I reviewed Blue Microphones’ first entry into the headphone market, the $349 Mo-Fi, in November 2014. Since then the Mo-Fi has continued to garner favorable press, but there were several areas where I felt the Mo-Fi could have been improved. My principal complaints were that the Mo-Fi was heavy and the built-in “active mode” amplification was noisy and did not add to (and actually detracted from) the headphone’s overall fidelity. Flash forward to 2016 and Blue’s newest headphone offering, the $249 Lola. Like the MoFi, the Lola has a unique set of attributes that should appeal to anyone who is looking for a pair of rugged, multi-purpose, closed-cup headphones.
The Lola is a sealed-cup, over-ear design that does a good job of isolating you from the outer world. Handclaps turned into dull thuds when the Lolas were on my head. The Lola headband is made of metal and employs a spring tension system. The Lola also uses a unique height adjustment scheme where you push down on the headband to position the earpads exactly around your ears. This headband design isn’t new–it’s very similar to the design that Blue used on the Mo-Fi headphones, except the Lola’s designers managed to reduce the overall weight of the headband (eliminating the Mo-Fi’s electronics probably helped).