When choosing any kind of quality audio equipment, there is, of course, a number of features you need to keep your eye out for. Same goes for headphones. You can have the best players, but if your headphones are bad, you can say goodbye to any satisfaction you might get from listening to your favorite music. The Griffin WoodTones Headphones are a relatively new product on the market and definitely something that should be checked out. As the name suggests, they are a brand of headphones made out of wood, that are becoming ever more popular with companies making audio equipment. They cost $99.99 so technically, they fit into the range of under $100 headphones and you most definitely get your money’s worth with these ones, as they are among the best headphones you can find for this price.
Being made out of wood, they bring you high quality sound. These headphones are perfect for those who intend to own only one pair and use them on daily basis. The bass frequencies are not too strong – those of you who like heavy bass might look for another brand – middle frequencies are perfectly clear, and the high ones sound like crystals. Also, there is no distortion, even at the high volume levels, and the sound remains clear and warm even when the volume is quite low.
As for the design, the wooden housing enables them to reproduce the sound in a fantastic way. As a natural material, wood resonates much better, making the sound warm and clear, and of course, more natural. Since it can produce, amplify and absorb sound, it is a unique material used in the making of musical instruments, and has been irreplaceable in this area for centuries. As the Griffin company says:
There’s a reason they don’t make fine violins and grand pianos out of plastic.
There is another aspect that is important when it comes to wooden headphones – they just look great and classy. In our time, when artificial materials are everywhere (plastic especially), making a product out of wood is a great commercial move, due to the whole story about the opposition between technology and nature. In this case, they have been reconciled in a great way.
When buying Griffin WoodTone Headphones, you can choose between three types of wood – Walnut, Sapele and Beech. As far as I could tell, the type of wood doesn’t change the quality of the sound, it simply gives you options with the design.
The first thing you notice when you put these headphones on, is how incredibly comfortable they are. The plush black ear pads and the headband that can be adjusted enable you to listen to music for hours without experiencing any discomfort. There is something special and kind of intimate in listening to music over headphones – even if you are at home – and the WoodTones will allow you to really enjoy every note. Another really important feature that makes them better than other headphones in this price range is the fact that they have a detachable cable. This makes them easier to pack when traveling and it’s much easier to change just the cable then the entire headphones. Also, you get the remote control and an inline microphone on the left ear cup– you can answer calls, navigate forward and back and change tracks. The only down side is, you can’t adjust the volume in this way. They are excellent for many different music genres, ranging from classical to heavy metal. Their quality really shines through when you listen to Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin, for instance. If you are into experimental or electronic music, they will enable you to hear all the necessary changes in density, timbre etc. Same goes for classical music or jazz.
The Griffin WoodTones Headphones might be among the best you can find for the price under $100. Comfortable, reliable and beautiful, they will make music sound even better.