The Amzer PowerBoom headphones are kind of odd bird. So much "apparent" technology in these things but with a minuscule price tag. Why? Well, unfortunately quality was left off the checklist as this thing headed our way.
They are produced by Seoul-based MM Gear and sold under the Amzer umbrella. The headphones are advertised as being "the first two-way headphone in the world," meaning each earpiece has two drivers--one woofer and one tweeter. Ultimate Ears by Logitech has been offering $400 custom-molded two-way earphones for a while now.
But you obviously see the difference in the price. But at 1/10th of the price, you sure get 1/10th of the quality.
They look pretty. The white metallic look is a good one on this set. The PowerBooms also come in black for those who prefer that hue instead.
Folding down all the way makes them compact. The lines and angles are all sleek, giving them a look you will want to show off.
The earpieces are weighty and feel like they are durable. Its not cheap plastic.
The sub woofer in the right speaker blew almost right away. With the two-way speaker set up, that makes them almost worthless now. We ran them through bass tests and stress tests, Jay-Z's Almost Home from the Blueprint 3 finished and blew the sub.
Now anything with bass sounds awful.
HOW DO THEY SOUND:
Well, now they sound horrible. I feel that this review will be slightly tainted because of the sub blowing, but the fact remains that shouldn't happen.
During the bass test, distortion started right at 70Hz and the frequencies below that sounded like the headphone would just explode. It didn't hold the bass at all and even the non-blown left sub was weak.
Mids and highs were good. That is the one saving grace with the PowerBooms, but music that is meant to be full-sounding, these will distort the lows and put a lot of pressure on the highs. Therefore, these might sound extremely high on the treble and hurt your ears at loud levels. We couldn't even stand to turn them up past 50%.
The the only redeeming feature is the dual speaker setup on each side. Each earpiece contains a woofer and a tweeter, much like with stereo speakers, these have drivers for different frequencies and on paper should yield more clarity. Its a lot of tech in each ear, but the sounds don't feel dynamic and feel muddy.
I like over-the-ear headphones, but I would rather they enclose my ear as opposed to these, which sit on the ear. They are lightweight and mostly comfortable (the headband isn't shaped right for every head), they rest loosely on the ear, something I hate, and some users will be annoyed by the feel. Turn your head too quickly and that can even make them fall off.
I was annoyed by the feel and they would never sit right on my head.
The basically didn't even make it one song before the right sub woofer was blown. That is not normal, no matter what song or how loud.
I was hyped with the style and initial feel of the "cans" but with their first plug in, I can't recommend them.
The sound is one thing, but the lack of comfort makes them a burden to wear. We try to be nice, but these are really not something you should consider looking to buy. No bass, no comfort, no way.