They look beautiful don't they! Earlier this week a pair of these fine consumer earphones arrived at The Pro Audio Web Blog HQ, and as with any output transducer products we review, a minimum 40 hour burn-
First, what comes in the box? Well, after you tear open the brown cardboard vessel which contains the retail packaging, you notice a vibrantly designed box which matches the sunburst finish on the earphones themselves. Within the retail packaging you will find a posh looking, very high quality, brown leather pouch with the iconic Woodees 'W' logo embossed into it so that when you are not wearing the earphones you can safely and responsibly store them out of harms way. Inside this pouch is a tiny contact leaflet/warranty leaflet along with a small clip that attaches to the headphone cabling and the outfit that you are wearing -
Before you set out to enjoy hundreds of hours of music through your Woodees you must remember to do the most important thing... This is to make sure that you try out all the earbud sizes until the 'cinderella moment' happens. If you do not do this then then the audio you hear can be severely effected -
When we think of wood that is incorporated into the design of an audio product, like there is here, the first thing that you may attribute to the overall tonality of the product is that it has a vintage analogue warming vibe. In a time where the style of designer ear/headphones play a big part in what an ear/headphone consumer buys, it is obvious that the styling of this product aims to balance out the equation with 'real' premium quality audio and style. With these first appearances considered the Woodees 'Vintage' aren't called 'Vintage' for no reason.
In the listening tests the most prominent feature of these buds is the bass presence; it appears to be rich and full. If you are switching from cheaper earphones or propriety earphones such as those included with Apple products then you will undoubtedly notice a remarkable difference particularly in this area. With the Woodees 'Vintage' earphones they have a bass presence that can be considered quite natural. The bass frequencies are not harsh, sharp or hard but instead appear to be lovely and round which quite happily sits itself within the overall earphone mix of a wide variety of music genres. As we move on to assess the upper frequencies, I think that this may be occasionally appear to have a bit too much sizzle on the very high end. It is not noticeable every second but if there is a break in the music with just drums then the hi-
Since Woodees sent me a pair of 'Vintage' earphones with the microphone and controller for iPod's etc. I have managed to test this out. Interestingly as soon as I hooked them up to my iPhone I received a very important business call, I was able to answer the phone and change the volume mid-
With the positivity of the above said, the final attribute that is still awaiting review is the build quality. As an overall product they are good, initially the quality of the chord and metal 3.5mm connector is superb but there has been a number of complaints referencing the chord fraying soon after purchase. This might just be wear and tear but there is one other niggle. In critical listening exercises you want the Left and Right buds to be labeled; unfortunately they are not. There is a Woodees logo on the side of the buds and it is my guess that this is used as an indicator without reference. Overall the quality of the in-