The R200i Ferrari headphones are the joint creation of Ferrari and trusted audio company Logic 3. After spending more than a month with these guys, it’s time for a detailed review of what’s good and bad about the premium headphones. By the way, the ‘i’ after the name indicates support for 3 button controls for the iPhone and iPod.
Inspired by the Scuderia Ferrari racing team and the aerodynamic air vents and grille incorporated in the GT Cars, these headphones look fantastic. Featuring machined crafted metal arms and diamond shaped grilles the styling of these headphones will turn heads. The ultra-soft ear pads are constructed from enhanced breathable materials. The T200’s use folding design, which is great for travelling.
The R200i headphones uses a closed-back design, which in theory seals the ear pads and prevent losses of music dynamics. We’ll detail the real-world experience below.
The detachable woven fabric cable design means that it won’t tangle in your pocket like other headphones. It’s great to see more manufacturers understand real life use of their products. It’s one thing for a product to look good in the box, an entirely different one to live and breath it.
Type: On Ear
Detachable Cable: Yes
Folding Design: Yes
Driver Size: 40mm
Speaker Impedance: 32 Ohms
Frequency Response: 20-20,000Hz
Distortion THD: 1.5% at 1KHz 1mW
Speaker Sensitivity: 110dB at 1Khz 1mW
The R200 headphones sit comfortable on top of the ear and are extremely well padded. Pair that with a lightweight design and these can be worn all day without issue. The is great for long plane trips or musically inspired coding sessions.
Another key comfort area often forgotten is the comfort while not wearing the headphones. When those annoying humans around you want to talk, you’ll need to slide the headphones down around your neck. Thanks to the slim design of the R200’s they also fit comfortably as a high-tech fashion accessory.
The T200 headphones are positioned as a premium product, so expectations were high. Unfortunately I have to say these were a bit of a let down when it comes to sound quality. They lack any substantial low-end which I suspect could be a result of the on-ear design. Typically bass is more accurately delivered with in-ear or over the ear headphones. Still, there are many on-ear competitors that do a better job.
Also while listening loud volumes (not ear bleeding, but I’m still 30 and hard-core), some static is audible. It’s not a massive deal, but with high expectations, this was a let down.
Price & Availability
The Ferrari by Logic 3 R200i On-ear headphones are available now from ferrari-by-logic3.com.au and cost A$349.00. They are available in two varieties, either silver or white.
While wearing these you’ll feel like a motorsport rockstar and attract almost as many looks as stepping out of a 458 Spider. For those who can’t afford a Ferrari, then you can be part of the action with these headphones, just be prepared to open your wallet very wide.
Which ever way you look at it, there just isn’t any way to justify the price for the R200s. They look great, feel great, but stumble on the most important part of sounding great. If you’re after premium headphones, your hard earned is better spend elsewhere.