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Gadgetell Review: Crooks & Castles XL-CC1 headphones by Collab Electronics

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Gadgetell Review:  Crooks & Castles XL-CC1 headphones by Collab Electronics

What is being reviewed?

Up for review today are the Crooks & Castles XL-CC1 headphones by Collab Electronics. These headphones can be found by way of Amazon and are priced at $149. That said, keep reading the review and find out if these are worthy of your money.

Disclaimer: The Crooks & Castles XL-CC1 headphones were provided to Gadgetell by Collab Electronics for the purpose of this review.

The specs

  • Frequency response: 20Hz – 20KHz
  • Driver size: 57mm
  • Impedance: 32 ohms
  • Recommended power: 25 mW
  • Max power: 100 mW
  • Cable length: 2 meters (about 75 inches)
  • Weight (without cable): 325 grams (about 1.24 ounces)
  • Plus: 1/8 inch

My thoughts

Right from the beginning you get a nice sense of quality with the headphones. Of course, initially that is not from the headphones themselves, but from the packaging. They are shipped in a bamboo box. Yup, a special wooden box and while it was noted that the box can be used to store your headphones at home, it seems a bit much. Heck, in the few weeks that I had these in the office and was testing them out, they rarely left my desk and never made it back into the box until it was time to pack them back up for shipping. That aside though, thankfully the quality was not just in the box, the headphones seemed high quality from the beginning.

Lets say this — they are big and have some weight and despite that — are super comfortable on the head. To take that a step further, they were super comfortable even after wearing them for hours on end. The one complaint we had was in the cord length, a 75 inch cord is long, and it seems even longer for a product that sports the “Made for” iPod, iPhone and iPad branding. Plugging these into our iPhone and walking around made for some interesting times trying to shove the extra feet of cord into a pocket. That aside though, the cord length was much nicer when plugged into a computer and sitting at a desk.

And one other point about the cord, it is flat and seems to be rather durable, plus it sports an in-line remote with features such as play/pause and volume up/down. Other perks of the headphones were the soft bag that doubles as a cleaning cloth.

The over the head portion and the ear cups were both nicely padded. And perhaps a little more important towards the long term wear — the ear cups were on the large side, which actually made our ears feel a little better as they were not being crunched all day.

In terms of sound, no complaints from us. We listened to a variety of music types ranging from locally stored MP3’s as well as streaming with Slacker Radio. Plus, there was also some Audible listening as well as general podcast listening.

The bottom line

As far as the quality based on price, we would say they are worth the purchase price and therefor would not hesitate to recommend to someone looking to purchase a higher quality set of headphones at a mid-$100 price point.

Product [Crooks & Castles XL-CC1 Headphones by Collab Electronics]

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