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iFrogz EarPollution DJ Style headphone review

iFrogz EarPollution DJ Style headphone review

img_0353-2While at CES, Icrontic got a chance to catch up with iFrogz, makers of some of the more interesting headphones we’ve seen. We got our hands on a set of iFrogz EarPollution DJ Style headphones and took them for a test drive.

Style

The EarPollution DJ Style line of headphones has a unique look, and currently comes in five color schemes: Union, Silver Spider, Billionaire, Hustle, and Munich. Adding a little flair to each theme, the hinging is done in either chrome or gold-reflective plating. Each style is further differentiated with unique coloring for the earcups, framing, and headband. The exterior of the earcups have different designs, as well. The Union design that we received, for instance, has a silver base with a white Union Lion on it. There’s a spider design on the Silver Spider, a nuclear symbol on the Hustle, the German Bundesadler on the Munich, and a shield on the Billionaire.

Substance

The headphones are DJ-style, so they have the flexibility you may be familiar with in headphones of this design. The cups both fold flat for transport or one-ear operation, and they flip entirely around the vertical axis to face outward. Positioning them that way also lets you fold the cups up towards the headband, giving you two options for transport: flat or compact.

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The headband is comfortable, and the bottom side is enclosed in mesh. It’s actually hard plastic beneath the mesh and the small piece of foam, but the headphones remained comfortable to wear because they are so light. The headband is predictably adjustable but was a little loose in my testing. For me, this meant that the earcups didn’t especially grip my ears or head and were easily loosened with even moderate shaking. Don’t expect to do much but sit in place when you use them.

The cord is also a bit short for a pair of DJ style cans. It’s four feet of straight, uncoiled cord, which is certainly sufficient for most uses, but can be considered short if you want to use them in a DJ setting.

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The earcups themselves are supraural, meaning they cover the ear but don’t encompass them. In other headphones where the cups grip your head more, this would often result in discomfort when wearing them for a long time; the leather cups on the EarPollution DJ Style cans, however, did not cause an appreciable amount of discomfort during my testing.

Audio

The sound coming out of the headphones is solid. It’s not exceptional, but the product’s price point indicated that. Tonality is a little muddy, but not worse than many other sets, and a little bassy, which actually appeals to a lot of people. They won’t bring out subtleties in any classical you might listen to, but they deliver pop, rock, electronica, and more with a good bass punch and solid range. They can get fairly loud without clipping or distorting, which is always a good thing.

The whole package

In all, the EarPollution DJ Style collection provides some nice style with good sound and a decent price point. They are going for around $30 on Amazon right now. If you want some jogging headphones or are looking for audiophile quality, these may not be for you, but if you’re looking for a touch of bling in some different styles on the cheap, you should love them. Head on over to the site and check them out!

Comments

  1. _k_
    _k_ they look like skullcandy cans.....
  2. Winfrey
    Winfrey Look it's my old mouse!
  3. Snarkasm
    Snarkasm Still my current favorite mouse.
  4. DrLiam
    DrLiam
    they look like skullcandy cans.....

    My thoughts exactly, which isn't a huge problem because I love Skull Candy gear.
  5. Komete
    Komete I wouldn't sport them out side, neither would I wear my ridiculously large Everglides, but I'd wear them in the house.

    Can you kinda point out some headphones you have had and how these compare? I realize it wouldn't be any sort of real comparison but at least I'd get an idea of where they stand quality wise in the mix.
  6. Brit
    Brit Oh Btw the way just to tell you the dragon on the side is not a dragon its the Union Lion... as seen on all current British passports
    If it were a dragon which it is not, it would be welsh and not English
  7. Snarkasm
    Snarkasm Better than iPod and most other earbuds; on par or on the higher end of your standard on-ear fare. They won't stand up against Sennheisers or perhaps Bose, if that's your thing, but they're solid for the price.

    Good catch, Brit! Thanks, I'll update it.
  8. Brit
    Brit welcome... just wondering do peolpe look at you strangely when you are wearing thease? Like in your opinion are they too flashy??
  9. Snarkasm
    Snarkasm They're not garish or anything, but they're not just going to blend in. It's a reasonable amount of flash, in my opinion.
  10. mochan
    mochan I just wanted to point something out. I have the Sennheiser HD212 Pro. It's a DJ set around the price of the iFrogz. I tested the frogs out today and they definitely sound better than the 212s. I kid you not. The Bose Triport OE blows it away, though.

    But the Frogs at least sound muddier but the 212s sounded crackly. The Frogz win out.
  11. Komete
    Komete They sound promising. I go through one pair of headphones a year on my pc. Maybe these will be my next set.
  12. Mochan
    Mochan Komete, if you are interested, here's what I can say. I currently own the following headsets/earphones, and I would rank them pretty much in this order (from worst to best):

    Logitech Freepulse
    Shure e2c
    Apple stockbuds (iPod Nano 2G and up version)
    Sony Ericsson in-ears
    Sennheisder HD 212 Pro
    Apple in-ears (1st gen)
    Bose Triport IE
    Vmoda Vibe

    I would say these cans go above the Triport IE's and below the Vibe.

