The Phiaton MS300 was a bit of a surprise for me, as I hadn’t heard of the company before I started this roundup. It came highly recommended, though. The MS300, with its bright red and carbon fiber highlights, definitely has the most overt look of the group. The included clamshell hardcase is an excellent accessory, allowing you to fold up the ’phones and throw them in a bag without worry. The 40-mm drivers are rated at 20 Hz to 22 kHz, with a sensitivity of 98 dB.
The oval shape of the MS300’s cups is more comfortable than the A-T’s, and it blocks ambient sound better. Girl Talk’s brilliant (and free) album All Day seemed a perfect match for the MS300. The bass here was strong but controlled. Treble, however, wasn’t as open as on some of the other ’phones, and there was some slight midrange laid-backness that others (like the Grado SR80i) didn’t have.
This stylish choice also has the sound quality to back up its looks.
Headphones worn above by Adam Bravin of She Wants Revenge
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