Pro-Grade Headphones With a Striking Look

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Munitio, an audio company based in San Diego, partnered this year with the makers of the video game Call of Duty and the sci-fi movie "After Earth" to make custom audio products. Now, it wants to bring a pair of professional-grade headphones to consumers.

Munitio has a keen eye for detail, and it shows in the construction of its new over-ear headphones, called Pro40. The headband is made of a heavy-duty polymer that still allows plenty of flexibility, and gimbal technology gives the ear cups some swivel, providing a better fit without disturbing the speaker drivers. Other features include padded ear cushions made of leather and a golden ring on the outside of the ear cup that is made of aircraft-grade aluminum and coated in titanium, giving the headphones a striking look.

Inside, you'll find titanium-coated 40-millimeter speaker drivers and a chamber that enhances the bass. This is great for listening to pop and rock music, but the bass tends to overpower vocals. Some of the quieter music I listened to sounded murky and fuzzy.

The headphones come with a detachable, Kevlar-reinforced audio cable that has an in-line three-button remote control and microphone; a molded, hard-shell carrying case; and a metal carabiner. Munitio also provides a coiled cable and quarter-inch audio adapter.

Those durable materials and finishing touches are nice additions, but they become irrelevant if the fit is uncomfortable. I found the grip tight on my head and the ear cups hot on my ears, and I had to take the headphones off after about 30 minutes.

The Pro40 headphones are available at Munitio's Web site for $350, but you can find them at electronics retailers for closer to $300, comparable to other high-end competitors.

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This article originally appeared in The New York Times.


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