Those look a lot like headphones. They look rather big.They are. But they're also kinda great. Blue Microphone's Mo-Fi, to be exact.
Blue Microphones? Huh?Mo-Fi is the brainchild of Blue Microphones, more known for their range of USB microphones that offer great sound recording in a tiny package. Great for the at-home podcaster or aspiring home studio musician. The company's taken its audio expertise and decided to design the kind of headphones they would want with a cute tagline to boot: "Join the rebellion against headphone convention."
What's great about them?If you're an audiophile, you've probably seen the little amps you can connect to your headphones. With dedicated over-ear headphones being bulky enough to begin with, adding more wires to the mix might annoy some but for them, the Mo-Fi might just fix things.
Like I said before, they look a bit big.To be sure the headphones aren't light, weighing nearly half a kg at 466g.
How sensitive are these cans?As to frequency range, the Mo-Fi has a respectable 15Hz-20kHz. But the heart of it is its built-in amplifier and what Blue calls its 'premium drivers'. What the Mo-Fi aims for you to experience is like having a Hi-Fi strapped right to your head. Minus all those messy cables, of course.
How much tweaking to the sound can I do? Its inbuilt amp has three modes to choose from with what Mo-Fi promises to have no DSP tricks, it's all purely analog.
Are they comfortable?Design-wise, Blue took inspiration from a Formula One race car's suspension by making the Mo-Fi multi-jointed with ear-shaped ear cups. There is even an adjustable tension knob to fine-tune your comfort while wearing the Mo-Fi. Blue promises that the headphone's design will deliver a real seal for noise isolation, bass response and less sound bleeding.
Anything I need to know in case, I, hypothetically spend money on these?Unfortunately all that tech needs extra juice so the headphones also come with a battery that lasts around 12 hours, while taking three-to-four hours to charge. Even when the battery is low, though, the Mo-Fi can still run but on passive mode.
How much then?US$350 (S$442). Around the price you'd expect for premium headphones.