Vin­n­fier Chrome Stu­dio

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - By John Law

dec­o­ra­tions, the Chrome Stu­dio we re­ceived had a clean, all-black fin­ish and a pol­ished, re­tractable metal head­band. Like the ma­jor­ity of head­phones out there, the power and con­trol func­tions have been hid­den di­rectly into the right earcup, an aes­thetic step which fur­ther lends to the Chrome Stu­dio's el­e­gance.

The over­all de­sign of the Chrome Stu­dio may look re­fined, but it's not with­out its own set of flaws. To be­gin with, the length to which the head­bands can ex­tend aren't very long. Be­cause of this, it ac­tu­ally felt a bit un­com­fort­able for us (or at least, the big­ger-headed us) to wear over long pe­ri­ods of time.

Looks aside, we can now get straight to the real mea­sure of an au­dio de­vice's worth: the au­dio qual­ity. To test out the Chrome Stu­dio, we ran our list of songs that ranged from clas­si­cal mu­sic, all the way to the more mod­ern rock and jazz pieces, all in or­der to find the head­set's break­ing point.

In the high-pitch depart­ment, we played Vi­valdi's ‘Four Sea­sons' and Boc­cherini's ‘Min­uetto', and sur­pris­ingly, the Chrome Stu­dio was ac­cu­rate and showed no signs of break­ing (even at high vol­umes), but it wasn't able to place the in­stru­ments in the piece prop­erly.

In the midrange pitch test, we played Ed Sheeran's ‘Think­ing Out Loud', Led Zep­pelin's ‘Whole Lotta Love', and Joni Mitchell's ‘A Case of You' (along with some Julie Fowlis' for good mea­sure). Of the songs, the head­phones' au­dio only started break­ing when we played Ed Sheeran and Joni Mitchell's tracks (prob­a­bly due to Joni Mitchell's high oc­tave pitch.

The low-pitch tells a rel­a­tively sim­i­lar tale when we played Nina Si­mone's ‘Feel­ing Good', and jazz pieces from Yoko Kanno and the Seat­belts. Bass dis­tor­tion seemed to only hap­pen when ‘Feel­ing Good' was played, but was prac­ti­cally non-ex­is­tent when we put on Kanno's jazz piece. Mind you, we hadn't even brought the vol­ume to its max­i­mum level yet.

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