Thursday, October 13, 2011

Listen to the new Moguls from | Review

 So has taken on a few new products as of late to review, and apparently it's new headphone week.  This time, has sent us their top-of-the-line Moguls, a classic DJ-Style set of ear speakers that we were really hoping would blow us away...they didn't, but that's not to say they don't have an audience.

In today's fast-paced, everything is electronic world, most are listening to the newest Jimmy Eat World albums from their iPhone, iPod's or Android phones, (mostly) lost are the days where real high-fidelity meant something.  Instead, most consumers don't really know what great (or even good) sound is.  The stock earbuds for most devices aren't worth even taking out of the wrapper, but where does one go if they want a good set of headphones?  Well that depends on your budget.

Not everyone can afford a $300 pair of beats by dr. dre but most can justify a sub-$100 pair of 'phones as an upgrade from the stock.  Are iFrogz' new Moguls the answer, coming in at a SRP of $69.99, but found online for around $50 on Amazon?  The new Moguls are an over-the-ear style set of cans that don't really fit OVER the ear, but more "rest-like-pillows-on-the-ear" type.  The best headphones are able to block out external noise by completely covering up, almost cupping your delicate ear drums, in this case the Moguls just rest on pillows of sound. 

Their sound quality is better than those of the stock variety, sporting 50mm drivers and a frequency range of 10-30,000 Hz, so there is some bass here; but I found the full-range lacking in the highs and mid-range.  I'm used to using Sure in-ear buds however, that typically have more of the mids and highs, and not quite as much bass, a typical trade-off of the smaller form factor. 

As a test, I had a fellow co-worker try out the new cans that doesn't have much knowledge or experience in the headphone department, usually content listening to his Pandora from the built-in monitor speakers of his PC, who had this to say of the headphones..."These are great, I love them, so much better than the built-in speakers".  Of course they are.

And so my point of who these headphones would be ideal for is presented before me.  These are perfectly fine units for those who want to upgrade from the stock equipment, however if that same person is an audiophile, they will quickly be looking elsewhere to much more respected names in sound (Bose, Sony, Sennheiser, etc), but to the uneducated, I can see alot of users happy with these.

The overall build quality is about on par with the $50 price-range, and the multiple design/color options is always a nice plus for those looking to stand out, but for the time being, I'll be sticking with my Sony's.

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