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Phiaton PS 500 Premium Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- Clarity and dynamic range at your preferred listening volume
- Optimized airflow delivers concert hall sound quality
- Titanium vaporized diaphragm for amazing sound reproduction
- The housing is made of genuine hand-stitched leather that provides a comfortable fit
- 3.5 / 6.3mm stereo gold plated plug for use with home theater and portable electronics
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The Phiaton, PS 500 headphones take music appreciation to the next level. The Studio Grade 40mm Titanium Drivers and closed-ear type rear enclosure offer better sound reproduction at higher volumes, as well as superior clarity and wide dynamic range at all listening levels. With titanium driver technology for a powerful bass sound, a wide frequency range, and optimized airflow that delivers concert hall sound quality, these earphones are geared directly to high-end audiophiles and users that demand superior sound quality. The PS 500 comes with a standard 3.5mm gold plated plug, as well as a 6.3mm stereo adapter making these earphones ideal for all your portable and home theater electronics. Specs include: Impedance: 32 ohm,Sensitivity: 102dB, Max input power: 2000 mW, Weight: 9.1 oz / 259 g without cord, Accessories Includes : 6.3mm stereo gold plated adapter, Owner s guide, 1-Year warranty.
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The PS 500 Primal Series headphones offer listeners a soaring level of concert-hall sound quality, unmatched performance, and a high level of comfort. With their extra-wide padded headband and stylish burnished aluminum and black cosmetic, the PS 500s look as good as they sound. For today’s music lovers who want to enjoy the best possible sound, with unprecedented comfort and trendsetting style, the PS 500s are the ideal lifestyle choice.
Supple Leather and Leather-Grade Trim
Phiaton Primal Series headphones are designed for those who appreciate the classic yet somewhat exotic look and feel of supple leather and leather-grade trim. Keeping with this philosophy, the PS 500s feature hand-made, genuine leather outer cup housings and extra-plush ear cushions for unprecedented comfort and a snug fit every time – allowing for uninterrupted hours of great listening. A braided cloth cord makes wearing the headphones a tangle-free experience and ensures long-lasting durability.
Technological Advancement for Better Sound
Reflecting Phiaton’s passion for innovation and ahead-of-the-curve quality, all the company’s headphones incorporate leading-edge technologies that produce immediately recognizable improvements in audio performance. Among the many technological advancements that give the PS 500s their signature sound, with deep rich bass and crystal clear high- and mid-range frequencies at any volume level, is Phiaton’s 40mm Titanium Driver technology, combined with an innovative closed-ear type rear enclosure. By adding a coat of titanium to the driver unit, sound quality is enhanced, with deep rich bass and added sonic presence. This combination of sound isolation and audiophile-grade music reproduction is ideal for listening to any type of music, from classical and jazz to hip-hop, rock and pop.
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There have been several PS500 reviews online which described the sound quality of this headphones. So I will not try to repeat those comments here.
One thing though that has not been mentioned in most of the reviews nor in the Phiaton product literature was that the PS500 really needs a good and powerful amplifier to shine. When I initially read the product descriptions and other reviews before my purchase, I was lead to believe that because of the 32 ohm impedance this headphones should easily be driven by portable devices. But this is not the case.
When I first received the headphones, I tried to listen to it with my laptop in combination with the iBasso D42 portable DAC/amplifier. I also listened to them directly from the iPhone. The sound was thin and congested. There was no bass and the sound was like in a closed-in box. I thought I received a defective unit.
The following day. I decided to give it another listen. This time I plugged it in to a Schiit Asgard desktop amplifier. And to my surprise they sounded totally different. The sound become richer and cleaner. There was bass (although still on the lean side) and the sound stage had also opened up. There was clarity and dynamics like some of the reviews have described.
In terms of built quality and comfort, the PS500 did not look flimsy. Although there were a lot of plastic parts and it felt a little cheap. I would expect a more solid feel for a pair of $300 headphones. The ear pads were soft and comfortable. The ear cups were big enough for most people. I have an unusually big head and I can wear the PS500 comfortably. The cables were not removable and they were kind of stiff. They were probably one of the most unruly headphone cables I have seen.
I got a real good deal on this PS500 as a refurbished unit. However I don't think that I would like to keep them. Although they could produce clean sound when paired with a desktop amp and they were quite comfortable. They do not have 'powerful bass' and the 'concert hall sound quality' as described in the product literature.
In summary, here are the pros and cons.
* clarity and sound stage when driven by a desktop amp
* no sound leakage (isolation)
* unruly cables
* needs to be driven by a more powerful amp
* mediocre sound quality, below par considering the price
Conclusion - I will be returning the PS500 to Phiaton.
Update - 12/20/2013
I had to pay ($12) to return the PS500 to Phiaton. They did not provide me with a pre-paid shipping label. I was not happy with the headphones and gave them the 2-star because the PS500 did not meet the descriptions that were advertised on Amazon.com. Now I am downgrading the rating to 1-star due to the poor customer service.
This might be a little too harsh. But there are many other headphone manufacturers who could provide superb customer support and services. I couldn't help but wondering why Phiaton was so arrogant.
The PS500 is clear, with full bass that does not overpower yet maintains a distinct, thumpy presence along the crisp mids and highs. It blends optimally while still not being muddy.
Instrumental separation is good enough for studio monitoring (for which I use as well), but not to the point where every horn blare and guitar picking will tug at your inner ear. You can hear everything and every thing at once.
Sound stage is full and not constricting. This is one aspect that was not peak quality about the MS300 (which I realized after using the PS500). The space of sound/music is not cramped and elicits a feeling of openness. Of course, being semi-closed headphones, don't expect every gush of wind and airflow to be part of the experience. I find that a good thing.
Impedence is decent. Not the loudest headphones you'll find, but you've no need for an amplifier simply for boosting the signal. Good for iPods, at least.
Overall, I like everything from classical music to the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Doors, Muse, Queen, Switchfoot, and Eminem. No song from these headphones has let me down, at least in terms of sound quality. I recommend these very enthusiastically.
2) The cloth-wrapped cord is a bit bigger than usual for headphones. Again, I like this factor, but some may not. 3) No case. This is the one point that I didn't like - most headsets come with a carrying or storage case. All in all, better than the Bose on-ear or around ear sets.