    I've also had experience with a few other higher end headsets -- I'm actually trying to decide what my next headset is, I need a set of large cans and not earbuds.

    The AudioTechnica M50, for instance, goes above the Vibe, as does the rest of the Bose range (Triport AE, OE, and QC2 and QC3), as does the AKG K142 HD.

    I would really like to compare this set to the Skullcandy GI's, which are the closest Skullcandy set in its pricerange. Has anyone managed to compare? How about to the Skullcandy Ti's? The Ti's are considerably more expensive than the Frogz DJ set but I really want to know how they compare.

    I wasn't planning on getting one of these funky looking headsets for my next pair but I am strongly considering them for the price. While other sets like the AKG, Audio Technica and Bose definitely sound better these are not so bad and are like less than half the price of those other options, they look really cool, and if you are going to use them with a portable player you may not be able to drive those higher end sets to their fullest.
  13. Snarkasm
    Snarkasm A $30 CMoy will fix your power issue with higher-enders. ;)

    My current headphone stock consists of Sennheiser HD-280s for work, HD-650s for home, and Shure E500s for travel. The iFrogz cannot compare, and shouldn't - these are all multi-hundred-dollar cans.

    I am exceedingly glad Mochan posted the lineup above for a fair comparison, and I fully agree with his assessment, as I wrote - the DJ Styles are much better than your standard headphone fare. Coupled with the price, they're very hard to beat for that arena.

    Thanks, Mochan!
  14. BuddyJ
    BuddyJ For those interested in the EarPollution cans, I'll be honest and say we came across them by mistake. Due to a communication error, we received the EarPollution cans instead of the NervePipes which I tried at CES. It seems reasonable to assume the NervePipes will perform similarly to the EarPollution cans, but we aren't positive as to that assumption.

    NervePipes would probably suit those of you looking for some thing less flashy as well as case moders looking to match peripherals to their rig. Being able to customize the look of the headphones is pretty baller IMHO.
  15. Brit
    Brit I also like the look of the nerve pipes but are they as good quality as these ones?
  16. Mochan
    Mochan I heard the Nervepipes are not as good as these ones, but I have yet to see for myself.
    I wouldn't be surprised though as they are a class below these ones.

    Anytime Snarkasm I just stumbled upon this site looking for a review on the frogs, and looking around I think I like this place. I just signed up for a regular account and will be hanging out here more.

    That's a pretty sweet lineup you have btw. I'm no audiophile but I think give me another two years and I'll be sporting headsets in your class LOL. My biggest problem is availability, it's hard to get a lot of models hear especially higher end ones.

    I'm a guy who really doesn't like Shure though. Some people are Bose bashers, I think I'm a Shure basher.
  17. Snarkasm
    Snarkasm Glad to have you, Mochan. :)

    You have any questions about equipment, feel free to ask!
  18. Mochan
    Mochan I'd ask but I've all but decided to get the Bose Triport OE's. For the life of me I don't get why so many audiophiles hate these cans and won't even give them a chance. Well actually I do understand: audiophiles and lot of other people who really work with sound prefer or are trained to look for a balanced neutral sound. Professionals such as musicians doing monitoring definitely need this to make sure the sound coming out is the way it is recorded.

    Well thankfully I'm not, I'm just regular bass head. But man the Tripoets are something else, they're nice, warm and comfy and five a real satisfying sound. The bass is deep and powerful, but not overpowering. Meanwhile the rest of the sound comes out properly and in detail. I love em so much, I think I'll go out and buy them later after work. Heh!

    Back on topic, I was thinking of getting the Frogz for my GF as a gift. The Union model as especially in her color. But when I took her to the shop she didn't like them because they were too massive! Sound was ok but she said they weren't exceptional: and they aren't, but we already knew that.

    Well anyway I'll be around here for a bit. Thanks for the welcome.
  19. Snarkasm
    Snarkasm The real reason most audiophiles dislike Bose is because most of their "sound quality" comes from software, not the hardware. Most Bose, if you open them up, have cones no better than $50 cans. Sennheisers and the like have much improved construction, silk tweeters, better drivers, higher quality components. My HD-650s are the single best investment I've ever made, and they terrify me. They're open-air, comfortable as hell, and I can turn them up to the MAX with crystal clear sound, no discomfort, and no pressure on my eardrums - which makes it just that much easier for me to really injure myself. It's quite a balancing act.

    Plus we're all ridiculously snobby. :p
  20. Mochan
    Mochan is it really possible to turn something like that powered properly without blowing your ears?! I turn my home speakers up but barring high impedance/low volume earphones like my old Dennheiser mx550 I would quit halfway before I turn any cans up. It just hurts my ears.

