@frmorrison Retail price is sometimes irrelevant. When have you seen a good product sell for <20% retail? I have a $50 watch that was $595 retail. It's a marketing scam. Groupon has $30 watches right now that claim $700 retail. Also one of the Amazon reviews compares it to a $400 pair of headphones and says it blows them away. Just my 2 cents.
@phatmass "I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and its client." from one of his other four reviews for two other things (Wal-Mart wireless and forza motorsport 4)
@a haha, thats woot. That place is a clusterfuck. Got a boc a few weeks ago, hot wheels car, gel valentine wall hang, and a shirt.woot mini comic. Apparently that counts now as a legit BOC. Fuck those fuckers.
@studerc Hahaha well sorry mate...looks like I may have dodged a bullet of dissapointment. Then again, I was meant to get my boc back in that short post-amazon, pre-clusterfuck stage, so it might not have been that bad. (2 years was a guess, I really don't know how many to be honest)
Look, these may be terrific earphones, I dunno. But your color & font & font size in the write-up are impossibly difficult to struggle with...at least with these Old Fart eyeballs & using Chrome. The smallest type is illegible. I will play with resizing, etc., but I wanted to point out that, unlike most of your stuff, I really have to struggle to find out what you're saying.
@benf_dc I saw that before ordering too but didn't want to mention it just in case I was wrong. I couldn't find any reference to the microphone anywhere. In fact, none of the sites even mention if it's a 1/4" or 1/8" phone plug. But once I googled it and found the 808audio website and the comment about the mic in the cable, I snagged one. I figured it wasn't too much money to risk if I was wrong about the mic.
Between the weird and obscure reviews posted by @pavlov and the Amazon reviews (only 4 reviews for a product sold by Amazon since May 2013?), that has got got be the oddest profile of "reviews" I've ever seen for an audio product. It's a phantom product. Zero marketing budget? . . . 'Our kids are tough on headsets and I'm not quite sure why I'm 'risking' 8 bucks on these. . .
@RedOak Eh. I'm in for two. 808 does make (or has made) other models, and taken as a whole, the company's headphones in general seem to be at least fairly well-regarded. I think this is a safe buy at eight dollarbucks, and I would not be shocked if they sold out.
I think this purchase will make a lovely addition to my cabinet full of inactive equipment which includes VHS players, VHS rewinders, Web-TV equipment, a digital to analog device and a vinyl disc (record ie 33 1/3) player. They have all been replaced by my adult toys.
Under $10? Well hello there. In for one of each color because that's a great deal. Also because Irk's rap and today's write were simply too awesome not to buy. And that noise cancellation was the clincher.
I seem to be averaging 3 orders a week lately. At least it's not the bigger ticket items or I'd be broke.
@ekw That's exactly it! I was on the same war path for a while and had a pile that started to grow like mad. I ended up putting a bunch into the Fuku Exchange I participated in, but the box value sure can get expensive. Good for the recipient, bad for the bank account:)
Roland-Tr-808-Rhythm-Composer-Electronic-Drum-Set-TR808 Item Sold Item condition: Used Ended: Mar 10, 2015 , 8:40PM Price: US $3,775.00 Shipping: $114.56 Standard Shipping Those crazy Cals. they certainly know how to charge (and somebody actually bought it!)
I seem to keep trying to find a better pair of headphones for cheap… but never do. I still use my Aiwa X301 that I bought probably over 20 years ago, and you know what? They honestly still kick the ass of everything else I've tried.
Don't know where you got that "people preferred the Linn." My engineer got an 808 on a trip to Tokyo in 1981, we brought it to the studio and Arthur laid down the basic rhythm right off the box. We recorded separate 808 instruments to separate multitrack channels though. We put out Planet Rock in 1982. The 808 was a HUGE success right out of the box.
Trivia- The reason an 808 bass drum doesn't sound like a rock kick drum is because the Roland engineers thought they were reproducing a real bass drum, like guys carry in parades. A few years later I rented a 42" parade drum and sampled it for a Patti Day record.
Hey Meh guys. Get the real story first eh? B)
Oh, PS - Kraftwerk sounds are not 808, but Oberheim eXpander. Just so you know.
