Shinola Canfield on-ear headphones review: These cans are made for hipsters, not audiophiles

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Styling and build quality hit all the high notes, but sonic reproduction falls flat.

Sub-par audio quality taints these otherwise beautifully styled, solidly built headphones.

Detroit—car capital of America—has had difficulty recovering from a decade-long economic downturn. Many companies have left the Motor City, outsourcing their manufacturing, assembly, and materials production overseas. Shinola is bucking that trend, manufacturing headphones, luxury watches and watch straps, hand-built bicycles, and high-end leather goods here. (You can read the larger story behind Shinola’s drive to bring manufacturing back to the U.S. here). It’s a noble effort to be sure, but it’s not enough to make Shinola’s Canfield on-ear headphones worthy of their substantial price tag.

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