When searching for a pair of headphones, build, comfort, and sound are some of the most important things I look for. The iLuv ReF Deep Bass On-Ear Headphones come with all of these good qualities and are a good choice for calls, A/V environments and sound testing. The nice surprise is iLuv added one unexpected feature to its on-ear headphone. These iLuv iHP-635 and 636 headphones are quite the fashion statement.
With eight colors to choose from and a canvas exterior with contrast stitching, they are the most stylish headphones that I’ve seen. They come in orange, lime, blue, yellow, red, navy and black, white. Since I love bright colors, I was a little disappointed to find that my review unit was navy blue. However, the white stitching gives them a kind of retro-look and they are a perfect match for my jeans.
The headphones themselves are very well built. The sliders for size adjustments are a durable metal with a stylish bent. The ear cups are, according to the specs, made with Korean protein leather. Although I am not sure what type of leather that is, I can assure you that it is very soft. The headband is lined in faux suede. The headphones are collapsible for portability.
Although they fit tightly on the ear, I found them comfortable to wear for long periods. One thing to be aware of is that they are clearly marked L and R and putting them on the wrong ears is very uncomfortable. Because of the tight fit, these headphones did a good job of noise cancellation, even though they are not advertised for that.
One thing that I really enjoyed is that the cord is covered in a braided version of the same denim fabric as the headphones, making it color-coordinated as well as tangle-free. The plug is a 3.5 mm gold-plated “L”. The cord has in-line remote play/pause, volume, and track change controls. It also has a microphone so you can talk on the phone through the headphones. In my testing, calls came through well. Please note that there are two different models of this headphone: iHP-635 is made specifically for Apple devices and iHP-636 is made for other mobile devices.
iLuv didn’t skimp on sound quality. Included are 40mm titanium speaker drivers which deliver rich sound with good clarity. Although they are called “dynamic bass” headphones, I didn’t find the bass overwhelming like some other headphones where the bass is overly magnified. High ranges were a bit muddy at very high volumes, but were very good when listening to normal volumes. The headphones operate on 20-20kHz frequencies and have 114dB sensitivity.
The iLuv iHP-635 and 636 headphone sell for $99 at the iLuv website. There is a lot of competition in headphone market for that price bracket. I firmly believe that everyone’s ears are different and that you should always try to listen before you buy. If, however, you are looking for a set of headphones in this price range, these should be on your “try” list.Tags: Gadgets & Devices,Lifestyle