Published on June 2nd, 2015 | by Greg0
Share, Play With Music Hall’s de-be Dynamic Headphones
Great music deserves to be shared. Of course, we’re not suggesting that you force others to enjoy your tunes on the subway when you blast them through a radio. And we’re not implying that you should feel free to play your instrument loud enough to annoy your neighbors, no matter how great your solos are. Instead, you can always offer an earbud- or you could be even more polite (and hygenic) and invite anyone else to plug in and listen along.
That’s one of the key ideas that set aside the new Music Hall de-be Headphones. The company is probably best known for their audiophile gear, like their ph25.2 Headphone Amplifier, which we reviewed a few years ago. But, like many companies in their class, they’ve realized that enthusiasts and prosumers appreciate quality and are willing to pay a small premium for it. There’s a huge market at this price point, and the de-be headphones aim straight for the sweet spot. Metal construction feels solid and the memory foam earpads offered decent passive isolation.
These aren’t the most comfortable or adjustable set we’ve tried, but trade a little cushiness on the headband for a bit more sturdiness. On the same note they don’t fold up, but did travel pretty well over a couple of recent trips. They’ve included a detachable cable with a built-in microphone so you can take calls as well as a remote for use with your smartphone. The best trick is the extra headphone port, allowing your friend to plug in and share the experience (via your right earcup). It’s a little awkward looking, but worked fine. Dynamic drivers are a fairly trendy inclusion, and these 40mm pump out plenty of sound and range- impressive bass and very little noise, a crisp and clear higher register, somewhat brassy, ideal for rock or blues music and anything thrumming or twanging.
Available now online and in stores for around $200, the de-bes come in a single color, but it’s a very cool blue shade with black accents. Oh, and you may be wondering about the name: it’s their cute reference to db, the acronym for decibel.