Youtube review: Photos: http://dalethorn.com/Photos/iPhone7p/Headphone_Shinola_Canfield_On_Ear_01.jpg http://dalethorn.com/Photos/Audioforge/Shinola_Canfield_On_Ear.jpg Sources: iPhone7+ with Oppo HA-2/AudioQuest DragonFly Red DAC/amps, various computers using the Meridian Explorer2/AudioQuest DragonFly Red/DAC-amps. Review notes: My first impressions of the sound of the Shinola Canfield On-Ear headphone (ShinolaOnEar hereafter) are based on direct comparisons to other headphones, particularly those that resemble its design (full-size, on-ear, closed-back), but also to a few premium headphones for reference. I'll describe how I relate to the ShinolaOnEar (i.e., my personal tastes and how I use the headphone) only after covering all of the objective issues. The basic sound of this headphone is somewhat shy on bass and extreme upper treble, and while many headphones users will prefer a strong bass**, hi-fi enthusiasts nearly always agree that the midrange comes first. You can see the EQ curve I made at the link above. The EQ curve is the inverse of my estimated frequency response, and rather than being based on my hearing per se, it's based on comparisons to quite a few flagship headphones as well as the sound of live music. If the sound you hear with a stereo system is very close to what you hear with live music, then your system is very close to neutral regardless of your hearing, assuming your hearing is relatively normal. Bottom line: If you like this headphone (I love it) but you need a weightier bass or more sparkle on the high end, you could tweak those with an equalizer as I've done and enjoy near-perfect sound. **Nearly all of the most popular headphones that have a "strong bass" have a bass that lacks detail and true impact. Some of the lesser-known models such as the ATH M50 or Beyerdynamic DT770 series are a stark contrast to those, having good bass detail without the typical overemphasis that bleeds into the midrange. The ShinolaOnEar has good bass detail and impact. Whereas I use EQ in order to report the best possible sound for this headphone, others may want to know how the ShinolaOnEar sounds and performs without EQ. Those persons can find numerous reviews on video channels as well as headphone forums which report that sound, but unfortunately most of those will disagree with each other, unless their reviews are copied from the same source. One aspect of headphone EQ that's rarely if ever discussed in reviews or forums is what happens to the soundstage when EQ'd properly. The improvement with many headphones is breathtaking, and the ShinolaOnEar is a good performer in that respect. The ShinolaOnEar's isolation is modest - nowhere near good enough for noisy public transport, and the leakage is such that playing music at audiophile volume levels in a quiet office won't work - anyone sitting nearby will hear the sound clearly. The earpads are soft and covered with a pleather-like material, but the padding is sparse, so users will need to make small adjustments after putting the headphone on to allow their skin to readjust under the pads. Very easy to do - just pull the earcups out slightly until you feel your ears' skin slide into a better position. The fit is snug with moderate clamping force, and it does feel very comfortable to me with no long-term issues, but I have quite a bit of experience with this kind of design. The headband has a very modest padding and the headphone's weight is significant for its size, so if it feels uncomfortable, I've found that rotating the headband slightly forward or back can make it better. The headband's range of adjustment is ~9/16 inches on each side, where my average-size head fits with the earcups almost fully extended. The ShinolaOnEar seems to have been made for small-medium size heads, since I usually fit most full-size headphones in the middle of the adjustment range, instead of near the end of that range as is the case with this headphone. The earcups swivel 90 degrees, and a small amount of flex the other direction is also provided, which will accomodate all heads. The ShinolaOnEar can be worn around the neck all day with no bother, making a carry case unnecessary for most users. The stiff zippered carry case supplied with the headphone is very compact, which may or may not be practical for backpacks, but is certainly OK for carry-on luggage. The ShinolaOnEar that I purchased came with a ~4 ft braided cable for portable use. The cable has a 4-segment plug for smartphones**, a small microphone box near the right earcup, and a box with a clicker plus volume buttons 16 inches down from the earcup. **These controls work OK with my Apple iPhone, but I haven't verified whether they work with Android phones. Other reviews that contain the manufacturer's technical specifications should answer that question. In previous reviews I've included the following music samples with comments about how the headphones sound with each track. My suggestion is instead of reading each one as an absolute unto itself, you could compare my notes here to those other reviews and see how the ShinolaOnEar compares with each individual track. As noted above, these tracks were evaluated using the EQ settings linked above or found on my website.