Headphones, Dad Ears and the Cowin E-7

From the day I got my first pair of headphones I’ve maintained a love/hate relationship with these apparatus.  I love that I can listen to my music without anyone else complaining about the song choice or volume level.  I hate that I have to put something in or on my ears to accomplish it.

You see I share a little bit in common with Warren from “There’s Something About Mary” in that I don’t like having my ears touched.  Weird, I know.  I won’t fly off the handle and pummel you if you accidentally touch them, like Warren does, but I will certainly let you know I’m not loving it.

Like Warren, I’m definitely an ear-muff kind of guy.  If I have to choose between in-the-ear, on-the-ear or over-the-ear headphones, I’m always going with the latter.  I want something that is soft and light and doesn’t constantly remind me that I have something hanging from my ears.

Back to that first pair, though.  I bought those purely out of necessity.  I already noted in a previous post that when I was a teenager I spent most of my free time and money around my stereo.  I thoroughly researched each component and bought the best of what my budget would allow.  The headphones were a different matter.  They were simply adequate.

Having an audiophile level stereo system usually means you want to play it at levels where it can be appreciated.  I was no exception.  The only problem with that is that when you’re a teenager, your music taste and listening hours don’t usually correspond to that of your parents.  “But Dad, it’s only 11!”

My Dad was blessed with unusually good hearing.  It probably didn’t help that we lived in a log cabin with slate floors, but still he could hear a pin drop from two floors away.  I believe I actually inherited this hearing talent from him which I labeled as “Dad hearing” later in life.  It does come in handy when your teens are trying to sneak out their bedroom windows.

So I bought the headphones out of need rather than want and spent very little time researching them before I purchased.  My reasoning went like this – “They’re going to suck anyway, so I might as well save my money for something else.”  In retrospect, I lost a lot of good listening time to this logic.  While they weren’t terrible, they certainly weren’t giving me the best of listening experiences.

Not surprisingly, my Dad could still hear the music coming out of the headphones.  I guess my large head was acting as some sort of amplifier that caused the music to radiate throughout the house.  That was his theory, anyway.

At least they were comfortable.  I made sure of that.  They had a nice soft outer vinyl skin and thick foam padding.  That was good because I usually woke up the next morning with them still strapped to my head, music playing.

Over the years I’ve gone through many pairs of headphones, with different styles and varying sound quality.  Of one thing I’m certain, I can never spend extended periods of times with anything that isn’t comfortable or of great sound quality.  Those tiny ear bud things are just not for me.

Today we have even greater need for personal audio space.  It doesn’t matter whether you’re playing Xbox or watching a video, or listening to music on the train into work, You still want to have something that sounds great and is just for you.  Oh, and those wires hanging around your neck?  That is oh so 1990’s.

Aside from having great sound and wireless operation, the next most important feature is noise canceling.  This technology has come a long way in the last ten years to the point where even low-cost headphones do a good job of shutting out the environmental din.

If you’re looking for a pair for yourself, take a look at the Cowin E-7.  They have everything you need in a good pair of headphones.   If you have Dad ears like me, they make a great gift, too!

Cowin E-7 Active Noise Canceling Wireless Bluetooth Over-ear Stereo Headphones

Product Highlights

  • Significant noise reduction for travel, work and anywhere in between. Active Noise Canceling technology—-turn off the noise canceling mode by flipping the switch when you needed.
  • Proprietary 40mm large-aperture drivers. Exceptional clarity throughout an extended frequency range, with deep, accurate bass response.
  • Lightweight comfortable around-ear fit you can wear all day long. 90° swiveling earcups, professional protein earpad and headband material delivers more durability and comfort.
  • On-Board Mic pulse remote for taking calls, volume control and switching up playlists.
  • 30 hours playtime at Bluetooth mode. Enjoy music all the time when the battery dead using the 3.5mm audio cable. 18-month warranty and quick response & friendly customer service. What’s In The Box: Cowin E-7 Bluetooth Headphones, Micro USB Cable, 3.5mm audio cable, User guide

Some customer reviews

They feel wonderful on your head. The fully wrap around my ears and there’s no squishing. I have a pair of Razer gaming headphones that I use as my computer’s main sound playback, and after 4-5 hours of wearing them, you really feel it. With the Cowin, wearing them for long hours and even falling asleep is no problem.

The sound quality is crisp and enjoyable, trust me when I say the noise cancelling version is worth the extra money. If you’re a fan of softer music like score or jazz and hate that you can’t listen to it well in public, that mode helps quite well with it. The design is comfortable and fits snugly on the head.

The whole reason I bought the E7s was because I fly a reasonable amount, and having noise canceling makes a big difference in the experience. I liked just turning on the ANC (active noise canceling) with nothing else and just rendering the world a dull hum.