Fanny Wang DJ Over Ear Headphone Review
After months of rocking our Fanny Wang On-Ear Wangs in the hipster-filled streets of Brooklyn, we’ve taken things to the next level with the Fanny Wang Over-Ear DJ Wangs! We weren’t sure it was possible to get a trendier-looking pair of headphones until we received our Over-Ear (2001) DJ Wangs.
While the On-Ear Wangs were almost blatantly styled after the Solo Beats by Dre, the Over-Ear Wangs are a bit more differentiated. They proudly show off their signature Fanny Wang textured shell. The 2001 DJ Over-Ear Wangs are larger than the On-Ear Wangs and the ear cups are softer and more cushioned. They will surely cover even the largest ears, and you can wear them for hours without them hurting. They also happen to be extremely warm, which is important if you live in New York come winter time. The headband is adjustable on both sides and features a rubbery cushioned underside. They’re a bit top-heavy, so they should be balanced on the top of your head to prevent them from tipping behind you. Just like the On-Ears, they use the tri-folding method of collapsing. This makes them back-pack friendly. They come with a large rigid-foam case to house them. The Over-Ears are plasticky, but they have a pretty durable and tough feel to them.
The removable headphone cable is a thing of beauty. It’s prevented us from having our headphones ripped off of our head more than once. It plugs into the left earphone and is thick enough to never tangle. There’s a built-in headphone splitter which is convenient for the rare times you need one. There’s also an inline microphone with control buttons. The microphone worked perfectly on our iPhone and our callers agreed. Having volume buttons on the inline ControlTalk is a fabulous feature. The sole disappointment of the headphone cable is that the main, universal, button wiggles. This button controls music, phone calls, and voice commands on iPhone and other iOS devices. The slight wiggle can leave you unsure of whether you pressed it; it can also mess up double presses (for next track) and triple presses (for previous track). It’s not a huge issue, but it’s worth noting.
Since the Over-Ear Wangs feature a built-in bass booster, they use two AAA-batteries. Batteries are not required for the Wangs to work. On the back of the right ear cup is a switch for OFF, ON, and BASS. “Off” plays your music regularly (no batteries required), “On” turns on a powered amp and boosts the volume, and “Bass” boosts the bass by 6dB. When turned “on” the button glows blue, and when turned to “bass” it turns green. There’s an automatic power-off after 15 minutes of no audio. The battery chamber is located on the left ear cup and can be a bit tricky to turn and open. Nicely enough, the battery door is tethered to the headphones with a string, so you can’t lose it.
As clearly labeled on the side of the left ear cup, these are “DJ” headphones with “Bass Boost”. When the switch is turned to “ON” mode, the audio quality is pretty subpar for headphones of this price point; it just makes the music louder with a lot of treble. The “Bass” mode is a much more suitable listening experience, giving it a more balanced and bassy sound. Unfortunately, the Over-Ear Wangs are really missing out on the finer audio details. This was surprising because it was an area where the On-Ear Wangs excelled. Especially with lower bit rate audio (128kbps), the Over-Ears can sound extremely muddy. Voices and instruments do not stand out. The Bass Boost feature does a nice job of enhancing the bass without making it overbearing. Aside from the audio getting a couple notches louder, the Bass Boost adds just enough bass to really make you feel it. Heavier music like rap, hard rock and electronic sound better than softer or slower music like classic rock, jazz, classical, and melodic. The Over-Ears reduce most, but not all ambient noise. It depends on the listening volume, and they do leak some sound even at a regular listening volume.
The audio quality is not that bad, but for a pair of premium over-ears, there’s no excuse for lacking on audio clarity. On our higher bit rate music, we wanted to hear every instrument and voice crisply, as it was intended. It has not stopped us from rocking the Over-Ears for the past month, however. They’re still especially comfortable with a great cable and great looks. While we never use the “on” feature, it’s convenient to switch between “off” and “bass” depending on mood.
The Over-Ear (2001) DJ Wangs cost $249.95 from FannyWang.com. Considering their little brother, the On-Ear (2001) Wangs, cost $169.95 and sound better, we’d be willing to sacrifice a little extra comfort for the better sound quality and lower price tag. The Over Ear’s are currently available in four stylish flavors: Tuxedo, Stiletto Red, Chrome Angel, and Red Velvet. For an extra $50 you can have any pair of Fanny Wang’s three set collection custom colored to your liking. Stay tuned for a custom 3001 Fanny Wang Over-Ear Noise Canceling Wang review.
The Good: Very comfortable; stylish; removable headphone cable with built-in mic/control/splitter; doesn’t require batteries, built-in
bass booster; come with carrying case, cool color schemes
The Bad: Expensive; missing finer audio details, low bit-rate audio does not sound good; heavy enough to tip off back of head