By Mike Riley updated on 06/27/2013
As a daily walking commuter in the city, I see many people like myself wearing headphones on their way to their destination. I've also noticed an interesting trend—more people are wearing full, outer-ear headsets versus the typical in-ear designs. I attribute this to the improved comfort and sound high-quality outer-ear headphones provide. Phiaton, a company that knows a thing or two about headphone audio reproduction, now offers a high-end model called the Bridge MS 500 ($299). Read on to discover if these headphones are the ones you've been looking for.
I have worn and reviewed many different types of headsets, from elaborate in-ear styles to expensive studio quality over-the-ear headphones, and none of them have come close to the comfort of the Bridge MS 500. When I slipped these on my head, it felt like my ears were resting on two pillows. That was my first pleasant surprise. The second was the stunning sound quality that enveloped me. The combination of the MS 500's 40 mm drivers within a dual chamber design and the "Oxygen-free copper" headset cable created awesome audio reproduction. From listening to rock or classical music to playing games and multimedia apps with a dynamic range of music and sound effects, I found the headphone's audio reproduction was truly remarkable. It's something you have to hear for yourself.