Review: R100 FerrariByLogic3 earphones

When a brand outside the technology industry, puts their logo on the side of a product it can be time to worry. In this instance that concern can safely...

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When a brand outside the technology industry, puts their logo on the side of a product it can be time to worry. In this instance that concern can safely subside while you enjoy the tunes massaging your inner-ears. These Ferrari headphones are made by Logic3 a brand well known for doing things right when it comes to audio.

Design

Initially the earbuds felt a little uncomfortable as they are a larger than normal. As someone who reviews phones I’ve tried plenty. It seems the human body is a wonderfully adaptive creature as the discomfort subsided quickly, replaced with audio goodness.

Cable designers (amazing that this is a job) are having to come up with creative reactions to consumer complaints of tangling cables. Logic3 hasn’t gone with a flat cable design as we’ve seen from others, but rather a different material to solve the issue. The flexible wire mesh around the cable works great to fend off those tiny pocket trolls that engage in the mysterious tangling trade.

The R100’s are part of the Scuderia range and feature a yellow prancing horse Ferrari logo with grey mesh surround, red and black accents. While alternate colours are available, all stem from elements from the cars that Ferrari are known for. By exposing the branding on the outside of the earbuds, you can let others know just where you’re motorsport loyalties lie.

Sound Quality

In terms of sound quality, the expectation was high given the price which we’ll get to in a second. Fortunately Logic3 have delivered here. Firing up the dulcet tones of Leo Laporte’s spoken word through the TWiT app, he never sounded better. Helped of course by the use of Heil PR40s at his end.

Next up was music, time to fire up some serious 320kbps audio quality – cue Spotify. Thanks to the app platform in `Spotify I have a wide variety of playlists to match my wide variety of music tastes. A perfect arrangement for putting the R100’s through their paces.

Wether it’s the latest dubstep from Skrillex, Deadmau5 and Nero, or the latest tunes at the top of the US charts, the sound reproduction was as good as I’ve heard from in-ears. The sound does tend to skew on the bassier side by default, but some device you have them connected to will allow for tweaks to the EQ levels.

Something else you should be aware of is that these earphones are capable of loud volumes. Loud enough to damage your hearing should you choose to turn it up to 11.

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Noise cancelling

One of the key features of these in-ears is to cancel out outside noise to let you enjoy your audio entertainment. Part of my testing involved using them in-flight and anyone who’s travelled on a smaller regional plane will know the props are amazing loud. Thankfully the noise cancelling technology in the R100’s did their job and blocked out 80% of the hum.

These earphones also do suffer from the same problem that basically every other in-ear headphone does, something I call bone conduction ruffling. This is the noise that is transferred through the earbuds when you move and the cable collides with your body. The sound is not an electrical one, rather conducted through your head none the less. It seems problematic with earbuds in general, something on-ear or over-ear headphones don’t suffer from.

Technical Specs

  • Type: TFAT Driver Technology
  • Apple 3 Button Mic Remote:No
  • 1 Button Mic Remote: Yes
  • Driver Size: 10mm
  • Speaker Impedance: 16 Ohms
  • Frequency Response: 20-20,000Hz
  • Speaker Sensitivity: 97dB ± 3dB at 1KHz 1mW
  • Cables: 3.5mm Stereo Plug
  • Cable Material: Woven Fabric

Price & Availability

There’s now way around it, these are premium headphones and they come at a premium price. The Ferrari by Logic 3 earphones (R100) cost A$195 and is available form http://ferrari-by-logic3.com

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