Review: iFrogz Aura

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iFrogz has traditionally been a company that strives to create the perfect mix of style and value, while maintaining respectable audio quality. The iFrogz Aura Headphones represent the company’s first true attempt at high quality audio. While iFrogz made many correct decisions in the design of these headphones, there are still some areas in which they can improve. 

Specifications

  • Driver: 50 mm Dynamic
  • Frequency Response: 8 Hz – 30 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 93 +/- 3dB at 1kHz
  • Impedance: 45 Ohms

In the Box

  • iFrogz Aura Headphones
  • Protective sleeve
  • ¼” Inch Adapter

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Design

Unlike many of the other iFrogz headphones which tend to be flashy, these headphones have a more elegant black and red design with aluminum areas to tie it all together. The use of aluminum housings and a metal honeycomb grate above the headphone speaker really help bring out the red accents underneath. The red accents are used sparingly, but effectively, to create a simplistic yet beautiful look. The headphones not only look professional, but also are able to incorporate that look into a stylish design.

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Design: ★★★★½

Audio

As is the case with many consumer headphones, the Aura’s have a V-Shape. This tends to be popular among headphone manufacturers, as it suits most popular music. The Auras shine when it comes to bass, however the potential the great bass creates is unfulfilled due to the lacking mids and mundane highs.

The low end is where these headphones perform exceptionally. The lower bass has a deep feel which, combined with a solid texture throughout the spectrum, gives bass a nice amount of body and depth. This is all held together by a punchy and impactful mid-bass which, while not as tight as it could potentially be, is still fairly controlled and doesn’t leave much to be desired.

Unfortunately, the mids are where these headphones really fall short. In the low-mids there is a fair lack of detail which creates a flat and uninspired sound. The higher mids such as vocals and guitars tend to lack energy. It’s unfortunate to listen to an amazing, bass heavy, intro of a song and then to be underwhelmed by sub-par mids in comparison.

The treble performs better than the mids, but it is not necessarily the highlight of these headphones. Treble is moderately detailed, however lacks brilliance or sparkle, which combined with the deep and boomy bass, would make these headphones very dynamic.

Audio: ★★★½

Build

The build quality of the iFrogz Aura headphones are astounding. The use of aluminum and metal give the headphones some heft and density. This makes the headphones not only look extraordinary, but also feel like it’s built to last.

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The headphone jack is fairly large and sits in a metal housing. The thick cable is given strain relief via a spring. This is an old-school approach, but it has proven to still be effective from my use.

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The back of the speakers are covered by a metal grate and are housed by aluminum. The rotational hinge along with all other non-metal parts of the headphones are made up of a dense plastic material.

Build: ★★★★★

Comfort

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The headphone cushions are extremely soft and cushion-y. The Auras have a circumaural design, which I prefer, as there’s not much pressure around your ears. However, due to the weight of all the metal used in the construction of the headphones, a lot of pressure is placed onto the head. It’s a noticeable amount of pressure, but it is not awfully distracting or annoying. Other than that, the Auras were sufficiently comfortable.

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Comfort: ★★★★½

Value

The iFrogz Aura have an MSRP of $129.99. The Auras are a great pair of headphones, but they do under perform with respects to audio. Although the build quality is fully deserving of this price point, for the sound quality, these headphones should have been at a lower price point – specially since there’s so much competition right above the $100 mark. It should be noted that iFrogz usually hold half off sales and that the price will most likely be lower once the headphones reach Amazon or Best Buy. The Auras would be a good value at the $60 price mark, and a reasonable purchase at the $80 price point, but this is not the case.

Value: ★★★

Final Thoughts

iFrogz have attempted to dip their feet in the water of high-quality headphones with the Aura. For the price point, the iFrogz Aura headphones excel in design and build quality, however fall short where it truly counts.

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

Overall Score

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iFrogz Aura

† All prices are in US currency.
Cumulative scores are rounded to the nearest half or full star.
This accessory, product, or app was received as a sample. Thanks iFrogz for the product sample.

 

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