So I got my hands on these new headphones the TDK MP-100 "Around-Ear Headphones". Unlike the PR person who was explaining the TDK brand, I am actually old enough to remember using TDK cassette tapes. These were the tapes you wanted if you had the money for them. They were the bomb! So I was a little curious to see if their old school high quality audio translated to quality headphones.
Here's my little mini review:
- I like how the jack is turned at an angle. This is immensely helpful.
- The cable is a little thin, but doesn't affect the sound. I'm just used to more insulation/fatter cables.
- The foam earpads are comfortable and the leather (faux leather?) that wraps them is pretty luxurious at this price point. They didn't fit my large, weird-shaped ears, so if you have large, weird-shaped ears too, beware!
- On the plus side, the size is nice and compact.
- They're called "Around-Ear" headphones, but I believe they're open back headphones that are made to look like closed back ones. The literature is scant, so I can't confirm this.
- Of course, sound is what matters most and what you get here is a mixed bag. It was okay for some stuff, disappointing in others.
- It's ideal for stuff like gaming and movies. A little less ideal for pop and rock music.
- Bassheads should know that you won't get driving bass.
- All in all, good performance given the price tag. It's only around a thousand bucks!
- That makes it a steal for people who don't have around-ear headphones. Sort of a no-brainer. Just buy them. Don't think too much about it. It's just a thousand bucks!
- As with any pair of headphones with larger drivers, they will clobber your el cheapo earbud-style headphones. Just don't compare them to Grados or Audio Technicas. I only mention this unfair comparison because the box says the MP-100s are "enthusiast" level, which is a stretch, if you ask me.
- The performance you'll get is similar to Philips headphones that are maybe even a little more expensive. And I prefer the sound pumped out by these TDKs over the generic Philips ones. So a decent pair of headphones, pound for pound.
Third World Nerd Verdict: Better than other budget headphones out there. Fights above its weight class.