Date: January 6th, 2009
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Razer
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The airplane adapter allows the headphones to be used with an in-flight entertainment system. Like the connector on the headphones, this adapter also has gold-plated connections.
A neoprene carrying pouch is included and will hold the headphones, ear molds, and the airplane adapter with a little room to spare. I took advantage of this and was able to store my iPod Shuffle in the pouch as well, making for an easy way to transport everything together in one organized, compact package.
PRODUCT USE AND TESTING
After trying out all three sizes of ear molds, I determined that the smallest sized one was the most comfortable for me to wear. They rested snugly in my ear without feeling too heavy or bulky. Obviously, there is still the feeling of something inside your ear, so I wouldn't go so far as to say they are as comfortable as an around the ear pair. When it comes to in-ear designs though, these are a definite improvement in quality over what is included with most mp3 players.
The cord is about four feet long which should be plenty for use with a portable device. The only exception to this would be if you used the headphones for gaming on a desktop PC and had to plug them in to a port on the case.
Over the course of several days I tested out the headphones with a couple different devices. The first test paired the Moray with my iPod Shuffle. First impressions were positive; I noticed right away that the bass response was good (but not great) when listening to trance and hip-hop music. Keep in mind though that when I say good bass response, I mean that it is good for a pair of ear buds in the same price range. Don't expect the same quality that you would from over-the-ear headphones or even a high end set of ear buds, but for $30 they produce above average bass response.
High and mid frequencies were especially crisp and clear and left me quite impressed with the sound quality. Low frequencies were also good, but highs and mids is where the Moray really stood out. Rock and heavy metal sounded great and I didn't notice any hissing, static, or other unpleasant noises at all.
The Moray headphones utilize a passive noise-isolating feature, so there are no batteries to worry about but that also means results won't be as good as active noise canceling. I was still impressed with the way sounds were muffled around me; when listening to music at a low volume level I was not disturbed by people talking in the same room.
Next up to try with the Moray was a Nintendo DS system. I chose the game “The World Ends with You” due to its diverse soundtrack inspired by many genres of music including rock, hip-hop, and dance. I was able to pick out sounds in each song that I had not previously heard before (even with headphones) so that was a neat discovery. The Nintendo DS doesn't have great sound quality to begin with so the overall experience wasn't as positive, but that is hardly the fault of the headphones.
The final test came when I loaded up Left 4 Dead on my PC and tried out the Moray during a multiplayer campaign. Sound quality was commendable; I could hear approaching footsteps and noises coming from either side of my character. However, I can't say the Moray is going to be my first choice when gaming at home because after all, they are still ear buds which don't exhibit quite the same level of sound quality and comfort as over-the-ear headphones. For a secondary pair or for LAN party use, these would be perfect though.