I’m sure you readers have done your considerable share of headbanging and B-boppin’. Now it’s time to indulge your other music tastes. California Headphones is a new company committed to producing exceptional sets of cans that enhance more acoustic sounds and live performances. Their two newest offerings aim to breathe new life in to the audio playback for stringed instrument and recorded concerts.

Today we give a listen to the lower end of the two–the Loredo Premium On-Ear Headphones. The design takes a page from headphones of old with primarily metal construction and parts, chromed tubing, friction-based fit adjustment and true leather ear cushions. The tech behind it all… We have a 40mm Titanium drivers. Frequency response is  20-20,000 and the total harmonic distortion is less than .2%. That’s low!  I appreciate all the metal for retain high quality sound. But the overall look is no head-turner.

The Loredo’s offer more than good looks. The cord extends nearly 4ft (3.9ft to be exact) and is an attractive knitted zebra print, which is pretty snazzy. On that zebra “skin” you will find a second 3.5mm audio jack, creatively labeled the “Duo-Jack”. A second listener can enjoy audio from the exact same source. But don’t expect the audio quality to be as impressive unless your side-car listener is also sporting a pair of California Headphones. Interestingly, the Duo-Jack sucks power from your playback source. This way the audio quality is not compromised to retain power on your device. Good forward thinking!

The packaging is indeed simple and rather Spartan. No unnecessary accessories, bags or other gimmicks to inflate the price tag. You get a rock solid pair of cans for just under $100. Moreover, the sound quality is exceptional. You have never heard headphones like these. The Loredo set of headphones bring lesser heard instruments to the foreground. Some of these track I have owned for years. Guitars–both acoustic and electric–sing with new unheard enthusiasm. But not just those–snare, hi hat and other non-bass related drum kits effects sound much bolder and punchier. Horns are given a new audible coat of paint as well.

It all will leave you completely floored. These headphones have out-performed the low end JBL and the high end V-Moda Crossfade LP2–the latter being nearly twice the price. The audio clarity is stunning. I feel this humble set of cans are even giving the mighty Beats by Dre Mixr headphone a good run for their exorbitant money. They definitely don’t bite into your ear cartilage, like the mighty Mixr set. In fact the comfort is so smooth, I almost forgot to mention it. Ha!

The Loredo’s does not offer the most thumping  bass. But then we knew that going in. These were not designed with hip-hop in mind. There is a bottomless sea of products to nurse your rap fix.  WIth that said, the bass is on Loredo set is surprisingly solid and clear and hits with significant enough punch. They may not be made for hip-hop but the genre also benefits from these truly amazing set of cans in the California Headphones Loredo Premium On-Ear headphones.

Editor Rating:

Rating: ★★★★½

Excellent

Bottom Line:

The Loredo from California Headphones will absolutely amaze. I could not be more surprised by the clarity and sounds it has unearthed in my existing music library–and for just 0!

Pros

  • Amazing audio quality
  • Highs and midranges sing like you wouldn’t believe
  • Duo-Jack is smart and novel inclusion
  • Metal constuction
  • Priced to GO!

Cons

  • Looks are nothing write home about



Shawn Sanders

 
Shawn loves gadgets, literature, history and games. For 10yrs+ he's straddled both the comic book & video game industries, as a writer, editor, marketing officer & producer. Shawn got his start in tech & games as an editor & Hardware Director for GameRevolution.com. More notable accomplishments include Executive Producer on mobile games Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved & The Shroud.