Today I’ll be taking a look at the stylish City Beat headphones from co:caine. Let’s get this out of the way early to help prevent too much giggling, yes I am aware that their name sounds like a drug and silly as that may seem, it’s actually rather clever marketing. All we’ve done since we got these headphones is talk about the product to people because of their name, very clever if you ask me. Yet when it comes to people talking about a product, it can’t just be because it has a silly or clever name, their needs to be something to back that up, quality, price, performance, style, any of these things and the more of them the better.
So with their trendy and provocative brand name, as well as the product name “City Beat” it’s pretty clear (at least to me) that these are a fashion accessories, my past trendy headset experience sets alarm bells off in the back of my head as that also often implies that more attention has gone into the style than the audio quality, but we shall find that out shortly.
The City Beat headphones have an RRP of just under 50 Euro and that’s a pretty reasonable price by any standard for a set of trendy and cool headphones. We’ll be looking at two colour choices from them today, the Neon and the Monkey Green, but there are a range of cool designs to choose from on their site, so it shouldn’t be hard to find a colour or style that is to your liking.
Audio is a massive industry and portable audio solutions are bigger than ever these days, the ever-increasing demand for music on the go with Mp3, mobile phones, tablets, laptops and more, the demand for good quality headphones is essential. So too is the demand for headphones that look good, especially given you could find them on your head or around your neck for most of the day.
- Speaker 40 mm
- Frequency range: 20-20.000 Hz
- Impedance: 32 Ω / channel
- Weight: 135 g ( w/o cable )
- Cable Length: 1,2 m
- Connector: 3,5 mm Mini Phono Plug
The City beats come with a durable fabric covered headband, it features a thin layer of soft padding which is just enough to provide a secure and comfortable fit, but not so much that the headset would feel bulky when worn around your neck.
A high quality braided cable is hard-wired to the set and while it adds a touch of style, braided cables generally tend to last longer thanks to the extra protection. This is complimented by a high quality gold-plated 3.5mm jack plug.
The ear cups are mounted on a swivel bracket which allows the ear cups to be flipped outwards completely, much like a set of DJ headphones. Each side can also be length adjusted through the headband to ensure a good fit.
Each ear cup comes padded with a leather-like material and some light padding that should insure a comfortable fit.
It doesn’t matter if you listen to pop music or heavy metal, a good set of headphones should be able to handle what ever takes your fancy, especially if you leave your playlist on shuffle like I do as you never know what is coming up next. The City Beats offered up crystal clear audio quality no matter what I threw at them and while the sound didn’t make me go “WOW” it didn’t falter either. What we have here are headphones that can deliver a balanced, accurate and enjoyable range of bass, mid and high tones without distortion, regardless of what you’re listening to, this is of course a very good thing. If you want to deafen yourself with incredible bass, buy bigger headphones, if you want well-balanced frequencies, these are for you.
Being quite trendy headphones, it only seemed fair to give them a little field experience and I decided to take a pair out with me for the day. Their super lightweight thanks to their minimal design and this lends well if you spend a lot of time with them around your neck rather than on your head, they don’t feel like they’re getting in the way and that can be an important factor for a lot of people.
When on your ears they do block out a lot of outside noise, mostly due to the closed ear cups on the back, leaving you to focus on the music. The headband is strong and supportive and while they may not hold in place if you’re doing Parkour, they’ll hold up fine to some moderate jogging.
I’m actually rather surprised by the co:caine city beats and how well they performed, I was ready to say lots of mean things about them when I saw them and I simply don’t have anything bad to say about them, which is no bad thing of course.
Ok so I’m not exactly a fan of the lime green colour choice of the Neon edition, yet there is a full range of eight different colours and designs on their official homepage, so you shouldn’t have much difficulty finding a set that is to your liking, style and preference in general. I did however really like the darker Green Monkey edition and the monkey motif really made that set stand out for me, guess which one I wore out on my road test?
It’s important for City Beat to have a varied selection of colours and styles, it’s obvious to anyone who sees the product, checks the website or even watches the advert for them, these are a fashion accessories, a statement, a trendy product and for the most part those are the kind of product I avoid, since I’m not trendy or fashionable. Maybe I’ve seen the error of my ways however and that there are some products such as these that still offer great audio performance on top of the whole image thing.
Fashionable or not, I was always going to judge these headphones on their technical performance and while that’s escaping the point of a trendy audio accessory such as these headphones, it’s actually worked in their favour. They sound great, much better than I was expecting in fact, they cost less that most other trendy headphones, they have a cool product name, they look just as good as everything else on the market (in terms of design) within this price range and fundamentally to me their rock solid build quality is backed up by great sound. Last of all however is the price, being under 50 euro makes them not exactly cheap, but still good value for money.