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Fanny Wang On-Ear Wang - Sound Quality and Verdict

By Hugo Jobling

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

For all the outward design flair, it's the internal design of the On-Ear Wangs that really impresses. Where the outside is fairly similar to the Beats Solos, the titanium-coated drivers in the Wangs are different, and the results are almost night and day. Where the Beats can provide a good level of detail and clarity that gets hidden underneath a glutinous layer of bass, the Wangs offer a full and rich bass response, but one that doesn't mask the rest of the frequency range.

That said, the Wangs are still fairly bassy headphones, which work best with music where a noticeable low-end bias is a benefit not a distraction. Throw on a bit of Kanye, for example, and the full basslines won't overwhelm his vocals, and Outkast's utterly sublime Hey Ya sounded great. Obadiah Parker's acoustic cover of that same song, however, wasn't such an entertaining experience - it's a rendition best appreciated though a flatter set of headphones (say, the AKG Q701's if you can afford them).

Similarly a play through of Foo Fighters latest album, Wasting Light, showed some of the Wangs strengths, especially on the incredibly heavy track, White Limo, on which Dave Grohl's voice thunders out with almost intimidating force. Here a low-end emphasis arguably gives the track more power and presence - although we'd question whether that's needed.

We're not quite convinced that the Wangs are the saviours of the fashion headphones industry - they're still a little too expensive for our tastes (better value than the competition isn't the same as good value) and you can get better sound from cheaper, perhaps less stylish, alternatives brands such as Grado, Sennheiser, AKG and Beyerdynamic, to name but a few. However, they look pretty sharp, and they're significantly better-sounding than many fashionistas so if you are after a fashion headphone, they're almost certainly your best bet.

Verdict

Compared to rival fashion headphones such as the Skullcandy Aviators and Beats, which have put the fashion well ahead of the headphone, the Fanny Wang On-Ear Wang headphones are a refreshing change. Stylishly designed, and well made, but also with good sound quality; the only issue is the price - it's a little too high for our tastes.

Overall Score

8

Scores In Detail

  • Design & Features 8
  • Sound Quality 8
  • Value 6

Chocoa

April 18, 2011, 5:35 pm

Noooooo way I'm beeing haunted by the stuupid name of these 'phones regardless of quality or price. Can you imagine the ( lack of) street cred when asked who makes them!

Sean Groarke

April 18, 2011, 6:50 pm

One fears for the day they launch an in-ear version... "In-ear Wang"

betelgeus

April 19, 2011, 8:11 am

Fanny Wang On-Ear Wang

you're fired!

Kingsley

April 19, 2011, 3:12 pm

I reckon a good test would be using the On-Ear Wang to listen to Chorley "Coming in Your Ears" FM. But maybe that's just me.

supamario

April 19, 2011, 3:57 pm

Perhaps you guys have forgotten about Wang Computers and their good ol' 14 inch Wang monitors.

ToRJS99

March 14, 2012, 2:55 pm

Greatest headphones name ever!

booksrfun

November 2, 2012, 7:50 am

My headphones cable stopped working 3 months after I bought this from Yogi Computers at amazon. I found out the phone number for warranty service but that number is not valid. Fanny Wang's web site has the same number and says this "please contact Fanny Wang Support at 877-845-4425 toll free".

I finally got their email address and contacted the company for a replacement cable. Fanny Wang said this seller was not an authorized seller and therefore your headphone is not covered under warranty. Seller is accusing Fanny Wang for not honoring their warranty.

I strongly suggest you do not buy this product as warranty coverage will be a hassle.

Karl Mamer

September 16, 2013, 2:11 pm

Mine broke within 3 days. The slider broke. There was enough tension that I could still use them. But the internal wiring frayed after about a year of use. Now I only get sound out of one channel. These phones look great but they're too much money for such made in china low quality. Sorry. Don't pay $150 for phones that will only last you a year.

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