Now we get down to business. I'll begin with musical performance as I usually do. Given the wide range of music being listened to these days and the particular demands it has on certain aspects of a product, I used a large variety of different songs as a gauge to where the headphones stand.
Lows: The low end is always an area where headphones are going to show up their shortfalls because of the inherent small size of the driver used. It becomes a logistical nightmare to try and return any decent low end. The case here does not differ with the HS-1000W; low end was there, but commanded no presence and gave very little in the way of an omnipresent sound stage and certainly took on the 'one note' quality found in the majority of non-specialist headphones.
This means that the difference between say a bass guitar and a kick drum which should be vast (and is vast) fails to come across at all with the HS-1000W. Instead, one hollow thump is traded for another. It's not that the HS-1000W does not have bass, it does; just not a lot of quality bass.
Mids: This is an area where headphones should shine and the HS-1000W does have a relatively balanced overall vibe to the mids, but the complete and utter lack of any transient information negates any good achieved here I'm afraid.
High-end: I'm afraid it's more of the same here with the high-end being muffled very badly and failing in any way to convey a sense of presence to the listener. I will go out on a limb and say perhaps the short falls with music are due to the wireless design and again perhaps due to 'something' being done as the signal is sent down the USB bus and beamed out of the dongle.
Now, please do not get me wrong, many users will love the HS-1000W to death as they roam their palaces listening to whatever they want wirelessly from their PCs. However, I have to take into consideration all of the different users whom might consider this product and consequently warm them of any pitfalls they may encounter.
My job is to take into consideration all the factors involved in making a product a successful one. Does it do what it says it's going to? - Does it cost too much? - Are there issues with its operation? - Is it simply a good product that I can recommend time and time again?
In the case of the musical abilities of the HS-1000W, you end up in a situation where you can say some users will find the performance to be perfectly fine, while another group (audiophiles) may say it's not up to the job. All I can really do is stipulate where the product fails and of course where it succeeds in meeting expectation and leave the rest up to the individual users as they decide what their priorities are.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [The Package and Contents]
- Page 3 [Technical Overview]
- Page 4 [Setup and Installation]
- Page 5 [Testing the Highs and Lows]
- Page 6 [Wireless Performance, Games and Movies]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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