Feenix Aria Gaming Headset is $349, Smells of Rich Pine

Feenix Aria Gaming Headset is $349, Smells of Rich Pine

Some new high-end gaming audio to drop your tax refund on.

Feenix Aria Headset

Feenix has officially taken the wraps off the Aria, its new gaming headset that promises to deliver "audiophile level sound quality," in a package designed with PC gamers in mind.

The Aria, which is available for pre-order at $349, combines 50mm neodymium drivers with Japanese pine wood, memory foam, and leather. At first glance, the combination does offer the promise of luxury, at least in the materials, and Feenix is adamant that the drivers will offer "studio monitor sound performance." The aforementioned pine can be found inside the acoustic chamber, too, making for a fully wood-wrapped headset -- something you don't see in a gaming solution very often, if at all.

Feenix sounds committed to delivering a headset that doesn't rely on heavy bass to cover up mediocre sound quality, and the Aria will deliver stereo, Dolby ProLogic, and simulated surround sound through those drivers.

Along with promised stellar audio, the Aria will ships with a clip-style cardioid microphone, and two adapters for its 3.5mm connector -- 6.3mm (for that HiFi system you picked up from Buck Swope), and USB.

And if you decide to drop $350 on this wood and leather boombox for your noggin? Feenix will assign you a personal account manager to handle any speed bumps, as well as free lifetime support.

There's no word on a release date yet, but the $349 price is firm, and the headset will only be available through http://www.feenixcollection.com/.

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My gimmick alarm is going nuts right now.
I'd like to know how good that mic is as well.

My general rule with headphones, is buy them from a company that makes headphones.

While the price seems pretty high, I do find it nice that it includes a lifetime, if my take on "support" here is correct, warranty. Of course when it really comes down to it, it's all about quality. Not that I'd consider buying one in the first place, but if I had the money I'd be expecting top-notch sound for that price tag.

... They decide they want a wooden coat for their fancy headset, and they choose pine? Maybe it's because I come from an area that's heavy in the logging industry, especially pine, but wouldn't it have felt fancier to use something like oak or something?

Might just use one of the widely established high quality headphones on the market and combine it with a clip mic or standing mic.

JaceArveduin:
... They decide they want a wooden coat for their fancy headset, and they choose pine? Maybe it's because I come from an area that's heavy in the logging industry, especially pine, but wouldn't it have felt fancier to use something like oak or something?

its not about fancy.
Speakers do have much better audio performance in wooden enclosures. IT is important to choose the right wood, one that doesnt move well and has correct tone and vibration. Pine is one of the good choices. Another good thing is that pine is light, which is a big plus for headphones that you have to keep on your head, thus helping you with no neck strain.

There is a reason all professional speakers are actually encased in wood.

I actually wonder where the line is where thanks to diminishing returns it indeed becomes about being "fancy" and "showing off", rather than any practical increase in quality at a reasonable cost difference.

Strazdas:

JaceArveduin:
... They decide they want a wooden coat for their fancy headset, and they choose pine? Maybe it's because I come from an area that's heavy in the logging industry, especially pine, but wouldn't it have felt fancier to use something like oak or something?

its not about fancy.
Speakers do have much better audio performance in wooden enclosures. IT is important to choose the right wood, one that doesnt move well and has correct tone and vibration. Pine is one of the good choices. Another good thing is that pine is light, which is a big plus for headphones that you have to keep on your head, thus helping you with no neck strain.

There is a reason all professional speakers are actually encased in wood.

Guess that makes sense, seeing as I know fuck all about most of what you said.

I don't understand why the damned things need to be so expensive in the first place.

Not all of us can just drop seventy-plus dollars for a simple pair of earphones with a microphone attached.

"studio monitor sound performance."

Isn't this just a terrible marketing phrase that sounds fancy, but actually translates to "not special in any way"? Unless they're implying that they won't fall apart if you blast them with extreme audio chaos.

 

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