Summary

Our Score

7/10

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In a bid to try and look the best, fashionable audio products often lose sight of their function. As a general rule, the sharper dressed a device's guts, the worse their performance. The Miffy MP3 player for example, is unlikely to output amazing quality music. As with every rule, there are exceptions, though, the B&W Zeppelin standing as a prime example. The Audio Chi W-Series headphones purport to be another such case, delivering good looks and good performance. Too good to be true? You might think so.

The manner in which the W-series headphones are packaged gives a positive indication of the thought that has gone into their production. By this I don't mean the physical package in which they're presented, but rather the accoutrements provided with the headphones themselves.

The carrying case is useful, given these 'phones are likely to be shoved into a backpack, handbag or, dare I suggest it, man-bag when not in use. Similarly thoughtful is a 3.5mm to 2.5mm adaptor. This will undoubtedly please those wishing to connect their W-series' to a mobile phone sporting the smaller port - a fairly common trait. Small touches, yes, but they suggest Audio Chi has actually paid attention to the needs of its target audience.

Continuing the theme of thoughtful design is the use of a detachable cable connector on the left ear-cup. As such, should the wiring end up broken, you won't need to buy a new pair of earphones, just a new cable. The 1.2m cable also uses a woven, as opposed to rubberised, coating, which supposedly prevents tangling - a claim I've found no reason to dispute.

As a bonus to these practical considerations, the W-series headphones are available in a number of funky colours. I'm particularly partial to the pink variety I snagged on loan, but all of them look pretty snazzy. The stitched faux-leather headband sets the look off well, and has the added bonus of being nice and comfortable. That holds true of the ear-cups, too, which provide enough pressure to remain in place, without clutching my head in a vice-like death grip - unlike some headphones I've had the misfortune of wearing.

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