October 24, 2014

Review: Samsung EHS-71 headphones

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When Samsung reached out to us to gauge our interest in reviewing their new “Refined Sound” headphones I immediately jumped at the opportunity.  And why not?  With materials such as lightweight aircraft aluminum materials, the EHS-71 wired headphones promised “exceptional noise isolation, clear, natural vocals, detailed highs and deep, powerful base (sic) without distortion.”  Considering these guys run about $129 a pair, I had pretty high expectations.

Taking the headphones out of the box I found them to be very light, if almost too light.  I loved the way the the cord felt and was already set to bid farewell to tangles. The earbuds, made of very malleable material, bent and flexed easily as they went into the ear.  These look sexy, sophisticated, and classy; So far, so good.

Whenever I try out a new set of  headphones I will give two preliminary tests: electronic music and spoken word.  As a fan of house and progressive music, I was eager to test out the “powerful bass”.  Unfortunately, I can’t say that the EHS-71 delivered on this front.  While they were not shoddy or tinny, I simply didn’t hear what I wanted or expected.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, I found the headphones to work exceptionally well for spoken word, podcasts, and audiobooks.  The clarity here was as good as anything else I’ve experienced with headsets, if not better.  As much of what I listen to during my days is news-y or NPR-like in nature, the EHS-71 are a perfect fit.  However, those of you looking for a thick, deep sound may be disappointed.

Compared to other wired headphones that I have tested the Samsung EHS-71 match up pretty well.  Priced a bit lower I would have no difficulty in recommending them to other users.  But, at $129 a set, they are a little too rich for the blood of most folks.  If you can score them for around $100 or less then I say snatch them up.  On a final note, these are the most expensive of the new series of Samsung headphones; The next model down is a cool $50 less.