THE BLOG
12/08/2014 02:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Wicked Audio Raven Headphones Review

2014-12-08-WickedAudioRaven.jpg
They look cheap, feel flimsy and sound muddy, but at under $30 for an on-ear headphone you could do worse.
That's the downside for the Wicked Audio Raven. The upside? That low price and the fun colors. I rather liked the gray/orange (gray plastic housing and orange cushions) colors of the unit I tested, in spite of the fact that those hues seem designed to harmonize with prison garb from most jurisdictions. You can also go black/blue for a more aggro look or white/teal if girly is your thing.
Everything about these headphones is plastic, even the headband, except the metal rivets at the three hinge points, which allow these puppies to fold up flat and compact, to slip in your backpack or briefcase (if you have a briefcase, you're out of the target demo). They're light too, and are reasonably comfortable, although the cushions (on the earcups and the underside of the top part of the headband) are rather stiff and fairly unyielding.
Another comfort minus: there are wires from both earcups, not just one. And, notably, there's no mic on the cord (or the earcups). Just tell your friends to text you.
About that sound again: it's very bass heavy, to the point where mids and highs get kind of lost. If you care what your music sounds like, these 'phones won't make you happy. But if you just want something cheap and colorful that pumps a semblance of tunes into your brain, they might be right.
Full disclosure: the manufacturer provided review product.
For more reviews, check out my thoughts on the Harman/Kardon Esquire Mini and NudeAudio Super M Bluetooth speakers.
Check out "The New Zealand Hobbit Crisis," available on Amazon in paperback, Kindle and audiobook. Visit my website (jhandel.com), follow me on Twitter or friend me on Facebook or LinkedIn. If you work in tech, take a look at my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets