UNBOXED: Reviewing the KLH Ultimate One Headphones
At this point, in the three years or so that I’ve been doing reviews for UNBOXED, I’ve strapped a ton of different headphones over my ears. That includes everything from sport headphones, to low-end entry level dollar-store types, to high-end audiophile cans, and a few open-back dynamic headphones like the ones KLH Audio recently sent my way.
The revitalized audio brand is best known for its low-priced, high-performance home theater equipment. But with a renewed focus and solid mission to bring affordable audio to the masses, KLH set out to tackle the personal audio space, starting with these Ultimate One headphones.
Admittedly, prior to really diving into reviewing product, the concept of open-back was foreign to me. Why, when listening to audio through headphones, would you want that sound experience to bleed out into the open, polluting the environment of those around you? That line of thinking, of course, was beyond ignorant on my part and has since been locked away in the attic. Open back corrects the issues created by a majority of headphones on the market, which create a listening experience akin to placing your head right up against a loudspeaker. Keeping the sound essentially trapped inside headphones is less than ideal and can actually ruin the soundstage that the artist intended to create when recording their music.