Somic v2 Headphone Quick Review by mark2410
Thanks to GearBest for the sample.
Brief: Somic, the hedgehog.
Price £32 or US$44
Specifications: Connectivity: Wired, Application: Computer, Mobile phone, Portable Media Player, Plug Type: 3.5mm, Cable Length (m): 3M, Frequency response: 15Hz-30KHz, Impedance: 54ohms, Sensitivity: 95 ± 3 dB
Accessories: You get a replacement ear pad set, some pleather ones and velvety ones. Also you get a screw on 6.25 to 3.5mm adapter oh and lastly a handy Velcro cable tie to keep the rather long cable in order.
Build Quality: It feels sturdy enough for the most part but the headband expanding slidy bits were very slidy and would do so with the faintest touch. Not great but it didn’t really cause any issues in use.
Isolation: Pretty much nothing, they are big wide open cans. It’s therefore zero surprise that they isolate nothing.
Comfort/Fit: Very good really, they are however rather small for a proper circumaural (goes around and not on your ear.) They only just barely made it all the way round my ear so if your ears are bigger than mine, your get some ear squishing going on. If that happens it will impact comfort levels. For me they were fine and I could wear for hours before wanting them off. YMMV.
Aesthetics: They look alright, nothing fancy.
Sound: These in most aspects are really easy to be wishy-washy about. Then you come to how they sound and you’ll be blown away by just how you aren’t blown away. El cheapo stuff you’d naturally bass / party cannons right? You don’t get a real life, proper grown up pair of monitor esq headphones for this sort of money, you just don’t, right? I had never heard of Somic before and even Googling these I could find almost nothing about them. No one it seems has noticed them and that, dear reader, is a travesty. These are excellent, so much more flat and balanced than I expected. So more detailed, so more nuanced in the mids especially. God the mids are good, so clear and articulate more than once I went back to check their price and that I hadn’t been sent the wrong thing by mistake. Seriously £32, just how? Not to mention that’s delivered too. I feel like I’m missing something. Their bass is so cleanly rendered, no big mid/bass hump, so well behaved before it then tails off at the bottom. The mids are fractionally creamy but they’re so present and comparatively up front that there is gobs of detail despite its creamy and otherwise reticent nature. Its gentle tonality, laid back and mellow. So sumptuously melty if you slap on a little softly mellow jazz. John Steven’s Red album is gloriously captivating. The treble is fairly detailed, it’s not as great as the mids and bass but it’s got plenty detail, its also a little laid back, a hint mellowed. It gives it that monitor esq, easy on the ear gentility but retained plenty of detail.
It’s a dirt cheap real life monitor
Value: Stupidly cheap, real proper grown up headphones for the price of a nice dinner.
Pro’s: Superb acoustic balance. Superb sound Quality. Superb tonality and timing.
Con’s: Headband size adjustment was rather slippery. Won’t satisfy bassheads.