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AF33 first impressions

Posted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 7:57 am
by Belial
My poor M3s have taken a hell of a beating and starting to cut out in both ears. I've decided I can't spend $120/year on canalphones when I'm so rough on them, so I decided to go a bit down market and give the AF33s a shot.

I ordered them Wednesday afternoon, and they arrived this morning. Amazing stuff there Headphonic guys - thanks.

The packaging is what you'd expect - fairly cheap and nasty but it does the job and looks decent. I was surprised to find that they came with extra silicon tips and a handy and good looking little carry pouch. For $30 delivered I would have been happy if they turned up in a plastic bag.

The construction of the headphones themselves seems solid, though obviously plasticy. The design is pretty bland, but they live in my ears, so I don't really care. The cable is soft and doesn't seem too tangle-prone. The default tips have a nice snug eardrum-sucking fit, though for some reason they're easier to over-insert than the M3s. I would have preferred a 90 degree plug rather than the straight one, but that's not a big deal.

Sound-wise, they're surprisingly not terrible. Let me be clear: they're not a patch on the M3s or my old RE0s. In particular they lack clarity and detail across the range - there's not a whole lot of separation in the high end and the bass is pretty fuzzy. This makes them feel a bit lifeless, but they seem fairly balanced. Maybe a bit bass-heavy, but nothing drastic. Isolation level seems decent. They're certainly not offensive to listen to.

So after 30 minutes I'm pretty happy with them. They'll be perfect for what I use them for (mostly music and podcasts while walking/cycling). They're not going to reveal previously undiscovered detail, and unlike the M3s I'd never consider them as a "one set of headphones only" option. But for how I plan to use them, I think they'll be perfectly fine.


Edit: one last thing - the instructions say you should burn them in for 40hrs, so someone should go a slap their marketing department ;-)

Re: AF33 first impressions

Posted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:54 am
by Marcus
They're definitely no giant killer, but great for the price :)

Re: AF33 first impressions

Posted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 2:42 pm
by jastormont
I just bought a set for a cheap knock around set when going to the gym and that.

I agree with what Bebial said and that is they are a little flat in sound but they are comfortable and light so they don't fall out and are well equipped for the price. The sound is still very clear and good. I found using the Comply Premium Earphone tips (Foam) they sound a lot better with more bass. So if you do get these I would get some good foam tips for them.

Also Headphonics this was my first purchase with you and I can tell you it will not be my last. :)