Unboxing First impressions:
- Tons of effort into cool box design and product reveal. Fun unboxing!
- Seems to be some fine sawdust in my package... Didn't think any of the package contents were responsible, but a non-issue.
- HOLY CABLES MOTHERLOAD, BATMAN!
- Aw crap, AAA batteries... I've got tons of rechargeable AA's, guess I'll get Astro's pack next paycheck. Interesting to note, the included AAA batteries have an expiration date of 08/2016... Might be able to guess how long this box has been in storage if I can see what the average expiration time is on new off-the-shelf batteries.
- I'm having trouble figuring out how to open the Rx to put batteries in...
- Seems like MY A30's might be defective too. Haven't listened to them yet, but if I shake them, the driver inside the right earcup rattles around. Not a good first impression, especially for an intitially + $220 product! I would be disappointed if I hadn't gotten mine on sale and hadn't intended to use other headphones anyway...
- Otherwise, the A30's are cool. Velour earpads, nice design, glossy and matte finishes, design "tags" are cool and attach securely, good headband padding, and I like how they fold the earcups. If I wasn't concerned about the loose driver, these would be outwardly "cool."
- Played a test song (John Legend's "Made To Love") from my iPhone 5S... First thought was "this feels closed in." Now, I'm pretty used to open headphones, so this can't compete on soundstage, but it's also a bit dark and a reminder about what "average" detail and separation sounds like. That said, it was only about half the song and a bit of turning up the volume before I got used to this chocolaty sound... It fails to impress, but it pleases. As long as I have my head tilted left...
- Bass drops off significantly in the right earcup if I keep my head straight, and destroys the imaging, because the driver tilts away. It's funny, because it doesn't always come loose... But by the same token, sometimes it gets stuck in the "wrong" position. I'm actually sad, because though they lack soundstage, they are fun and non-fatiguing to listen to.
So Mad, I'm going to contact Astro now about servicing the A30's, how about you?