Right out of the box, Moshi’s Avanti headphones look like art. Aesthetically speaking, these headphones look like they belong at an art show. They are a beautiful set of headphones and because of this you don’t expect much out of them. I don’t know what about beauty makes people assume that the inside isn’t as good as the outside but this couldn’t be farther from the truth with these headphones. Everything about these headphones seems thoughtful. From the compact, high end carrying case, to the way the headphones fold & the cord itself, everything looks very designed.
Besides looking Great these headphones are actually comfortable. Again you would assume the metallic headband would somehow make you uncomfortable but it doesn’t; they are surprisingly light (2.4 ounces). Not only are they comfortable but the quality of the materials used in making them feel very high end. The leatherette ear pads look and feel great for extended listening. I wouldn’t recommend them for running or any strenuous activity, but for some easy at home listening or a long trip these are great.
With their 40mm drivers, the treble is super clear, and shines especially when you can play with EQ settings. The mid-range is pretty great and the bass adds great depth the whatever you are listening to. No these aren’t very bass heavy for fans of those types of headphones. The bass in my opinion, is at a perfect level. Now as great as these headphones are positioning does seem to have an effect on your listening experience. Move them to the wrong position, the sound is dampened but that’s an easy fix. Also worth mentioning is the detachable cord with built in control and mic; the mic is great for going from music to a phone call and back without having to remove your headphones.
I own and have reviewed many headphones. Its rare to say these headphones stand out, but they really do. The Moshi team have a hit on their hand with these. As with all their products quality is no question and these in my opinion are worth the price point ($200). If you are looking for some great headphones the look amazing but don’t sacrifice sound quality check these out.