It’s not often that I come across a pair of headphones that stops me in my tracks. Frends headphones are just that beautiful. There’s really no other way to describe them. Well, what kind of a writer would I be if I can’t do a little better than that? The folks over at Frends headphones were kind enough to send me four different pairs of headphones to review, and how could I say no to these works of art (not an exaggeration).
I will review one pair of over-ear headphones and one pair of in-ear headphones for the Frends review.
The Taylor Over-Ear Headphones
The packaging in itself made me think I was opening a pair of Louboutins, and the outside beckoned me forward with its “Open Me” sticker which was reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland. And just like Alice, I couldn’t resist…
Check out my unboxing vine for the Taylor Headphones by Frends:
I really didn’t even want to open them. I wanted to hang them up like my favorite records just to show off my good taste. However, I can’t really review the headphones without actually trying them on. So eventually I caved and opened the Taylor headphones. Firstly, they were very comfortable. The Taylor headphones by Frends use memory foam ear cushions for an extra level of comfort. You can adjust the headphones while you’re wearing them, which I always appreciate.
The Taylor Headphones are also portable! They fold up very nicely and fit inside the included zippered case, which was also very chic!
The audio was better than I thought it would be. A lot of times, headphones put all the effort into making the headphones look good and they forget about the other important elements. However, with the Taylor Headphones, it was clear that Frends paid attention to all the details. The Taylor Headphones use a 40 mm driver to deliver full yet clear sound. And as usual, I had to put the Taylor Headphones through my audio test. First, I had to start with something mellow. I chose Fleet Foxes. The instrumentation sounded great and their melodious “White Winter Hymnal” was top-notch. Next up in the Hannah audio test is the rock portion. For the Taylor Headphones, I chose to listen to the Pixies in honor of their new EP. I listened to their new song, “Indie City” and I could have closed my eyes and been front row (Not that I would know what that feels like, Pixies, since you rarely go on tour!). But I would assume that’s what it would sound like. And as usual, Kanye West is my hip hop litmus test. The audio for that was pretty good, but the bass gets a little muddled on some of the tracks. At the higher volumes, it was better. The Taylor Headphones also come with a three button mic with volume, music and phone control. Obviously, this is a handy feature especially if you want to use your headphones for hands free calling.
I already told you how beautiful the headphones are, but these are the specifics that make them so. The Frends Taylor Headphones are made with refined, genuine leather and handcrafted metal. And personally, I have a soft spot for metal headphones. Also there’s something luxurious about the combination of white leather with rose gold.
The slogan for Frends Headphones is, “The beauty of sound, straight from the runway.” With the Taylor Headphones, I’d have to back up their claim.
And for whatever odd reason, the Taylor Headphones just seemed to embody Lana Del Rey, so in a typical Hannah fashion I couldn’t help but make this video:
The Taylor Headphones retail for $199.00 and you can check them out here: Frends Taylor Headphones
The Ella In-Ear Headphones
And it’s not just the Taylor Headphones that live up to the slogan. For the in-ear portion of the review, I took a look at the Ella in-ear headphones in black by Frends.
The packaging for the Ella Headphones was just as fabulous as the packaging for the Taylor headphones, except it was obviously a lot smaller. And it came with an adorable pouch just like the Taylor headphones.
I’ll be honest, I don’t really use in-ear headphones because they never fit my ears right and they usually fall out. So when I saw these, my inner monologue was just hoping they would fit because they look great. And they did fit! I even put them through the shake test, which you can watch in my Vine:
The audio was pretty good. I felt surrounded by the sound, and that’s ultimately what I look for with in-ear headphones. I put them through the same test as the Taylor Headphones, and all the songs sounded great, which is impressive considering how small the ear buds are.
What really makes the Ella headphones stand out is their look. The silver wiring around the black ear buds have a vine-like quality that really made the headphones look awesome. In a way, it reminded me of Venom, the Spiderman villain, but don’t ask me why.
The Ella headphones also come with a three button mic with volume, music and phone control if you want to use it for phone calls.
The Ella headphones retail for $99.00 and you can check them out here: Frends – Ella Earbud Headphones – Silver/Black
If you’re looking for some fashion forward headphones to kick off the fall season, you’ve got to check out Frends Headphones.