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Phiaton Fusion MS 430 M-Series Carbon Fiber Headphones with Microphone

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Pros: Amazing accuracy, detail, build, style, portable, efficient, isolation, soundstage

Cons: Somewhat bass-light, fit can be a bit tough depending on ear size

The MS430 Fusion is part of Phiaton's new line of headphones, sporting an impressive build, style, and sound, like many other models from the company. 

 

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Accessories - 3.5mm cable, carrying pouch

The cable features an in-line microphone with universal remote and volume control. I personally would prefer a version that has this and a separate version just for Apple devices, but that's just me. 
The cable is terminated with a 90° angle jack 

 

The carrying pouch is pretty rugged on the outside, with a very soft red faux-velvet inner lining, which seems to compliment the Fusion's design perfectly. 

 

Build/Design - The Fusion has a mostly plastic outside with an aluminum frame. The headphones have that "incredibly well built" feeling to them without seeming "industrial" and/or sacrificing design/style. 

 

The cups are a size that offer an in-between on-ear and over-ear feeling that's going to differ based on the user's ear size. Often, I find myself struggling to get a good fit while not losing the acoustic seal (which is surprisingly more difficult to do than one might think). 

 

It would be unthinkable not to include the fact that Phiaton used carbon fiber in the outer circle of the cups. This reduces weight and even more adds to the uniqueness of Phiaton's styling. Of course, the carbon fiber is covered by a type of plastic to prevent damaging. So, no, you can't directly touch it, as alluring as it may be. 

 

Both cups feature a 3.5mm jack, so the user can have the cable coming from either side if he/she chooses. 

Also, this allows for daisy chaining of headphones, so multiple people can listen to the same song with multiple headphones.

 

The headphones can fold into a small variety of relatively compact shapes, which can all fit into the supplied pouch. 
The headband is covered with a very soft rubber. While it doesn't offer much cushioning, it's hardly noticeable. 
The earpads are extremely soft and plush, however with the cup size, comfort can occasionally be an issue. 

 

Comfort - While the pads do lightly rest on or over the ears, the slight pressure and/or rubbing from the inner pads that only touches the outermost portions of my ears can prove to be a bit uncomfortable. I constantly feel the need to adjust the headphones, even though nothing is truly wrong. I'm hoping that this will become less noticeable as time goes on. 

 

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Sound - The Fusion is a very immersive headphone. Music seems to encompass me if I'm not thinking about much else. I would guess this is because of the Fusion's excellent soundstage and instrumental positioning. Nothing ever gets drowned out, either. 
The Fusion has a sound signature that's a bit mid-centric, but flat otherwise. 

 

Bass - Extremely detailed and accurate bass. I somewhat consider the bass to be a bit light on the Fusion. Impact is very scarce, to say the least. Sometimes, this benefits the sound. Others, it subtracts from it. However, this will most definitely vary by person, because sound preference is very subjective. I often find that the only time the light-ish bass subtracts from a listening existence is when I'm listening to a bass-heavy track while in a noisy situation (like a bus). 
The bass seems to effortlessly work well with all genres, however. 

 

Mids - The Fusion presents mids in an extremely pleasant way. While the mids on one of my other favorite mid-centric headphones, the Philips Downtown, are good, they sound artificial. The Fusion has none of it. It will take any midrange frequency and turn it into natural bliss. 

 

Highs - The Fusion has very slightly laid back highs. Detail isn't sacrificed though. It's well extended, extremely clear, and, certainly versatile as ever. The treble breathes new life into some of my most-listened to music- especially DnB. 

 

Soundstage - The package claims that the Fusion has a large soundstage. Well, the package does not lie. How Phiaton managed to get a soundstage like this in such a small package at this price is beyond my knowledge. There is a large amount of depth and width to the presentation that can't be missed. My first impression when I put the headphones on in the beginning was the soundstage. Excellent may not even be good enough a word to describe it. 

