Fanny Wang On-Ear Wang Review - Sound Quality and Verdict Review

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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.

Trusted Score


Score in detail

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

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