Orange has ventured into the prosumer/studio headphone market with their new O Series headphones. I was very interested to hear how these sounded as Orange amps have such a unique sound. I received a pair from Orange to test and I must say I’m quite impressed. Let’s take a look at what these headphones have to offer.
Orange has gone all out with packaging and delivery on these headphones. They come in an awesome branded Orange box with their logo included, plus there is a hard clamshell case that can be used to transport them around without the fear of them getting damaged.
They also come with three different cables. I really like the cable with the volume slider and button as it integrates with the smartphone’s functionality. So on my iPhone I can adjust this slider to change the volume. Plus I can use the button to pause, play, skip forward and backward with tracks. This functionality also works really well when I used it with my MacBook. It integrated very nicely with the OS, and I could easily navigate my songs in my iTunes playlist. So a real nice feature to have on headphones.
The build quality on these headphones looks nice and solid. They are light but the materials used look quite strong. It has a good metal adjustable band attached to the solid headpiece. There’s a detachable cable and what I like is that it’s not a proprietary connection. It’s just a standard 3.5 mm jacks. So let’s say your cat eats all three cables. Then you can least replace it with any 3.5mm cable.
These are on-ear headphones, and they sit quite nicely on the ears. I’m not normally a fan of on-ear (I prefer over-ears), but these were very comfortable on the ears. And I used them for a good couple of hours and my ears were fine.
The headphones have quite a flat response. There’s nice detail in the 1–2 kHz region, I suspect a slight bump in this area. Which is great for vocal pieces as it really stands out in this area. But the sound does get a bit less detailed in the lower-mids to lows. So if you after slightly hyped bassier headphones you might be missing it here. But like I said they are quite flat, so they would be great as a secondary mix reference headphone.
There is also very good stereo separation. I listened to some material with heavy panning and the different instruments could be clearly heard in their respective positions in the stereo field. But if I was using these for mixing I’d be careful not to pan too hard on these guys.
Overall, a very nice introductory pair of headphones from Orange for the Prosumer/Studiophile headphone listener. They’re very comfortable on-ear headphone with quite a flat response. These would be a great pair for prosumers looking for headphones with great frequency response, plus the studio musician looking for a secondary pair of headphones for an alternate reference on mixes.
Price: $195 MSRP
Pros: Nice stereo separation. Very comfortable on-ear closed back headphones. Great packaging with cover. Detachable cables with smartphone compatibility
Cons: Low mids a bit muddy. Might not be a fan if you prefer over-ear headphones.