Saturday, April 11, 2015

Kicker Tabor Wireless Over The Ear Headphones Review

Up for review are the Kicker Tabor. Kicker, while fairly new to headphone products, they are not new to great sound. The Kicker Tabor appear to be built on that foundation. They are an over the ear design that are also wireless.  MSRP is an extremely reasonable $180.

Features and specs:
Frequency response, Hz
Sensitivity, dB/1mW
Impedance (Ohms)
Drive Components
Max Output
Input Connections
1/8 in (3.5mm) stereo; Bluetooth A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, aptX
3.7V/600mAh Lithium-ion; 10 hours life; 2.5 hours charge time
5' USB-A to micro USB; 5' 3.5mm stereo cable; 5' 3.5mm stereo cable with microphone; KICKER travel bag

The Kicker Tabor came in a nice looking box that had its features, specs and pictures also printed on the box. They were made mostly of plastic, with some metal. Materials used in the construction were of good quality, as was the fit and finish. They felt like a solid well made product in hand. Also included was the soft carry case.  Let's see how they sound.

Fresh Aire: Going To Another Place, strings and percussion were crisp and clean with good resolution. Piano sounded natural. Drums had really good depth and authority, as I would expect from Kicker sound. Flute was smooth with good air.  Steve Miller Bad: Swingtown, percussion was crisp. Guitar sounded good. Drums played deep with good authority and dynamics. Vocals sounded natural, smooth, with good resolution to reveal the texture.  No Doubt: Hella Good, percussion was very crisp and dynamic. Bass was deep, tons of in your chest impact and authority. Vocals were very natural and smooth, sounding sexier than expected at this price point. All the energy in the track came out well.  Eric Bibb: Don't Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down, guitar sounded natural with good resolution and detail. Bass had nice low end extension and output. Vocals were smooth and natural with good texture. Sound stage was also good as was the imaging.

The Kicker Tabor proved to be another great value.  With an MSRP of $180, you again get good bang for your buck.  The large drivers not only gave good detailed sound, they also provided the signature kicker bass that many of us have come to love.  The controls were easy to use, with hard buttons for track, volume, and power on the ear cup.  The wireless performance was good for around 25 feet, which is reduced some when dealing with walls.  And I liked the included tangle free cable for times when you need to go wired.  They also proved to be very comfortable, so you are good to go for those long listening sessions.  Based on their design, features, quality, and performance, the Kicker Tabor has earned our Recommended Award.  Fore more info and complete specs, check out their website at