 

Overall - The Fusion is currently one of the best headphones that I've heard at its price. It's versatile, albeit not very bassy for some genres. Excellent immersion and soundstage bring a highly intimate musical experience that should be experienced by everyone. I can see myself recommending these- easily. 

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Phiaton Fusion MS 430 M-Series Carbon Fiber Headphones with Microphone
Description:

A powerful, aesthetically resilient headphone. View larger Compact, light, and easily foldable. View larger Fusion MS 430 M-Series Phiaton Headphones, known for their eye catching design, high-quality materials, and authentic sound reproduction has set a new precedent with the latest addition to the M-Series. Exquisite genuine carbon fiber, intricate detail with titanium anodized aluminum and red accents, and richly-padded earcups are fused together with newly developed 40mm drivers to create powerful, sonic-sounding headphones unlike any other. Every detail in the Fusion MS 430 Headphones was skillfully combined from the perforated headband design to the hidden red accents behind the carbon fiber enclosure. The Phiaton driver technology completes the synthesis, providing rich bass, full-bodied midrange, and sparkling high notes. This mechanical beauty was constructed by fusing together brilliant materials along with the sound technology to deliver a powerful, aesthetically resilient headphone. Become fused with your music with the Fusion MS 430. The Phiaton Moderna Series, known for its bold styling, modern aesthetics and world class sonic performance, embraces a new evolution, now known as the M-Series. The exceptional M-Series signifies all of the qualities encompassed in the Moderna Series' past, present, and future. Phiaton's M-Series advancements will exceed every expectation with the highest standards in design, sound quality, technology, engineering, and comfort. Phiaton Driver Technology Phiaton's newly developed 40mm drivers feature an optimized vibration system that adds extra emphasis on high frequency clarity and improved sound stage. Phiaton also added powerful oversized Neodymium magnets providing rich, commanding bass that compliments all music genres. Richly-padded earcups together with newly developed 40mm drivers. View larger Mechanical Beauty It's an adrenaline rush of sleek, bold styling, and intricate detail with brilliant aluminum & red accents that will make a statement anywhere you go. The carbon fiber design makes the Fusion MS 430 extremely strong and remarkably light weight, making it both structurally resilient and visually pleasing. The carbon graphite material is encased in a high polymer enclosure that delivers improved resonance, with deep rich bass, a full-bodied midrange, and sparkling high notes. Tangle Free 'OFC' Cable The Fusion MS 430 Headphones include a tangle-free cable with an in-line microphone and volume controls. The "Oxygen Free Copper" cable provides 99.99% purity, helping to ensure a clean connection and minimal audio distortion. Ambidextrous Inputs Phiaton's Fusion MS 430 headphones have incorporated convenient ambidextrous cable inputs allowing the single audio cable to plug into either the left or right side of the headphone. Fold and Go Design The compact, light, and easily foldable structure, along with the included carrying case, allows for convenient transportation wherever your music takes you. What's in the Box? Fusion MS 430 M-Series HeadphonesCarrying CaseCable with Microphone and Volume ControlRegistration Card Phiaton M-Series Headphones MS 400 MS 400 Black Fusion MS 430 Bridge MS 500 Chord MS 530 Color / Finish Red / GenuineCarbon Fiber Black / GenuineCarbon Fiber Black / Red /Aluminum / GenuineCarbon Fiber Black / Red /Aluminum Black / Red /Aluminum Earcup Size Over Ear Over Ear On Ear On Ear On Ear Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Active Noise Cancelling Passive Noise Isolating Compact Foldable Design Clear Voice Capture Includes Microphone Ambidextrous Inputs Cable Y CableWired Y CableWired SingleDetachable SingleDetachable Wireless(Includes OptionalSingle Detachable) Included Case Hard Shell Hard Shell Soft Pouch Soft Pouch Soft Pouch

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TitlePhiaton Fusion MS 430 M-Series Carbon Fiber Headphones with Microphone
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Item Height9.2 inches
Item Length8.5 inches
Item Weight0.6 pounds
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