Perfect-Sound Dido [Review]

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Perfect-Sound | Over-Ear Headphone | $ 780.00

The merger of style, sound, an luxury come together into one single product. The product offers a beautiful styling that is striking while the sound remains warm and intricate. As string as the design, however, is the price that these come in at. Despite all that, these still remain a very strong headphone; they just don’t seem to focus on the bang for the buck.

Specifications

  • Driver: 40 mm Dynamic
  • Frequency Response: 10 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Impedance: 16 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 107 dB

In the Box

  • Perfect-Sound Dido
  • 3.5 mm to 3.5 mm Audio Cable
  • Headphone Stand

Design

The design aspects of the Dido are among the must unique, and visually appealing of any headphone I’ve put my hands on. The headphones have a lavish chrome finish to them with black accents all around for the padding and inner-headband which are all stitched protein leather. The designs scream luxury and have the Dido and Perfect sound name written all over them. If the shiny chrome and housing designs won’t turn heads, the acid-green cable definitely will.

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Design: ★★★★

Audio

These headphones don’t aim to be 100% audiophile headphones in any way. Although not aimed at them, an audiophile can still come to respect this headphone that meets halfway between consumer and audiophile. The sound has a warm tilt and bass focus to it, but doesn’t really push too far off to the point where it forgets that its reproducing music qualities.

As stated, the bass on these headphones seems to have a focus over the rest of the spectrum. This focus isn’t the largest, but it’s also not discrete. The headphones quickly have a nice deep response to them in the sub-bass regions allowing for very strong, but somewhat solid, texturing. The low-bass strikes quite strongly offering a thick, strong impact. That said, the bass isn’t the tightest, and focuses more on the lower spectrums than the upper. Some mid-bass punch seems to be gone; it’s replaced by the impact really.

The midrange is warm, lush, inviting… Beautiful. Despite having a more smooth sound behind it, detailing and clarity aren’t forgotten about. They are still there, but not as pronounced. The lower-midrange detailing is better produced than the upper-midrange clarity on the Dido. Vocals have a very lush, deep dynamic to them while still having a slight hint of upper-level energy.

Going up into the treble, we find that Perfect-Sound was polite with the upper-end of the Dido. This really completes the warm sound signature. In the upper treble, we do hear good extension and energy into the upper octaves, but they aren’t as pronounced, but not forgotten either. A slight smearing effect can come from this at times. The lower treble offers the punch that the lows cannot. Snare snaps snap beautifully, despite having some low-end off tones. They extend well and have great presence.

Audio: ★★★★½

Build

Unfortunately, the Dido do not come with any form of carrying case with them outside the included box. They fold up very nicely for portable storage, it’s a shame no case is included. A nifty metal, sandblasted stand is included to show off these beauties when not in use. Fortunately, though, the headphones will still hold up without a case.

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The housings are composed of strong, thick chromed metals that add an extra sense of durability to the headphones. Just about every area of the headphones are made of metal, which is definitely a huge plus. The hinges click in and out and use the same metals all around. Really, the headphones can be used as more of a weapon if you really needed to defend yourself.

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The headband is a two-level headband with a protein leather lower level for comfort that has been stitched with a diamond pattern that is aesthetically pleasing. The upper level uses the same metals that the housings do, but its thinner. Despite being thinner, the material doesn’t lose its integrity and will hold up as well as the housings will.

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The cable is detachable and can connect to either the left or right housing. The rubber cabling is thicker and strong and doesn’t tangle quite too easily. The headphone jack on either side is the same. They are both straight and cylindrical in shape. Although I would rather have on side angled, the jack itself seems strong enough. If you wanted to, you can always swap out the cable.

Build: ★★★★

Comfort

Upon first handling the Dido, I found out just how heavy these babies really are. Normally, this would mean some discomfort, however, the way the headband distributes the pressure uniformly throughout the head (like the NUForce HP-800 I reviewed before), this problem doesn’t really exist.

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The padding used for the housings is very plush and thick. It is very soft in nature which adds vastly to the comfort it provides. With thick, soft padding and the weight factor taken care off, it only leave the clamping force. I have to say, there really isn’t much clamping force. I can honestly wear these headphones for hours without end and still be comfortable.

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Comfort: ★★★★

Value

These beautifully designed, stunning headphones don’t come cheap. These are priced at just under 800 dollars, 780 to be exact. It’s a pretty steep price that will not have the bang for the buck. However, they still do offer the sound that sits right in between audiophile and consumer sound balanced out beautifully for anyone to enjoy. It’s really a safe choice. I do wish a few more accessories were included though. Something like a portable carrying case (that isn’t the box) or even a longer cable for those that listen indoors might be useful.

Value: ★★★½

Final Thoughts

When I first put on the Perfect-Sound Dido, I was impressed with the sound. When I found out the price, I found out exactly why the sound was so impressive. They offer a beautiful balance in their sound signature making an almost perfect compromise between musical and accurate sound. The stunning design will stand out in any crowd. The price, however, will drive many away.

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I’d like to thank Perfect-Sound for the product sample.

Overall Score

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Perfect-Sound Dido

† All prices are in US currency.
This review was written by the iFans.com Review Team. Cumulative scores are rounded to the nearest half or full star.
This accessory, product, or app was received as a sample. Thanks Perfect-Sound for the product sample.
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