Fanny Wang On-Ear Wang Review

Sections

Pros

  • Good sound quality
  • Sturdy construction
  • Stylish design

Cons

  • Fairly expensive
  • Better sounding, cheaper alternatives

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £149.95
  • Duo jack for sharing music
  • Stylish, durable construction


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.

Fanny Wang


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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