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Sunday, December 21, 2008

MoreMe Headphones

MoreMe Headphones: Cheap and they don't suck

I’m sort of set in my ways when it comes to headphones. But, every few years, I’ll go in the store and with a CD and give a spin to every single pair of headphones in the place. Why? I like to see what’s out and what I might be missing.

I remember my last headphone test shop. The only two pair I liked were a $100 and a $30 pair (not great but they didn’t suck). The rest seemed overrated or they just sucked.

I usually don’t like to try headphones that get suggested to me due to my listening tests. But, when one of my friends urged me to try the MoreMe Headphones, I decided to give them a spin because I’d never come across them in my previous test shops.

I got two pair of MoreMe Headphones in to evaluate. I put the box in the corner. I let it set there for a month or so until one day when I couldn’t find my trusty Extreme Isolation Headphones or my AKG cans.

I opened the box to find the two pair of MoreMe Headphones were actually two models. There was the Studio Deluxe and the Studio. I’m not sure why they’re called MoreMe. But, maybe it’s the low price as the Deluxe model sells for $30 and the plain Studio model sells for $20.

The main difference I could ascertain between the two is that the Studio Deluxe model features a padded headband and a ¼ inch stereo plug. It features a little insulation inside the ear cup as well.

I normally abstain from comparing products but I think it’s fair to the Mojo Pie readers as well as the MoreMes to break my personal rule and do a little comparison. First, you’re not going to get great sounds as you would with a pair of Grados. Second, you’re not going to get quality isolation as you would with a pair of the Extremes. But, what you do get is a decent pair of headphones suitable for tracking without the worry of being out a $100 or more if they accidentally get cratered.

OK, so how do they really sound? You’re going to give up a smidge of the most extreme lows and most extreme highs with the MoreMes. The two different models do not sound exactly the same to me. The Studio Deluxe model seemed a little more full sounding to me. It might put across a better picture of the mids. I didn’t find the sound difference something to make me like one model over the other. The Studio Deluxe model seemed more comfortable to me with its padded headband.

The MoreMes possess 32 Ohm, two and ½ inch drivers. I never found a situation where they needed a lot of juice to power up. As when using any pair of cans, watch the levels to avoid possible hearing loss.

A unique feature of the MoreMes is the “Stereo/Mono” switch. You can remove the ear cups from the headset, switch them them to Mono and share a pair with a friend. Some singers like to go with one ear piece. If you’ve got too many singers and not enough phones, then the Mono option might be helpful as well in doubling the monitoring.

The somewhat infamous Fletcher every now and again comes across a piece of budget gear that he begrudgingly approves of by saying, “It doesn’t suck.” I’ve got to say these MoreMes definitely don’t suck. However, I don’t recommend them for critical listening and for instances where you need serious isolation. I do recommend them for tracking. My personal favorite use is with my Roland Fantom S. I keep a pair of MoreMes plugged in all the time to my Fantom S for working out arrangements or musical ideas. The MoreMes are light. I never experienced any wearer fatigue after sitting at my Fantom for an hour or more with the MoreMes on the whole time.

One last thing: I never experienced a problem with either version of the MoreMes so I didn’t need to try their customer support. But, they do claim an impressive warranty which is detailed on their site.

And, another last thing: The cord on these is very short. I suggest using a headphone extension cord. I found the practical length to be about four feet -- and maybe four and ½ feet.

The Bottom Line: I found both models of the MoreMe Headphones to fit the bill in many tracking situations.

--Steven Langer


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