Review: Bomber Headphones by Motörhead: Heavy Metal Heavyweights?

Our score: 2/5
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January 23, 2013 9:12 AM
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Published: January 23, 2013 9:10 AM
By Guillaume Letoupin
Translated by: Catherine Barraclough
The Bomber is the entry-level model in the new Motörheadphönes series of headphones. They are being distributed and marketed by Swedish firm Krusell International AB, which doesn't seem to have any previous experience in the world of audio products.

Design: Finish Could Be Better2/5



The Bomber headphones use the kind of floating headband that's often seen in AKG models. Although this kind of design is usually comfortable, that's not really the case here, since the two soft rubbery ends of the headbands press down quite unpleasantly on the top of your head, tugging at a few hairs while they're at it. These flexible rubbery ends are what's used to adapt the headphones to the shape of your head. The hard plastic and wire bits of the headband are firmly fixed in place and can't be adjusted. This system isn't particularly practical for users with larger heads (or very small heads, for that matter).

Bomber 1

The velvet-effect eadpads do nothing to save the day either, as they soon make your ears get hot. That said, the Bomber headphones aren't impossibly uncomfortable to wear. Thanks to their lightweight and not-too-tight design, they do stay on your head quite easily and relatively painlessly. 

The decorative golden plastic highlights are rather fragile and the materials and assembly aren't the stuff of dreams.

The cable isn't detachable but it does feature a built-in remote with music playback controls and call controls for use as a hands-free kit. A cloth travel pouch is also included. 


Sound Quality: Not Very Accurate Output2/5



According to the Motörheadphönes sales manager for France, Lofti Ben Salem, headphones designed for rock music should prioritise middle frequencies. For us, however, decent headphones should reproduce all frequencies faithfully in relation to the source. We were therefore only too keen to see what the Bomber headphones were made of when put to the test in our labs. For starters, here's the frequency response graph:

Responce frequency bomber
Frequency response for the Bomber headphones — bass at the left, high frequencies at the right.

Well, well, well! The frequency response graph shows that mid-frequencies haven't really been boosted in these rocker's headphones—quite the opposite, in fact. The frequency response shows that the Bomber headphones lack bass. In fact, bass only seems to be present at around 100 Hz. Middles are relatively well rendered, although the frequency response remains very linear. Unfortunately, the peak at 12 dB at 8 Khz leads to problems with sibilance which makes sounds like "sh", "s" and "z" sound hissy and quite unpleasant.

On top of that, the soundstage is quite tight, which makes for a muffled sound and an overall output that's not so nice to listen to.

Disto bomber
Left: THD+N in % // Right: harmonic distortion only in dB

As you can see from the graphs above, distortion is heavily present at the lower end of the spectrum. Then again, that's only to be expected, seeing as these are frequencies that the Bomber isn't capable of reproducing correctly (see the frequency response graph). Distortion is very low over the rest of the spectrum and doesn't affect the output.

Even though these headphones have a "closed" design, sound isolation isn't a strong point. In fact, people standing near you on the bus will probably be able to hear everything you're listening to.  

All in all, the Motörheadphönes Bomber have too many problems for our liking, whether in terms of audio quality, design or build. Let's hope that some of the higher-end Motörheadphönes products prove more convincing.
 
2/5 Motörheadphönes Bomber DigitalVersus 2013-01-23 10:10:00

Pros

  • It could appeal to fans of Motörhead

Cons

  • Finish
  • Sibilance
  • Lacks bass
  • Poor sound insulation
  • Not that comfortable

Conclusion

The Motörheadphönes Bomber headphones aren't particularly convincing, largely due to strong sibilance, lack of bass and an uncomfortable design.

OUR SCORE 2/5
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