@djslack My engineer might still have it with the unintelligible English written by a Japanese instructions. I always liked to play with the machine's programming for fun, but it's a lot easier to sample everything off and use it in Abelton. B)
I do my weekly 3-hour shift on a community non-profit radio station, and thought of these for basic on-air use, but the open backs rule them out. During mic breaks sound escaping could lead to feedback, or just to sonic mush.
I have a great set of Sony's, and B/W, and gave a sound crusher with adjustable mega bass to a relative for a gift, got them super duper cheap, and they had very good sound. I'll describe how these compare. Sadly, my dog ate my favorite ear buds, an oder pair with a very comfortable tapered ear inserts, and a long cord. I will need to scout out some new ones too; might even try a pair or blue-tooth buds. Who knows what my wallet will try buying next? Who could possibly be interested in rambling thoughts about sound waves? In conclusion, $ 8 bucks is cheap but the chain store $5 and below probably has headphones for $5.
Yea it is weird how the items don't ship in order. Seems like 5 or so items will stack up and ship in random order. No biggie I'm sure they are still working things out and not like prime or anything considering price. Only PITA is having to leave work early to go to the post office when the box is too big for my mailbox.
Hey y'all -- if you scroll on up to the specs you'll see that the estimated delivery for these is quite far out from when we sold them (3/25 - 3/27), that's something to keep in mind and check when you order something and wonder where it is.
That said, we're having some issues getting these into our warehouse so it's possible we may miss that estimated delivery date. Sorry about that if we do.
@JonT That's OK. Wasn't all that excited about them anyway. Hopefully the delay is not due to having them queued up to sell again prior to the initial Meh'rs testing them out! (And proving them crappy.) ;-)
@JonT Guh. If I get it on the 1st of April, there better some gag in there with it, like opening the package for some springy snakes to pop out at me too or something. But nah, I buy what little I can from Meh for the price and price alone. I've waited longer for stuff from other sites when shopping with that attitude, but they've never had the politeness to let me know I have to wait longer than expected.
@RedOak Oh, my mistake!! We should furiously make out on each of the four flights we will be taking next weekend, instead of enjoying a few hours of semi-quiet time and partially blocking out the loud conversations of my fellow passengers. RIIIIIIGHT.
Eh, they're only moving the estimated shipping date back a week, which doesn't exactly sound unreasonable to me. And as always from Meh, I appreciate the level of honesty and lack of bullshit. Most companies would just send it late and hope nobody notices.
Well crap, I was going to have the kids use these in the car for the 12+ hr drive to FL for spring break. Now They won't have anything to listen to their music with. Now we are going to have to actually talk and stuff. I mean WTF, thanks for making my family BOND or disBOND on the road meh. :)
@apexslide You should have gotten the Jlabs to fill their ear holes. Personally, if anything is going to cause a family to dis-bond, it will be a 12+ drive anywhere. Doubly so if that place in Florida has a mouse as a mascot. I would say to give up and pack it in, but our state needs your tourist dollars. Feel free to mortgage the house and spend it here. kthnx
I mean really this just stuff. Sure ya want it but how soon till it's in the junk drawer cast aside for the next nifty geegaw. It not like expressscripts screwing up my order for the 3rd time and I can't breath because big pharma has locked out all generics and the repugnacants got all concerned about global warming and outlawed butane gassed inhalers so what was $20 in 2007 is 200 today, fuckers
This reminds me of the time I won the lottery. I drove down to Austin to pick up my millions and they were like, "Sorry sir, it's going to be a few weeks before we can get you your check." I was like, WHAT!? I drove down here for nothing? Screw it, just give me my dollar back!!!
We received ours yesterday and I wore a set on my train ride in. I'm pleasantly surprised. They do a decent job of blocking out ambient noise (it's different--both better and worse--from my triple-flange in-ear), they're actually quite comfortable (there's also plenty of room for my largeish head) and the sound is good (bass is better than ear phones and I don't notice a significant deprecation at the higher ranges).
The wait wasn't bad, IMO, and well worth the $8, especially considering that I would likely have never bought this kind of listening device (I've been happy with my earphones) were they not so cheap. Glad we got three.
Well done, meh. Though, yeah, not as meh as I would have expected.
And mine come in missing instruction and carrying bag. Also a white sticker on the box with numbers written in pen and the headphone cord all undone in the box. Just like my food containers. Contacting support. 😞
@snapster one of our three came with that hand written sticker as well. Haven't opened all three to check contents. But was a bit worried by that odd sticker. And the individual product boxes are pretty banged up - would not feel comfortable gifting them with out some kind of 'got them at a flea market' joke.
