Headphone Review: iFrogz Frequency

The compromise between good sounding headphones and good looking headphones is usually just that, a compromise. iFrogz tries to eliminate this with their new iFrogz Audio Series. Products in this line are created with both superior audio quality and beauty with portability in mind. The problem arises when companies aren’t able to balance price and quality. Although iFrogz mission in the Audio Series is to create headphones with sleek looks while maintaining a high sound quality at an affordable price, they don’t entirely do the job with the latter two.  Read on for the full review:

Specifications

  • Driver Unit: 40 mm
  • Impedance: 32 ohms +/- 10%
  • Sensitivity: 112 dB +/- 5 dB
  • Frequency Response :20 – 20 kHz
  • Cord Length: 1.2 m
  • Plug: 3.5 mm

In the Box

  • iFrogz Frequency

Design

The first thing I noticed about the headphones was the box they come in. While I usually wouldn’t talk about packaging in a review, I have to commend iFrogz for their efforts. There is a flap which is connected magnetically to the box. This flap opens up to elegantly reveal the headphones. Even little details, like the picture of the headphones, are given great attention; the picture is embossed, so that the lines on the headphone picture are indented, and able to be felt. This is more luxurious than their other products, which have a much simpler box design.


The design of the box sends across the idea that these headphones are more expensive.

The design and overall appeal of these headphones is mainly based on color. Therefore, there are three color options available: green, white, and black. The backside of the cans have the iFrogz Audio logo on them circled by a matte, colored, and plastic strip around the housing. The iFrogz logo is only visible when viewed from the side.


The iFrogz Audio logo is stamped onto the sides of these headphones. It is only visible in a certain angle.

Great detail is given to many other aspects of the headphones as well. The top side of the padding has the word “Frequency” written on it with icons that are embossed with the iFrogz Audio logo surrounding it. Even the cloth covering the speaker inside the headphones has the iFrogz Audio logo on it.


The embossed text lets other people know what brand you’re using, it’s a fashion statement.

Many headphones these days are designed to be flashy; the iFrogz Frequency headphones are designed to be more elegant. With the three different color options, there are many design options to choose from. A matte plastic creates a color that is natural to the eye. Things like the colored ring around the iFrogz Audio logo on the back of the earphone also help give these headphones a much more appealing look.

Design: ★★★★½

Audio

To most audiophiles, design is of little significance. The sound quality of these headphones will determine whether this product is worth the money it costs.

Bass

Contrary to many people’s beliefs, more bass does not equal better music. These headphones provide more than enough bass, but lack in the control department. The bass seemed to overpower many other of the audio sections in many genres of music. This is not great, because it doesn’t let the other parts of the audio spectrum shine. Although the bass was overpowering, it didn’t extend into the mid range. When low notes hit, they were punchy and very impactful, but just not tight enough. While the lows are getting a lot of criticism, they fare better than many other headphones that over emphasize the bass.

Bass: ★★★★

Mids

As a result of the overextending bass, the mids weren’t that clear. The seperation of the instruments felt constricted. Since there wasn’t much differentiation between instruments, timbre wasn’t at it’s best. The soundstage was mediocre as well. There wasn’t much differentiation in distance of the instruments and singers. It felt like I was sitting in the middle of the stage; everything felt very up-close. The mid range helps contribute to the overall aura of the music, they can make or break sound quality. Unfortunately, the mids on these headphones were not up to par.

Mids: ★★★½

Highs

Many of the higher notes tend to sound a bit harsh on these headphones. It’s almost piercing in a sense. Notes that were on the 6th octave or lower did not seem to have this effect. The clarity in the notes of higher frequency were above par, cymbal splash sounded very clear. The mid-highs have a bubbly or sparkly sound to them, while maintaining moderate detail.

Highs: ★★★★

Isolation

The foam cushions on these headphones are not dense. These are open headphones, which can result in a loss of isolation. Without music playing, I was able to hear everything in my surroundings clearly. While music was playing I was able to hear louder noises, but a lot of noise was blocked out. In short, isolation was mediocre. They don’t cancel out all noise, only some of it.

Microphonics

These headphones are meant to be portable and compact. When the woven cable hits something, it’s audible, but it isn’t loud nor distracting. The disadvantage of the woven cable, however, is that it makes an audible sound when it rubs against itself. When this happens, it sounds like a muffled zipper. This wasn’t something of much distraction either, but it is something to keep in mind.

While the lower and higher notes fared quite well, I expected more out of these headphones. If iFrogz worked on increasing the quality of their mid-range, these headphones would sound much better. These headphones would be better for dubstep, or anything that’s bass heavy. If you like boomy bass, these are great headphones, albeit there are less expensive options.

Audio: ★★★★

Build

With portable headphones, the build quality is very important. These headphones will most likely be thrown around inside a backpack or in luggage. iFrogz paid great attention to the little things, like including a woven cord instead of a rubber one. This helps with cord tangle, something many people struggle with. Although woven cords are more prone to tangling, these do not tangle. They also give the cord more durability, and an overall higher quality feeling. The headphone jack is housed by rubber. An angled jack puts less strain on the cord, unfortunately these headphones have a straight one.


The woven cord promises a tangle-free experience while the connector is protected by a colored plastic.

The housings on the headphones are composed mainly of plastic. However, the plastic used seems to be fairly durable. Another thing to note is that the plastic has a matte coating. Everything is held in place with metal screws as well, as opposed to being one piece of plastic.


The matte coating on the plastic gives these headphones a more elegant look.
The aluminum extension allows for an adjustable head size.

To extend the headphones, a piece of aluminum is used. In the past, iFrogz has used plastic for this. This gives the headphones more durability and flexibility as well.

For any investment, good build quality is expected. These headphones deliver almost perfectly. Metal was used where it was needed, to serve as the headphone extension as well as the backbone of the entire headphone. Where metal wasn’t used, high quality matte coated plastic was used.

Build: ★★★★½

Comfort

Due to the portability of these headphones, the cushions should provide for comfortable listening for extended periods of time. The ear cushions are covered in a very comfortable pleather. The cushions feel very light and airy and depress very easily.


The cushions allow for great comfort when used for short amounts of time.

Most of the pressure is placed upon the ears, but a padding is used for the top as well. The padding is covered in a smooth, pleather material. There isn’t much padding on the top, but it allows the headphones to rest upon your head quite comfortably.


The padding isn’t too fluffy, but it allows for great comfort nonetheless.

I found that after listening to these headphones for about two or three hours, my ears started to hurt a bit. For a car ride, this should be fine, but don’t expect to wear this for extended periods of time without taking a short, 5 minute break.

Comfort: ★★★★

Value

With an MSRP of $79.99 these headphones have tough competition. At this price, sound quality really matters as there are many great options out there. I personally feel that $79.99 is too much for these headphones. There are many competing headphones that have much better audio quality for about the same price, or even less. The sound quality just isn’t enough to constitute the price tag.

Value: ★★

Final Thoughts

At the time of writing this review, these headphones seem a bit overpriced for what you’re getting. The audio quality is good, even better if you listen to bass-intensive music. On top of that, these headphones are portable; the size along with the braided cable make these great travel headphones. While iFrogz has constructed a pair of headphones that are of great quality, and good sound, the price tag limits me from saying that these headphones are a good purchase at the moment, but it’s definitely something to look out for.

Overall Score

iFrogz Frequency

† All prices are in US currency.
This review was written by the iFans.com Review Team. Cumulative scores are rounded to the nearest half or full star.
This accessory, product, or app was received as a sample. Thanks Michelle for the product sample.
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