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Very disappointing for the high price tag
on 28 August 2013
Reviewing price: £50
The Draco headphones are supposed to be portable headphones that are offered by Fischer Audio, to appeal to a younger crowd. With that in mind, the headphones with mic come in at around £50. However, these, without mic can be found for under £15 - a better reflection of their sound quality and build quality. As the headphones cost £50 - I will base my review on that price tag, rather than the much more reasonable £15 price tag (where it would score 3-4/5, rather than 1/5).
Packaging & Accessories: 2/10
Build Quality: 5/10
Design & Look: 7/10
Audio Quality: 7/10
My final Rating: 8/10
Sound Quality Ratings:
There is nothing included with the headphones, which is quite disappointing, especially seeing as they are priced quite high.
Design and Looks:
The design is aimed towards younger teens, as it looks quite cool and trendy. I don't personally like its look, but can see how it could appeal to teenagers.
The build quality is actually very poor of the headphones. They actually came apart after several months of use, and was forced to super glue them together. The headphones are thus very flimsy, and for portable headphone, one would want extremely durable headphones and not ones that fall apart very easily. The cable on the other hand is very well made and looks quite good too. It is terminated by a 3.5mm right angled gold plated jack too. Overall, the build quality isn't great and isn't something I would actively recommend.
I should state that these headphones do fold to an extremely small size (size of the drivers) thus meaning it is portable, but not exactly durable.
The sound quality of these headphones, really doesn't bring the flaws of the build quality of the headphones any better. In other words the sound quality is actually quite dismal, especially for the price tag of £50. At £15 though, they are a price I would see myself paying for such a sound quality.
I'll break this down in three sections:
The mids are very much pushed back, they sound quite veiled and artificially flat sounding. They don't really denote any sort of spark in the highs either. It is extremely rolled off and not well extended at all. I find the lack of care in the mids and highs really lets down these headphones.
The lows are decent for on-ear headphones, but again when pushed they bottom out. The lows don't extend, lack real definition and have no authority either.
The soundstage is actually reasonably wide for on ear headphones - meaning it sounds quite nice and is surprising how open they sound for such small drivers.
Finally the isolation is as one could imagine very poor - that's simply due to the fact that they are on-ear headphones, thus don't isolate well at all.
I thus don't know where or for who I would recommend these headphones - maybe for the price of £15 I could see myself recommending them, but apart from that, the lack of any sort of definition in sound quality, the pretty poor build quality and the teenage looks, makes me want to stay away from the headphones. There are other portable headphones out there, especially for £50 that would easily dominate these Fischers.