In a world where Beat headphones are all the rage, the Phiaton Moderna MS 200’s design draws many comparisons because of its red flare – well, to be exact, a “red-hot carbon graphite fiber design.” At the tip of the earphones though, its distinctive bold styling does stand out for its ergonomic “half in-ear” design that proves to be snug. However, it becomes a tiny bit irritating after a period of time digging into the depths of our ear chamber. Nevertheless, its interesting double-shelled body is actually mentioned to achieve a certain purpose – and that’s to contain sound and minimize reverberation.
Relying on a red tangle free oval shaped cable, we’re still finding it to be prone to the usual jumbled mess as we take it out of our pocket. Of course, there’s a microphone and multi-function button, which gives us the ability to accept/reject calls and pause/play music tracks on the go. However, it lacks any controls for volume adjustment or track forward/reverse. Overall, we have to say that the Phiaton Moderna MS 200 definitely has an intimidating design of sorts – especially when you take into consideration its dual-chamber and 5 tuning points in each earphone.
Using an iPhone 5 to listen to some tunes using the Moderna MS 200, we’ll give it the credit for producing some likeable deep bass tones that give the quality some much-needed pop. In comparison to other headphones we’ve checked out, such as the Velodyne vPulse In-Ear Headphones, it doesn’t quite hit the same super deep bass tones that blow us away with Velodyne’s offering. Still, the audio clarity is maintained with both low and high pitched tones. Finally, it’s perfectly usable for phone calls, since its volume output is extra potent and audio quality is rich and superb with minimal distortion.
Seriously folks, it’s hard to justify picking these up for $150. If you’re an audio junkie, there are a handful of other alternatives that we’d recommend for even less cost to you – such as the Velodyne pair of headphones that are at $89 a pop. On top of that, its overall quality doesn’t enamor us as much, though, it’s still a pretty good pair of headphones on its own with the quality it puts out. If being different is your kind of thing, and money isn’t a problem, then these pair of headphones will no doubt suit your unique taste – even more when they have this hot rod look to them.