When I think of gaming headphones I think of headphones made out of plastic with a long mic jutting out in front. In a word I think “ugly.” Or I used to, until I held the Feenix Aria in my hands and let the luxurious cans envelop my ears. I’m glad to see a company thinking outside the “gamer” box and creating products that aren’t just functional. With the Aria, Feenix is redefining gamer culture making it more accessible and more stylish while pushing performance boundaries and taking gaming and music enjoyment to the next level.
Let’s get into it.
The first thing you notice when you place the Aria on your head is how enormous these headphones are. The sound, guys, not the physical dimensions, although… those are equally huge.
Let me get this out of the way right away: these are the nicest sounding headphones I’ve ever put on my ears — gaming or otherwise. I’m completely blown away by how nice everything sounds through these cans. That’s the 50mm full range neodymium magnet drivers at work.
It’s the details that blow me away. I’m hearing things I never would have before. I swear I can hear Yo-Yo Ma breathing on his most popular track, Simple Gifts. I was watching MKBHD’s latest video, The State of 4K: Early 2016, and I could clearly hear background noises like his heater and the cars driving by outside his window. Now imagine having that kind of detail showing up in your headphones while you’re playing a competitive game like Counter Strike. That’s called a competitive advantage.
The Aria wants to help you dominate gaming, but Feenix designed these headphones to be used when you’re not holding a controller as well.
Listening to music with these headphones is incredible. The sign of a good pair of headphones isn’t loudness, it’s clarity. And the Aria’s sound is crisp and full of detail. Bass is punchy without being grungy, voices and instruments are sharp and the overall sound profile is, in a word, accurate. When Feenix says these are studio quality headphones I can’t argue with them there.
In the last two years I’ve had over 20 headphones come across my desk for review and I have never tested any that sounded this good — gaming or otherwise.
The mic setup on the Aria is interesting. It’s a detached mic that you can use only when needed. To use it, you plug the USB adapter into your computer and then plug the headphones and the mic into that adapter. The adapter is also a remote, of sorts, because you can hit a mute button or turn the volume up and down.
What makes this mic setup awesome is that it’s designed to only pick up what you’re saying because it’s uni-direction (only picks up sound in one direction). So when you clip it onto your shirt, you’ll only get audio of you speaking and not the background noise.
Plus, this mic is also studio quality. That means the sound it picks up is top notch. Let’s leave it at this: it’s good enough to hook up to my DSLR and record audio for my 4K video reviews.
Fit and comfort
The Aria is an over-the-ear headphone. That makes it super-comfortable; because it doesn’t sit on your ear so there’s really no chance for ear fatigue to set in.
Wearing these headphones it’s like checking your ears into a luxury hotel. The memory foam ear cushions are plush — beyond plush, actually — and the over-ear design does a great job sealing out outside noises.
I could wear these headphones for hours on end.
Looks and design
Alas, nothing is perfect. The Arias look as good as gigantic headphones can, but by nature gigantic headphones don’t look great on a person’s head. Like any pair of over-the-ear headphones, the Arias come with a tradeoff. You can’t have the Arias out-of-this-world sound AND a slim profile.
But I love the materials Feenix chose. The Japanese pine wood paired with the aluminum and black accents make regular gaming headphones look like toys.
The cord for these headphones is just as massive as you might expect. It’s about four times thicker than your average headphone cord. It’s also really, really long.
Because everything about these headphones is larger than life, they really aren’t that portable. They’re gaming headphones first and foremost and they definitely feel at home — at home. So I wouldn’t plan on taking these with you anywhere… they’re just too big.
If you’re looking for top-of-the-line gaming headphones — and want them to give you an insanely great music experience whenever you take a break from fragging people into oblivion — you can’t go wrong with the Feenix Arias. Honestly, I’d recommend these to people who just want headphones that sound amazing. I said it before but it’s worth saying again: these are the nicest sounding headphones I’ve ever listened to.