Review: A-Audio Icon and Legacy headphones
February 12, 2015
When it comes to over-the-ear Bluetooth headphones, good sound quality can leave a lot to be desired. A-Audio is a relative newcomer to the already crowded headphone market, but its headphones are designed to offer excellent sound in a plush and stylish build. A-Audio sent us two pairs to review, its Legacy wired headphones and the Icon Bluetooth headphones. Here’s our look at both models and how they performed.
A-Audio Icon Bluetooth headphones
Out of the box, pairing the headphones to a Bluetooth-enabled music source, such as a smartphone, is simple and straightforward. They use Bluetooth 4.0 technology and we didn’t have any issues with the connection dropping, unless going out of range of the Bluetooth source device (about 30 ft/10 m).
After pairing up the headphones, three options are available for listening to music through what A-Audio refers to as Three Stage Technology. This allows a user to switch between passive, bass enhanced and active noise cancellation (ANC) modes by double-tapping the power button on the left earcup. A subtle beeping sound will indicate the changing between modes. If the headphones run out of power, you can plug them in using the included 4 ft (1.2 m) detachable cable with a 24k gold plated headphone jack and get wired passive audio.
This lead cable also includes an inline control with mic that lets you answer, end or reject phone calls, as well as adjust the volume and playback. The control mic works with iPad, iPhone and iPod, and possibly other devices. I was, for example, able to get varying levels of success with an HTC One running Android.
The Icons have a rechargeable lithium ion battery in the left earcup, which is charged up by attaching the included micro-USB power cable. A-Audio touts 12 hours of music playback per charge. Though we weren’t able to test this out scientifically during the review period, we would say the claim is close with our day-to-day use.