Phiaton Chord MS 530 Review

Performance

Delivering crisp and pleasant tones, its audio quality becomes more reserved in tone when active noise cancellation is enabled.

Showing off its versatility, we’re given both wired and wireless options when it comes to listening to music. Of course, if you really want to experience the best of what it has to offer, you’ll want to stick with the wired connection. Listening to its quality while physically tethered to an HTC One M8, we’ll say that it’s most notable for maintaining its crisp tones – even at the loudest volume setting, thanks in part to its 40mm titanium drivers. Bass, obviously, is enforced profoundly at all volumes too, as it rumbles with a whole lot of emphasis.

Switching over to its Bluetooth 4.0 connection, we’re happy to report that its range is pretty darn good at nearly 30 feet. Yet again, lows are well represented by the profound level of bass being put out by it. Best of all, it manages to deliver nearly the same results as its wired connection. Enabling its active noise cancellation, it does a pretty decent job of suppressing background noise, but the result in doing so causes its audio quality to be more subdued in tone – almost to the point of it sounding a bit reserved.

Certainly, we wouldn’t say that it’s a deal breaker, since the feature is something useful for those occasions where we just want to drown out those unwanted distractions. Audio aficionados might be critical at some of its results, but for the larger general public, they’ll cherish the crisp and rich output of the Phiaton Chord MS 530.

Battery Life


Longevity is undoubtedly a strong point with this pair of headphones, seeing that it’s rated to deliver up to 30 hours of talk/music time with a single charge – and a minimum 18 hours when its active noise cancellation feature is on.

Conclusion


Competing in a crowded space, the Phiaton Chord MS 530 faces stiff competition from all sides – more so considering it’s in that “elite” space of headphones. Very recently, we’ve been acquainted by some pretty sweet high-end headphones, the Samsung Level Over and the JBL Synchros S400BT, that blend stylish designs with phenomenal audio quality and tons of features.

Indeed, the sturdy construction and stylish looks of the $350 priced Phiaton Chord MS 530 is formidable in light of its rivals, but its audio quality is just a smidgen below those aforementioned headphones. Moreover, it lacks modern amenities, like touch controls, which are increasingly being employed by these top-end headphones. Unless you find its industrial design more favorable to your liking, we’d suggest taking a look at the aforementioned headphones because of their modern features and superior audio quality.

Pros

  • Sturdy industrial design
  • There’s plenty of emphasis on the lows, even at high volumes
  • Ear cups feature plenty of padding to make it feel comfortable over our ears
  • Decent suppression with its noise cancellation feature

Cons

  • Lacks modern features like NFC and touch controls
  • Noise cancellation subdues the overall audio quality
  • Metallic framed headband makes it feel a little constricting
  • At $350, it doesn't have as many features as other models

PhoneArena Rating:

7.5

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1 Comment

1. Vance

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

It's frustrating reading reviews on this site. Each article thruroughly mangles the English language. It's as if the writer is attempting to be eridite but has no grasp of grammar, the meanings of words or sentence structure. I'd suggest either hiring an English speaked editor or writing shorter, simpler sentences. Maybe both.

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