Category: Over ear audio reproduction with inline mic and music control
Minimum Requirements: Any device with 1/8″ or 1/4″ audio output. Inline feature is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod. Some remote features may be limited in certain smartphones.
Throne—not the one you sit on, the one you listen through. The Throne over ear headphones from I-MEGO are on the agenda today.
First, let’s go over what comes in the box. Of course, the headphones themselves are here, as well as a 1/8” to 1/4” adapter, a 3” long 1/8” jack adapter for other mobile phones, a cloth carry bag (with drawstrings), and the ubiquitous user’s guide.
The headphones come with a 3’ 10” cord, which is a bit shorter than the usual. On the cord, about 7” down from the can, there is a built in mic and control pod. Simply tap the button to pause the music and take a call between jams. While listening to music, the control button will do one of two things for you: a single tap will pause the music, a double tap will skip to the next track.
As for the looks, this will be completely taste dependant. The black padded leather headband is clean and comfortable. The I-MEGO name is embroidered on the top of the headband, but the thread is black as well so it is subtle and actually pretty cool looking. The taste relative parts are the cans and sizing hardware. Our Gold review unit featured a kind of coppery, bronzy polished metal finish (it is really just coated plastic, so be careful), and they’re also available in Poison (a sort of gunmetal gray with purple accents). The shape and look of the can covers is reminiscent of an old school microphone, and this theme is carried over to the sizing hardware. It’s a bit flashy, but not too far out there.
Now for the most important part: the sound. I will preface my comments by stating the manufacturer’s stated design intention with the Throne model is to enhance the bass. The pads on the cans are actually fairly comfortable and block a good deal of ambient sound. The audio reproduction is relatively clear with a full bass range. The mid range frequencies are a bit overpowered by the bass, and the high end frequencies are attenuated—making things sound a bit flat and muted. I appreciate a full, even thumping, bass, but the lack of definition and clarity in the mids and highs is disappointing.
Now for some notes on the fit and finish. As mentioned earlier, the padded headband features a real leather wrap and the inside surface is suede, which doesn’t slip as easily. This gives the unit a nice look and a rather comfortable fit. The padding on the cans provides a nice fit to the head without too much pinch factor (not bad, especially if you wear glasses). The material does feel a bit on the thin side, though. The visible wiring could stand to be a bit more durable as it looks a bit thin and delicate.
One quirk with the control switch on the main cord is that a double tap while playing a game will start up the iDevice music player and dutifully skip to the next track. It actually made for a rather interesting round of Epic Knight having Queen’s Princes of the Universe playing in the background instead of the game’s music loop.
Now for some audio nerd info. The product specs and performance parameters are as follows:
- 2 x 40mm drivers
- Frequency response: 20Hz to 20KHz
- Impedance: 32 Ohm
- Sensitivity: 102 +/- 3dB
(Notice the pronounced dip at the 6KHz to 11KHz range)
To sum up: these are fairly comfy to wear, but the materials are a bit on the skimpy side. The mids are muddled and the highs are too muted. If you really like a lot of bass, these are okay. If you like really good audio reproduction, these could stand some improvement. Considering the $129.99 price tag, buy these only if you are a bass enthusiast. Otherwise, there are plenty of other headphones in this price range which will deliver much better sound quality.
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