Review: Is Logic3's T250s Ferrari Worthy?
By Tony Ibrahim | Friday | 05/10/2012
Ferrari has chosen Logic3 to wear the company's prancing horse, but are the leather-clad T250s worthy?
Driving them out of the showroom
Logic 3 has put some effort into boxing these earphones. Open the box and you're confronted with a card coloured in Ferrari's iconic red. It is the cheap equivalent of a plaque but it does create a sense of occasion.
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Venture past the signage and you uncover the carry case. It's fairly large, coloured in black and stylised with a carbon fibre weave. What makes it so darn charming is the silver prancing horse smack-bang in the centre, taking time off from badging supercar exotica to grace a humble pair of headphones.
The zipper traces the headphone's case and once opened, reveals the leather-clad T250s nestling in their natural habitat, along with three audio cables, a 6.5mm jack and a dual-plug jack for use when on a plane.
It's uncommon for headphones to come with three cables, but the T250s are better for it as audio cables tend to go before the driver. The first cable is a simple run-of the mill offering; the second houses an answer/hang up button (for Android, Windows and Blackberry devices), while the third throws in volume keys and is compatible with iOS devices, such as Apple's iPhone, iPod or iPad.
The braided cables are fully removable and plug into the left earcup with a standard 2.5mm plug. With a few spare cables, audiophiles (and rev-heads) are sure to get good use out of the T250s.
By the time you've unfolded the T250s, you're acquainted with its fine materials and impressed by its build-quality. The headband and supraural (on-ear) cups are drenched in supple leather that enthusiastically moulds to an individual's head and ear shape.
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The headband has a tight brace, but the leather does a good job at ensuring the listening experience is comfortable. Together, they eliminate a fair amount of background interference, even with the volume on low levels.
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Longer listening sessions aren't as comfortable as the rich leather tends to heat up, and in the impending summer, I imagine long sessions will be a sweaty one.
These headphones, albeit good, lack the precision that comes to mind when you think of Ferrari.
The bass feels accentuated and at times, dominates the soundstage. This wouldn't be as bad if the cups had an open back as it would enlarge the soundstage, but with closed cups it feels like the heavy notes have less room to work with. As a result, there are times where notesâ€”particularly in the layered songs familiar to genres like rockâ€”lack clarity. The Killers' Miss Atomic Bomb is one example where the bass dominates at the expense of plucking guitars and electro notes.
But in some other genres, the bassy bravado adopted by these headphones pay off. Hit play on Dash Berlin's Better Half of Me and the stark contrast between trance, vocal and bass is amplified. It sounds riveting, as if there's a button labelled 'extreme' and you've just pressed it. The trance notes still lack clarity relative to what you'd get from similarly priced Sennheiser's, but the bodied bass compensates.
Another genre ideal for these headphones is R&B. Guy Sebastian's Battle Scars is played with gusto, more than enough volume and a fluency in bass that simulates dimension.
The T250s are comfortable, well made and if you like your music loud with heavy bass, will keep you grinning. Unfortunately if your taste in music is varied, they'll struggle accommodate a wide range of genres with the same transparency as its similarly priced rivals. Worse yet, you'll be walking around with an expensive pair of headphones that, deep down, you'll believe aren't worth the Ferrari badge.
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