Warning: BASS OVER LOAD iFROGZ Ear Pollution Mogul



iFROGZ Ear Pollution Mogul

Price $49.99

Source Win 7[Foobar2000 WASAPI] -> oDac -> MonoPrice Premium Coaxial Cables -> Matrix M Stage [0 db Gain Lme 49990 OpAmp]

Compared against modified Audio Technica w1000x

My next step up in audiophila was from my little 30mm Sony's to a big ole 50mm BASS HEAD CAN, and sadly I listened to everything on those headphones. Non the less, Bass Head cans tend to be darker in sound signature and are usually have a focus on the bass and treble [the lower priced ones of course.] Still though, some low end bass head cans do everything well with a darker heavy sound! That being said, let's see how Ear Pollutions "Elite" sounds! Also to be noted, I spent about 6 months with a Sony XB 700 as my main headphone! So I have a bit of a soft spot for these bass heavy all arounders.

Build [2/5]
Pretty heavy, plastic but with chrome like accents. Visually the look good, and they feel a little cheap in the hands. Non the less, the head phone mouths are rather big and have spring loaded springs! Putting them on my head, they make a creaking sound... something that just feels and sound weak... so I'm being extra careful. Build is about as nice as the $30 Sony ZX300 where. But for the price... I want something that feels a little sturdier. The cord, also feels like... an old Windows 97 headphone. It's thick but the jack looks and feels so old school. There is however, a nice gold plated 1/4" adapter!

Specs
50mm driver
32 Ohm Impedance
115db Sensitivity
10-30,000k response

Ease of Use [Comfort/Fit/Isolation] [3.5/5]
The Fit is... sufficient. Isolation is not how ever, the ear pads while comfy sit on the ears not over. In addition the springs keep the pads some what angled against your ears. Back to the fit, it was simple. Adjust the head band and slap em on! Something the w1000x does NOT have going for it. Very easy to use! For the comfort, the ear pads are a little stiff, and the clamp is pretty strong... which can be a good or bad thing.

Sound Signature and Character

            Sound Stage:  Not small, doesn't suffer from congestion. Rather the bass bleeds so heavily into the sound it feels like a bath tub! Tubular sound stage!
            Sound Signature- Very Dark, very bass heavy. Upper mids have a nice body to them although. Not a warm headphone either, really nothing but bass.  Terrible  

Sound [1.5/5]

Treble [1/5]- Gone

Mids [2/5]- If you have a song with NO bass, these might be enjoyable for the upper mids alone!

Bass [1/5] - There's LOTS of it and really nothing but bass.  

Conclusion 

I DROVE BACK to Wal Mart now just to return these gawd awful things... I would usually wait till after work but these are just horrible. I really do try to find the positive in all headphones! The Sony XZ300 had some real positives! These how ever do not... a $50 "Elite" out beaten by a low end Sony... if you own these... buy a pair of Sony ZX300s and enjoy your music, and set fire to these things!



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