Headphones don’t get much more serious looking than A-Audio’s Legacy Over-Ear Noise Canceling headphones. These metal and leather headphones are beautifully crafted to emit a sort of industrial luxury, much like a luxury sports car. They feature a “3-stage listening” experience where you can listen to your music regularly, with noise canceling, or with noise canceling and extra bass. They come complete with a ControlTalk microphone and fancy travel case.
A-Audio’s Legacy Over-Ears have a serious design. They are headphones you’d expect to see the Batman wearing. They’re finely crafted with aluminum ear cups and a premium diamond quilted leather headband. The fact that they’re all black, aka “Phantom Black” lends well to being Dark-Knight-appropriate. They also come in “Liquid Chrome”. The oval-shaped earcups are large enough for big ears and they’re quite cushiony. The earcups swivel 90 degrees and also fold up into the headband. It’s a very tough and durable design compared to most other over ear headphones. They’re not the lightest headphones, but they feel far from inexpensive.
The Legacy’s are battery powered (2x AAA batteries included), and there’s a battery compartment uniquely hidden behind the left headphone’s magnetic faceplate. Battery power is only required if you want to use ANC (auto noise canceling) or Bass mode. There’s a hard switch with a colored LED to switch between the different modes. The noise canceling is pretty good, but not the best. Like lots of headphones, you can kind of hear the noise canceling anti-noise. It’s fantastic on the train, plane, bus, or anyplace with a consistent ambient noise. It’s not good outside; wind will create a really annoying sound if noise canceling is on. The bass booster is fantastic, but would be nice to have an option for it without noise canceling. Unfortunately, our model didn’t have a standby mode, so if you forget to turn the ANC or Bass mode off, you have to change batteries much more frequently.
There’s a thick removable headphone cable that does not easily tangle. There is an inline ControlTalk complete with volume buttons and a microphone. The microphone isn’t the best of inline microphones, but it works. It is very quick to pick up background noise. Callers reported having trouble hearing me outside or in noisy environments. The ControlTalk buttons worked well for controlling music, phone calls, and voice activation.
Do A-Audio’s headphones sound as serious as they look? Their 40mm drivers can crank out some very loud tunes. They sound great, with a few exceptions. They sound the best using the bass ANC mode (just not outside). In bass mode, they rock the bass that they always should. There’s the least amount of bass in ANC mode. In all of the settings, the mids are very clear and the highs are also very crisp. The main problem with these headphones is that they really hurt after an hour of wear. They start off extremely comfortable, but in a short amount of time it adds a ridiculous amount of pressure on your head.
A-Audio’s Legacy Over-Ears are super premium, so of course they come with a premium price tag. They are currently available from Amazon.com. As a matter of fact, the Legacy’s are unsurpassed in build quality and durability.
The Good: Work without batteries, Nice hard travel case, Tough design, Beautifully crafted, Inline Remote works well, Removable headphone cable
The Bad: Hurts after an hour of wear, Microphone picks up background noise easily, Not rechargeable–require batteries, Noise canceling not good in windy areas, No auto shut-off for noise canceling