This month Alpine released a super sick new set of headphones that aim to deliver a live event sensation with exceptional audio and sweet styling. I had to check these out and see how they compared to my two favorite pairs of headphones – the BOSE Quiet Comfort and the Sennheiser HD 650. At $299, the price fits snugly in between the two, so you would imagine that it would perform right in the middle. My comparison tracks? Eric Prydz (Allein), Gemini (Explosions with Ellie Goulding), and Deadmau5 (Brazil). I was pleasantly surprised by how bass heavy the Alpines were – Explosions track was very impacting. It didn't have the same clarity as the Sennheisers for piano and vocals… but then, the Sennheisers are double the price. So I expect more of them. While we talking about comparing, these Headphones made me realize that the sound quality on my old Bose are just not great. On the other hand, their noise cancelling abilities are spectacular, so they'll probably remain in heavy rotation during my office hours. The Alpines have a snug fit with a close to the ear clasp, with cloth covered cords. Fantastic build quality. The headband is leather wrapped and hollow, I assume for the bass to travel up and truly surround the listener. The instructions say to install the alpine level play app to adjust sound settings, but (and this is a very crucial point) the app is only for iPhone – no android. Verdict: A strong and worthy competitor to Beats headphones. Serious gearheads will want to save a bit more and splurge on Audiotechnicas or sell their internal organs for Sennheisers.
Check out this video on the new Alpine headphones if you want to see them up close, or better yet, see them “even more up close” by winning a pair in our giveaway.
That's right mai friends, I'm giving the winner a pair of Alpines for free. Think of it as your Thanksgiving day present.