Finally came! Hm, mine didn't have a carrying bag either. Trying them out. They are not terrible at all! The bass on these is STOOPID LOUD. No audiophile would love these but they'd make some teenager with an mp3 player full of dubstep very very happy. They make me pretty happy too.
I'm so glad this thing is OK! I was worried about buying more headphones from meh after buying the metal Jbuds. Those things were so bad they gave me ear cancer.
@edheil I recently climbed up from Sennheiser 201s to HD598s. Music has changed for me because of it and I can definitely note shortcomings of lesser headphones when it used to not matter. These are decent for $8 and might sound better not going through an amp, but that bass muddles everything else. As long as it isolates better than my open 598s, though. Need isolation for better voice recording, even if what I monitor doesn't sound top quality.
@Talidan That's a fair assessment. If you want to listen to something and not get pounded in the ear by overwhelming bass to the exclusion of everything else, these are probably not the headphones to use. :)
They look cheap. They feel cheap. They did not come with the carrying bag promised by Meh. They do not have the hands-free calling mic promised on the 808 Audio product page (but not by Meh), without which the iPhone / Android compatibility sticker on the box makes little sense.
But they are comfortable to wear and sound quite good for $8.00 cans. So no regrets.
@benf_dc Headphones without a mic tend to have the compatibility sticker now. Probably because a lot of people have to know if something is compatible with their device, even if it should be obvious that it is. Since some companies started to do it, others have no choice but to do it otherwise people comparing might notice one says compatible and the other doesn't, meaning no sale from someone who doesn't understand headphones is headphones.
@benf_dc It would be silly to deviate from the near-universal headphone standard, but that's more like something Apple would do anyway. Just about everything for Android is pretty standard and about the same as iPhones, save for the proprietary Apple stuff, which is few and mostly internal stuff, other than the power jack. Most Android devices have micro-USB for power, which is reaaallly nice since you can use almost any non-Apple device cords interchangeably for both power and connecting to PC. Got a Windows 8 tablet? Same cable can be used for your Android phone! Really, there's Apple Standard, and then there's Everything Else Standard. The two mix from time to time, but Apple is the one that likes to have its own, sterile ecosystem...
@Talidan The iPhone does not have a headphone jack. It has a headphone-compatible 3.5mm headset jack. Before the iPhone, these were extremely rare; most cell phones had the same 2.5mm headset jacks that remain common on cordless phone handsets today.
@benf_dc Sorry, that's what I mean. It being a headset jack is kind of a given at this point. And later Blackberrys (still pre-iPhone), being basically the first popular smartphone, helped make it standard as well. The popularity of both cemented it, I think.
I don't like the fact they were obvious returns with a beat up box and big white sticker on the front. (They were not sold as refurbs but obviously repackaged.) I don't like there is no bag as advertised. I do like the way they sound and I guess that is what matters. When you buy a pair of $8.00 headphones, you get $8.00 Headphones. Just be a little more honest about the product next time. Makes me wonder.......
Just checked my mailbox and was excited to open these up. They sound great for the price and I am not disappointed by how they sound. The box was brand new with no sign of being previously opened or repackaged. The cable was neatly bundled with a twist tie. There was no carrying bag as promised, which accounts for 50% of the "what's in the box" contents. I believe this entitles me and anyone else who was missing the carrying bag a 50% off voucher for our next meh. Who's with me?
Box was in good shape, no sticker like others have, but there was writing in pen directly on the box instead. No carrying bag, but I had no clue I was supposed to be getting one, so not a major loss to me.
Appear cheap as hell in looks and feel, but can't complain too much at $8.
They were a little painful to put on at first, but are hardly noticeable after a minute or two. I'm used to super cushyness, so it's to be expected.
Sound quality is good for the price, though too much bass for my taste. I bought them specifically for isolation and wasn't even really considering using them for listening to music, so any real drawbacks in sound don't affect me.
Plugging into my phone instead of the amp on my computer, the bass muddles things up less.
Isolation is decent. As expected from $8, on-ear headphones. I can use them for what I need to for a little bit, so that's good enough for me!
