First Look: BigR Audio Crooks & Castles XL-CC1 + Hellz XL-HB1 Headphones

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As the latest venture from part of the team behind the late, great speaker and video dock manufacturer Sonic Impact, BigR Audio’s new line of “reference headphones” ($149 each) has been built from the start to capitalize on recent trends in co-branding and fashionable design. The huge — seriously huge — headphones look and feel inspired by the plasticy, sorta edgy Skullcandy style, with a female-friendly Hellz-branded version (XL-HB1) that comes in pink and black, and a Crooks & Castles guys version (XL-CC1) that’s all black and even chunkier. On the plus side, the headphones are interestingly packaged inside of beautifully custom-etched bamboo boxes that open and shut with magnetic closures, coming with black carrying bags for use when you’re not at home, and they use flat, tangle-free cords with integrated three-button remote controls and microphones. Unfortunately, the headphones’ 57mm drivers are pretty inefficient and hollow at lower than 65% volume levels, suffer from a Chinese factory smell, have somewhat uncomfortable headband padding, and use oddly-shaped, case-unfriendly headphone plugs. We’re big fans of Sonic Impact’s past licensed products, so we’re pretty confident that BigR Audio can and will improve over time — these are hopefully just the start of something bigger and better.

First Look: BigR Audio Crooks & Castles XL-CC1 + Hellz XL-HB1 Headphones

First Look: BigR Audio Crooks & Castles XL-CC1 + Hellz XL-HB1 Headphones

First Look: BigR Audio Crooks & Castles XL-CC1 + Hellz XL-HB1 Headphones

First Look: BigR Audio Crooks & Castles XL-CC1 + Hellz XL-HB1 Headphones

First Look: BigR Audio Crooks & Castles XL-CC1 + Hellz XL-HB1 Headphones

First Look: BigR Audio Crooks & Castles XL-CC1 + Hellz XL-HB1 Headphones

First Look: BigR Audio Crooks & Castles XL-CC1 + Hellz XL-HB1 Headphones

First Look: BigR Audio Crooks & Castles XL-CC1 + Hellz XL-HB1 Headphones

First Look: BigR Audio Crooks & Castles XL-CC1 + Hellz XL-HB1 Headphones

First Look: BigR Audio Crooks & Castles XL-CC1 + Hellz XL-HB1 Headphones

First Look: BigR Audio Crooks & Castles XL-CC1 + Hellz XL-HB1 Headphones

First Look: BigR Audio Crooks & Castles XL-CC1 + Hellz XL-HB1 Headphones

First Look: BigR Audio Crooks & Castles XL-CC1 + Hellz XL-HB1 Headphones

Our Rating

NA
Not Rated

Company and Price

Company: BigR Audio

Website: www.Bigraudio.com

Model: Crooks & Castles, Hellz

Price: $149

Compatible: All iPods, iPhones, iPads

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Jeremy Horwitz

Jeremy Horwitz was the Editor-in-Chief at iLounge. He has written over 5,000 articles and reviews for the website and is one of the most respected members of the Apple media. Horwitz has been following Apple since the release of the original iPod in 2001. He was one of the first reviewers to receive a pre-release unit of the device, and his review helped put iLounge on the map as a go-to source for Apple news.