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Fanny Wang On-Ear Wang review



Our Score



  • Good sound quality
  • Sturdy construction
  • Stylish design


  • Fairly expensive
  • Better sounding, cheaper alternatives

Review Price £149.95

Key Features: Duo jack for sharing music; Stylish, durable construction

Manufacturer: Fanny Wang

There's no way on Earth we're going to let this one slide by unnoticed so, please, get your chuckles out of the way: yes, these headphones are really from a company called Fanny Wang, and are assuredly called the On-Ear Wang Headphones. Got it out of your system? Good, because while the name might be a bit of a joke (whether on us or them we're unsure) the On-Ear Wang headphones definitely aren't.

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Those familiar with the Monster Beats range of headphones (reviews coming soon) will notice a striking familiarity between the On-Ear Wangs and the Monster Beats Solos, and that's no co-incidence. The Wangs are, to put it mildly, somewhat inspired by the Beats, launched with the same claim of bringing quality audio to the fashion headphone market. However, despite the aesthetic similarities the Wangs aren't that much alike the Beats, and are redesigned both internal and externally to produce a significantly different product.

The outer casing is made from solid plastic, and feels very durable, but the glossy, wavy finish is perhaps not as classy-looking as the matt coating on the Beats. Contrarily, the headband is a little better than that of the Beats, its larger surface area distributing weight over your head more. The choice of red, white or black means that if you are looking at the Wangs as a fashion accessory, you'll be able to match them to your outfit - always an important consideration, we find.

Also 'inspired' by the Beats is the earcups' mounting mechanism, which rocks in a ball and socket-like arrangement, giving good adjustability.The metal ratcheting mechanism for adjusting the headband isn't our preferred option - we'd rather see a self-adjusting system such as that of the Philips The Stretch or AKG Q701 headphones (among others). The Wangs' headband sports hinges, which allow them to fold into a more compact space for transport. These lock into place securely, and their metal construction feels strong enough not to break in normal use. A soft bag is provided for transporting the Wangs about, although we started using a more childishly amusing word for the Wangs' protective sheath.

We like the use of a removable cable, especially this thick and durable-feeling one, as quite frequently they can break well before your headphones, and it's obviously much cheaper to buy a new stretch of wire than a new pair of £160 headphones. One interesting quirk of the supplied cable is its Duo Jack, which provides a headphone jack about a third of the way from the 3.5mm connector, letting you share your music with another person (or more, if you chain a few of these - we hooked up six sets to one iPod nano without any blindingly obvious loss of quality). Having spent our fair share of time on busses 'enjoying' music blasted out of some ruffian's mobile phone it's an addition we can't encourage the proliferation of enough

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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"


April 19, 2011, 8:11 am

Fanny Wang On-Ear Wang

you're fired!


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.


April 19, 2011, 3:57 pm

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


March 14, 2012, 2:55 pm

Greatest headphones name ever!


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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