Review: iFrogz Timbrepro Headphones with Mic

I have always loved iFrogz unique headphone designs.  They are always eye-catching and usually sound pretty good to boot.  They aren’t top of the line, but they are far from the worst I have ever tried.  That’s why I jumped at the chance to get a set of the new iFrogz Timbrepro Headphones sent to me for a review.

The general design of these is very much like some of the other headphones iFrogz has in their line that include the inline microphone for iPhone, Android and any phone that accepts a 3.5 mm jack.  Where they differ are in two different design points.

First, the timbre in Timbrepro stands for wood.  The sound chamber of these headphones is made from a nice looking piece of wood.  I am not sure if it really makes a difference in how they sound, but I do like how nice it makes the bud portion look.  It’s a different look when you compare it to the ones made out of plastic.

The second difference is that iFrogz has started to cover the cables of some of their headphones in woven fabric.  This is similar to what Altec Lansing has done with their Backbeat line of headphones.  The box and site indicate that this woven fabric helps cut the amount of tangling down and it usually does in most headphones, but the Timbrepros tangled just as much as any regular set of headphones I have.  I also have a little bit of concern about the quality of the woven fabric on the Timbrepros.  As you can see in the pic below, there’s already a spot or two where the underlying cable is starting to come through the fabric.  This seems to start happening near the location of where the cable was once bent in the packaging.  I think they either need to use a thicker layer of fabric, or not bend the cables.

As for function, they sound pretty good on everything I’ve tried.  Not the best headphones, but more than sufficient for most people.  Not sure of the wood made the bass any deeper.  The specs are below:

  • Driver Unit:10 mm
  • Impedance:16 ohms
  • Sensitivity:103 dB
  • Frequency Response:20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Cord Length:1.1 m
  • Plug:3.5 mm

The inline control did stop and start music on my Droid 2.  As a plus, these also worked with my iPod Video and my computers as well.

Is the fabric and wood chamber worth the extra money on these headphone?  I don’t think so.  They certainly do make them look nice, but the kinks in the cable where it’s coming through the fabric kind of makes me wish they’d have just used a nicer covering like some other headphones in their line.

The iFrogz Timbrepro’s are available for $49.99 direct from iFrogz.

What I liked: Decent sound and good looks.

What I didn’t care for: Fabric already starting to come off the cables.

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