Sonic Gear Air­phone V

Cloud-Like Au­dio

HWM (Malaysia) - - LAB TEST - TExT // JOhN LAW

Sonic Gear has a rep­u­ta­tion amongst mu­sic lovers for pro­duc­ing speak­ers and head­phones that are big on sound at the frac­tion of the price of a high-end, high qual­ity Hi-Fi sys­tem or head­phones. The Air­phone V is one such prod­uct and be­yond the re­ally af­ford­able price, it's light­weight as well. Ques­tion is though: how would our ears re­act to it?

The light­ness of the Air­phone V comes from its frame. Made from a com­bi­na­tion of durable plas­tic and alu­minum bands, th­ese head­phones are durable as they are com­fort­able to place on the ears. The neck of each earcup, how­ever, is rather short but thank­fully they still cover the ears nicely. The over­all de­sign of the Air­phone V is aes­thet­i­cally sim­ple. There's noth­ing gar­ish or out­stand­ing in its de­sign and it's a leaf which Sonic Gear has taken out from the de­sign book of other ear­phone man­u­fac­tur­ers.

Even the con­trols for the Air­phone V are ex­tremely sim­ple. Lo­cated on the left earcup, the head­phone's func­tion but­ton is in the mid­dle, along with the vol­ume rocker and the for­ward and re­turn but­tons as well. Pair­ing it with your smart de­vice ac­tu­ally takes a lit­tle ef­fort, but not so much that it ac­tu­ally ham­pers the process.

One of the fea­tures on th­ese head­phones is the noise can­cel­ing ef­fect. Yes, we know the fea­ture has been around for some time now. But it's a sim­ple ef­fect that means the world to us, es­pe­cially in an of­fice full of au­dio­philes and peo­ple who don't want to hear any­thing else around them, ex­cept for what they choose to hear via the Air­phone V.

Aes­thet­ics aside, let's fo­cus now on what the Air­phone V is re­ally about: its sound qual­ity. Over­all, we were rel­a­tively im­pressed by th­ese head­phones. In de­tail, the Air­phone V was ex­cel­lent in repli­cat­ing mu­sic in both high and medium pitches. We used some jazz pieces from the likes of Yoko Kanno and the Seat­belts to test them. Strings like the gui­tar and vi­olin were crisp and sharp and showed no signs of break­ing as the pitches got higher.

Low pitch tones were a hit and miss for the Air­phone V. To test out the bass, we used a dif­fer­ent cat­e­gory of songs, which ranged from bass-heavy rock songs such as Guns n' Roses, all the way up to songs with bass-voice singers like French singer Carla Bruni. We say that bass is a hit or miss not be­cause the bass el­e­ment is not there. Far from it, as the bass on the Air­phone V can be heard clearly and shows no sign of dis­tor­tion, but it lacks the 'oomph' that you would usu­ally ex­pect and it some­what falls flat. It's not a bad thing, but we be­lieve that this is an area that Sonic Gear can im­prove upon their fu­ture in­car­na­tions of the Air­phone V.

In con­clu­sion, we think the Air­phone V is a pretty ver­sa­tile pair of head­phones, per­fect for lis­ten­ing to mu­sic and tak­ing in­com­ing calls. If you're a mu­sic fan who en­joys lis­ten­ing to songs with strings and high pitch voices, then be­lieve us: th­ese head­phones are def­i­nitely for you.

The Air­phone V is wire­less and light.

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