Hey guys! This is my first ever review here so take it easy on me :D
The Packing & Accessories - They say "Look Can be Deciving"
A MUCH MUCH BIGGER packing then Bluedio has ever been. A very simple "designer work" which doesn't requires a lot of fancy designs at all when you look at the packing. One simple GIANT box showing the side of the headset, the name and some brief "selling point", definitely not something that can easily catch your eyes when its in a headphone shop with a bunch of other brands.
Once opened, I'm very happy with the carrying case. FINALLY! A carrying case! and its a HARD CARRYING CASE! Countless
times we broke our headphones when we carry them out in our bags, earmuff torned and teared, dropping on the floor by accident and now we don't have to worry about that, nor kiddos/wifey/maid spilling orange juice/water/coffe/whatever it is on them! such a relief :D
Open the paper cover on the side and there's the user manual, with multiple languages, which I know the Chinese and English in them, no noticable error/typo and that's a big improvement for Bluedio and many others Chinese electronic appliances manufactorer. The two cables are inside the carrying case, standard accessories as in the previous R/R+/R+ Legend.
Packing: 6/10 (Neat, not over packed, nothing fancy)
Accessories: 6/10 (Standard accessories just as expected from any over ear headphones)
The Headset Physical - "I don't look sick just as you don't look stupid"
Initial impression when I first take it out from the box is that "OMG this is one heavy headphone". I don't really have the exact weight of the UFO headphone but comparing it with R+/R+ Legend, I'd say it's almost double the weight. And then I notice the build quality, A LOT BETTER than any Bluedio headphones before. Other than the headband (Artificial leather wrapping around plastic headband inside), earmuff (Artificial leather and.... I don't know what stuffing inside), and the buttons (plastic), everything else that frame the UFO headphone are made with metal. This is the kind of build quality which makes the user feels like it's gonna last so much longer than the relationship with the wifey :D The headband width is about 17.5cm, with a strong and flexible metal slider on both sides, easy to adjust. Ear muff is 7.5x10cm on the outside, 2.5x5.5 inside, with thickness of 2cm. The cover is made of artificial leather, quite smooth and soft. Stuffing inside is.... I don't know what it is XD but it feels very similiar to a medium hardness couch, I can relate to that coz you can hear the exact same air squeezing sound when you press both earmuffs on your ears just as you sit on the couch. The buttons are so much bigger than R+/R+ Legend, easy to control as you wouldn't need to try searching for the button with your finger tips, just reach for the control side and just press it god dammit! and there you go! Yeah! volume up and down, next and previous song, pause and play. Installed with mic for conversation, and support 3.5mm line-in if you want to use it with a non-bluetooth equipped source/ your UFO ran out of batteries (funny how UFO now needs batteries, they should be flying on alien technology XD). It's also built with this friendly AMP-By pass which you can still power it with your source device by3.5mm line-in. What's supposed to be there, they are there.
Build Quality: 8.5/10 (Most parts built with metal, very solid, expected to last long, but it can be quite heavy for some)
Comfort: 7/10 (Its heavy if you use it continously for a few hours, considering how heavy it is, the headband cushion is doing quite a good job. Earmuff are soft and comfy, but they can trap some heat after a couple of hours)
The Sound - "Just close your eyes, listen to the sound of your heartbeat, your very own music"
For those who tried/ already own a Bluedio R+/ R+ Legend, this UFO headphone is providing the exact same sound, music-wise. Confirmed by my regional distributor that the UFO is equipped with the exact same drivers and AMP as in R+/ R+ Legend. For those who never tried those previous versions before, it's a very "BEATS" style: Strong thumping bass that can almost jump over your ears, mids are sufficient, leaning towards to lows & bass and less on the high notes, great for general Pop music and electronica. So what's new? A new function named "3D DSP Sound Effect" according to the user menu. It only works when the headphone is connected via Bluetooth. I first turned it on (long press the forward button until you hear a beep) while I'm listening to some Maroon 5 and suddenly Adam Levine sounds like sh!t (not so Suger nor Jagger anymore :( ) , so I turn it off (long press the back button, another beep, to disable), Adam sounds sexy again. So I tried it with a couple more songs from Adam Lambert to Russell Watson, and from Lady Gaga to Katherine Jenkins, none ever worked well with this 3D DSP Sound Effect, this thing isn't making aany sense at all! so I gave up on testing it with music and move towards another direction, which to my opinion, give the UFO headphones a whole new purpose - MOVIE!
First tried the UFO with playing "Star Wars Revenge of the Sith" on my iPad Mini, sounds fairly okay normally and with the 3D DSP Sound Effect on, it's definately a big WOW for me. There's so much more depth, and a little bit of left and right, up and down, back and forth while watching Obi-wan and Ani steering their fighters through the crowd of Destoryers and Buzz-Droids. So I move onto my Bluray player and hoping for even better performance with 7.1 Surround Sound movie source. First Bluray movie I tried with the UFO is "Gravity". The sound details are REALLY GOOD! That slight difference of Sandra Bullock breathing and talking with her mask on and off, buttons switching, enginee lowly humming etc, they are all there but I'd just never heard those details with the music headphones I've been using. And of course, the surround sound positioning. The position is quite accurate. Tried those expensive DTS wirelss headphones in show rooms before and they are just too expensive for me so I just tried the goodies and that's it, I don't own any to be honest, but I do play games and I have a bunch of USB Surround Sound Gaming headset so I know what it is to have good surround sound. The UFO is offering something similar to PC USB Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound, you can hear sounds coming from different directions and flow to another direction. Of course, not as great detail as DTS ones, but this one is already VERY GOOD, considering it's only a Bluetooth, and it requires no cable between your headphones and your TV/PC/whatever device. Tested the UFO further with a couple more of my Bluray collection "Intersteller" , "Exodus: Gods & Kings" and "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol". Not matter its Matthew McConaughey "floating" himself from one side to another peeking at himself from the past, giant wave approaching from the far side while Moses and Ramses charge towards each other from two sides, or Ethan Hunt rolling his ball (hey I know what you are thinking! no nasty stuff here XD ) all over the floor in the prison corridor, the details and positioning are of satisfaction level for a movie headphone.
Music: 6.5/10 (good for pop and electronica genes, fairly okay for highs and detailed vocals)
Movie: 8.5/10 (not as good as DTS movie headphones but c'mon! good music + good movie all round + no cable hassel + strongly built frame? I'm IN!)
The 3D DTS Surround Sound is really good for movie (did i mention I watched Pacific Rim Bluray with the UFO also? YEAH GYPSY KICK HIS ASS!!!!), no improvement in music performance and that's okay for me as I listen to a huge varity of music and that includes pop and eletronicas and EDMs. The build quality is good, comes with a hard protective carrying case, standard accessories. It maybe a little expensive for a Bluedio but as an all rounded music+movie headphone? I'd say "Im luv'in it!"