Released last year, Blue’s Mo-Fi headphones were an ambitious concept for better-sounding cans. They were awesome, but not quite awesome enough to justify their inconveniences. Can the new Lola model deliver on the big promise for a different kind of headphone?
To recap, the Mo-Fi headphones sounded very good due in part to their totally integrated power design: They have built-in amplifiers. Lots of people use headphone amplifiers to drive their headphones—without diving into it too much, it makes many headphones, especially fancy ones, sound better. The Mo-Fi sounded great but they were huge and cumbersome, and no one, save a very devoted audiophile fanatic, would ever want to use them. (And yes, you recognize Blue as the American manufacturer of boutique quality studio microphones.)