Friday, November 20, 2015

Darkiron N8 Headphones Headset Review

The Darkiron N8 Headphones is one super comfy piece of headgear!
Hey there.  Are you ready for another review?  It seems that I am now becoming the resident expert on all things headgear!  I have many headphones lined up for review but today we will be looking at Darkiron's N8 Headphones Headset.  The awesome people at Darkiron provided me with a pair of this awesome red and black (they know what I like!) headphones to try out and review.  So before we get into the review, lets talk specs.

SPECS
  • Connects to Practically Any Device with a 3.5mm Jack Input (4 pin jack)
  • 6 Foot Long Cord
  • Super Comfy Over the Ear Soft Ear Pads
  • Adjustable Headband (up to 3 centimeters)
  • Hi-fi Speakers
  • Noise Cancellation Technology
  • In Line Microphone
  • Volume Control
  • Answer Call Button
  • 7.9 inches x 7.9 inches x 3.15 inches
  • Available in 4 colors (Black & Red, White, Pink, and Powder Blue)
CONTENTS
  • 1 - Darkiron N8 Headphones Headset
FIRST IMPRESSIONS

First things first... the box has the name, "NUBWO" on it.  o.O  Not sure where NUBWO came from but I do see the N8 on the box so I'm pretty sure I got the right pair of headphones.  lol  

Black & red, baby!  I absolutely love the black & red color scheme and the Darkiron N8 Headphones pull it off nicely.  The majority of the headphones are black and red comes into play in the form of a red ring around the earphone cup and a the red wire.  I also love that the red pops up when you extend the headphones.  Very nice touch.  Very nice touch indeed.  As for the wire itself, I'm not too fond of it.  The wire feels a bit flimsy and I feel that it may not be as durable as a braided cord.  Also, the wire is super long...  as in 6 feet long!!!  Now, that may not be a big deal to some but for me, it kind of is.  Especially since I am so used to Bluetooth enabled headsets.  The wire just seems to be all over the place and difficult to sock away or keep out of the way.  Right off the bat, I'm telling myself that I would avoid taking these to the gym because I don't want the wire to get caught in something.   The last thing that I noticed is the control bar on the wire.  The control has a slider (now that's different), a button, and a tiny microphone hidden inside.  I'm very curious about that slider which I'm assuming is the volume control.  Now... on to my experience.
Darkiron N8 Headphones Headset
The Darkiron N8 Headphones Headset has great use of the
red accents for an awesome look!
OUT OF THE BOX EXPERIENCE

Upon pulling out the Darkiron N8 Headphones Headset, I peeked inside the box, looking for the instruction booklet.  Hmmm.... No booklet.  I guess that's fine, I mean... how hard it is to use headphones?  Especially wired ones.  Just plug them in and enjoy, right?

I  placed the headphones on to get a good feel for them.  If you find them too snug, you can extend the headband a bit so that they feel just right.  Nothing fancy, standard stuff there.  The headband has this soft, rubbery feel to them.  It's a pretty cool texture to feel.  I also noticed that the part of the headband that will be touching my head doesn't have that much padding to it.  Hmmmm... it makes me wonder if they'll be comfortable to use for the long haul.  Speaking of comfortable...  the earphone cups are just DREAMY!  They feel like soft, fluffy clouds pressing up against your ears.  Yes, friends, they are THAT comfortable.  The earphone cups are at least an inch of fluffy padding and feel amazing when pressed up against your ears.  This is important, especially for a guy like me that wears glasses.  I tend to stay away from over the ear headphones because they were just uncomfortable to wear.  My glasses would be pressed up against my head (which hurt) and my glasses would be all contorted.  I can already see that these headphones are built for continuous hours of use.  I just hope that they sound as great as they feel.

The one thing that didn't impress me much was the wire.  The wire is a LONG 6 feet and it feels a bit flimsy.  It doesn't feel like it'll last long and because it's so long, I'm afraid that it's going to get caught on something while wearing them out and about.  I have yet to remove the tie that keeps the wire together from when you pull them out of the box.  Hmmm...  On the wire, about 6 inches from the earcup, is control bar.  The control bar has a cool sliding button thing on it, which I'm assuming is the volume control.  There also is a single button on the control bar which I'm going to assume is used to play and pause music, and since these headphones have call answering abilities, I am assuming it'll be used to answer and hang up calls as well.

