One thing I never leave home without is a nice pair of headphones. I'm probably a little more picky about my choices in headphones than most people too, and not because of any professional career, but because when I put them on, it's usually for eight hours at a time. Today we'll be taking a look at the Solid Bass over-ear headphones from ATH-WS55iBK Audio-Technica.
Unboxing the Solid Bass Headphones
The packaging on these headphones is nice, and doesn't hide anything from you, but we all know, the packaging isn't why we buy our headphones (hopefully). Straight out of the box, the first thing I notice is a built in media control dongle with a small mic built into the back of it. While it just offers basic controls, it's pretty convenient, and works with most smart phones.
First Hand Experience
When I use headphones, it's typically a day at a time. I'll start off by saying that I prefer over the ear headphones because they do the least damage to your hearing, so that's a plus already, but finding a comfortable pair can be a pain. The Solid Bass Headphones ATH-WS55iBK however are pretty comfortable. The first time I tried them on; I was actually surprised by the perfect fit and ability to block out noise. Using them, the sound is sharp, and after a few days of heavy use, the comfort level is still there. They fit my ears inside the ear cups, and they don't crush my ears either.
The only downside I found to these was the cord length. With a length of just over three feet, you may be semi limited in what you can do with them. I did a lot of my testing with the headphones plugged into a computer, which wasn't right next to my face. The length worked, but I did feel like it was worth pointing out.
Beyond the cord length, these headphones feel extremely solidly built. The ear cups can rotate 90 degrees to lay flat, the lengths adjust to fit your head, and the top band is padded.
The Solid Bass over-ear headphones ATH-WS55iBK from Audio-Technica deliver on their promise for better bass. Overall, the sound is sharp, the headphones are pretty comfortable for long periods of use (8+ hours), and block outside sounds better than I've seen in most headphones before. I love the fact that these collapse so I can pack them up easier. I also love the built in media controls and small integrated mic. These headphones are a great buy for a wide range of uses, they really seem to deliver in all areas.