    Anyway i'm getting my new hedphones later. I will probably want to write a review.
    How goes one about that here? I have my own blog but sometimes it's nice to post somewhere else.
  21. Thrax
    Thrax We love member submissions. :)
  22. Snarkasm
    Snarkasm We do indeed. :)

    You can throw it in your IC blog and get it featured, or click the "Tech" link up at the top by your account button, which should throw you in the Wordpress composer and submit it for standard publishing that way.

    Looking forward to it!
  23. Mochan
    Mochan Well I just got my pair of Bose Tri Ports. Man, I love these cans. I'm gonna let it burn in overnight and get with a review tomorrow. I also need to get home to test it with my Auzentech, anyway.
  24. RichD
    RichD The one thing here I cant believe is that Komete gets through a pair of headphones a year????

    How is that possible? I have had my Technics RPDJ 1200 over four years ago and they are still going strong. They did cost me £90 which I guess is about $130

    Sound quality is amazing and I can vouch that if I had them turned up full my ears would be bleeding. I have had big time ringing before the day after a gig on too many occasions.
  25. Thrax
    Thrax If I went through one pair a year of the headphones <b>I</b> have, I would be very, very broke.
  26. RichD
    RichD Indeed. The pair I had before were also Thechnics. I cant remember the model but I think they were these.

    Cheap at £23 but again the sound quality is awsome. The only realson I got rid is because the plasic head band broke after I dropped them a couple of times. Id def recomend Technics gear to anyone
  27. Mochan
    Mochan The Technics RPDJ 1200 are awesome cans. My friend at work has them and I listen to them whenever I go to his house. I love them, I'd compare the sound signature to the Audio Technica ATH M50, except they are a little crisper and cleaner and a little less bass heavy. The ones I listened to though are well-burned in, whereas the M50 I tried was a demo at a shop, so the final sound signature of the M50 might be different from what I know.

    Thrax/Snarkasm, could you guys help me out with submitting the review? The Tech button up on the upper left next to "My Account" doesn't work for me (I do not have clearance for it) and I don't know how to request to feature a review.

    Thanks.
  28. Thrax
    Thrax Send a private message to Lincoln, and he should be able to get you started. :)
  29. Linc
    Linc All sorted. :ninja:
  30. travis
    travis Ok so I see every ones points!

    I am a overboard music lover (house, dance, everything good) and I was looking for a good pair of headphones, with a decent pricetag! I am also slowly trying to get into small scale DJing! I originally new about the Aerial Tank headphones which I know is a choice for many DJs, however they are R900! Today I discovered the Ear Pollution Union headphones, which were quite appealing on the eye! They only carry a pricetag of R400 which is in my price range! So I was just wanting to see if you rate I would be satisfied with the Unions, or I need to spend the extra R500 and get the Tank headphones ?? Bearing in mind I enjoy explosive bass without the sound becoming crackly ! I know you can't compare the two, but I need help for my situation! Thanks peeps.
  31. Steffen Helland
    Steffen Helland I just gott these today because my Sennheiser HD 205 died. I am looking foreward to testing them when I`m finnished at work. My ekspektations are as follows: Not the same audio quality as Sennheiser HD 205, more emphasis on bass rather then different audio elements in the background, as I discovered with many of my earlier Sennheiser headsetts this has a huge impact in the whole music eksperience. I was overjoyed listening to old albums constantly discovering new elements. I gott the Silver Spider as a refound deal and desided to give it a try since I still have a 30 day refound rigth. This way I did not have to wait for the store to restock on the Sennheiser headsett and could go about my day without any delay. I might make a short review after trying them out. Have a small fealing that I will mist my Sennheiser thogh...
  32. Snarkasm
    Snarkasm I think so, too. :)
  33. Steffen Helland
    Steffen Helland So yeah. After some intense testing I am extremely pleased with how this worked out. I currently own one of the latest Zen Xfi MP3 players on the market and it works really great with this headsett. After some fiddling about on the system preferences I was pleasantly surprised with the audio quality. Finally I have a headsett that can play dubstep music, and thats fun. Plus it also work great with black metal and everything else I like so far. Some down sides when it comes to a few rock bands, but that can usually be managed by some fine tuning with the equalizer. Side note: Yeah I have a really different, weird and varied taste when it comes to music. And the fun part is that the headsett works almost superb when it comes to all of my music. Second side note: I am sorry for the missing spell check from my earlier comment. I was writhing it when I was at work and really should be working, so therefore it was made with some haste :p
  34. Tushon
    Tushon
    I was writhing it when I was at work
    Writhing while doing non-work things at work tends to bring the boss over quickly. Maybe only whispering "my precious" loudly would bring someone quicker.
  35. Elaine
    Elaine I'm not very familiar with the technicalities of headphones and everything, but I wanted to know the sound quality comparison between the iFrogz EarPollution Union style featured here when compared to the Aerial7 Tank Professional headphones.
  36. Snarkasm
    Snarkasm I haven't had a chance to try the Aerial7 Tanks, but from what I see on the web, they're roughly on par in total quality. The iFrogz might be a bit better on overall audio.

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