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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Audio-Technica AR3iS SonicFuel On-Ear Headphones

Audio-Technica AR3iS SonicFuel On-Ear Headphones

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
The ATH-AR3iS SonicFuel® on-ear headphones are designed to enhance your everyday listening experience with newly designed 40 mm drivers that deliver clear mid- and high-frequencies and full, expressive bass.

The headphones come with a detachable 1.2 m (3.9') cable with mic and controls, making it easy to answer calls and handle music/video playback on your devices. The headphones also feature soft, memory foam earpads and an easily adjustable, padded headband for a comfortable fit and outstanding sound isolation. Plus, the headphones fold up for easy portability.

Newly designed 40 mm drivers provide rich, full-range sound reproduction with crystal-clear mid and high frequencies and powerful, detailed bass
Top-mounted PCB design enables smoother airflow for precise diaphragm movement and reduced distortion
Stylish round housing design
Soft, memory foam earpads and easily adjustable, padded headband provide a comfortable fit
1.2 m (3.9') detachable cable with mic/controls for use with compatible devices
Foldable for space-saving portability
Available in black (ATH-AR3iSBK) and white (ATH-AR3iSWH)
I am not really an audiophile by any means. When I use a headset, I just want something comfortable. I tend to wear my headsets a lot during the day, whether I'm watching my tech subscriptions on YouTube or I'm using YouTube as my personal radio station.

But, while the Logitech G230 Gaming Headset is my daily headset of choice, the wire being so long and irreplaceable has me, well, annoyed. So, when Audio-Technica offered to send me one of their new headsets for review, I jumped at the chance!


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I LOVE the sound that come through these. Very rich and full, but not over-bassy. I don't hear any tinniness through the ear pieces, and the music/sounds do not distort at loud levels.

My favorite thing about these headphones are the detachable wire, which is considerably shorter than the Logitech wire. I don't know HOW many times I have had to buy new headphones, because something happened to the wires, whether it snapped or one of the earcups lost sound in them, But with these Audio-Technica headphones, if the wire were to break, I can easily head to any electronics department/store (or even eBay or Amazon) and pick up a new 3.5 mm male to male wire and Presto! I have my headphones working again. It's also a plus if the wire ever get tangled, I can just unplug them from the earcup and straighten the wire out.

I also like the fact that these headphones fold up, so if I want to store them in a backpack or travel bag, I can detach the wire and then fold the actual earcups in towards the headband. That eliminates the risk of them being broken during travel.

Now, for the downside of these headphones, the earcups themselves. They are ON-EAR cups, meaning the sit directly on the ears. It's fine at first, but after a few hours of listening to music or watching Youtube videos, they start to really hurt. I'm not sure if this is how they should be, because I have worn SkullCandy On-Ear headphones for hours and they did not hurt my ears at all. It seems to be worse for those wearing glasses, because Mama Melissa tried to wear them, and she developed the sore ear quicker than I did.

I really don't see disabled people having issues with these headphones. The biggest problem MAY be replacing the detachable wire, if it ever needs replacing.

These are available from the Audio-Technica website or Amazon for $79.00 on either site. These would make a great gift for the audiophile on your list.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Great sound, but better suited for tinier ears.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**

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