Review Price £199.00
For £200, we expect a seriously-good-sounding pair of headphones, and in some respects at least the Ferrari Scuderia P200's 50mm drivers supply the goods. While the openings at the side of the earcups reduce sound isolation, they help to provide these headphones with a lush, open sound that's impressively wide - more what we'd expect from an open-back pair than one such as this.
The expansive sound is complemented by fairly sweet, smooth treble. The overall tone is a very pleasant one at times - rich and silken with the right material.
However, there are some issues with the tuning of these headphones that makes us question whether they're worth the money. The bass is, to repeat adjectives, smooth and full - and fairly deep too - but isn't as disciplined as it should be in this class. It routinely oversteps its boundaries when there's an excitable kick drum or bass guitar involved, pulling focus in a way that's not really acceptable in a £200 headphone.
In situations where vocals are involved too, this issue is worsened by the relatively weak mid-range. With a tendency to sound a little sucked-out and hollow, the underpowered mids do not give vocals the requisite presence to stand up against the occasionally boomy low-end.
These are absolutely enjoyable headphones, but if you have particularly picky ears, you're unlikely to be entirely satisfied with the Ferrari Scuderia P200. It comes as no surprise given how much of the cost of these headphones is likely tied-in to the branding, but you can do better for the money.
As soon as branding starts to play a big role in a product, value comes into jeopardy. These are among the cheaper high-end headphones in the Scuderia range, which rockets up to £328 for the noise-cancelling R300 model. You could even argue that at £200, these are pretty cheap for a Ferrari-endorsed product - heck an official Ferrari keyring costs £138.
However, in some respects, the Scuderia R200 is the least desirable of the new bunch of headphones.
Other models look more tasteful and have a more practical folding design - it's hard to know quite where these headphones belong. If you're just out for at-home headphones, you'd be much better off sticking to alternatives from Sennheiser or AKG. They're more comfortable and offer superior sound quality.
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The most brazen of Logic3's new Ferrari-branded headphones, the Ferrari Scuderia P200 are as loud and attention-grabbing as the cars they're based on. And we're not convinced that's a particularly good thing. Large, non-foldable, and with giant sound ports along the sides, they're not particularly good portable cans either. They offer deep bass and sweet, smooth treble, but mids are weak and bass control is less than expert. Unless you must have headphones that pack-in as much "Ferrari" as possible, you can do better elsewhere at the price.
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