RZA makes famously grimy, lo-fi beats, with no crisp highs or sub-bass drums, and frequently ingenious piano lines. He is an intelligent, chess-playing
, comic-book loving, urgent voice of the people. His group, The Wu-Tang Clan
, isn’t glamorous or bling-y. Their style was, in fact, a raw alternative to the big-budget West Coast rap of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. All the MC’s, including the RZA, have amazing technique, unconcerned with glamour. Wu-Tang takes credit for bringing rap back to the East Coast with 1993′s “Enter The Wu-Tang 36 Chambers,” after the West Coast renaissance that included classics like “The Chronic”, “Straight Outta Compton” and “Doggystyle”.
The Chambers have a fairly flat EQ, with equal emphasis on bass, mids, and highs. Drums are punchy, and everything is very well defined. Instrument separation is almost impossibly good. However, the headphones don’t do well with ultra-compressed pop music (i.e. Nicki Minaj
), because the bass is booming and the highs, due to the headphones’ great clarity, are unbearably shrill. The sound is very clear, sometimes to a fault. The Chambers do best for music with sounds spread across the entire sound spectrum. If you’ll be listening to Dubstep or One Direction, don’t buy these headphones! But for music that benefits from being able to hear the separation of instruments, the Chambers out-perform every other headphone in our test.
The Chambers are a very conservative matte black, unlike most premium headphones that tend towards glitz. These are the most understated and “clean” looking of all the sets in this review. They have a gold RZA signature on each ear cup. The fairly solid construction is slightly compromised by somewhat rickety feeling rotational ear cups and a headband that is a little too thin.
These are a true producer’s headphone, with qualities that would be useful in the studio, like a flat EQ and great separation. The styling is also parallel to the lack of glitzy swagger of the RZA. Both are elegant and understated, and unconcerned about looking or sounding fashionably “fresh”.
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. The separation will help the listener hear new layers of instruments, with supreme clarity, in tunes like “Rolling in the Deep” and “Rumour Has It”.
Our favorite in terms of style and sonic profile. Truly immersive.