I recently got the opportunity to review AudioFly’s complete performance in-ear headphone collection. There are four headphones in this collection that each fit into a consumer’s budget. There is the under $50 pair, the under $75 pair, the around $100 pair, and the around $200 pair. I recently reviewed the AF33 earphones that were the most budget conscious. Today, I’m taking a look at the AF45 earphones that that up the quality and the price.[spacer color=”264C84″ icon=”fa-android”]
Unboxing and Accessories
The package these headphones come in is actually pretty cool. Inside the plastic cover will all of the pictures and information about the AF45’s, there is a simple cardboard box with the AudioFly logo printed on it.
Opening it from the front, all the sides fold down and you are presented with the headphones all all their accessories neatly packaged in a foam insert. This nice display makes everything appear premium when first opening the box. Included in the package are the AF45 earphones, a selection of different sized ear tips, a nice vinyl carrying pouch, and some info about warranties and instructions.
The carrying pouch is pretty nice, although it is a tad small. You will be wrapping your earphones pretty tightly to get them crammed in there, and good luck carrying the extra ear tips in the pouch as well. The AudioFly name is embossed on one side with the website and phrase “Designed in Australia” printed on the other.
I have found that the build quality is the biggest improvement with these over the AF33’s. Instead of the plastic cable on the less expensive model, the AF45’s have a braided cable that feels much more premium. AudioFly calls this their “Audiofelx” cable and says it is made for outstanding durability. I have not been able to test these headphone’s durability for a long period of time so I cannot attest to any durability claims.
What I can tell you is that this cable feels extremely premium, and I have noticed no frays or tears in the time I have spent using it. I would definitely bet on this cable outlasting the plastic on on the AF33. One problem with this cable is that you will notice it causes quite a bit of noise. It is not the quietest cable out there, and if you are walking around wearing these earphones, you will definitely notice some cable noise.
The other parts of the earphones are mostly the same. Most of the earphones are made of plastic, but that keeps them light and comfortable to wear in your ear. There are actually aluminium caps at the ends of the shells that give them a nice, quality look. The design of the earphones makes them extremely comfortable to wear for long periods of time, and I believe these are neck-and-neck with the AF33’s for second best comfort in AudioFly’s performance earphone collection.
AudioFly touts that the AF45 has a custom voiced 11mm dynamic driver that “yeilds beautifully balanced bass, round mids, and a crisp high end for incredible definition,” but do they live up to that claim?
For the most part, it is a resounding yes. There is a wonderful balance to the sound, and listening to music is a delight. The low end was smooth and just punchy enough for my linking, but I am not one to like extremely punchy bass. This is matched with equally powerful mids and highs that both sound amazing.
When listening to music, separation is pretty impressive with individual voices and instruments being easily pinpointed. I noticed that detail was the main thing lacking, especially in the high end. Sometimes, sounds seemed to meld together in the highs. That being said, the AF45’s performed quite well over all.
The AudioFly AF45’s are fantastic for listening to music, and I imagine most people will not notice or care about the somewhat lack of detail in the highs. There is also an in-line mic on these earphones, and call quality sounds great on both ends. These earphones provide a great listening experience for their $70 price point.[spacer color=”264C84″ icon=”fa-android”]
If you are looking for a nice sounding pair of budget earphones, the AudioFly AF45 do a fantastic job compared to other earphones in this price range. The design is appealing, and the cable feels durable even if it is somewhat noisy. You can go and grab the AF45 straight from AudioFly’s website or you can get them from Amazon (which is running a great deal right now!)