Let's dig deeper
The first and foremost thing to test is quite obviously the comfort factor. One of the 'problems' that Syllable set out to solve was that of bulky and heavy headphones, which is quite often coupled with an uncomfortable feel overall. Unfortunately, they haven't passed the grade in this regard, not even close. The metal body and on-ear design make for a heavy and sore ear experience. This could be fixed by the ear cups being a little thicker and more of an over-ear design.
Clamped tightly on my head, these headphones connect through Bluetooth extremely easily to my phone with there only being a very slight whine noise in the background while you're waiting for the next song to play (as seen with all other Bluetooth options). My ears are quite small and my head is also a little large, but after only 25 minutes of use, my ears started to get sore.
The two provided cables are of great quality and have solid connections to the product itself. They're going to last much longer than cheaper options as seen provided with other companies' offerings - meaning that Syllable has put care into some of the smaller things that help tie in a product as a whole.
Something a little heavier
Listening to the reverse-bass laden Warcry track by Audiofreq reports back a stellar experience. Easily providing the sound quality of (or better than) by Kingston HyperX Cloud II headset and the Noontec Zoro II HD, every single high-pitched sound and thump of reverse bass resonates cleanly throughout the whole song.
The volume could be ramped up just a little, those who like their music deafeningly loud may be left a little disappointed, but the sound is enough to make my ears ring after 20 minutes of use.
Let's bring it back a notch
Moving on to something a little softer, Pink Floyd's new track Things Left Unsaid once again reports back a positive experience. There's no hint of background whine or fuzz and each voice is crisp and clear with notes being beautifully presented, giving you the full 'cinematic' feeling without the Ubisoft 30FPS.
Loading up a middle-ground song like Twenty One Pilots - Car Radio helps test out something a little more mainstream with a mix between pure vocals, drums, rap and small snippets of heavy sound. Once again, a great experience is had, each drum beat is clean and you feel immersed in the experience thanks to the passive noise cancellation due to the leather on-ear design.
The sound: Hot hot hot! Amazing sound quality that removes the Bluetooth background buzz that is all-too-common.
The price: These sub-$100 headphones out class my $140 Kingston HyperX Cloud II's and the Noontec Zoro II HD's in the sound department.
Strong backbone: With the metal design, it's unlikely it will break through normal wear and tear.
Easy to clean: The G700 has a very simple exterior and soft leather ear cups, meaning a quick wipe with a damp cloth will keep your product smelling nice and looking clean.
The comfort: 30-60 minutes of use means you need an ear massage.
The weight: Syllable set out to combat heavy and bulky headsets with their design, but they just added another one to the mix.
The Syllable G700 provides great sound quality, especially at a sub-$100 price, but in the end, it's the comfort that ruins the total package.
If we could see a re-release of this product featuring a lighter and thinner frame, a headband design that clamps less and better ear cups, these headphones could easily make a TweakTown editor's choice award. However, in its current uncomfortable state, I cannot recommend them.
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Product Summary Breakdown
|Performance (audio quality)||95%|
|Quality including Design and Build||30%|
|Bundle and Packaging||95%|
|Value for Money||90%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||77%|
The Bottom Line: Syllable's G700 headphones feel great and sound great, however, put them on your head and you're going to need an ear massage every 30 minutes.
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