@JonT I'm enjoying Alto even more now that I have these headphones. Of course, I was using no headphones at all before. But I'm seriously shocked at how good the game sounds (I particularly enjoy when there is a thunderstorm).
Got mine today. White, new box no bag. Was going to use them for monitoring voice overs when recording, but not pure and too much bass for that. Very nice for music on my phone though. Worth the 8 bucks.
Just received mine. For "Condition: New", these are very obviously used and repackaged.... poorly. As in, someone bought them, shoved everything back in the box so it would fit, returned them, and they were immediately shipped out to another customer.
Also, "What's in the box" should be relabeled "What's supposed to be in the box". Like so many others, no carrying bag (which I actually do use with my headphones).
Mighty overlords of Meh, I suggest not working with this supplier anymore. It seems they are using you as a patsy to unload their sh!t.
I sheepishly admit that I never noticed I was supposed to get a carrying bag, which I would totally love and find lacking. Also, our boxes had stickers and a couple were dinged up, but what was inside looked new enough. I ain't complaining about the insides, just the carrying bag. Or was that a misprint?
Oh, Meh. How you woo me with your lackadaisical promises, then completely and utterly fail to not deliver on them, exactly as implied all of the time with every self-deferential post imploring us to buy or don't, you don't care, just do something with your life, dammit.
So did your supplier have an inordinate number of heavy-looking rings on his sausage-like fingers, yet a surprisingly dainty gold chain around his neck that you could only catch an occasional glimpse of through the volumes of exposed chesthair peeking from beneath the open collar of a shifty hawaiian shirt? Did he offer full disclosure that these were probably robbed from an Office Depot returns counter on one sweaty, humid night in Miami that only Vinny The Legs remembers with any clarity, and he's not talking to nobody no more?
These arrived today in boxes looking kind of sat on (Vinny will neither confirm nor deny this), with stickers from office depot and some mysterious hand-scribbled numbers, with box-chafing marks of old inventory that's been banged around for quite some time, and as has been pointed out by many others, no carrying bag as in the description. They make my nintendo 3ds sound better and netflix on my desktop sound worse, and aren't the most uncomfortable things I've ever shoved my head in (and having crammed my faceholder into many interesting places, this is a better endorsement than it may seem.) They will make bad gifts for anyone over the age of 12.
So I come away not particularly satisfied with this purchase, but not entirely full of loathing: I find it to be the most bland and, indeed, mediocre thing that I have purchased in quite some time. A deep, tolling sound may be heard from within my heart as I gaze upon them: it is a resounding meh, to which I can only respond by promising myself to be more careful what I click on in the future to avoid such craptacular purchases.
Yea nothing back from customer service yet. I'm happy enough with them but kinda disappointed not to hear anything back from them even if it would be nothing they can do. Oh well maybe they are still looking into what happened.
Got my headphones...Neither had a bag. I didn't know that they were supposed to, and lo and behold, there it is in the product description....
one was DOA (well, not quite, only one earpiece worked). The other was pretty good. Contacted MEH who asked me to contact 808 directly. It's been more than two weeks in all the contacting and no word back from MEH or 808 on what do do about my dead headset.
Customer service got back to me and said that there was no bag, that was a mix up and no paperwork was included and if I felt like it was a return send them some pics and they can pass them on. Kinda got the feeling that wasn't much they can do. No biggie, good headphone and I have enough built NY cases to use.
@phatbob I'm so sorry. Meh needs to make this right. I didn't read anyone else's replies before I wrote my story. Now I see its a lot of the same. I've been a meh fanboy since day one. Now this is the time to see if Meh is as loyal to us as we were to them.
I got that far. I'm wondering if Meh knew these were used and returned units. One set I can see but 3 pairs? Only one set fully functions. One was DOA and the other only one side works. All are falling apart.
Lucked out. Seemingly brand new, packaging was in great shape and the contents are as well. Bought these for when I'm on campus, it's always nice to have a cheap pair that can get beat up as you cram them into your bag and rush off to class.
Surprisingly good for the price. As others have said, a bit bass heavy, but I'm on a hip hop and electronic kick right now so that's actually appreciated. Noise isolation has been the best aspect so far, and they're fairly comfortable for what they are. Not a fan of the flattened cord; these are headphones that I want to just wrap up quickly and stow, so while this cord configuration expects a certain treatment it really just ends up a jumbled mess.