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Published on June 2nd, 2015 | by Greg


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.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Appleā€™s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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