Ferrari by Logic3 R200

The R200s are supra-aural headphones that you buy for the look and brand, not the sound.


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Taking part in the "Scuderia" collection, Logic3's R200 headphones very much carries on the design ethos of the Ferrari brand. Coming in a mock carbon-fibre case (that seems a little weak for any real protection), it's a bit of a surprise when you first open them, as the headphones themselves are smaller than the picture on the box.

The supra-aural headphones come in either white leather or black, with a red leather head band and, of course, the Ferrari logo emblazoned on both ear cups. The cups can fold inward for travel, be extended to fit your head shape and come with an impressive amount of accessories: an airline adapter; a quarter inch adapter; a detachable 1m, 2.5mm to 3.5mm cable; the same cable, but with a volume rocker; and the same cable again, but with an Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry compatible answer-call button. There's a separate iPhone version of the R200, which comes with a three button mic remote.

Since the cable is extraordinarily short and the impedance quite low, this is a set of cans that is clearly intended to be used with a portable music player. To test its quality though, we hooked it directly into our Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi.

First thing we found is that, clearly, the volume cable is not designed for PC use, as the sound from our headphone amp didn't come through properly until we held down the volume rocker permanently. Switching over to the standard cable gave us the sound we expected.

Playing back Karnivool's "Simple Boy" showed decent bass definition, and there weren't any obvious sounds missing. We did, however, find the experience fatiguing after only a few minutes, and the sound stage sounded compressed, shoved against your ears and lacked sparkle. The headphones weren't particularly sealed either — at even a moderate volume, the person next to you will hear what's going on.

Then comes the shocker — AU$349. Much like Beats headphones, you're clearly paying for the looks and the brand, not the sound. The audio is passable, but at this price, you could get significantly better from Audio Technica, Beyerdynamic, AKG or Sennheiser. Unless you're the most ardent of Ferrari fans (and even then, you'll probably be looking at the P200 headphones), they're simply not worth it.

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