Headphone Review: Phiaton Moderna

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iFans was introduced to Phiaton when they announced the 210 BTNC headphones. Sticking to the half-in-ear styling of earbud, Phiaton introduced the Moderna earbuds. With updated looks that stick to Phiaton’s roots, these ‘buds mix high style with great sound.  Read on for the full review:

Specifications

  • Driver: Dynamic
  • Frequency Response: 17 Hz – 27 kHz
  • Impedance: 32 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 100 dB

In the Box

  • Phiaton Moderna MS200
  • Ear Tips( Single Flange: XS/S/M/L; Right Fit: M; Foam: M)
  • Carrying Case
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The Moderna come with the minimum amount accessories to get you started.
*Please note that the box design is subject to change

Design

Phiaton has always had a unique styling behind all of their headphones. It was something that really just made them pop; all without boosting a big ‘b’. In the case of the Moderna, Phiaton decided to go back to the carbon fiber design. The carbon fiber underneath the sunburst looks absolutely beautiful and intricate while the red accents give a sense of style. It’s like having a Ferrari on your ear… Design, it would hurt otherwise.

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The design of the Moderna is just stunningly beautiful.

Design: ★★★★★

Audio

The sound from the Phiatons has a nice overall balance to it. Strong, deep bass with an impactful punch laces together with clearer mids and sparkly highs define the Moderna sound.

Bass

Bass is presented in a beautiful manner with the Moderna. Starting from the lowest of the lows, we find that texturing is exquisite and delicate with a strong body. Moving up, we find a very thick impact. The bass remains as tight as it can with the thicker body and remains a good punch overall. At times, however, the texture and thickness can be a bit of overkill here and there.

Bass: ★★★★½

Mids

The clarity is the first thing that strikes with the midrange. Instrumentals are clear with a sense of sweetness to them. I do wish the vocals could be a little more like this however. They vocals have some sweetness, and some depth to them. They, however, lack the full vocal dynamic I seek for. Detailing is ample overall. Timbre is a strong point with the Moderna as well. Overall, I was very impressed with the MS200’s mids.

Mids: ★★★★½

Highs

The highs relax a bit in the lower regions, but do extend quite a bit. There is a slight sibilance as you go into the higher octaves. These higher areas keep a strong sense of energy to them as well as separation. It’s the lower areas that are detailed fine, but lack the extension and presence they need.

Highs: ★★★★

Audio: ★★★★½

Build

Beautiful craftsmanship must be protected well. Phiaton does offer a beautiful, fancy case for your Moderna when they are not in use. The case itself screams elegant, but also serves its purpose well. It too follows the red and black design scheme.

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The included case isn’t flashy, but still elegant nonetheless.

The carbon fiber exterior feels very strong with a nice thickness to it and a polish that you’d expect. The plastic that touches your ear feels softer. The strain reliefs are larger, stronger, and have a nice flexibility to them.

Phiaton designed the cables with a flashy red coloring, but also shaped them in an ovular shape (like Sony’s most recent offerings). Below the Y-split, the cable is thicker with a firmness to it. The upper side was a little too thin for me and it just didn’t feel as strong. The cable, however, doesn’t tangle, which is always a huge plus. It’s not as much as a hassle as a flat cable, and it doesn’t tangle like one.

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The cable is a little thin on the upper end, but otherwise, a quality cable.

Terminating the cable is the 3.5 mm jack. Like the housings, there is a carbon fiber design on them that’s tough, but straight. The strain relief is just below average size and very flexible. A little too flexible actually.

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The headphone jack looks beautiful.

Build: ★★★★

Comfort

These earbuds use Phiaton’s half-in-ear method. This method is similar to the Bose earbuds that aren’t quite in-ear headphones, but also not earbuds either. Rather, they lie somewhere in the middle. Included are a set of tips that cover the entire earbud. They are very comfortable and meant to be universal*.

*Please note that the ones pictured below are sample and the final production model will have a more tapered edge.
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This bud is ergonomically shaped to fit most ears.

Also included are silicone tips. Four tips in total allow users to ensure a proper fit. For some additional isolation and comfort, grey Comply foam tips are also included (medium size). I don’t know why Phiaton didn’t include red foam tips though (Comply does make them).

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Phiaton includes other silicone tips as well as Comply foam.

Comfort: ★★★★★

Value

Phiaton’s MSRP for the Moderna is right around 150 dollars. At this price range, they are priced competitively. They are not total steals as there are many IEMs in this price range that are technically better. As an earbud, however, these fare very well and are well recommended for exercising outdoors due to their lack of isolation. The comfort and design really are big selling points, as well as the actual audio quality.

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Included with the Moderna is a remote and mic that is compatible with most devices.

Value: ★★★★½

Final Thoughts

I have to say that when I first held these, I just stared into the beautiful carbon fiber in a daze. They really do look that… well modern. The sound that they produce was nicely balanced overall with a good bit of quality behind it.

I’d like to thank Lindsay for the product sample.

Overall Score

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Phiaton MS200 Moderna

† 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 Lindsay for the product sample.
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