A few weeks ago Orange reached out to me to see if I wanted to check out their new Orange O Edition Headphones, I've always been a fan of their amps so I thought I would take a look - here is what I thought of them.
- Source: Orange
- Price: £149
What do you get in the box?
First off I was impressed with the quality of the packaging, the headphones are well presented and it's easy to get into.
- Carry case (seems very durable)
- Three 3.5mm cables, including a MIC and volume control
These are a very solid pair of headphones for the money, better than some other high end manufacturers I won't mention (but you could probably guess). They are foam lined at the top for comfort, have metal hinges and the on ear cups are made of a reassuringly grippy plastic and again comfortable foam padding.
There are some nice details including the Orange logo on the inside of the loop and etched onto the metal hinges.
So far, so good.
First off you have to be ok with on ear headphones, the cups are too small to go over ear and if you wear glasses (like me) they do become a little uncomfortable around the ears (as most do). This isn't a knock on Orange but with on ear most headphones will give you problems if you wear glasses, go for in ear or over the ear if this bothers you.
Aside from this they are comfortable, the foam padding and range of adjustment mean you can get them set up to your liking quickly.
I listen to a lot of podcasts so this was the majority of my testing and I have to say that these headphones have some of the best spoken word sound I have heard. Their range is somewhere between being treble high and bass high, which sits nicely for listening to people talking.
Sound great for recording guitar via my multi-effects unit or through my MAC, again nice balanced sound so is a pleasant experience, some of the best sounding headphones I've used for recording.
Listening to music
A mixed bag I found, great for rock but not so strong for classical. I listen to a wide variety of music and for 80% of these sound great but for classical/soundtracks in particular I found the sound to be a little flat and missed the rich experience I've had from some other headphones. Not a big problem but I'd say these are more geared towards those of us into rock and metal.
As (hopefully) you can tell I really liked testing these headphones and would definitely recommend them to anyone that records their own music or likes their music on the heavier side. I found them comfortable to wear (glasses issue aside), come with a great carry case and cable selection and I feel represent a great value for money.
If you have had a chance to try some let me know in the comments.