Unmistakable and bohemian. I took an abundance of time thinking of two words that best describe Grain Audio’s OEHP wood headphones and those are the two I came up with. If they seem a bit unexpected, let me explain.
I’m a sucker for seeking out the best headphones I can. Music is such a big part of my work and personal lives that I want to experience it in the best way I can — naturally. That means I want the sound, the looks, the comfort level and any additional features to be the best that I can get my hands on. And I’ve gotten my hands on a lot of headphones over the years as I’ve tested and written about them for DailyTekk. But after awhile it gets tricky trying to come up with new ways to describe what’s good or bad about a pair of headphones. We reviewers end up recycling words from article to article. But this time — because the product positively deserves it — I felt a different approach would be good. As a result I give you unmistakable and bohemian.
When music is piped through these headphones it has a distilled, distinct quality that could only be described as more pure and, in a word, unmistakable. There’s no mistaking what the artist wanted listeners to hear because there is no spurious bass or other aggrandizement.
In fact, the lack of bass was one of the first things I noticed when I first put these cans on my ears. But lack is really the wrong word to use because the bass it just as it should be: natural. So in a way these headphones are the antithesis of Beats in the sound department; they aren’t dialed-up but are instead dialed-in to authenticity of intonation.
But I don’t miss the extra bass dozens of other headphones have coerced my ears into getting used to. The longer I’ve worn the Grain Audio OEHPs the more I’ve come to enjoy them. It’s like auditory rehab. Without that fog of bass overlaying and muting the subtlety of instruments, voices and effects, my music seems to be so much brighter and distinct.
I feel like the Grain Audio OEHP headphones are artistically refined and free of regard for the conventional practices of many, if not most, manufacturers selling headphones for around $200. And so I’ll describe them as bohemian, not ...