While 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!