Street Price: $60 USD
There are many options out there for headphones. You could go audiophile and pickup over the ear Sennheiser with 64 ohm + impedance. However, I have yet to see high-end headphones with a built in mic. Also, you could pickup some cheap Skullcandy ear buds and be sorely disappointed. The Aerial7 are the middle of the road, somewhere between the Sennheiser studio models and Skullcandy Hot Topic junk.
In general the build quality is good. There are a some issues, couple with design and one with workmanship.
The adjustment of the headphones isn’t great. There’s enough flexibility in the design to allow the ear cups to swivel but not as much as Sony studio style headphones. This is not a problem for my head, however, I can see it being an issue for some. Another issue with adjustment is the tension on the rails. There’s just enough to keep them from sliding. I foresee this wearing out.
Moving from the headphones to the cable we find my second issue. The cable is good quality. However, it could be longer and sturdier. The cable is long enough to reach my pants pockets with enough slack for walking. Unfortunately, if I turn my torso the cable becomes taut. Just 4 more inches would resolve this.
As for workmanship, my set has one issue. The first being a bunching of the cloth covering the right headphone. It’s a nit pick issue. By no means would I return the headphones for this.
I have big ears. No other way to put it. I will take flight in a strong wind.
That being said the headphones fit perfectly over my ears. It’s safe to assume they will fit over most ears.
The padding is wonderfully plush. The pads distribute the tension around my ears perfectly. I’ve worn the headphones for a two hour strength so far with no issues. Aerial7 made a great design choice on the padding.
The headphones do come in some very unique styles. The Pharaoh are very nice on the eyes. They are not over the top nor are they bland black headphones. I wear these primarily around Capital Hill here in Seattle. The headphones fit right in. That being said, if you live an more conservative area, I recommend the plain black headphones. You will get odd looks with some of the other styles.
Warning: I am not an audiophile.
The headphones provide great quality for their price point. Bass is deep without distortion. Highs, such as the crash of cymbal, are fantastic though not perfectly reproduced. That’s fine in my book because I primarily listen to MP3s. The headphones do a great job with music encoded in lossy format. I really can’t hear difference in quality when listening to a lossless format. I think that is a function of my own listening skills.
If you like the styling and the format of the headphones, I say go for it. The Chopper2 heaphones are good for their price point and feature set.