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Phiaton MS 400 Carbon Fiber Headphones

3.8 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews
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  • Carbon fiber enclosure for high quality audio
  • Optimized airflow delivers concert hall sound quality
  • Closed-ear design promotes greater noise reduction
  • Flexible 'fold and go' design comes with Compact carrying case for easy travel
  • 3.5mm standard gold plated & 6.3mm Stereo adaptor plug
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Technical Details

Color: Red/Black | Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
  • foldable

Product Description

Color: Red/Black | Product Packaging: Standard Packaging

Product Description

The name Phiaton signifies high quality sound technology combined with elegant design, a philosophy that is epitomized by the MS 400 Moderna Series headphones. Their attention-getting red-hot design is matched by luxurious audio performance that stands ap

From the Manufacturer

The Phiaton MS 400 Headphones
Recreating fine music detail for the ultimate listening experience no matter where you are

The Phiaton MS 400 Awards
Honored with first prize at the International Design Awards and Digital Trends "Editor's Choice Award"

The name Phiaton signifies high quality sound technology combined with elegant design--a philosophy that's epitomized in the MS 400 Moderna Series of headphones. An attention-getting design is backed up by luxurious audio performance that stands apart. An oversized adjustable padded headband and richly-padded earcups that swivel up to 180 degrees set a new standard in listening comfort. The bold styling, opulent accents, and world-class sonic performance of the MS 400 captures every nuance of your favorite music, delivering it the way it was meant to be heard

The Phiaton MS 400 Headphones
Instantly feel the noise isolating performance as the ultra-soft pads seal around your ears

The Phiaton MS 400 Headphones
Experience deep rich bass, a full-bodied midrange, and sparkling high notes. View larger
Carbon Graphite Design for Deep, Rich Sound

Designed to tease out subtle sonic nuances, the Phiaton MS 400 is constructed with a carbon fiber enclosure. Carbon fiber combines the properties of extreme strength and remarkably light weight, making it the ideal material for the MS 400's design. This light, durable quality and modern aesthetic appeal explain why carbon fiber can be found in luxury automobiles, watches and other high-end products. Phiaton takes the concept a step further by encasing the carbon in a high-polymer enclosure. This advanced construction also provides an optimized airflow for the 40mm electrostatic drivers. Taken together, these qualities give the listener better resonance, rich bass, full-bodied midrange, and sparkling high notes.

An Eye-Catching Design, with Comfort and Convenience to Match

The Phiaton MS 400 sports an eye-catching design and luxurious high-end audio performance. It's an adrenaline rush of sleek, bold styling, and the opulent red accent color will make a statement anywhere you go. The MS 400's soft, comfortable pads can be worn for long periods of time without fatigue, making them ideal for commuting and air travel. You will instantly feel the noise isolating performance as the ultra-soft pads seal around your ear, wrapping you in your favorite music.

The lightweight MS 400 lets you enjoy your music wherever you are, no matter if it's at home, in the office, or on the go. Weighing just 6.5oz, these highly wearable "fold and go" headphones fit conveniently into the included carrying case for safe storage and easy travel.

What's in the Box

Phiaton MS 400 Moderna Series Headphones, 6.3mm stereo gold plated plug, compact carrying case, Owner's Guide (Including 1-year warranty), product registration card.

Technical Specifications

  • Drivers: Studio Grade 40 mm Electrodynamic Drivers
  • Impedance: 32 Ohm
  • Frequency Range: 15 Hz ~ 22,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 98 dB
  • Max input power: 1000 mW
  • Cord Length: 3.93 ft. / 1.2 m
  • Weight: 6.5 oz. / 185 g without cord

Product Details

Color: Red/Black | Package Type: Standard Packaging
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 10 inches ; 6.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B001EUE6AK
  • Item model number: MS 400
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 27, 2008

Customer Reviews

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These are undoubtedly some of the coolest looking cans out there. The pictures do not do these justice. They are sexy, futuristic, and the contrast between the red leather and the carbon fiber is striking. They are attention getters. They're the only headphones/IEMs I've worn where somebody interrupted my listening to ask me if they could look at them.

Now what about the sound? Audiophile flat? No. Not at all. The highs and the lows are definitely pushed forward with a slight recession in the mids. Not the cans you listen to your Chesky Records on. But, if you're hooked up to an iPod and are on the go you'd be hard pressed to find a better pair with which to enjoy your music. They sound great hooked up to the less-than-stellar amplifier on most portable devices but run through a Fiio E7 or similar portable amplifier they really shine. The difference is notable but if you only have enough room to carry your portable device then don't fret, at 32 Ohms they are easy to run. There is a slight burn in period needed but 60 hours or so should do. The highs smooth out, the mids come slightly forward, and the bass stays nice and tight. They're great rock, pop, rap, and metal cans covering everything from The Byrds "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" to "Prowler in the Yard" by Pig Destroyer to "Labor Days" by Aesop Rock and for some reason they really love Massive Attack's "Mezzanine".

The carrying case is fairly standard thick paper walled covered with nylon and it has a nifty little plate in the center that says Phiaton. Compared to most carrying cases it is definitely meant for on-the-go. In other words the cans, 6.3 mm plug, a little extension cord, and an iPod nano or mini will fit. But that's all one really needs, right?
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I got these on a cyber Monday deal on amazon for only $125. For that price, they are amazing headphones, but at the list price of $250 there are probably better headphones for the price (Sennheiser comes to mind). My first pair was defective but I emailed amazon and they responded within a few hours. The next day, the new set arrived in the mail, and this was before I even dropped off the defective product at UPS to be sent back to amazon. Great customer service amazon! The new set works great and I will do a review. I have heard that these change very little after burn in, but I will edit if I happen to be wrong.

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To be honest, I really bought these headphones for the looks. Once in a while I see someone with a pair of Beats by Dre and even though the audiophile part of me cringes at the thought of those overpriced, bass-heavy cans, the rest of me can't help but feel a tinge of jealousy for their looks. All of the other cans I own are for their sound quality and don't look very good. My Sony MDR-XB700 look ridiculous when worn outside the house and the Sennheiser HD555 just isn't very stylish. On the other hand, The Phiatons, with their carbon fiber ear cups and red accents, look plain badass. In my opinion they are much better looking than Beats and almost anything else in the price range.
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I bought these a bit before last Thanksgiving and have had them for a year now, and I don't regret my choice at all. I do a bit of amateur mixing/dj-ing but I bought and use these for casual listening and, to be frank, the sleek red leather. I currently and have previously owned Grados, Sennheisers, AKGs, Audio Technicas, and Ultrasones, but I'm extremely partial toward my MS-400s, especially if I wear them in public.

Highs: Out of the MS-300s, 400s, and 500s, the highs are probably the weakest for the 400s. This is likely because the lows and mids are strong and the highs just leave you wanting a bit more. Sometimes for

Mids: Clear, warm, probably the strong point of the phones. Nothing left to want here.

Lows: Very thumpy and strong. It's not as pinpoint as some would like it, and spills over a little though not enough to dilute clarity. I personally like the bass this way because it really contributes to the phone's warm sound.

Impedance: do not need an amp at all, and performance isn't really all that enhanced with an amp. The MS-300 sounds better amped.

Soundstage: like most closed headphones, the soundstage is very small, and combined with the warm sound of the MS-400s, very intimate. Depending on the type of music you listen to, this could be good or bad. I was very happy with how these work with pop, electronica, and beat heavy music, but they're not my favorites for jazz or classical where I want a concert hall-like sound stage. Still, very versatile and you can always tweak the equilibrilization.

Comfort: Nothing quite beat the comfort of my
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