Just when I told myself that I needed a new pair of headphones, nothing too special, along came A-Audio’s Lyric On-Ear Headphones. To be perfectly honest, I had no clue this brand existed, but that didn’t stop me from checking out what they had to offer. After reading the description about the Lyric On-Ear Headphones, I ended up getting more excited about reviewing them. The way they looked with the chrome mixing in with the black leather. It was hard to take my eyes off. Without further ado, let’s get right into A-Audio Lyric headphone review.
What’s in the box
- Traveler case
- Lyric On-Ear Headphones
- Small carrying pouch
- Two 3.5mm cords. One for music control and the other for audio only
- Quick reference guide
- Warranty card
- Polishing cloth
When taking the headset out of the traveling kit, the first thing that caught my eye was how shiny they are. Nothing like chrome meeting black on things to make you feel like you own an awesome pair of headphones. Getting back to the topic on hand, the design is really nicely set up. You’ll see a pretty decently sized ‘A’ logo (which is a little pointy when taking the headphones off). Working our way outward, the ‘A’ logo is enclosed with a aluminum circle with black trapezoids and hexagonal screws holding it down. Moving out further, everything is inside an octagonal shape that is attached to the headset itself and just outside of that, the chrome bezel surrounds it all for the final touches. There are two slits on the chrome frame, the first one on the bottom is for swiveling the ear cups inward and the top one is for adjusting the headset to fit your head. The ear cups are also foldable for traveling purposes if you don’t want to take the traveling case with.
Nice and soft leather material is screwed on the sides to hold the chrome piece down and diamond-quilted stitches on the underside. Sitting at the very top lays another ‘A’ logo. Nicely added if I must say. The ear cup is also nicely stitched together and feels great as the memory foam padding doesn’t put any pressure on your ear when wearing the headphones. At the bottom of both ear pieces is a 3.5mm jack to put the control mic cable and audio only cable in that can be used to share your music.
Both of the cables included have one end of the cable with A-Audio’s ‘A’ logo. The control mic cable that is included does not work with Android devices for volume control. Only Apple products, such as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod work. It’s not really a big deal in my opinion as I’m usually working on my phone and have quick access to volume control, but others may prefer using it with the control mic cable.
While listening to different types of music, the headphones never failed to have any issues when it came sound. I did mess around with the equalizer on my phone and the headset adjusted quickly to the way the bass and treble changed. Setting the headset on a table or wherever and turning the ear pieces inward along with having max volume on the phone allowed the Lyric On-Ear headphones to be act like a speaker which also did not add any kind of distortion. Passive noise cancellation will keep any unwanted noise out so you’re able to enjoy the sound of your music while still knowing you’re being talked to if anyone is near you.
When trying to use the headset while on a call or a video call, I was able to hear the person on the other end, but unfortunately, they were not able to hear me. Sound quality wasn’t a let down when listening to the person on the other end though.
Purchasing one of the Lyric On-Ear headset will set you back $199, which isn’t too bad considering other manufacturers on-ear headphones are around the same price tag or more. For paying this amount of money, you are getting your moneys worth in a pair of headphones. Could the price be any cheaper? Yes and no. Yes, as it would beat the other competition in pricing, but no, because you’re paying for an awesome pair of headphones and not only paying for being a brand name like some other headphones out there.
A-Audio’s Lyric On-Ear Headphones are awesome for listening to music, but not for being on calls. It’s not a deal breaker, but for some it might be, especially if they’re always on their phone. As mentioned in the Price/Value section of the review, you are getting $200 worth of great quality headphones. Not too light nor too heavy when wearing them. The only bad thing I can really say about the Lyric On-Ear Headphones is that I can’t talk to anyone while wearing them when using an Android device. Do I wish I could, yes, but I don’t plan on wearing the headphones while I’m at work, driving, or at my house watching TV. In the end, I’d still recommend these headphones for anyone who needs a new pair or is the market for some. NOTE: **I did not test calling with an iPhone as I do not have one, so I am unable to confirm if the feature works as intended**
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