For many, the design of the Brookstone Axent Wear Cat Ear Headphones would strike as something as fairly unique. While most headphones would want to keep the audio in within the area around their earcups or earpads, this one has the option of letting others listen in to whatever track you’re currently listening. Plus, its look is reminiscent to that of cat ears (as obviously found in its name). As such, it is clearly made for cosplayers and ravers.
The Brookstone Axent Wear Cat Ear Headphones Has a Design Built for Cosplayers
When you wear the Brookstone Axent Wear Cat Ear Headphones out in public, you would immediately stand out from the crowd. Even if it does not have the big, glowing ears that sit atop the headband, these headphones still set out as a pair of imposing over-ear cans. The unit is completely finished in black, save for the LED elements. Speaking of the LED, it only comes with one color from purchase but purchasers will be able to select from a wide array of colors for their unit.
Its earcups are big and circular, and they have plush, faux-leather pads. These are attached to the headband via heavy plastic hinges. These hinges will let the cups fold completely inward and also let them pivot sideways. Another feature of the headband is that you can expand it to your preferred fit. There are click stops to assure you that the headphone will lock securely in place. Beneath the headband is lined with the same material as found on the earpuds to provide added comfort.
As it is made for ravers, as well as cosplayers, the Axent Wear Cat Ear Headphones can handle tracks with a thumping bass pretty well. They are able to reproduce sub-bass content with such a kick to the enjoyment of many who like the low-end parts of the audio spectrum. Still, while the sub-bass performance is impressive, other frequencies sound lopsided. It emphasizes the deep end above everything else. Therefore, it overwhelms practically everything else such as the details and crispness in tracks.
The performance for the speakers hold a different story, but still not a very good one. They are underpowered and practically sound terrible across all frequencies. Tracks distort heavily, even at fairly high volumes without reaching max.
Overall, the Brookstone Axent Wear Cat Ear Headphones are better known to be a fashion statement rather than a piece of audio-listening device that audiophiles would go to. They are certainly eye-catching, but sound quality is poor from the earcups to the speakers (especially the speakers).