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PROS: Excellent comfort, isolation, and sound quality.
Last year Blue released their newest headphones, the Mo-Fi, that had active amp built-in. Now their latest release, Lola, delivers the same sound quality and form factor in an impressive passive package.
As mentioned, they have the same basic design of the Mo-Fi’s. There is plenty of adjustability, due to the multiple pivot points that echo the suspension of a super lifted 4×4, and feel as robust as one. The well-padded headband offers up excellent comfort, something we can’t live without on long mix sessions. Noise isolation is provided by the ear cups, which are extremely comfortable, and fit well on most any size head.
With the trend of active circuits and noise cancellation systems, the Lola’s passive system doesn’t leave the listener wanting more. Even on a crowded noisy flight, the physical isolation blocks out screaming children. In the studio, they offer up enough isolation in a live room with a screaming guitar cabinet, as well. There’s no loss on fidelity, and the sound quality is excellent; after listening for just a little bit, the Lolas may convert users of high-end noise cancelling/active cans.
Since there is no active system, these are considerably lighter than the Mo-Fi’s, which brings a big advantage: far less fatigue during recording sessions (or flights). It’s also a less “colored” listening experience. In some cases, long use with active headphones means listening at louder volume levels, resulting in ear fatigue. Lola’s passive system made long use a very comfortable experience overall, regardless of the application.
They street for $249, and considering the adjustability, overall comfort and excellent listening experience, it’s well positioned in that price range. They’re great for studio use, home listening, as well as mobile applications. If you’re going to go passive, this is the way to go!
Fit Style: Circumaural (Around the Ear)
Driver Size: 50mm
Frequency Response: 15Hz-20kHz
Impedance: 42 ohms
Cable Length: 9.8′ audio cable, 3.9′ cable with Apple iPhone/iPad controls and microphone
Replaceable Cable: Yes
Plug Size: 1/8″ or 1/4″
Weight : 14 oz.