These headphones, albeit good, lack the precision that comes to mind when you think of Ferrari.
The bass feels accentuated and at times, dominates the soundstage. This wouldn't be as bad if the cups had an open back as it would enlarge the soundstage, but with closed cups it feels like the heavy notes have less room to work with. As a result, there are times where notesâ€”particularly in the layered songs familiar to genres like rockâ€”lack clarity. The Killers' Miss Atomic Bomb is one example where the bass dominates at the expense of plucking guitars and electro notes.
But in some other genres, the bassy bravado adopted by these headphones pay off. Hit play on Dash Berlin's Better Half of Me and the stark contrast between trance, vocal and bass is amplified. It sounds riveting, as if there's a button labelled 'extreme' and you've just pressed it. The trance notes still lack clarity relative to what you'd get from similarly priced Sennheiser's, but the bodied bass compensates.
Another genre ideal for these headphones is R&B. Guy Sebastian's Battle Scars is played with gusto, more than enough volume and a fluency in bass that simulates dimension.
The T250s are comfortable, well made and if you like your music loud with heavy bass, will keep you grinning. Unfortunately if your taste in music is varied, they'll struggle accommodate a wide range of genres with the same transparency as its similarly priced rivals. Worse yet, you'll be walking around with an expensive pair of headphones that, deep down, you'll believe aren't worth the Ferrari badge.