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Vibe VHBLACKDEATH3-V1 Over-Ear Headphone

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #585 in Over-Ear


Pros: Light weight, DJ locking coiled cable, rotating earcups, price, SQ

Cons: Plastic build, protruding headphone arms, long use comfort


Black Death extra bass headphones by Vibe are not for the screamish. The cans come with their own headphone skull stand and definitely come with a macabre air about them. The ghoulish theme runs with slogan "Death by Bass"......
With cans like these you can forget about ghostbusters or scoobie doo & the mystery machine - bassbusters are in order here methinks - and luckily I'm qualified to investigate this strange bass beast from the deep....but just how deep is the bass on these Black Death Bass Bins?
Let's take a step into the darkness to find out....(lol)
Ok then, these cans come from UK based Vibe Audio (http://vibeaudio.co.uk) whom state these cans have the below features:

Novelty Black Death theme aside, these are over ear full size cans aimed at bassheads and DJ's, with extra bass tuning and design cues of rotating earcups for ease of use sound monitoring, coiled DJ cable with locking mechanism.
The build of these cans is very much a plasticky affair throughout which does give them a cheap feel, but these are cheap cans, the UK RRP is £99.99 GBP ($169 USD), however, searching on Amazon, you can pick them up for a bargain price of £59 GBP ($99.60 USD), almost 50% below list price.
The top part of the headband is padded pleather with Vibe embossed, finished with red stitching and the earpads similarly are finished in black pleather over what seems like a memory foam. Red material covering the 50mm drivers feels quite thick which adds comfort to the relatively comfortable fit of the earpads, which openings for your ears aren't exactly generous for over ear cans, so people with larger ears may find things bit of a squash. Clamping force is noticeable, but expected for DJ cans, though passive noise isolation is not as good as you might expect. Due to the design of these cans, the headband contacts directly on the top of your head with no side parts of headband contacting which may cause discomfort on prolonged use causing a hot spot, though for normal listening times, this was not an issue.

The singular supplied coiled cable is very good quality and is housed in beats style red rubber coating. The 3.5mm jack end that connects to the single entry left ear cup also has a cable lock feature, handy for DJ application and the other 3.5mm jack has a screw on quarter inch adapter.

A pleather carry bag with red pull cord and branding is also included, and fit the headphones and cable nicely.

So, the sound, and bearing in mind these feature extra bass tuning for bass lovers - for budget headphones, they perform very well with a noticeable elevated bass that is quite punchy, mids are slightly elevated, likely so as not to be drowned out by the bass and the highs are respectable without being strident.
These headphones are easily driven from smart phone, iPod etc and play to decent volume.
Using a amplifier does improve sound quality, I used the Fiio E17, which gave more detailing. Pushing the bass EQ to max to see how hard the bass slams with Wiz Khalifa's bastion of bass track, on my level does cause these cans to vibrate on your head, but not to the extent of more expensive bass canons such as the JVC HA-SZ2000's which offers much more refinement all around.

So, to sum up these cans, I'd say they do deliver the goods regarding the extra bass feature and a very good overall sound signature. They fold up for easy storage and portability and come with a quality cable that fits all bills of use. Suitable for DJing or just personal music listening, these cans do have broad applications, two cans in one you could say. Build quality is good despite all plastic construction, but they don't feel fragile at all and the ear cups rotate smoothly and silently, though I'm unsure how they would stand up to the wears and tears as a dedicated DJ can, which can take a battering. Styling is subjective as is the Black Death macabre theme which does distinguish these cans from others, especially the skull headphone stand included, but I'd recommend these cans to any basshead or DJ on a budget and to anyone who wants a good all rounder can for personal listening with scope to use as a monitoring can for mixing music.
Pretty decent all round bass cans with a spooky vibe for sure.
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Vibe VHBLACKDEATH3-V1 Over-Ear Headphone

The brief for VIBE Audio's flagship Black Death Over Ear headphones was "Death By Bass"; by using a huge 50mm driver and noise isolation technology, the Black Death's take it louder and lower than any pair of headphones ever has before. The perfect headphones for Dance, Dubstep, R&B or Rap music; VIBE Black Death Over Ear's give pounding hard hitting bass with incredible depth of sound, whilst still packed with detail and clarity. Use with an amplified source to get the best out of the Black Death Over Ear headphones- making them the perfect headphone for DJ ing or Music Production. The large 50mm driver housing covers your ears entirely for excellent noise isolation and un-interrupted sound quality in almost any environment. Great for use on public transport or anywhere else where you want to block out the outside world and get engrossed in your music. Designed for the ultimate in comfort, even during long listening periods, the Black Death Over Ears have padded ear cups and an adjustable neckband for a comfortable fit, no matter what size your skull! The unique detachable and locking designed cable can be removed when not in use, or easily replaced entirely if required. A coiled, abrasion resistant PVC jacket gives maximum durability and high grade copper conductors ensure great sound quality, free from interference. The red three meter long cable has a 3.5mm jack for use with mobile devices such as iPod, iPhone or MP3 players. Also supplied is a secured 6.35mm adapter for hi-fi and pro audio usage. Black Death headphones are designed to fold to a compact size for easy storage in the supplied carry case, which reduces the risk of damaging the headphones for a longer product life. Alternatively the Black Death's can be displayed on the included Black Death Skull Headphone holder when not in use.

FeatureLarge driver housing covers your ears entirely offering excellent noise isolation and un-interrupted sound quality in almost any environment. The padded ear cups and neckband are designed with maximum comfort in mind for long journeys and extended listening periods. The unique detachable and locking three meter red coiled cable with 3.5mm jack has a abrasion resistant PVC jacket for maximum durability and high grade copper conductors for excellent sound quality.
TitleVibe VHBLACKDEATH3-V1 Over-Ear Headphone
CatalogNumberList - CatalogNumberListElementVHBLACKDEATH3-V1
Item Height7.48 inches
Item Length10.28 inches
Item Weight0.73 pounds
Item Width10.28 inches
Package Height7.87 inches
Package Length11.18 inches
Package Weight1.85 pounds
Package Width10.94 inches
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