Headphone Review: Atomic Floyd SuperDarts

Supercharged, everything is supercharged today. Whether it be the engine of a Dodge Charger of Ford Taurus, anything that is supercharged, just seems to be better. Atomic Floyd has introduced a new IEM that is a supercharged version of an older model. From the banner, you may notice that it takes a lot of design aspects from the MiniDarts. However, the SuperDarts take on a new sound, that is not only more pleasant than the MiniDarts, but also much more fun as well.  Read on for the full review: 

Specifications

  • Driver: Dual Dynamic-Balanced Armature Hybrid Drivers
  • Frequency Response: 5 – 25000 Hz
  • Impedance: 16 ohm
  • Sensitivity: 100 dB

In the Box

  • Atomic Floyd SuperDarts IEM
  • Carrying Case
  • Silicone Tips (S/M/L)
  • 1/4 Inch Adapter
  • Airplane Adapter

The SuperDarts do come with a good amount of accessories.

Design

The Atomic Floyd SuperDarts, as aforementioned, takes many design aspects from the MiniDarts. The design has been updated to not only be more aesthetically pleasing, but also make things like removing the IEM that much easier. The body has been slightly enlarged along with a newly added port now for better bass response. The same silver and red color scheme is visually appealing and extremely eye-catching.


The SuperDarts are just beautiful in nature.

Like the MiniDarts, the SuperDarts are branded beyond belief. Between the embossed Atomic Floyd imprint are your left and right markers. Right below that is a ring that shows that these are Supercharged MiniDarts.


Bigger, better, broader… In design, bigger must be better as the SuperDarts improve upon every aspect of the MiniDarts’ design.

Design: ★★★★★

Audio

Upon opening up the box, a frequency graph shows that these have an extremely deep V. Although this picture does show an extremely deep V, it isn’t as deep as it seems in the graph. That said, the bass is still pure, impactful, and punchy whilst having the power of 1000 horses. The midrange is recessed, but extremely clear and energetic. Some loss in detail may become problematic. The highs are aggressive as you’d expect anything supercharged to be.

Bass

Jaw-dropping, natural bass powers these dual drivered IEMs – one dynamic for bass response one balanced armature for the highs. With the power of the dynamic put into good use, the bass remains extremely powerful and potent without ever intruding upon the midrange. The bass really isn’t boosted by a body, and sounds natural due to it. The texture is euphoric in a sense besting the Phonak 232’s bass texture.

Bass: ★★★★★

Mids

The midrange is definitely the weak spot of these IEMs, they are in no ways bad, but do have some problems associated with them. The main two being a lack of energy in the vocals along and a loss of detail due to their recessed nature. However, clarity and separation are great and can bring some nice life to the headphones. Instrumental timbre and energy remain intact and strong, despite being recessed a bit. Airy is never a word I thought I’d be using to describe the mids, but it fits it so well. Without the bass body present, it really takes on this sound quite nicely. Although recessed, the midrange still can play its vital role in recreating music nicely.

Mids: ★★★★½

Highs

Gleaming and aggressive just like a supercharged Challenger, that describes the highs nicely. The pure energy and fun put into these SuperDarts is simply amazing, but at the same time, just too aggressive. Cymbal splashes and snare crashes are loud and clear giving the IEMs the essential life that the midrange really couldn’t give. Detailing is amazingly done and separation couldn’t really be better. The SuperDarts do fix many of the problems of the MiniDarts, but they are just a little too aggressive.

Highs: ★★★★½

Audio: ★★★★½

Build

Atomic Floyd still keeps their build quality top notch, with one minor caveat that the MiniDarts had as well. As you’d expect from a 300 dollar IEM, there is a case included. Granted it’s composed of thick silicone, it is still able to do its job and protect your IEMs.


The included case is composed of hard silicone.

The headphone jack is the main problem. As in the past, I have always preferred the angled jack over the straight as straight jacks seemed to stay bent and curved. This phenomenon did happen to me and the rubber strain relief is at an angle and does show signs of stress. However, the thick aluminum is just strong in itself.


Such beauty is inscribed within the headphone jack, but an angled jack is still preferred.

The cable on the SuperDarts is once again split up. The lower half being fabricated and strong nonetheless. Although tangling can be an issue with fabric cables, it isn’t a problem here. The upper half is a rubber, Kevlar enforced cable.


The splitter is the transition mark from fabricated cable to Kevlar enforced cable.

Moving up to the housings, the aluminum comes once more to play a huge role. The housings are simply put, tough. They will take beatings beyond the initial beating and then do it again without giving up its design, shine, and most importantly, still protect the drivers inside. These IEMs are built like a tank, with an Achilles Heel.

Build: ★★★★½

Comfort

Although larger in size to the MiniDarts, the SuperDarts still remain lighter in total weight, which is a good thing for comfort. The tips have also been improved to be more comfortable, but this does lead to a loss of isolation in comparison to the MiniDarts. Isolation is still great overall though. Included are just your standard S/M/L tips to ensure a great fit.


Although not a huge number of tips are included, I was able to achieve a great seal still.

Comfort: ★★★★★

Value

For 300 dollars, I do see these as a better value than the MiniDarts, but still not a perfect value as I’d be expecting slightly better quality at this price. The stunning, eye-catching design is definitely a huge part of the price here, however, so is the build and comfort. An included remote and mic does help out as well. Either way, the design, sound, build, and comfort all play a role allowing for an almost perfect value.


This is definitely something that iOS users will appreciate, the remote and mic.

Value: ★★★★½

Final Thoughts

Atomic Floyd does come back with a new dual-drivered flagship here improving upon the MiniDarts by supercharging them for more aggression and much more fun. The alluding, shiny design, along with the great audio quality really come together to create a high quality IEM that did surprise me overall. These are definitely an IEM that I can see myself recommending, not only for the flashy stylings, but also the popular sound signature.

I’d like to thank Andreas for the review sample.

Overall Score

† 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 Andreas for the product sample.
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