Ferrari by Logic3 T250

These Ferrari branded over-ear headphones sound great and look even better, but it comes at a premium price.


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Design

Logic3 is fairly well known for its lower-end range of portable audio and gaming peripherals, so its latest range of Ferrari branded audio devices marks a slightly different step for the company.

Ferrari has long been regarded as fairly finicky when it comes to licensing its brand, so the range is certainly quite a coup for Logic3, with a wide array of products being launched, including in-ear buds, noise-cancelling headphones and speaker docks.

The T250 — part of the Cavallino collection — are top of the line, at least in terms of pricing. Design-wise, they're apparently meant to invoke the sense of being within a Ferrari vehicle, and are constructed with high-quality materials to heighten this effect. Both the headband and the ear cups are leather, covered in either black or tan, with this trim extending to the side of the driver chamber (which sports the Ferrari prancing horse logo). The arms and housing are metal, giving the T250's a comforting solid weight and a tactile impression of quality. The metal feels particularly nice, and the hinges (which allow it fold down for storage) give a satisfying click when opened up.

When folded, the headphones fit in a nylon carry case, and they ship with three different woven anti-tangle cables — a standard cord, a three-button remote cord for Apple devices and a one-button version for all other smartphones. You also get a 6.3mm adapter, and a dual-plug jack for using the T250 on an aircraft.

Performance

Given the variety of cables — and their just-over one metre length — the assumption seems to be that the T250 will be used on the go with mobile devices, be they phone or dedicated MP3 player. Sound quality was solid, with a good range and a rather nice bass across a variety of portable devices, including an Android phone and an Apple iPod, and equally enjoyable when listening on a desktop PC.

Noise leakage was exceptionally low, thanks to the closed-back design, with minimal music making it out to bystanders, even when the volume was cranked to an uncomfortable level. Testing on the HTC One X, the single button in-line remote instantly opened the music player with a single click, with the button then functioning as pause/play control. It was also a single click to take an incoming call, with a double click to redial the last received call. On the iPhone, the three button remote allows for volume control, and the double click for advancing songs. We would have preferred something similar for skipping tracks on the Android rather than the redial, which, frankly, has limited usefulness.

While the ear cups on the T250 are well padded and feel soft and breathable, they are a little small, which combined with the weight of the metal meant that there was a small amount of discomfit when worn for a long time, simply from the pressure along the top and bottom of the ear, but nothing that rendered the headphones unusable.

Overall

Unfortunately, as we noted earlier, Logic3 has extended the "premium" nature of the T250s to the cost, as well. At $399 RRP it's hard to justify these over other headphones in the same price bracket, especially when we're talking about using them for music while out and about. The Ferrari by Logic3 T250 have good sound and great looks, but it may take a truly dedicated Ferrari fan to fork over the four hundred dollars.

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