Bluedio Victory Bluetooth and Optical Headphone Quick Review by mark2410
Thanks to Bluedio for the sample.
Full review here http://www.head-fi.org/t/827745/bluedio-victory-bluetooth-and-optical-headphone-review-by-mark2410
Brief: Churchill’s headphones. (V for Victory, get it?)
Price: £200 or US$300 N.B. Black Friday sale makes them £130 or US$180
Specifications: Transducer type, Dynamic. Bluetooth version, 4.1. Frequency Response 10Hz to 22KHz. Impedance, 42 ohms x 2 32 ohms x 2 32 ohms x 8. Bluetooth Profiles aptX, A2DP, AVRCP, HSP, HFP, ampX-LL. Digital audio support 24bit 48KHz. SPL 112dB. THD <0.1%. Drivers 50mm x 2 30mm x 2 20mm x 8. Bluetooth music time 25 hours. Optical Music time 40 hours. Standby time 1000 hours.
Accessories: 3.5mm audio cable, 6.3mm patch plug, User manual, Carrying case with a buckle, USB charging cable, Pouch for cables, Optical audio cable with adapter.
Build Quality: They visually and to the touch feel flawless and they are weighty, things that feel built like tanks.
Isolation: Actually rather good. They clamp reasonably well and they have thick squishy pads that got a good seal and thus isolated quite well for a headphone. Fine for most uses and maybe even a little flying. Naturally way more than enough to mean you don’t notice traffic out and about so please do use your eyes near traffic.
Comfort/Fit: Well fit was good but they did impinge my ears a little, so while the pads are nice and soft they do get a little tiring on the ear after a few hours. So for me it was mostly fine but I’d like a little break every few hours.
Aesthetics: Nice. Not super great as they are all just mostly matte black tank like monsters. They are kinda nice but hmm, there is something I dunno. Though what is cool is the buttons being a touch sensitive gesture pad rather than buttons, that does look kinda cool in use especially. Seriously, touch sensitive headphones, that’s some fancy stuff.
Sound: First off these are very much all about the bass. Whoa baby are these things all about the bass or what!!! You might think with all those drivers that the treble would be the star of the show but actually the treble is rather light, don’t ask why all those drivers then but they do have a curiously diffuse quality to them. Strange it is for sure but while I would have liked more it was interesting. Delicate and flighty that I couldn’t quite place its location it created an almost open like effect yet the bass is so obviously closed and walled, viscous power too. It just is a strange combination. That something with such a massive bass response and the things being so solidly constructed, heavy beasts. Then you get this diffuse delicate treble. It’s like an elephant performing ballet and performing it well. Something in your brain just says no no no, this is all wrong, yet there it is. The mids are a bit similar yet they are more heavy, rather over buttery. I’d like them to be more forward but it’s not. That might steal attention from the bass and trust me these are all about the bass. Fabulous epic crazy insane bass that will rip your face off. It’s crazy but it’s fun and I can’t quite make up my mind about them. Madness incarnate.
Value: Usually going for US$300 or £200 they are not bad, with all those inputs they have, its own DAC and amp in one its good. However the black Friday sale has them hacked down to £130 or US$180. Wooo basstastic value.
Pro’s: Soooo many inputs. Built like tanks. Mental bass response.
Con’s: Bass is subtle as a howitzer. Could do with a smidge more treble.