The Lindy Premium Hi-Fi headphones aren't cans for fans of massive bass, but as such they're right in our wheelhouse. When you pay £80 for headphone, you deserve more than just a boomy bottom-end.
Here, the bass is restrained and thoroughly well-behaved, but has plenty of punch. We found the Lindy bass response similar to the excellent Sony MDR-ZX700. This measured bass is matched with a decent treble presence, affording these headphones and impressively balanced and analytical frequency response across the board.
However, the sound isn't perfect. The treble and upper-mids lack the ear candy smoothness of some rivals, especially open-back rivals like the Sennheiser HD 518. To call it harsh would be overstating the issue, but we found this temperamental treatment of upper mids reduced the sonic comfort of longer listening sessions. It most commonly pops up as an over-insistent quality in vocal tracks. In a warmer, bassier set this might have been easy to ignore, but we noticed it regularly thanks to the altogether more mature sound signature of this pair.
Aside from this minor niggle, though, the Lindys perform very well. The sound is fairly wide and expansive for a closed-back set, the level of top-end detail is good and the relatively neutral sound signature can skip between genres with ease.
The Lindy Premium Hi-Fi headphones don't do themselves many design favours, in comparison to some key rivals though. The 3m supplied cable and oversized design means they're not as well suited to use out on the streets as the Sony MDR-ZX700 or Fanny Wang On-Ear Wang, and for at-home use they also have to contend with the fab, smoother-sounding Sennheiser HD range.
This set has serious competition, but if you find other headphones' ear cups just too small or want a comfy at-home set that won't let in exterior noise like an open-backed pair would, these are a solid bet. Not everyone can live in a blissfully silent house or flat, after all.
The huge size and long cable of the Lindy Premium Hi-Fi headphones limits their versatility somewhat. We'd encourage you to think of these as home headphones rather than ones to wear out-and-about, in spite of the removable cable and good sound isolation. However, if your house is just too noisy for an open-back set, they excel. Their sound is fairly expansive and detailed, marred only by a lack of smoothness in the upper-mids and treble.