Every once in a while, I get a product that more than one of my testers wants to get their hands on. In this case it was the $39.99 iFrogz CS40 headphones. So you get to benefit from reviews turned in by Bob, the Everyman who uses his ‘phones much the way you and I do: to keep the din of coworkers out of his head all day, and from Mike, the “professional podcaster” who tested his on the job, and even gave them to his engineer to try. Who ya got?
Review by Bob Lesher, Everyman
If you’re office environment is anything like mine, a sea of low-walled cubes filled with annoying loud talkers, listening to your iPod at work is a regular (and sanity-saving) occurrence. You also know that having anything crammed in your ear for long periods can tend to irritate even the most calloused canals. How about a set of headphones that surrounds your being with high-quality colleague-canceling musical goodness all the while cradling your head in little soft foamy pillows? That, my dear readers, about sums up the new CS40 Comfort Series headphones from iFrogz.
The ever innovating designers at iFrogz recently announced a new addition to their popular Ear Pollution series of high-fashion headphones, the CS40 Comfort Series. Not only do these new muff-styled headphones sound great, they feel great too. Each of the super-comfy earmuffs is built around a bed of soft foam that’ll have your ears sighing with relief the next time you’re trudging through mind-numbing spreadsheets while working your way through all 42 minutes and 59 seconds of Dark Side of the Moon.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from writing my previous iFrogz product spotlights it’s that they are no strangers to the artful blending of form and function. The new lightweight CS40 Comfort Series headphones are no exception. They’re available in five colors, with a look that pairs a set of high-gloss side bars (EarPollution logos intact) with a matte rubberized headband. While the EarPollution CS40’s aren’t really groundbreaking, after all, they are 3.5-mm headphones, they do manage to nail it where it counts: they’re affordable, they sound great, and they’re comfortable.
Review by Mike Gogel, “Professional Podcaster”
As a professional podcaster (I love saying that, by the way) with the Masters of None show and The Gunaxin Show, one of the most important pieces of equipment I need is a great set of headphones. Truth be told, I have three different pairs just in case. Headphones aren’t always durable and they go through a huge amount of wear and tear. However, I recently found out about a pair of headphones that have completely replaced all the other sets I’ve had previously. The ifrogz CS40 headphones are fantastic. The cushioning over the ears gives a great noise cancellation alternative, and gives great, clear audio. Vocal clarity is important to a podcaster (did I mention I’m a professional podcaster?), and no matter the timber of someone’s voice, the CS40s with high definition stereo sound, makes them sharp and crisp.
I was also able to loan my set to my friend and gold record-producing recording engineer, Chris Badami, who runs Portrait Recording Studios in New Jersey. Here’s a guy who uses his ears professionally everyday, listening for inconsistencies and picking apart music, listening for miniscule sounds most people don’t even realize they’re hearing. Chris gave a listen and he immediately commented on the bass that comes through heavy with these headphones, ideal for ipod use on some of your more bass heavy playlists.
So it just goes to show you the versatility of these headphones, from podcasting, to recording, to just regular everyday use, they are a great new product. Check out ifrogz.com for more info, and also listen to The Masters of None Show Superman vs Batman episode where I tried out the cs40’s for the first time.