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Product Review: BiGR Headphones

Posted on October 17, 2012 at 7:39 PM
Filed Under: General | St. Louis Cardinals
headphones.jpgI'm not really a music person.  Sure, I listen to some here and there (though very little that has come out in the last, oh, decade) but it's never been a big thing to me.  I can go weeks without listening to any.

I'm also not a huge headphones guy.  I tried some earbuds with my iPhone and those seemed to work out well, but larger headphones just always seemed to be uncomfortable or a pain to deal with.  (After my earbuds went out, I went and got some Yoda ones, but those didn't work as well as I'd like.  Something about Yoda's pointy ears didn't work so much with my ear canal.  Who knew?)

So when I got the email from BiGR to try out their Cardinal headphones, I thought I might as well give it a shot.  I mean, pretty much if they slap a Cardinal logo and offer to give it to me for free, I'm going to try it out.  I'm a sucker like that.

Yesterday, the box arrived.  Which is really what you notice first.  The case for the headphones is so impressive, with the Cardinal logo on a diamond on the top and the STL logo on the front that it makes you want to put valuable Cardinal stuff inside it, like a Stan Musial bobblehead or an autographed baseball.  It's very nice and shows right off the bat just how much of a quality product this is.

That's not to say the headphones aren't worthy of being in the box, because they definitely are.  I plugged them into my Kindle Fire yesterday and tried out a couple of my favorite songs, Adele's "I'll Be Waiting" (which long-time close readers will remember me mangling at the beginning of the season) and Marc Cohn's classic "Walking In Memphis."  I also watched a video clip through MLB At Bat and played one of my baseball apps with them in.

I've always been of the belief that headphones don't really make that much of a different.  Apparently, that's because I've never had really decent headphones.  I've listened to both of those songs numerous times but seemed to be able to pick out subtleties in the background that I hadn't noticed before.  The sound was crisp and clear and didn't leak out of the headphones at all, as far as I could tell.  (My family was around at the time and didn't say anything about hearing the music, in any case.)  There were sound effects from the baseball app that I'd never heard out of the Fire's actual speakers, which just added to the game experience.

(To tell on myself, I also tried them in my iPhone and initially was puzzled when the music sounded strange.  Most of the songs I tried, the background tracks were dominant and the lead track could barely be heard.  After fiddling around with settings and everything to no avail, I realized that apparently I hadn't gotten them plugged into the jack all the way.  Once I took care of that, the same quality of experience came through the phone as well.)

If you are an audiophile, you may have a good set of headphones but, if you don't, these should be definitely on your list.  This is now the time to buy as well, because instead of being their normal $149, they are marked down for a limited time to $49 (plus shipping).  For $50, even a guy like me would think about picking them up, if I didn't already have this set.  To get the discount, put in the code bigrcards in the box on the bottom right after you've added them to your cart.  Easy enough, right?

A quality product with your team's logo on it.  Sounds like a win-win to me!

BTW, while you are getting this for Christmas, remember to head over to Burton History Trees and preorder your Cardinal tree as well.  c70 gets you 10% off your entire order!


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