Zomo HD-2500 bluetooth headphones NAMM 2014 (4)

We’ve watched Zomo for many years, only really getting a chance to see what they are doing at NAMM. We reviewed their MC-1000 modular add on for hardware mixers and were generally a fan of it. While they make a large assortment of gear, they are more at NAMM for the business side of things, as opposed to the gear announcement noise.

They did however give me a hands on with their new Zomo HD-2500 headphones. They have two models, both the same size, with a comparable design to the HD25IIs. There is a wired version with a detachable cable which can be plugged into either ear cup, and has a short coil on each side with approximately a 1meter straight cable in between. The headphones were a little tight and the cups were a little firm, but they sounded very clean and crisp. They didn’t cut out a lot of noise when nothing was coming through them, but when we ran some music it actually was good at preventing me from hearing the absolutely loud InMusic booth 15 feet away. They were very bendable and sturdy and felt like they could take almost as much abuse as my HD25IIs. They will run $199, and while I’m hoping they improve the few things I felt were issues, they were still very solid headphones

I also saw a pair of Bluetooth headphones that have the option to be wired. They have a similar build and feel, but they come with a little Bluetooth attachment that can be plugged into a mixer. These headphones sound great, and can cut down on the sheer madness of cables in a booth, and also sound good enough on the street. They are still a prototype, so no pricing was available, but it is definitely a good idea and something I’d be interested in seeing.

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