Archeer AH07 by amir30213
This is my review of the Archeer AH07 headphone. This headphone is about $50-60. When I review something I always keep the price point in mind so I can give it a fair review. In short, the question is...does this headphone DESERVE it's price point or not? If not, does it deserve a lower or higher price point?
First off, lets talk about what this headphone was intended for and what it promises. This headphone was intended for gaming, reading and relaxing. Therefore, you can't expect that this headphone will give you the most amazing sound in the world because that is not the intention of it. It is NOT for the studio. However, just because it isn't intended for the studio does not mean that the sound should be crap. Lets be clear on that.
The features of this headphone are quite useful. It can be connected both by a wire and by wireless connection using Bluetooth which is quite convenient especially when you are exercising and don't want to worry about cable hassle. Usb charger for this headphone is included for this feature. However, when you want to save power, you can simply use the audio cable that was provided with the headphone. You can also use this headphone for talking on the phone, skype and other web cam applications and it has volume controls right on the headphone. They give you choices and for that, I give this headphone a perfect on features.
Comfort is a different story. That isn't to say that the comfort is horrible. It's okay. It is one of those headphones you put on and say "Ehhh...I can deal with it I guess". It doesn't have a tight grip on the ears and it actually feels looser than you would expect. At the same time though, it isn't too loose. My issue with the comfort comes more from the ear pads. I feel they are too small. I would rather it be big enough to be around your ears as opposed to it being an "on the ear" type headphone.
Build quality on this headphone is actually pretty good. It doesn't feel like something that is unbreakable but it doesn't feel quite as flimsy as some other headphones around and above it's price range. For example, my Sony 7506 headphones have worse build quality than the AH07 although they cost double the price. The Sony's are made from plastic and have the headphone wires hanging out of it which is really bad. These don't have any wires hanging out of them and the headband is made of metal. The part of the headband that is around your head has comfortable padding on it. These things can also fold up which is nice. I do wish it came with a bag though. You can swivel these ear cups enough to get a good fit but they can't rotate around or be bent down and upwards too much.
Now lets get to the sound of these things. These things promise "Thumping Bass" and "Clear Highs". While you do get thumping bass, the bass is a little bit too hyped and messy. It bleeds into the other parts of the sound spectrum and it can be a little annoying depending on what you are listening to and how much bass that particular song has. On the right song, the bass can sound fun on these. On the wrong song, it can sound overpowering. Because this headphone can't produce bass the way more expensive headphones can, it tries to make up for that by having thump and shoving up the mids of the bass too much to obscure the fact that it is actually weak in the bass department. Is it good at obscuring that fact? Absolutely not.
The mids sound kind of honky and very forward. You can notice this on certain songs more than others. These headphones shove vocals, electric guitars, kicks, and snares right in your friggin ear. So overpowering and honky is how I would describe the mids and this probably plays a part in the bass as well. The less busy the song is, the better you will fair with these. The more busy the song is, the more noticeable this issue will be.
The highs sound nice I guess. Not piercing at all. The honkyness and forwardness of the mids overpower the highs to a ridiculous degree though.
The kind of sound I got from these is what I expected. Although these are certainly better than some of the Beat by Dre headphones I heard, these aren't what I would call good in the sound department. The sound is okay. I think these headphones should be about $30-40 rather than $50-60 and this is because the sound quality is slightly less than okay to me and on top of that the ear pads are too small for the ears which I can imagine being quite a problem for some people.
So in a nutshell
- Good for workout, chillin on the plane with. Casual usage.
Gaming? Maybe for portable gaming I guess such as Nintendo 3DS or PS Vita. Not good for playing something like an Xbox One or PS4 though.
* Forward and honky sounding
* It sounds okay with some genres and horrible in others. Less busy the song is, the better sounding it will be most likely
* Great features! Bluetooth, included audio cable, volume control on headphones, usb charger
* Even though the ear pads are fairly comfortable for me, the ear pads are too small which makes these headphones not for everyone in the comfort department.
Would I buy these? I probably would not being that I am very very picky about how my headphones sound being that I listen to many genres of music.
Do I think it is worth others buying? Yes. Especially if you own Beatz by Dre. If you own those, you need to send those back and get these instead. You will fair much better.
These are headphones meant for the average consumer, not audio geeks like me. For the average consumer, these are pretty good. Certainly better than a lot of other headphones in the average consumer area.
Here is the link to these headphones if you are interested.