Mo-Fiby Blue Microphones

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TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
78%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The built-in amplifier delivers crisp and powerful sound.
  • The noise isolation works well.
  • The auto-off feature saves battery life.

CONS

  • The cans feel big and bulky.
  • The headphones do not fold down flat, which means they are not good for portability.
  • The retro look may not be your thing.
Although Blue Microphones is known for its vocal and instrument mics, the Mo-Fi is the company's first set of headphones. They sport a multi-jointed headband, an adjustable tension knob, and ear cups that are shaped like ears. You’ll be impressed with the Mo-Fi's internal analog amplifier and the three bass performance modes--passive, active, and enhanced. The battery provides roughly 12 hours of life. The box includes a soft case with storage pocket, an audio cable with iOS controls, a USB charging cable, an AC charging adapter, a 3.5 mm-to-1/4 inch TRS adapter, and a two-prong airplane connector.
NameMo-FiQuietComfort 25Momentum 2.0MDR-1AStudio
ManufacturerBlue MicrophonesBoseSennheiserSonyBeats
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80%

Sound quality was at times incredible. We heard fantastic detail from our test tracks and it was possible to pick out individual instruments…

Sound quality was at times incredible. We heard fantastic detail from our test tracks and it was possible to pick out individual instruments easily with no hint of muddiness. Vocals in particular were crisp without any harshness.

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80%

The power switch is the least graceful aspect of the design—it's tiny, and so it's hard to tell what mode it's in at a glance. Even the clic…

The power switch is the least graceful aspect of the design—it's tiny, and so it's hard to tell what mode it's in at a glance. Even the click-stops don't feel super-precise, so you sometimes need to double-check to see if you're in On or On+ mode.

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80%

Something like Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love sounds particularly good, with a real intensity in the riff...But the headphones sound equall…

Something like Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love sounds particularly good, with a real intensity in the riff...But the headphones sound equally good blasting out Blue Sky Black Death or Pavarotti, making them decent all-rounders.

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80%

These things can get ridiculously loud with amplification switched on, so if your phone, tablet or controller is already turned to maximum v…

These things can get ridiculously loud with amplification switched on, so if your phone, tablet or controller is already turned to maximum volume, be prepared to have your ears ringing for an hour or two afterwards.

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80%

Classical music can be challenging for any audio system, because of its extremely wide dynamic range, but the Mo-Fi’s handled the recording …

Classical music can be challenging for any audio system, because of its extremely wide dynamic range, but the Mo-Fi’s handled the recording with aplomb. The strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion were presented in the same superb detail in the quietest passages as they were in the most flamboyant.

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80%

As soon as we started playing a track, we found ourselves shielded from most ambient noise, even when we were on the move. The same goes for…

As soon as we started playing a track, we found ourselves shielded from most ambient noise, even when we were on the move. The same goes for sound leakage, which is well-controlled (there's no risk of bothering others around you, even if you put the volume on max).

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80%

If you're the sort of person who likes to dance to the music and who regularly finds themselves with a shaken-off pair of headphones lying o…

If you're the sort of person who likes to dance to the music and who regularly finds themselves with a shaken-off pair of headphones lying on the ground or slumped around your ears, the Blue Mo-Fi could well be your ideal headphones.

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80%

All of my initial quibbles about the Mo-Fi got blasted away once I turned on its amp. It was like everything came into laser focus. The prev…

All of my initial quibbles about the Mo-Fi got blasted away once I turned on its amp. It was like everything came into laser focus. The previously cloudy guitar was full and energetic while the organ chords added some subtle body to the track. I heard every beat of the snares, toms and bass.

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80%

I felt totally cut off from the outside world when wearing these headphones so apologies to anybody phoning or ringing my doorbell during th…

I felt totally cut off from the outside world when wearing these headphones so apologies to anybody phoning or ringing my doorbell during these passages of time.

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78%

Blue claims 12 hours of play time...In our testing, we got around 10 hours, but this included leaving the headphones on for quite some time …

Blue claims 12 hours of play time...In our testing, we got around 10 hours, but this included leaving the headphones on for quite some time between playback sessions.

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70%

The Mo-Fi are presented like a gourmet meal on a dome-covered silver platter. The top of the cube-shaped box is really just a giant lid that…

The Mo-Fi are presented like a gourmet meal on a dome-covered silver platter. The top of the cube-shaped box is really just a giant lid that conceals the Mo-Fi, sitting upright in a custom cut tray underneath. The unboxing experience forces to you take a pause to fully absorb what you’re looking at.

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65%

There is one big downside to all of the innovation crammed into the Mo-Fis. They’re absolutely enormous. Clocking in at 16.44oz (just over o…

There is one big downside to all of the innovation crammed into the Mo-Fis. They’re absolutely enormous. Clocking in at 16.44oz (just over one pound) the Mo-Fis threw off the balance of my head whenever I wore them.

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The earcups themselves are attached to moveable arms with smooth, friction-based joints that allow you to adjust the orientation of each one…

The earcups themselves are attached to moveable arms with smooth, friction-based joints that allow you to adjust the orientation of each one individually...While the intricate design is geared towards making the cans more comfortable than your average pair, I can't say they actually are an improvement over others I've used.

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The one thing I'm not so in love with functionally on the MoFis is the headphone jack setup. You have to use Blue's included cables with the…

The one thing I'm not so in love with functionally on the MoFis is the headphone jack setup. You have to use Blue's included cables with the MoFis because the jack that plugs into the headphones isn't a standard 3.5mm stereo, but a much rarer 2.5mm 4-conductor jack.

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The "ear-shaped" cushions really do provide a very good seal for better bass, and improved isolation from the outside world. They're also su…

The "ear-shaped" cushions really do provide a very good seal for better bass, and improved isolation from the outside world. They're also surprisingly effective at keeping your music from bleeding out to those around you, especially considering how loud it can get inside the Mo-Fi world.

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I'd never heard music as crisp and detailed as when I connected the Mo-Fi to the smartphone. When Frampton "came alive," it was as if I was …

I'd never heard music as crisp and detailed as when I connected the Mo-Fi to the smartphone. When Frampton "came alive," it was as if I was at the Fillmore West that night back in the 1970s. When Bob Marley and the Wailers were Jamming, I could have been standing right next to the band.

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I have an enormous head, and I quite liked the ability to loosen up the headphone tension. Still, while they're impressively comfortable for…

I have an enormous head, and I quite liked the ability to loosen up the headphone tension. Still, while they're impressively comfortable for their size, the headphones are a little cumbersome to port around in a backpack, and I'd never choose them for the train on my daily commute.

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I found I didn’t like to wear the Mo-Fis for more than an album’s worth of song. That’s great for listening to music at home, but they’re no…

I found I didn’t like to wear the Mo-Fis for more than an album’s worth of song. That’s great for listening to music at home, but they’re not my favorite option for all-day listening at work.

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While unboxing the Blue Mo-Fi headphones, I was reminded of the door hinges on my wife’s 1997 Lexus SC300 sports coupe...One look at the Mo-…

While unboxing the Blue Mo-Fi headphones, I was reminded of the door hinges on my wife’s 1997 Lexus SC300 sports coupe...One look at the Mo-Fi headphones and the first thought that comes to mind is … over-engineered, but oh so cool.

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