CES 2015: AAudio Luxury Headphones

About a year ago I received a pair of the AAudio Legacy over-ear, noise canceling headphones. The truth is I found them fairly good sounding in the non-bass enhancing modes. But my, these headphones are, to my eyes, extraordinarily gaudy. At the time, I just couldn't bring my review them.

That was poor logic on my part. Taste is an individual matter, and while the look of these cans got in my way, others might certainly like the design. Who am I to discriminate—at least too heavily—based on the look of a headphone. It's fine for me to comment, of course, but my job is really about sound quality at a fundamental level, and since these cans did sound pretty good, well, I kinda missed the boat. And I apologized to Christian Iacovelli, President of AAudio, for my short sightedness.

He was understanding, and pointed out that the line now includes a (slightly) lower-key "Phantom Black" versions to go alongside the "Liquid Chrome" livery of the original cans.

AAudio has three version of headphone models: the wired, passive, on-ear Lyric ($199)_; wired, around-ear, ANC w/bass boost Legacy ($299); and wireless, around-ear, Bluetooth, ANC w/bass boost Icon ($399). They also make an in-ear model called the Elite HD ($99).

I'll be giving these another shot in the not-to-distant future. Until then you can get the scoop from Christian in the video.

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drblank's picture

50 Cent, aka Curtis James Jackson III, son of a crack dealer, was a crack dealer at age 12, arrested for selling cocaine, been arrested for illegal possession of a weapon, never studied music, never studies audio engineering, never actually designed the actual product, sings a bunch of disgusting rap songs intended for musically ignorant teenagers to sucker them into gang banging.

i don't care how rich he is, i don't care how many silly awards he has, I don't buy his music and I'm not going to buy his headphones.

I don't know people are that ignorant when it comes to products and how they are promoted. About the only people that I look up to are the real audio engineers that actually know how to record instruments or master albums. Buying something because a person's name is slapped on it is not a valid reason. I'm not going to buy something with a name of person that I'm not going to look up to.

Sorry, but people need to know about these people that are trying to make a quick buck from the use of their name on something they didn't even design. I wish these mfg would stop doing this, Beats included.

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