Motörizer over-the ear “Motorheadphones”Product Review
January 2013 – Entering the headphone marketplace with a high performance rocker targeted audience is the Motorheadphone products. The product line with several full over the ear models and several in-ear models was shown at CES with an introduction by the front-man of the band for whom the products are named – Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead. We received a pair of the mobile product and DJ targeted Motörizer model to review.
The headphones come as a surprisingly versatile and complete kit – head phones, carry bag, 3.5mm stereo mini plug to 6.3mm adapter, instructions, and two cables – standard listening only audio cable, and audio cable with microphone and smart device controller.
Pros: clear sound, good noise isolation, loud, self-adjusting headband, no tangle cables, comfortable
Cons: ear cups on smaller size, controller does not recognize all devices,
Overall: These are a good strong mechanical and comfortable design. They have a very aggressive look and branding that identifies the wearer. The sound is quite clear and does not distort even at high volume. When used as a DJ headphone with one ear flipped out, the self-adjusting headband holds the headphones in place without pinching. These are a good, high efficiency headphone for those that want to keep their music in their head and other sounds out – and let people know they are doing it. Truly representative of the Motorhead branding legacy.
The first observation is that the tag line for the headphones is correct. They are louder than other headphones due to their very large high efficiency 40mm neodymium drivers. The crossovers for the headphones emphasize bass, which allows for now low end drop off which helps the DJ hear the sound in his mix the same way it ends up in the club room floor. The mid range has a slight peaking to emphasis the vocals and then the traditional high frequency drop off. These track well with the sound of speed metal guitar licks and do not lag or distort the sound.
The woven cables are nice – very easy to handle, do not tangle and they seem to be very durable. The package includes a restraining clip for the detachable cable which allows the system to stay together with standard “getting hooked on door knobs” and the “hooked on drawer knobs” that have plagued most detachable headphone systems. One issue is the controller cable option. When tested on several devices (gen 2 and gen 3+ iPods, android tablets, Win XP, Win 7 & 8 PCs) the controller did not operate all the functions correctly and did not operate at all – other than the microphone input on the Gen 2 iPods / Win XP / Android 3.x devices from circa 2011. On some of the videos played back on the Android tablets, depending on the source (non-YouTube sites) the video playback controlls did not operate, and defaulted the switches to volume control.
Most of the testers found the units very comfortable with the soft foam pads and the velvet covers. One of the testers found the ear opening area a bit small and close to the outside of the ear. They felt it was closer to an “on-ear”headset rather than an “over the ear” design, but found the “on-ear” use still comfortable.
The design of the units, and the branding graphics go uniform high marks – holds on the head well with no adjustment, cool style, distinctive look, solid construction and most of all they sound good. Probably not the best fit for the Celine Dion fan, due to the style and the high freq response, but for the listeners of main stream rockers (Led Zeppelin , Motorhead, Metallica, etc) and Deadmau5 DJ fans& wannabes, it is a great product.