When it comes to buying a set of headphones it's very hard to find a good set under AU$100, with most "audiophile" sets costing from AU$200 and up.
While bargains such as the Grado SR60s exist, they look like they've been smashed about with the ugly stick. It's fitting then that the American company has now been challenged by a similarly high-performing pair with a "good face for podcasting": the BaDass HX003.
The strikingly metallic HX003s uses a 40mm driver and feature a one-sided cord. The look has polarised the crew here at CNET Australia, with comments ranging from "distinctive" to "it looks like you have a jaffle iron on your head". Well, the earpieces are rather square.
Build quality isn't the best, as though they may look like metal in the photos, they are of plastic construction and they feel a bit insubstantial when handling. The earpieces themselves also feature matte plastic ear cups, which, after use, look the way bus windows do when someone leans their face on them — all greasy. The headband is padded though and the headphones sit quite comfortably on the head.