The Motorheadphones Iron Fist headphones use 40mm dynamic drivers, just like the majority of full-size cans. However, they stay away from the sound signature we have come to expect from brand-driven headphones – they don’t try to thrill will overemphasised bass. Motorheadphones seems to be quite proud of its non-Beats by Dre. style approach too, as it publishes frequency charts for each of its top-end pairs on its website.
Headphones can’t truly rock without some low-end clout, though, and the Iron Fist headphones do provide it, just without the upper-bass register fug that clouds the sound of many a bassy headphone. Here the low-end is tight and precise, just as it should be – it’s far better controlled than we expected from a headphone plastered with the logo of such an unruly band.
The rest of the sound is commendably balanced, to the extent that the Motorheadphones Iron Fist could make a passable stab at being a home studio set. Treble is significantly more prominent than most, making them fairly revealing and not all that forgiving of poorly-mixed tunes. They won’t be luring the pros in, mind.
There are a few sound quibbles that stop them from challenging the best £150-odd headphones. The Motorheadphones Iron Fist have the typical sound stage of a closed-back headphone – it’s not hugely expansive. They balance bass power with detail and control well, but they never sound particularly epic.
There’s also a certain coarseness to the treble of these headphones. They are not flat-out harsh or overly bright, but they lack the smoothness needed in a world-class headphone. However, the relatively balanced sound signature lets the Motorheadphone Iron Fist skip between genres easily. And let’s not forget, these are sub-£100 headphones.
The Motorheadphones Iron Fist headphones offer impressive value, given their combo of flexible design, dual cables, good sound quality and the Motorhead brand – let’s not forget that it doesn’t come for free. They put the Beats by Dre. headphones to shame on price, and can compete well with phones of comparable price. However, you can get similar sound quality levels for around £15-20 less from a less heavily-branded set.
The Motorheadphones Iron Fist headphones are a pleasant surprise for a set of headphones that could have been a cynical cash-in on a beloved band. For a brand-focused set of headphones, their sound is remarkably balanced, making them suitable for a reasonably vaired selection of music. Some clear thought as gone into making them as versatile as possible and while the branding is arguably a bit overdone, they’re not bad-looking cans either.