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Vic Firth SIH1 Isolation Headphones 

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The Vic Firth SIH1 Isolation Headphones were designed with the Vic Firth signature artist Rod Morgenstein and were created specifically for the recor...Click To Read More About This Product

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Great sound and great isolation.

The Vic Firth SIH1 Isolation Headphones were designed with the Vic Firth signature artist Rod Morgenstein and were created specifically for the recording, performing, and teaching musician.These high-quality headphones offer overall noise level reduction by 24dB allowing you to hear just enough of the music you want to hear. The SIH1s are ideal for live performances, or for simply playing along with your favorite recorded tunes. The Vic Firth SIH1 headphones are automatically self-aligning with ample foam cushions to maximize comfort.

FEATURES
  • Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz
  • 50mm drivers
  • 12.5' cord with 1/4" and 1/8" plugs
  • Foam cushions for maximum comfort
  • Cut ambient-noise levels by 24dB
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Vic FirthSIH1 Isolation Headphones
 
4.1

(based on 176 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (103)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (12)

73%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good value (19)
  • Comfortable (17)
  • Great sound (12)
  • Durable (11)
  • Good bass (9)

Cons

  • Cord too short (8)
  • Uncomfortable (6)
  • Poor sound (5)
  • Unattractive design (4)
  • Poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • Music (15)
  • Home audio (12)
  • Travel (7)
  • Portable devices (5)
  • With my computer (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Gear head (10), Audiophile (5), Drummer (3)
    • Primary Use:
    • Listening to ipod (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (24)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Exactly what I needed

I'm not a drummer - I'm a guitarist / home recording enthusiast. I bought these headphones to keep the click track from bleeding through and getting picked up by my mics when recording my...Read complete review

I'm not a drummer - I'm a guitarist / home recording enthusiast. I bought these headphones to keep the click track from bleeding through and getting picked up by my mics when recording my Martin acoustic. For that purpose, these are perfect! Very good isolation (see video). Cord is only 6 feet long, not 12.5 feet. Long enough for me, but not what description says. Bass is so-so, but good enough for monitoring my recordings.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

what happen to the audio quality??

I got these same head phones a couple of years ago, they where great head phone, I used them for playing drums and I was more then satisfied with them. but they finally...Read complete review

I got these same head phones a couple of years ago, they where great head phone, I used them for playing drums and I was more then satisfied with them. but they finally gave out, so I decided I would buy another pair, I got them and they sounded like junk! practically all the low end was gone from them. because the low end was gone it made it very difficult to hear what the drum track in the song was while playing to it.
I decided to fix up my old pair to compare, there was a world of difference! these head phones sound distant and lack bass, while the older copy made for a great blend and a high presence. Its the same price as the old pair only now its audio quality is allot worse.

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4.0

Second pair. Wore out the first.

By Julie

from Virginia

About Me Frequent Traveler

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Good Bass
  • Good Value
  • Great Sound

Cons

  • Unattractive Design

Best Uses

  • Home Audio
  • Traveling
  • With My Computer

Comments about Vic Firth SIH1 Isolation Headphones:

They're my second pair. The cord wore out. They are bulky but... They don't need batteries on long flights. I just plug them in and they filter out the airplane noise just beautifully. I have no problem watching a movie on the plane. Like I said...They are bulky and tough to nap while flying. So... Pros - No need for batteries and Con- Bulky. They work GREAT for noisy plane flights.

  • Primary Use:
  • Traveling
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
4.0

Hits the marks at this price point

By Shycago

from Chicago

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Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Compact
  • Good Value

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Music
    • Traveling

    Comments about Vic Firth SIH1 Isolation Headphones:

    The 'phones hit the right marks at this price point. They do a good job of reducing ambient noise while providing decent sound, and they're comfortable too. The other reviews seem to be all over the place regarding the sound quality, but, to my ear, these provide balanced output with a slight boost in the higher frequencies. They provide great clarity, but with a slight drop in fullness. For the original purpose of recording or playing with drums, I think this balance would be appropriate. My own purpose is traveling and working with music at home, and I'm happy with the purchase for these purposes. I also find myself just putting them on to reduce ambient noise.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Under rated

    By Beepopadoodlydo

    from NY

    About Me Gear Head

    See all my reviews

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    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Good Value
    • Great Sound
    • Stylish

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Music

      Comments about Vic Firth SIH1 Isolation Headphones:

      These are under rated. They block out some very loud live room sounds and allow the wearer to hear a lower volume mix of good quality with minimal live room bleed. If you are using these for recording mix downs then you will be hard pressed to get a mix that translates well. They aren't designed for that, they do what they are designed to do and are affordable.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      1.0

      First time I've ever reviewed anything

      By Ahoy

      from Toronto, On

      About Me Audiophile, Frequent Traveler

      Pros

        Cons

        • Terrible Sound
        • Too Much Ambient Noise

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Vic Firth SIH1 Isolation Headphones:

        I just had to review this because it's important that you don't purchase these headphones. Vic Firth is obviously a great drum stick company, but apparently they have no business being in the audio industry. Some of the worst sounding headphones I've ever heard. Just don't. Please.

