The massive success of Dr Dre Beats headphones has been a revelation. It’s shown that people will happily pay a premium for design when it comes to choosing the best pair of headphones. Now hot on its heels is the Fanny Wang brand, inspired by Dr Dre Beats for its headphones’ looks and genital organs for its name.
If the name doesn’t put you off and you want headphones that can close you off from the world, Fanny Wang’s 3001 Noise- Cancelling heaphones might be worth a look.
They say imitation is the highest form of flattery (or the fastest route to patent infraction law suit), which was no doubt on people’s minds when coming up with these headphones. Put simply, these look nearly identical to Dre Beats. But, along with the bold brand name, there are enough aesthetic differences to justify fashionistas giving these a once over as an alternative to Beats by Dre.
As befits their price tag, the Fanny Wang 3001s are robustly built, with high quality hinges unlikely to break while being carried around in a bag. The faux leather ear pads are luxuriously plush, with a generous amount of memory foam helping the Fanny Wang 3001s achieve their noise cancelling credentials. They also have a rubbery matte feel compared to the metal of Dre Beats.
The Fanny Wang 3001s are fitted with a three way switch in the right headphone for toggling the noise cancelling or to give them a thumping bass boost. The sound cancelling can also be controlled via large easy to press buttons on the cable.
The headphones are fitted with large 50mm drivers and noise cancelling circuitry, which uses four mics to optimise the noise cancellation. Two mics are used to detect outside noise while two optimise what you hear.
For long flights, while sat on the train to work or for lounging around the pool, the noise cancelling technology in the Fanny Wang 3001s will be a revelation. You’ll literally be able to close yourself off from the world around you and to enjoy your favourite music and audiobooks without the normal interference of surrounding noise. Instead, you’ll be able to relax in your own audio world.
In reviews, the sound quality of the Fanny Wang 3001s also gets the nod. Female vocals over guitar with the noise cancelling switched on is expansive and absorbing. While you can switch on the bass boost to enjoy heavier hip hop, rock and dance tracks with as much rumbling bass as you’d expect from Dre Beats.
All in all, the Fanny Wang 3001s are a luxurious set of headphones. They are perfect for fashion conscious types that take a lot of flights due to the noise cancellation technology or anybody who likes the look of Dre Beats but wants to stand out as an individual.
They are, however, a bit on the bulky side. So for everyday portable sounds you might want to look at the Fanny Wang On-Ear headphones. Designed to compete with Monster Beats Solos, these have the same outer appearance yet the performance is decidedly superior, with a full and rich bass response that doesn’t drown the rest of the range.