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WESC Oboe Headphones review

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Some of you users may remember me saying that I would review these headphones in a earlier thread, about a month +/- a few days ago. Anyhoo, thought I would share the results I found.

(It should be noted that most of my testing occurred on a Zune 80gb, with 192kbps VBR mp3s or higher encoded with the LAME mp3 codec for the review. It should also be noted that some of the listening was also done on my Sony VAIO FW190 laptop using the Zune playback software)

Design: The design of the headphones are okay, to say the least. I do like the look of them. The head band across the top is comfortable and made of sturdy material. The adjustments for the earcups feature an odd slider design, that while secure, I could see with time, just wearing away with prolonged use. The particular color scheme I selected was a gold and black scheme. I could care less for the gold, as I do not really want to stand out from the crowd while listening to my tunes. The padding on the earcups was sturdy, with a nice soft leathery feel to them. The cable is threaded, as opposed the standard wire. WESC thankfully provided an extension cable, as the default cord is too short my tastes, as I had Zune clipped to my belt. However, with the extension cord quite long, and I found it getting caught on things. I had to resort to stuffing some of the cable into my pockets.

Comfort: I found that initially they were comfortable to wear. However, after about an hour, I found myself constantly adjusting the earcup sliders to try and find that same comfort level. And even after that, I was starting to feel pressure on the sides my head, and was starting to hurt. I would not recommend these headphones for extended listening periods.

Sound: To my ears, I thought the sound quality was good. There was a good feel of bass and the earcups were loud. I could tune out the world around me on the subway and when walking outside. While indoors it was good way to get sucked into just listening. I watched a movie (The Dark Knight on Blu-ray) with these on, and it sounded decent, but as mentioned before, it was hard to pay attention because of constant adjusting of the headphones.

My recommendation: Probably not worth a buy if you are looking for headphones. I got these on sale at FYE for $49.99+tax. The regular asking price for these was $59.99. Personally I wouldn't pay anymore than $25 for these, all things considered. I think these fell under the "fashion" headphones category, according to the internet. I wasn't looking for fashion...I was looking for comfort, design and sound quality. Good sound, design could use some work, though they look good. And the comfort left a lot to be desired after about an hour.
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Thanks for the impressions.
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Originally Posted by vkvedam View Post
Thanks for the impressions.
You are quite welcome. I am glad that I was able to provide you with information. If you or anybody else found it useful I am glad.
post #4 of 9
Nice short review, exactly the information I was looking for. Thanks!
Would you advise another specific model for that kind of money?
post #5 of 9
Design looks like a Sennheiser ripoff. And as a rule, I never buy headphones that Urban Outfitters or Boardriders sell
post #6 of 9
Wow, the name was so cool. I was expecting some high-end dark wood (like oboe) phone just after reading the title.
It turned out ***** **** ** ****
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Originally Posted by CyberMonkey View Post
Nice short review, exactly the information I was looking for. Thanks!
Would you advise another specific model for that kind of money?
First off, you are quite welcome, and thank you for the kind words to my review. As for headphones that both have good sound and comfort, I would recommend the Panasonic RP-HTX7 headphones. The cord is just the right length for Zune or iPod use, if you are just throwing it into a pocket. And depending on the site, you can get them for $25-$30. You can also directly get them from Panasonic for $59.99. I think I got mine off of Amazon for $26.
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Originally Posted by LingLing1337 View Post
Design looks like a Sennheiser ripoff. And as a rule, I never buy headphones that Urban Outfitters or Boardriders sell
I totally agree, and well...while these are sold in Urban Outfitters or Boardriders, I figured since they were in FYE, they would at least be worth the price.
post #9 of 9
Wait, SQ was good, but you would only pay $25? So, this is "good" relative to ~$25 headphones?
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