Review Price £149.95
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.
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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