Price (RRP): $210
You can’t always bring the biggest and most awesome pair of headphones with you, and if you want the best sound from your smartphone or media player, that means finding something smaller yet still awesome enough for your audiophile ears. One brand might have the solution though, and it’s Australian made, too.
Designed and engineered by musicians, AudioFly is an Australian company that wants to get across that it knows what musicians want.
That’s the line being touted by many a headphone company lately, and we’ve certainly heard it from Beats by Dr. Dre and Soul by Ludacris to name but two. We suspect that a headphone experience closer to that of what the engineers and musicians intend is a constant in this industry, so all headphones are vying for this outcome.
Regardless, AudioFly intends to get this across in the AF78M in-earphones by offering dual-drivers in each ear, consisting of one 9mm driver and one balanced armature driver. Both of these sit inside an alloy housing connecting to either silicone or memory foam tips, of which there are varieties of each in the box.
The cable connecting the headphones is coated in Cordura, which is a type of waterproof nylon, with the length of this cable measuring 1.2 metres. The AF78Ms come with a small remote along the cable for pausing and playing music, and a tiny microphone on the cord for the left earphone.
A version of the earphones has been made without the remote and microphone which also, unsurprisingly, loses the “M” model variant (AF78).
AudioFly’s package for the AF78M also comes with a small storage tin and several accessories, including a dual-prong airline adaptor, 3.5mm signal splitter to allow two pairs of headphones connecting to one source, and a small cleaning brush.
Audio is entirely subjective, which makes reviewing headphones difficult, especially since everyone has a different way of interpreting the sound.
First the comfort: while some earphones can often feel too angular, using the memory foam tips with the AF78M, these sit in the ear nicely. You’ll want to press them in so the back of the earphone piece sits in the recess provided by the ear, and then they’re quite a comfy fit. Silicone tips are provided in several sizes, but for us, the memory foam was more comfortable.
Audio comes next, and there is a decent amount of bass, plus a solid feeling from the mids and highs. While some headphones can sound like they’re trying too hard to pack bass or treble in, the AF78s have a very balanced sound to them, almost to the point where it really does make you feel like you’re plugged into a high quality pair of headphones.
While some headphones and earpieces struggle with different types of music, the AF78M doesn’t seem to have a specific type of sound it has any issues with. In fact, it really plays the sounds just like the engineer has put down in, with no extra bass or treble changes, which we’ve seen in other cans.
You can hear that punch from tracks like Daughtry’s “It’s Not Over” where the guitar is meant to cry out, as well as Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Chile” from Electric Ladyland, with an immersive sound that makes you feel as if the guitars are sending waves into your eardrums.