Sonic Gear Airphone V
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.