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Drop + HIFIMAN HE4XX
My wife disagrees, but I think movies sound punchier and more intimate on grado cans. And they have the side benefit of letting two people listen to something and just talk like nothing since they leak like mad. But again, all round? These babies, hands down.
JBL Club One
On Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “No Church in the Wild,” the kick drum loop receives plenty of high-mid presence, allowing it to retain its punchiness, while the vinyl crackle and hiss that’s usually relegated to background status takes a step forward in the mix. The sub-bass synth hits that punctuate the beat are delivered with relative restraint—we hear them, and get the full extent of their depth, but the bass isn’t wildly boosted like it is on many bass-forward pairs. The vocals on this track are delivered with excellent clarity—crisp, clear consonants without much added sibilance.