i-Mego Retro Heavybeats: Style and bass heavy headphones

You may not know i-Mego and their range of headphones, but their design team have been working tirelessly to ensure you take notice. There most striking design would have to be the Retro Heavybeats – a pair of oversized cans designed for the R&B, Hip-Hop and Rock.

Most can style headphones have aped DJ headphones style, which is cool if you are spinning vinyl at the local disco, but unnecessary if you are simply pottering around the house or wandering on the streets trying to look cool … like 90% of people wearing DJ style headphones.

As a result, the look of the Heavy Beats – which I can best describe as a vintage radio microphone worn on your head – is particularly appealing. They come in a chocolaty brown and wouldn’t look out of place on the set of Black Dynamite.

But how do they sound? They lack the … mature sophistication of the Altec Lansing Ultra Muxx’s review here – which really shone when listening to jazz, classical and professionally produced podcasts. However, the Ultra Muxx’s almost deliberately lack soul-shaking bass – something the Heavybeats has in buckets (or rather cans). The two 40mm drivers have 20Hz-20kHz frequency response, 32ohms impedance and 106±5db sensitivity – all of which is respectable for some headphones in this price range.

In practical terms, they were able to handle a range of sounds with competence. Whizzing through the 8-bit glory that is the Scott Pilgrim Vs the World Video game OST was a joy and bass heavy tunes from Jay Electronica, Dead Prez and Ray Keith all had the requisite level of warmth. These aren’t beats by Dre – but you knew that going in. If you like the look of these and are happy with the sound you would expect for a mid-range set of headphones then you should check these out.

If the radio look of the Retro Heavybeats is not quite for you they also do the Lumber – some quite discreet looking inner-ear headphones, which as the name suggests are encased in wooded housing.