Ministry of Sound MOS004 Headphones Review
Written by Michael
October 4, 2011 4:51 pm
In our first ever “tech” review, hopefully the first of many, we take a look at the MOS004s. The 004s are the middling offering from the new Ministry of Sound headphones range. It seems clear that MoS are hoping to go beyond being just a record label – we can’t help but wonder how long it will be before we see MoS branded decks.
The 004s are a very stylish pair of headphones. They combine the traditional “can” image (the curled cable, the metal adjusters) with a more modern feel (the smooth black, the yellow detailing). They aren’t as garish (or offensive!) at skull-candy but they’re certainly not bland and most young people will surely appreciate the look.
The 004s are outer-ear headphones. This means they don’t sit inside your ear but are a more traditional can design – probably because all DJ headphones use a similar design. The metal and rubber headband is fixed but the position of the cans is adjustable by sliding them up and down a metal clip.
The right can is connected to the left by a yellow cord. Worryingly, the cords between the cans and the headband feel very flimsy, and because of their length you can only tilt the cans so far. Pushing the cans further than the cable allows could damage or even snap the cable, which is a bit concerning as we can see that happening quite easily.
Generally though build quality is decent for headphones in this price bracket, and the metal components certainly give the cans a solid feel. The cable is lovely too, and we found it very difficult to get it tangled so with the 004s you may find tangles a thing of the past.
For £19.99, you can’t expect too much and certainly where the 004s suffer is the mid-range, which sounds muted and flat compared to the well represented high end and the inevitable deep bass. If you’re only going to listen to dance music then they should do the job as expected, but for other genre’s they fall behind. We can’t imagine though that anyone buying MoS headphones will be buying them to listen to Beethoven however, so in this regard sensible choices have been made with where to place emphasis on the sound.
There’s no noise cancellation, so walking down busy roads etc may find your tunes frequently drowned out, but again for £19.99 it would be a bit much to expect this.
For £19.99 the 004s tick all the right boxes for a dance music fan. Tailored for deep bass and high notes they make a good accompaniment for house music and electro, and the build quality is solid despite the concern regarding the cable between the cans and the headband. If you have a bigger budget however, you may be more interested in some of MoS’s higher end offerings, such as the MOS006s which come in at £39.99.