Headphones can be split into several categories. Some are small and discreet, perfect for travelling out and about with. Some should stay at home because they leak sound. The Lindy Premium Hi-Fi headphones should also stay indoors, but not because they'll annoy people around you. It's because they're absolutely massive.
There are plenty of great headphones out there that will make you look anything but cool though, so let's put aside our sizeist prejudice for a moment and take a closer look. The Lindy Premium 'phones use over-the-ear pads designed to surround and encase your whole earlobes. One benefit of their size is that if you've found in the past that headphones tend to flatten your larger-than-average ears, you shouldn't have such problems here.
They come with two sets of pads as well, one with very thick padding and another with even thicker padding. They don't scrimp on foam. The pads, which are lined with pleather (plastic designed to look and feel like leather), fit over a plastic ring that locks into place within the main body of each can.
Made from tough, soft touch finish plastic, the headphones feel extremely strong. The back of each cup is covered by a plate of brushed metal, further reinforcing this sense of strength, while adding a spot of style to the design too.
At first, we found the pressure exerted on the head by the headband and its inner metal skeleton a little too intense, but this eases off as the set is used. Just as speakers have to go through a burn-in process to reach their optimum performance, so does the Lindy headband. If you get impatient, you can always give the headphones a more aggressive flexing, to loosen the clamping effect of the metal band a bit.
Give the Lindy headphones a little time to settle in and you'll find them very comfortable. They give your ears plenty of room, also helping to avoid the overheating some over-the-ears and on-ears headphones can cause.
A secure fit makes the Lindys good noise isolators. They won't drown out the low-end burble of the London Underground or a noisy train as well as the Bose QC3, but put on some tunes and they'll easily contend with talking co-workers, public transport and other noises of modern life. The pads stop anyone nearby from being able to hear what you're listening too as well. The Lindy Premium Hi-Fi cans may be a bit too big to help you look cool, but at least they're socially responsible.
The large size helps them to fit in the standard 3.5mm mono removable cable that plugs into each earcup. There's no special locking mechanism in use here - you just need to employ a hearty yank or push to remove them or shove 'em back in. This should make finding a replacement fairly easy, although the 3m supplied cable is just about perfect for at-home use - an extension cable is your best bet if you need more length.
The headphones come bundled with a screw-on 6.3mm adapter, and there's a carry case included too. Like the headphones themselves, it's not small, but a welcome extra.