Fanny Wang Headphones - Fashion and Fidelity?
Mar 1, 2011 at 11:36 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 14

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The Fanny Wang Headphone Company are the latest fashion brand to stake a claim for superb audio experience as well as cool contemporary urban looks. At this point you are probably either re-reading the product name in case you misread it or giggling to yourself heartily. This is a brand that is having fun, not taking itself too seriously and inviting everyone to join in, hence the slightly rude sounding name.

Who is Fanny Wang?

Fanny Wang is an imaginary eastern lady who wants everybody to enjoy her headphones. The brand is being fronted by attractive young women (the Fanny Wang Girlz) who seem to have been very well trained in demonstrating the headphones, seen at January's CES Show, talking to the public about what to expect from a headphone.
If you think they look a bit familiar, that's because they are! Fanny Wang is the brainchild of Tim Hickman and David Adam, who after making some of the best known iPhone cases and accessories around with their Hard Candy brand, decided to research what the public at large wanted from audio accessories. After looking at the ultra successful Monster Beats by Dre range, they thought that although Monster had made headway in opening up better sounds to the mass market, they had also got some important details really wrong.
For the On-Ear Wang (yes that is what their first headphone is called!) they consulted the original Engineer and Sound designer behind the Monster Beats and asked him to come up with a sound that was more natural, neutral and better suited to the serious music fanatic. Before audiophiles scoff at this idea, the titanium drivers found inside the On-Ear Wangs is inspired by the Denon AH-D2000! This I think was aimed at fixing the most common critique of the Monster Beats - For most they are simply too bass heavy and therefore struggle with Rock, Classical and Jazz.
 


For their design they took their cue from the Beats and attempted a sturdier more comfortable frame with a fun finish similar to the popular designs of their iPhone, iPod and Mac accessories. Another factor that is generally backed up by the popular opinions of Audio enthusiasts was that the main thrust of the Monster Beats marketing is a little misleading. Slogans like "... hear music how artists intend you to - like you're in a studio" and "People are not hearing all of the music" are a very bold claim for bass heavy noise cancellers especially when actual studio headphones can be bought at half the price. The Fanny Wang Brand is attempting a less bombastic and more fun approach with another crucial difference - price! The aim seems to be realistic sound at a realistic price.

Sound

There is an obvious attempt to bridge the gap between the fashion headphone market and the audiophile serious listener, it seems like this balance is achieved quite well. I cannot see the on-ear Wang joining the Grado SR-325is or the Ultrasone Edition 8 as an audiophile classic but I have to admit, as a less than serious audio manufacturer, they have made a great sounding headphone! Bass is present but not dominating, the mids are clean and clear and there is also plenty of detail with an impressive sound stage for a closed back headphone. Complex stereo imaging does not seem to bother them too much and these easy to drive on ears have a comfy warm feel which is not tiring at all. The audio is provided by custom paired 40mm titanium drivers and the On-Ear Wangs are supplied with a "Custom high-fashion dust bag" don't you know.

Duo Jack




Taking social media to the next level, apparently. Fanny Wang's Duo Jack (patent pending) means a friend can "Jack in" sharing music through this interesting 3.5mm output addition to the cable. The Duo Jack comes standard with every set of Fanny Wang On-Ear Headphones.

Tri Fold Design

Perfect for travelling the sturdy tri-fold design makes Fanny Wang headphones easy fit into a bag. Although on-ear, they are still a decent size so this is a welcome feature.

Rock Your Wangs?

With a controversial start, bumping legal heads with Monster Beats, this brand may at first seem like a copy of an existing idea - the trouble with that assessment is, when compared, the On-Ear Wang feels a bit more substantial, has comfort improvements and most importantly sounds considerably better. The pricey fashion headphone may be Monster Cables creation but being first to market is not normally a guarantee of quality. As most musicians know the first take is not always the best - sometimes you have to relax and have a bit of fun before the real magic happens. One thing is certain though, fashion headphones are growing up and they want to be taken seriously - but not too seriously.


More Information

For more information on Fanny Wangs range please visit the HiFi Headphones store.
 
Mar 1, 2011 at 7:10 PM Post #2 of 14

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Mar 2, 2011 at 1:15 AM Post #3 of 14

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Yes, let's hope the thread doesn't degenerate.

Fanny Wang is trying hard to get into this business and it is great to have another manufacturer to consider. I hope to get a chance to listen to a pair soon.
 
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I personally would LOVE to try these. I really like how comfortable the Beats were, and if these sound better like I'm sure they do, they'd be great. Not that I'd buy them nowadays though. No need for them.
 
Mar 3, 2011 at 12:54 AM Post #6 of 14

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I wanna hear them too.
Even at their price point, I'd be hoping for something more than just a bass-lite beats clone.
Alas, with the feminine inspired styling, I probably wouldnt be caught dead wearing them in public.
But I dont wear my phones in public anywho. I must say they are slick looking tho.
 
Maybe FW could step things up with a loaner/review program
or setting up a booth at some of the larger meets / shows. 
 
Mar 9, 2011 at 3:54 AM Post #8 of 14

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What was wrong with the previous thread? I didn't notice any mindless bashing or insulting remarks in there. I re-read it and people were just voicing their opinion on the design and the brandname. These are both important subjects in the marketing of a product and a lot of products fail in these areas. The community makes or breaks. Are we only allowed to make positive remarks about these things now that they're a sponsor? 
 
Anyway, always nice to see another player in the field. I wouldn't mind hearing these cans. Would like to have a friendly heart-to-heart with the designer as well. 
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Mar 9, 2011 at 10:07 AM Post #9 of 14

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I can´t understand people walking around with these. If they are at home maybe, but then the fashion is quite unnecessary.
 
Those wouldn´t fit in my ears and seems quite uncomfortable.
 
Mar 9, 2011 at 2:32 PM Post #10 of 14

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I really dig the extra mini-jack for a friend (despite the expected drop in sound quality), and the red cord is a nice touch that I wish more manufacturers would embrace vs the traditional black. After that, those headphones are just ugly IMO. Hopefully they can make up for it with good sound and a decent price. 
 
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What was wrong with the previous thread? I didn't notice any mindless bashing or insulting remarks in there. I re-read it and people were just voicing their opinion on the design and the brandname. These are both important subjects in the marketing of a product and a lot of products fail in these areas. The community makes or breaks. Are we only allowed to make positive remarks about these things now that they're a sponsor? 
 
Anyway, always nice to see another player in the field. I wouldn't mind hearing these cans. Would like to have a friendly heart-to-heart with the designer as well. 
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The very first thread was completely deleted due to all of our clever jokes regarding the name. Then a second thread was created by our good friend Ishcabible.
 
 
Apr 9, 2012 at 8:22 PM Post #13 of 14

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I really like the idea of the duo jack, since I think it will bring sharing music to whole new level. Sadly I don't think it will kick off because all of those beats fanboys will criticize anyone using them. :frowning2:
 

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