Blue is a company we have all come to know over the years that is not afraid to step outside of the box when it comes to design elements. This is one aspect that has made Blue microphones stand out amongst so many others. Their unconventional designs not only extend to the looks of their microphones, but in their performance. What you can be sure of is that when you invest in a Blue microphone, it will look like nothing else and it will certainly deal with the task at hand. Now, this month I got to unbox a new pair of Blue headphones, the Lola sealed over-ear headphones that represent a new chapter in Blue designs. What’s not new is Blue’s intention to stay well away from the conventional.
TAKE A LOOK
I don’t think the images supplied really do justice for the design of these cans. You need to see a three dimensional representation of them to fully understand how unique a design these headphones are. In short, don’t just look at the website; get your hands on a pair. Let’s face it, Blue were never going to enter the headphone market with a poor imitation of someone else’s headphones. No, they have stepped boldly forward with an offering that is unique and functional. Finding the right position for these headphones to sit at is a little challenging at first, with the unconventional arm movements a little confusing, but when you figure it out, they sit firmly and comfortably, almost like you are wearing nothing at all.
HEAR IT TOO
As Blue are known for capturing sound, we now have a chance to hear what they think our sound should be delivered as. The over-ear design allows for an isolated listening environment that delivers a clear and precise representation of the sound to your ears. They are not fatiguing in any way, even with extended use. At very low volumes you still get a balanced reference of what the sound should be, not losing any low frequencies in relation to the rest of the signal. In all, they sound pretty good to my ears. Plus, they come with a very nicely appointed carry pouch and two cables. One cable is long for use at a mixing console or when listening from your home stereo. The other is shorter and includes a microphone and TRRS connection for integration with a smartphone.
For details on the range of Blue products, head to ambertech.com.au.
Hits and Misses
Very slick design
Long cable for mixer use, short cable with microphone for phone use
Extremely comfortable for extended use
Somewhat confusing adjustment mechanism