Motörheadphönes are ready to rock!
Last week, Krusell International AB and Motörhead launched a new range of headphones and earbuds, built with rock music fans in mind. Motörheadphönes are endorsed by the legendary metal band, and are designed to give great bass without sacrificing mid-range clarity. At last week’s launch event, Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell showed off the new range to an excited press. And being a Motörhead fan since the early Eighties and the veteran of numerous Motörhead gigs, I made sure I was there.
Priced at between £40-50 for the earbuds and £80-£130 for the headphones, most models include iOS controls. The Motörizer and Bomber headphone sets are equipped with the newly-developed ‘Controlizer’, which can switch between calls, activate voice control and take photos and videos as well as the usual smartphone audio and telephony functions.
The Motörheadphönes range on display at last week’s launch event.
The Motörheadphönes range includes three sets of over-the-ear headphones, two earbuds and three smartphone cases, all named after classic Motörhead tracks. At the top of the range is the Motörizer headphones (£130), which are designed for people who ‘like the fullest weight of quality on their ears’. 40mm neodymium high power speakers give ‘smooth warm bass, bombastic drums and clear mid-range plus distinct high end’. Separation is a priority; they’re designed to reproduce every instrument with crystal clarity. It comes supplied with a 2.5m detachable cable, and also a 1m cable with an inline Controlizer for use with your smartphone.
Iron Fist headphones (£100) are much like the Motörizer model, but without the Controlizer. And if you like lighter, less bulky headphones, check out Bomber (£80). Described as ‘perfect for all music, especially music that happens to have big guitars, fat drums and rumbling bass’, they boast 30mm speakers and a Controlizer controller on its 1.1m single-sided cable.
Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell shows off the new Motörhead-branded headphones.
For those who prefer in-ear phones to cans, the Motörheadphönes range offers two sets of earbuds. Overkill (£50) are ‘all metal earphones that give you high quality audio at the fullest spectra’. Designed specifically for smartphones, they feature inline controls so you can you can answer and end a call, pause and play the music, also fast forward and rewind, without taking your phone out of your pocket. The Trigger earbuds (£40) are basically the same, but without the inline controller. Both sets of earphones come in three colours (metal, brass and black), include tips in three sizes and are bundled with a pouch to carry them in.
If that wasn’t enough, there’s also three phone cases on offer; Capricorn (£35) Burner (£30) and Metropolis (£30). Check them out on the Motörheadphönes website.
Ian Osborne [right] meets Motörhead’s Phil Campbell [left]. I’m a fanboy. So sue me.
Motörheadphönes hit the shelves this November, and the shelves won’t dare hit them back. Let’s leave the last word to the metal legends themselves; “[These are] no weak-kneed, lily-livered, tin-pot and skinny-sounding little pieces of garbage, no, that ain’t Motörhead’s style. These are headphönes designed to deliver everything louder than everything else BUT with the sort of range, clarity and TRUE rock reproduction you’d expect from a band of road warriors who have been at the top of the tree year after year. Because, like us, these don’t **** around. Remember, if it’s too loud, you’re too old!”