For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been testing out California Headphones, a new type of headset “designed for country and rock fans”. Headphones are not always an easy type of product to review because everyone has their own sense of sound and preference for audio-listening. Here are my thoughts and observations about the California Headphones (the Silverado model).

  • Great construction. The earphones feel very durable and I don’t think these will easily break. On that note, a well-constructed (with a leather like material) carrying case is included with this model of the earphones.
  • The industrial design (mainly metal and leather) is incredibly well-crafted. These earphones truly look awesome.
  • The leather is a very nice touch to the rock/country California style that is trying to be be portrayed by these earphones.
  • The materials that the ear covering portion of the headphones use are very comfortable. I have been able to wear the Silverado for hours and not feel uncomfortable like I sometimes do with other headsets.
  • While audio is something that everyone has a different sense of, I feel that the quality is solid for casual-to-medium music listening. Solid bass is clearly present, but it could be better. These aren’t professional earphones for DJs but they aren’t even designed to be that. They are excellent for the intended use cases.
  • The background noise blocking on these earphones is fantastic, one the set’s biggest pros.
  • Another pro is that the ear-cups can be lifted up (without actually removing the set from your head) if you need to put a phone to your ear or hear something not coming through the earphones.

Overall, the quality of the California Earphones is as advertised. The premise of the California Headphones is its style that features a “California” feel based on rock and country music. The quality of sound is going to be up to the user, but in my tests they work and look great for the casual-to-medium music listener.

This particular model is priced at $225 – which we think is a bit steep – but the company also has a comparable model at just under $100. It’s worth comparing the two models at California Headphone’s website.

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