Published on November 22nd, 2016 | by Greg0
Thinksound On2: On-Ears That Grab The Eyes
When you think of materials in the gadgets that surround us, the immediate inclination is to think of plastic, various metal alloys, maybe glass. Screens and laptops, routers and receivers certainly require all of the above, and it’s hard to imagine too many of those items adding, say, stone or paper to the list. But not all of our gear is quite so technical as to require a complete absence of the natural world, and some of our favorite pieces find ways to make use of wood and leather and fabric in striking ways.
The Thinksound On2 On-Ear Monitors are a sequel to a well-regarded pair of headphones, newly updated in a few key ways. Built for audiophiles, they manage to be easy on the wallet too. First and foremost, the wooden earcups are quite attractive, a bit less glossy than the originals, nicely-colored and glowing. They look fantastic on your head, with a dark plastic used for the headband and the elements that need flexibility. Unlike most competitors in this class and despite their fairly hefty weight, the On2s were portable enough for easy travel thanks to their convenient folding, and come with a cute carrying pouch.
Boasting 40mm drivers, each ear has memory foam padding and is pretty comfortable- a bit more firm than plush, but durable. We loved the cables Thinksound included- Kevlar reinforced, fabric-covered, tangle-resistant- and there are two of them in the package. One is a traditional straight audio-only cable, and the other offers a microphone and single-button controls for use with Android or iOS smartphones. Now, there’s no Bluetooth wireless or active noise-cancellation, but the passive isolation is decent.
The On2′s sound signature is fairly neutral, befitting the term monitors, with a somewhat tight soundstage. The tone is a little tilted towards warm and there is plenty of bass, with a wide enough range to handle opera and rock alike. Clear and engaging, they never lacked for power or detail. Available now, online and in stores, expect to spend around $199 for the Thinksound On2s, or add a bit more for the very cool custom-painted versions from artist B. Cartier.