- Band Management
- Home Recording
- Live Sound
- Best Instruments
- New Music & Video
Cons: poor sound, cheap construction, muffled bass and mids.
Yikes, it’s not often that we have to recommend our readers NOT buy something, but this is one of those cases. The Mogul headphones are, quite simply, some of the worst sounding headphones we’ve encountered. Being touted as a DJ-style design, we decided to test them out in a DJ-style scenario, and they failed miserably. Bass response…well, it doesn’t “respond” to the music, it’s just a big sea of boom. When you’re a professional DJ and you need to clearly hear tracks you’re mixing on the fly, the ability to hone in on bass and drum tracks is of key importance. If you were to rely on these headphones, you’d have a difficult time doing that, as an emphasis was placed on bass volume, and not clarity. All it does is muddy up the sound, and creates an unmanageable mish-mash of timbres.
So we tried listening to music for enjoyment, and put away the turntable and 12-inch dance mixes. After spending some quality time with both an iPod and a high-end CD player, the results were, unsurprisingly, similar. Uncontrollable bass boominess and super-muddy mids just clogged up the dynamics, instead of presenting them in a proper, clear soundstage.
Bottom line, if you are a performing DJ looking for a quality set of cans, the old adage is true; you get what you pay for. The Moguls sound terrible, and the build quality is certainly lacking (assuming you even like the Princess Leia earmuff design to begin with). You can do a lot better, and still come out paying less than $100.