Lately a lot of artists have been creating their own personal brand of headphones, for example Beats by Dr Dre, SMS Audio by 50 Cent and SOUL by Ludacris. We managed too get our hands on the WESC Chambers by RZA. RZA is a all-rounder when it comes too media, he is most famous for being a talented artist, but he is also a actor as well as a screenwriter.He is the founder of the Wu-Tang Clan a popular group that has sold millions of copies. And now RZA has decided too make his own headphones; so lets see how they perform.
What’s Inside The Box?
When i buy expensive headphones i like too have that feeling that the manufacturer wants too please you as your opening them, and keep everything perfectly in place while giving you some nice goodies too unbox. And WESC has done just that. The box is of high quality and the materials used are top notch, you have three layers within the box.
First layer you have the manual and the 3.5mm (double sided) headphone jack, the second layer you have the headphones themselves and the voice control 3.5mm headphone jack. Then last but not least, at the bottom you have your very nice carrying pouch with netted interior. If you would like to see an Unboxing Video, simply click this link too view.
- music sharing function
- adjustable headband and molded ear cushions for high level of comfort
- foldable hinges for compact portability and storage
- 3-touch handsfree unit
- accessories: Fabric zipper pouch, twin plug airline system adaptor
- Type: 40mm power drivers
- impedance: 32 Ohms
- frequency range: 20 – 20,000Hz
- 1kHz sensitivity: 110dB AT 1kHz 1mW
- detachable cable: 1.1m + 0.1m adaptor, including 3-touch handsfree unit
- alternative cable: 1.1m in accent color
- weight: 184g
- compliances: CE, WEEE, RoHS
The Chambers have a similar look to the Beats by Dr Dre Solos, but don’t get me wrong, they are totally different in almost every way. We have our hands on the Black and Blue version, their is also 3 other colour versions you can choose from. Lets start with the headband, the headband has a matte rubberized finish meaning it will not show fingerprints at all, on top of the headband you have some text saying – Chambers by RZA and then below that where your head rests you have a rubber padding which is some what comfortable, i would of preferred something slightly softer but the rubber adds a tremendous amount of grip too your head meaning its harder for them too fall off. Smart.
Coming lower down the headband you have these fold points where you can fold your Chambers into a carrying bag which is brilliant for traveling. But these were the main disappointment of the headphones. After a weeks use these fold points became really fragile and the smallest of movements would make the headphones fold, even when just picking them off the table. This was very annoying as every time i use them they become less and less stiff and its almost got too the point where it doesn’t even stay in place so my headphones or flopping all over the place.
Coming too the ear-pads, you have this nice chrome ring around the outer side of the headphones, and a nice leather padding too keep the headphones nice and comfortable on your head. Beneath them you have a 3.5mm jack on each side meaning you can place the chord anywhere you like and then on the spare jack your friend can listen to YOUR music by plugging in their headphones. Pretty awesome. The headphones are very comfortable and the thing i like about them is that they stay in place very well due too the rubber padding on top.
In the Chambers Streets you have two 40mm drivers which is nice for headphones of this size, not too small but not too big (but size isn’t everything). When i first started playing music from these headphones my first impressions were “These are OK”, but its when you listen too the depth of the instruments and vocals that you really get a sense off the performance from them. The bass gives a nice punch, enough for you too respect the amount but not over use it so that it distorts other sounds.
One thing that i have never encountered before from other headphones is that the ear paddings actually suck around your ear, not tight, but enough for you too realise, and what it does is that it throws the bass at your ear and it feels like bass moves around the inside of the suction creating a passage of vibrations around your ear which it will sound weird but, it makes it a lot more of a chore too enjoy the sound quality of these headphones.
The mids and lows are very good, very crisp and detailed and it knows how too handle a lot of sounds happening at once, so sound separation is very good too, it plays all genres of music very well and thats what i like too see in headphones but obviously these have been slightly modified too make Hip Hop and Rap too sound as good as it can be and too be fair they have done a good job, these headphones do a great job for sound quality and their price range, but when your scouting around the £150 ($200) you will have a lot of competition when it comes too sound quality.
Overall these headphones are great, the build quality is very good but if only they sorted out the folded hinge problem then these would be one of the nicest build quality headphones for under £150 that i have encountered. The design and appearance looks great and it goes well with lots of clothing types so if you use this for a fashion accessorie too, then you got no problems. When listening too music you will have no problem with comfortability, the headrest is fair and then ear muffs are beautiful, they really suck too your ear and provide nice stabilisation if your moving about a lot, so you can use these when doing sport etc.
Sound quality was top notch too, bass was perfect, mids and lows were very nice and you don’t get that much distortion when playing full volume just be aware of what music file you are using as .mp3′s are pretty crappy for quality, so don’t blame the headphones before you blame the file format. The main reason i like the WESC Street Chambers by RZA is firstly, the design, they look great and feel great, next the build quality (apart from the hinge), oh and the superb audio quality… wait. Thats everything! If your looking for some nice quality headphones for around the £150 ($200) mark then i would have a serious look at these headphones, you won’t be disappointed.
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