Price: $45 (MSRP $79)
Wear style: Over-ear (Closed back)
Features: Ultra-flexible headband, detachable cable, in-line microphone (+$10)
In Short: A rugged lightweight headphone designed to survive extreme sports.
The frame/headband of The Stretch is really what sets it apart from its competitors. It is made of TR55LX nylon and as you can see from the picture above it is very difficult to break even under extreme pressure. Because the frame is a single piece of this nylon, the arms of the headband are not adjustable – the cloth padding under the headband takes care of this. The cable is detachable two inches down from earcup and is compatible with any 3.5mm extension cord. The ear cups do not fold or swivel, but as long as you are careful with the cord it is relatively easy to travel with.
The passive noise cancellation is above average thanks to the closed back design. The comfort is impressive given the moderate clamping force, blurring the line between a secure fit and long-term comfort.
The overall sound is balanced, smooth, and close to neutral. Sound quality is only about average for the price, but the headphones with top notch sound quality at this price do not have the versatility, ruggedness, or stylish looks of The Stretch. For those looking for a good combination of those three characteristics, The Stretch is a very fine choice.
|Color options||Black/Red, White|
|Driver type||40mm Dynamic|
|Sensitivity||105 dB SPL/1mW|
|Frequency Response||12 – 24,000 Hz|
|Cable||3.94ft (1.2m) single-sided detachable with straight plug|