I am a sucker for metal and leather headphones! I love the sound of metal cups and metal mesh the best and currently own too many headphones of this variety because I cant bring myself to sell any. I recently acquired the California Headphones Silverado model, which is their larger circumaural headphone.
These beauties are made petty much completely of metal and leather, the cord is braided and removable. the cord does have a plug for an extra headphone which seems rather useless to me. The build quality is fantastic, cups, headband, yokes, hinges, are all metal, no visible weak spots. The leather earpads are very deep and plush, though they might not fit larger ears. These are very easy to drive, no amp needed, plays well from my smartphone.
The sound: These have a trendy "V" shaped sound curve. extended bass and treble, you know the story. Very much like a Beats Pro or a Philips Fidelio L1 (I have both). Sound is like a slightly more agrressive fidelio L1, mids arent as scooped as the philips, but the philips has better clarity in the high end, though the silverados highs are more prominent. Bass is slightly more aggressive than the philips as well. Basically, the silverados are a hotter, more aggressive sounding fidelio L1, though it still maintains the popular V-shaped sound curve.
Here are some pics, the style is very retro:
Edited by ourfpshero - 7/5/13 at 6:49am