        If you're using them simply to protect your ears while drumming there are so many other products out there that are better and cheaper. The only thing these would work for is practicing with a click, but again, so many in-ear headphones will do the same thing, and have the advantage of being able to listen to music while you play. You can't listen to music while you play with these headphones because the quality is so poor. Mine were tinny and quiet. Also, seemed to distort slightly.

        Since buying the Vic Firth cans, I purchased the Shure SE215 in ear buds for 100 bux after rebate and they sound amazing. No they're not perfect, but I'm telling you, it's night and day. The shure in-ear's cut out a lot of your drum sounds, so that's a con, but it's still a much better option than the Vic Firth headphones, and then you also have some decent in-ear monitors for the stage if you ever need them.

        Also, the Vic Firth headphones seem to magnify bass around you, so if you're in a rehearsal building, you'll be able to hear other drummers and bass players louder than if you had in-ear headphones. Louder.

        I may have just gotten a bum pair, but my store wouldn't take them back...so if the store doesn't let you try them before you buy them, seriously don't.

         
        5.0

        Effective!

        By timserdynski

        from Lakeland, Fl

        About Me Office Professional

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Good Value

        Cons

        • Cord Too Short
        • Unattractive Design

        Best Uses

        • Traveling
        • Working

        Comments about Vic Firth SIH1 Isolation Headphones:

        I got this to drown out noisy office-mates while video editing, but honestly...sometimes I just put em on when I'm NOT editing or listening to music. Really takes down the noise of personal conversations & loud speaker-phone calls from inconsiderate co-workers. Love these!!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Not great... there is a better alternative to these

        By P

        from PA

        Pros

        • Comfortable

        Cons

        • Poor Sound

        Best Uses

          Comments about Vic Firth SIH1 Isolation Headphones:

          I bought these headphones a few years ago. They still work fine, but here are some of the pros and cons:

          Pros:
          1) Fairly comfortable, and they block out a decent amount of noise while playing drums

          Cons:
          1) Audio quality is poor, not at all balanced sounding. Mine are too bass-heavy but I've also heard some people say it is too treble-heavy, meaning that the quality control for this product is pretty bad.
          2) Even when your music is set to max volume, these headphones aren't very loud. The fact that they isolate the sound better than other over-ear headphones is kinda cancelled out by the fact that they don't get very loud. I still can't hear the music very well over the sound of the drums even when set to max volume.

          I wouldn't recommend this product. If you are a drummer, the best "cheap" solution is to invest in a decent pair of earbuds and then buy a pair of noise-protection earmuffs at your hardware store. This product attempted to combine these two ideas into one, but fell short.

          • Primary Use:
          • Listening to iPod
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Never Again

          By Earwolf

          from Denver, CO

          About Me Gear Head

          Pros

            Cons

            • Cord Too Short
            • fragile
            • Poor Sound
            • Poor Value

            Best Uses

              Comments about Vic Firth SIH1 Isolation Headphones:

              Since there are very few options for iso phones in this price range I find myself buying these again and again. Why? Because I'm an idiot I guess! These are built to break within 50 to 100 hours of use. If you don't believe me I'll show you a photo of my broken pile of these pieces of total garbage. The last pair, and I mean LAST I will ever buy gave out after 6 months in the studio. The warranty is only for 90 days! They obviously know it's a bad product but that it will usually last at least 90 days, which they will unless you are tracking with them every day. They are very difficult to take apart and fix on your own. I have watched some you tube videos on people rigging them to last longer but that just goes to show you how lame they are! I would like a lot of money back from these guys. Don't do it!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              break quickly - vague and brief warranty coverage

              By Steve

              from Philadelphia

              About Me Gear Head

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • great isolation

              Cons

              • design flaw
              • not sevicable
              • warranty is lacking and not clearly stated

              Best Uses

              • Home Audio

              Comments about Vic Firth SIH1 Isolation Headphones:

              great for isolation, but not at all durable. left channel dies on every pair - often quickly. sometimes resoldering can fix, but buy the extended warranty.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              2 pairs in 4 years. Broken.

              By Foghat

              from Denver,, CO

              About Me Audiophile

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Poor Value
              • Uncomfortable

              Best Uses

                Comments about Vic Firth SIH1 Isolation Headphones:

                Don't buy these if you are going to use them regularly. They will break even when treated well and you can't take them apart to fix em!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                4.0

                This is my second time purchasing this product.

                By Zobes

                from Georgetown, Texas

                About Me Audiophile

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Compact
                • Good Value
                • Great Sound
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Cord Too Short

                Best Uses

                • Home Audio
                • Music
                • Relaxing
                • With My Computer
                • Working

                Comments about Vic Firth SIH1 Isolation Headphones:

                These cans are excellent for use as an in-ear monitor at worship service, in the studio at recording sessions, and during practice at home.

                • Primary Use:
                • Listening to iPod
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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