have experience with these or have additional questions, leave a comment. Also, feel free to send me an email via the contact form using the the title of this post as the subject.

Posted

Pros: Affordable, one of the better options at $89, flat response good for studios, very durable

Cons: Cheap ear pads, but comfy.

NOTE: To give justice on headphones, you should always compare them with products are in the same price range and target audience, not with audiophile-grade headphones like the HD800s.

 

It is very hard to review these headphones as they are in the middle of the pack. It is a step toward the right direction for Koss to rename this headphone as "TBSE1" or Tony Bennett Signature Edition 1, since they are better fit for studio reproduction than for DJing.

 

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Value: Again, at the $100 price range there are better options such as the Philips CitiScape Downtowns, the Grados, WS55s, but for what the package offers, it is pretty good. First, you have a hard-carrying case which I don't see at any $100 headphone, removable coiled cables, machined-aluminum ear cups, 17 digital music downloads, and musical legend Tony Bennett's signature etched on the headband and both cups.

 

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Audio Quality: Here's where a lot of argument will rise. When Koss released this headphone before with the name DJ100 people complained that it is lacking punch from its bass. I would have agreed with them, but when you are DJing you are really not concerned about the lower bass range, but the mid bass range, it is where you do your beat counts. So this headphone may not be particularly good for general consumers, but for professionals they will do their job.

 

Lows: Bass response is very accurate, good for music reproduction, but may not sit well for general consumers. Its bass doesn't go deep, but the mid bass is very accurate and will give you enough punch.

 

Mids: Is the selling point of these cans at $100 there's no better cans that produces a better vocal reproduction. The Grados are also very good with the mids, but they are too forward. The mids produced by the TBSE1s are not fatiguing in any manner.

 

Highs: Slightly rolled off, but present. They are papery sound into it. Technically, they do not exceed in the low and highs category, but when you mix them with the mids they are very easy to listen to. So what good are these headphones? Musicality and pacing, very good.

 

We audiophiles have always been too technically which is a strong point and also a weakness. Some forgotten the importance of music. And, this headphone gives you that beautiful natural melody. If you want to escape the techno-babble of the world and relax somewhere else, this is the headphone that will do it for you.

 

Design: This is one of the better designed headphones around. The cups are machined aluminum, hinges are aluminum built too. Tony Bennett's signature is embedded on the headband, not just printed like any other headphones. One downside to this headphone is they should've used a better material for the ear pads. I guess what's lacking with this headphone is the craftsmanship. It needs more precision, but not an issue with me they are very tough and durable.

 

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Comfort: While I hear some complaints regarding its fit, I have no complaints for it. Maybe if you have a humongous head that's your problem. For me, the headband has a good fit, they aren't clampy compared to the M50s or the PRO700MK2s. My ears fit the ear pads, even though I have bigger than average ears.

 

Overall: There are better options if you want a more neutral headphone, a bassy headphone, a DJ headphone, a monitoring headphone for the $100-$150 price range. But, if you want very good mids this headphone is worth looking.

 

Update: With the PRO700MK2s' pads the Koss TBSEs' sound improved. The bass got tighter and punchier, more prominent. The soundstage got wider and the imaging improved more. Koss TBSEs' ear cups are the standard 90mm which will fit any DJ over-ear headphone.

 

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Tony Bennett TBSE1 Signature Edition Headphone - Black/Silver
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Tony Bennett Signature Stereophone captures the essence of Tony Bennett and Koss by creating a stereophone with the style and sophistication the two are known for . The TBSE1 features stylish spun metal earcups that swivel in all directions to create the perfect custom fit. Together with the soft ear cushions, they provide unparalleled comfort, deep bass response and noise isolation. The Tony Bennett Signature Stereophone comes with the standard 3.5 mm plug and also a 6.3mm plug converter, enabling it to adapt to different systems.

Details:
DetailValue
BindingElectronics
BrandKoss
ColorBlack/Silver
EAN0021299180044
FeatureLimited Lifetime Warranty.
Height8.8 inches
Length2.2 inches
Weight0.27 pounds
Width6.4 inches
LabelKoss
List Price$149.99
ManufacturerKoss
ModelTBSE1
MPNTBSE1
Package Quantity1
Product GroupCE
Product Type NameHEADPHONES
PublisherKoss
StudioKoss
TitleTony Bennett TBSE1 Signature Edition Headphone - Black/Silver
UPC021299180044
WarrantyLimited lifetime
SKUKOSTONYBENNETT
Part NumberTBSE1
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