The Listening Experience
I plugged the Audiofly AF180s into my PC, which is powered by an ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition motherboard, which has ASUS' SupremeFX Black, which pumps out a truly amazing 120dB signal-to-noise ratio, with an integrated 600ohm-headphone amplifier.
I was watching an episode of HBO's 'Veep' at the time, where I took my pictures, and then plugged in the AF180s. I went into VLC and resumed watching the episode, and was absolutely blown away from the amount of sound being pumped through these tiny little in-ear monitors. So much so that I had to put the episode on pause and reduce the volume from my normal setting of 100%, to just 15%.
Audiofly have a pair of super powerful in-ear monitors on their hands with the AF180, to the point where it blows away every other in-ear product I've ever used, period. There is absolutely nothing that comes close to the audio output of these in-ear monitors, where they put out the same, and sometimes much more power than some of my proper over-ear headphones.
When plugged into my Sony Xperia Z2 smartphone, the quality continues over - amazing clarity, deep and thumping bass. Han Zimmer's work on the Man of Steel soundtrack really comes out on the AF180s, with those drums in 'Oil Rig' really sounding quite amazing.
I even listened to some of the Frozen soundtrack - what, my daughter loves it and now I do too - with the same clarity and amazingly quality in every track on the AF180s. Turning to some Rage Against the Machine, we find the same quality and bass - the simple thing is, if you want some absolutely incredible sound, Audiofly has your back with the AF180s.
What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts
For those who want to sum up the entire review in a few points, the What's Hot and What's Not part of my review will help you. Skip right to this bit if you want a quick read, or if you want to find out what I found to be the most notable parts of the Harmoniq Pro, we're going to jump into that right now.
Holy Volume Output, Batman!Proud: The first thing I did with these in-ear monitors is plug them into my desktop PC, and watch an episode of HBO's 'Veep'. Big mistake. I had the volume sitting at my default 100%, to which the AF180s cranked out an incredible amount of sound. I had to reduce the volume to just 15%, where it wasn't painful for my ears. There's nothing wrong here, but it shows just how mind-blowing these in-ear monitors are.
Nothing But Extremely High Quality: Everything from the box to the included leather wallet, the Audiofly AF180 is an experience of utter quality and prestige.
Lots of Useful Included Accessories: There are plenty of earbuds for all different ear types, something that you wouldn't find with most other similar products - something that was nice to see from Audiofly.
Expensive, Limited To a Few: I have gushed on long enough, but the only thing I can find wrong with the Audiofly AF180s is their super high price. But, Audiofly isn't going for the mainstreamer here, it's going for a very specific consumer who knows they're spending a considerable sum on in-ear monitors, and wants nothing but the best.
Audiofly is a brand I've wanted to try for quite a long time, and now I have. I've walked away with so much appreciation for the company that I don't know how I could use anything less, but the AF180s are some of the most expensive in-ear monitors on the planet, and for a damn good reason.
If you're someone who travels a lot, or catches public transport to and from school/college/work, the Audiofly AF180s could be, and should be your next purchase. They give an amazing sense of noise cancellation, absolutely beautiful, crisp and perfect sound with a great amount of bass. So much pleasure for your ears can come from something small.
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United States: The Audiofly AF180 In-Ear Headphones (Stone Blue) retails for $850.00 at Amazon.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Performance (Sound Quality)||95%|
|Quality including Design and Build||95%|
|Bundle and Packaging||95%|
|Value for Money||90%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||94%|
The Bottom Line: Where has Audiofly been all my life? The AF180s are an absolutely stunning piece of in-ear monitors, with an insane amount of quality inside, and out. One of the best audio products I've ever used, period.
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