Published on Thursday, 03 July 2014 20:12
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Every once in a while i happen to be on the receiving end of a product so good that it surpasses every other similar one I’ve used till that exact moment and by every once in a while i mean every at least 2 or 3 years. Of course that is to be expected from this industry since technological advancements occur regularly but still it's quite remarkable how a top of the line ultra-high end device can drop to mid-end in such a short period of time. For example roughly 6 years ago i got my hands on a pair of professional headphones by Ultrasone which simply put laid waste on everything else i had used previously and it wasn't until 2 years ago that i received the TMA-1 DJ Fools Gold edition from AIAIAI which actually sounded even better and have found a permanent home on my desk drawer ever since. Well today here i have what could be its replacement (my initial opinion based solely on its specs sheet) and more specifically the brand new On1 Monitor Series Headphones by thinksound.
thinksound™ was founded by Aaron Fournier and Mike Tunney, who met while working at Tivoli Audio over a decade ago. After spending their formative years working alongside industry legends Cary Christie (Infinity/Artison) and Tom DeVesto (Tivoli Audio/Cambridge Soundworks); they decided the time was right to strike out on their own. With the belief that products should be designed and manufactured responsibly, without sacrificing quality or price, thinksound was launched. We started thinksound™ to make headphones that we would want to listen to; and we’re not easily satisfied. They not only had to sound amazing; they had to look good, feel comfortable in your ears and be designed and manufactured responsibly too. We gave ourselves quite the challenge. Back when we set out to do this; it was unheard of in the audio industry. Over the years, other companies have taken notice. They’ve copied the design, the packaging, the accessories, and even have taken text directly from our website and catalog. While these companies and their headphones may try to look similar; it’s only skin deep. The sound, what matters most, just doesn’t compare. Don’t take our word for it either; read the reviews on our site. We’re a small company. We work hard to make extraordinary products and offer them at affordable prices and we back all of this with unmatched customer service. We’re not happy accepting “good enough” and honestly you shouldn’t be either. Thank you for supporting thinksound.
Just like all the previous products I’ve gotten my hands on by our friends over at thinksound the On1 Monitor Series headphones offer unprecedented HD audio immersion and judging by the specs sheet i really look forward to that. So this time over thinksound has placed two 40mm full-range dynamic drivers featuring a somewhat remarkable frequency response of 5Hz-22KHz with 50 Ohm impedance inside two earcups made out of high-quality hand-crafted natural wood. On the other hand the headband of the On1 may not be just as impressive but still it's made out of durable yet quite flexible metal. An in-line microphone is also present with one of the two available Kevlar-reinforced tangle-resistant fabric cables and that's perhaps the only thing about the On1 Monitor Series that I’m really skeptical about (although i personally wouldn't use an audiophile-grade headphone set to make/answer calls on my smartphone). So specs-sheet aside the time has come for us to see what thinksound has to offer now with their On1 Monitor Series Headphones.