Hardware Review: Wicked Audio Reverb Headphones

The last audio device I reviewed was the V-Moda Crossfade M-100, a headset with a steep buy-in price — $310 — but that is nonetheless a solid investment for gamers or audiophiles seeking a quality product. Recently, I tried out the Wicked Audio Reverb headphones, which, at a tenth of the price of the M-100, sit on the other end of the spectrum of affordability — but not quality.

With an elaborate graffiti design, the Reverb comes in three color schemes: black and white, black and blue, and black and red. The look is urban-grunge, and probably one of the cooler designs I’ve come across. Overall, these headphones give the appearance of a more expensive product, and it’s only upon actually handling them and feeling the lightweight construction materials that I was reminded of the $30 price tag.

The Reverb comes with a 6-foot extension to its 4-foot cord — a necessity for gamers who plug into the rear of their tower — and a ¼-inch adapter is included for audiophiles. These full-size, over-the-ear headphones have a frequency range of 20Hz to 20MHz. The sound the Reverb delivers isn’t as “full” as you’d expect from more expensive headphones, with highs that can be a little crisper, but the bass is surprisingly good, and the overall sound quality is impressive for the price range.

My only real concern about the Reverb is the construction quality. While they give the appearance of a solid, professional-grade piece of equipment, they seem flimsy. After being accustomed to wearing heavy headsets, these headphones feel like toys. Rather than a sturdy, fitted grip, the ear cups cling to my head loosely, and sound may be leaking out because of this. The fact that they are so light when worn is a boon for those seeking comfort, but the consequence is an impression of fragility. The technical specifications state that they’re crafted from “high-quality plastic for durability;” I’m reticent to stress-test them.

I should also note that these headphones do not include any physical volume controls. While I generally keep my volume at a fixed level, if you’re the type to play around with volume often, you may be inconvenienced by having to make the adjustment through your operating system.

Ultimately, if you’re looking for an inexpensive pair of headphones that deliver great sound quality for the price, check out the Wicked Audio Reverb. They look sleek, they sound good, and if they do break — hey, you’re only out $30.

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