GEAR REVIEW: iFrogz EarPollution Mogul Headphones

Pros: none to speak of.

Cons: poor sound, cheap construction, muffled bass and mids.


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  • Driver Unit: 50 mm
  • Impedance: 32 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 116 dB
  • Frequency Response: 10-30,000 Hz
  • Cord Length:1.5 m
  • Plug: 3.5 mm

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.

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    March 24, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Wow… Its sad to see such a pitiful review wrapped around such a popular headphone. I’d like to see your spread and monitor your output… No headphone fails that miserably, especially with the specs you posted, unless there’s a serious lack of skill on the part of the user. I don’t care if the headphones are held together by duct tape, if you understand modulation and frequency then you can use a 20 dollar pair of headphones to produce the effects you need them to… the problem is that the output will blow out the headphones before you get any real use out of them if you have the output modulated to work for a $500 pair of headphones… My question to you is did you use, or are you yourself, a professional? I’ve used these headphones for quite a while, broken them in, and bass is where these headphones are SUPERIOR, not INFERIOR, and at 116 decibels what what would you expect? If you are trying to inform professionals, then, please, inform them properly — using high quality equipment doesn’t make you a skilled DJ.

    • Benjamin Ricci

      March 25, 2013 at 11:48 am

      Our reviewer is completely competent and has over 15 years pro audio experience. I’m sorry you don’t agree with our assessment, but these headphones are truly awful – and believe me, we tried them in a number of different settings and scenarios to be fair. Try a pair of Grados or Audio-Technicas to experience a true difference.

      • GARRETT

        February 17, 2018 at 4:44 pm


        • Benjamin Ricci

          February 19, 2018 at 4:33 pm

          With respect, we stand by our (now 6-year old) review. Our equipment at the time of its publication was follows:

          Music Hall MMF 5.1 turntable with Goldring cartridge
          Grado Sr225 headphones
          Cambridge Audio D500 CD Player
          Nakamichi CR-1a Cassette Deck
          Harman/Kardon 430 Twin Powered Stereo Receiver
          Axiom m3 passive speakers.

          The headphones that we were supplied, as we tested them nearly six years ago, were not impressive. At this point, there is really nothing left for us to comment on. The review was published in early 2012, and we don’t even have access to this model anymore. If you’ve had a different experience, that’s great.

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