Lastly, I love the logo on the earcups.  It's a pretty cool looking wolf/fox type logo.  I just wanted to give the design team of that logo kudos since I thought it looks pretty cool.

BLUETOOTH CONNECTIVITY

Sorry, friends.  No Bluetooth connectivity here.  Moving on.

SOUND QUALITY

Once I tucked the wire away, I plugged in the Darkiron N8 Headphones into my phone and fired up Pandora.  I have a pretty long commute to work (over 2 hours) so I have plenty of usage time with the headphones to really test out the sound quality.  While listening to music, I was pleasantly surprised by the sound quality.  Everything sounded pretty good.  Even the bass sounds came out thumpin'.  I was a bit skeptical on the sound because the earcups have about an inch of padding.  I thought that maybe some of the sound would be lost because of it.  I found that it was actually the opposite.  Because there is so much padding, the padding creates a slight vacuum (and I do mean slight) on your ear that keeps the sound "trapped" in the ear space.  I  thought this was pretty unique.  Other over the ear headphones that I have used have ample padding but that padding is not as soft and doesn't create this vacuum that I experienced with the Darkiron N8 headset.  It really helped me experience a rich sound and I'm wondering if this is the noise cancelling technology that the headset boasts.

After being satisfied with the music test, I switched over to a TV show to get a good handle on how well the headset will project voices and background noise.  I fired up Mirai Nikki (Future Diary in English.  Awesome anime.  I recommend you watch it if you're into that kind of thing) and caught a few episodes during one of my commutes.  I expected it sound well and without fail, sounds were pretty crisp.  Nothing negative at all to report in regards to the sound quality.  It really did perform better than expected, though.

CONTROL BAR

Now the control bar... The control bar sits at about 6 inches from the earcup but it feels like it's a little higher up.  It felt a little weird at first when I reached out to use it.  A little more on that in a bit.  As for the functions, I love the sliding bar that is the volume control.  The sliding bar gives you easy access to turn up and lower the volume on the headphones with ease.  Also, there is a single button on the control bar and this acts as a play/pause button when listening to music or shows and acts as a answer call button when a call comes in.  This is wonderful since it means that you can control functions without having to take off the headphones.  Taking off over the ear headphones can be a pain in the ass.  Not because it's hard or anything like that, but because you lose your groove.  After putting them on, your ears and head slowly create this groove that will provide maximum comfort.  If you had to take them off to take a call or to listen to someone talking to you, you risk losing that groove.  I'm all for controls that allow you keep your headset on while using it's functions.  Whether it be a control bar or buttons on the earcups!

CALL FUNCTIONALITY

I mentioned above about the control feeling like it's a bit higher than usual, though it felt weird at first, the reason became apparent when using the call function.  When answering a call, the control bar sits pretty close to where your mouth naturally is.  It's in absolutely prime position for calls.  I tested out the call function and microphone during a Skype call and everything came out pretty good.  I didn't have to hold the control bar closer to my mouth and I didn't have to be shouting to be heard.  You do need to speak clearly though since I did get a, "what was that?" from the wife whenever I didn't speak clearly.  I wouldn't say that it was the mic not picking up my voice but I still feel like it should be noted.  

BATTERY LIFE

No battery... no battery life.  lol
Darkiron N8 Headphones Headset
Wherever I may roam, I'm sure to have awesome sounds with me when
traveling with the Darkiron N8 Headphones Headset!
CONCLUSION

So there you have it, friends.  My experience with the Darkiron N8 Headphones Headset review.  This is a solid headset to have.  The sound quality is good, they feel great, and are a wonderful value.  The only complaint that I have is that wire... that 6 foot wire is just too long for me and it feels a bit flimsy.  If the wire was braided, then maybe it wouldn't be too bad, but I just feel like if that wire to get snagged on something, there is a real possibility that it may snap.  It may not be an issue for you, but it definitely is a nuisance to me.  You can pick up this great headset at Amazon for under $19.  The holidays are coming up so snag one up for that headphone wearing loved one in your family!  Later!

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