Torque Audio t402v: Headphones are Fun Again!
It’s an undeniably cool idea. What’s an even nicer surprise is that it’s not just a gimmick. The t402v actually sound really good. The mids are clear and detailed with a touch of spacious depth of field, and the highs, while a little bit on the icy-sounding side, are clear, crisp, and delicate on both attack and decay. When on the black (flattest) filter, the lows are lush and present, but unobtrusive.Of course, as you rotate to other filters, that bass increases in volume, all the way up to yellow, which is definitely intense. On the yellow setting, the bass just barely escapes boomy territory. For my ears, the yellow bass filter can start to muffle the lower mids. But here’s the great thing: if that’s not your speed, you can literally just dial it back. The pads themselves are very soft and comfortable. Even the on-ears feel as though they could be worn for long listening sessions without causing outer ear fatigue. The over-ears are a bit large for smaller noggins as my own, but with a little fiddling I was able to get a seal, even with their unique square shape. The removable cable has a three-button remote, and is mylar-shielded which reduces the cable noise. Overall, the entire build feels solid, luxury, and modern. While yes, there are other over/on-ear headphones available in this price range that are more likely to appeal to the traditionally-minded audiophile (The Oppo PM-3 come to mind), there is nothing on the market that is nearly this versatile, especially on the go. So if you are the sort of person who has a favorite sonic profile that changes based on the source material, enjoy tinkering with your audio equipment, or maybe you just really liked Transformers as a kid, check out the Torque Audio t402v. They’re more than meets the eye, and just plain fun. The t402v are currently available as part of a Kickstarter, and later for purchase on Torque.Audio