Verdict: 3 / 5
Ease of Learning: 3.5 / 5
Ease of Use: 4 / 5
Enjoyment: 2 / 5
Design: 4 / 5
Value for Money: 2.5 / 5
Many will be familiar with the Funko Toy brand; they hold some of the best geek boy licenses, including Star Wars, The Beatles and even the The Dark Knight Rises. So it’s no surprise that their electronics department put together these funky closed back Darth Vader styled headphones, especially branded for diehard fans. They are definitely attention grabbing, but how do they fare in terms of quality?
For many, headphones are just headphones, and most would hardly notice the quality difference between two different pairs. It’s true that there is probably a time and a place for inexpensive headphones but at R550 the Funko DJ headphones borders on the price between standard and semi-professional headphones. It becomes even cheekier when the manufacturers boast:
I tried the Funko Darth Vader DJ Headphones in different situations, including live sound mixing, studio mastering and casual listening. The findings follow:
As I mentioned before these are really stylish headphones, any nerd would be more than proud to wear these in public. They’re fashionable, cool and great for casual listening. They also do a great job with noise cancellation. You’ll be able to escape to music in public without the worry of busy city noise. There is some leakage, but unless you are listening at full volume in the public library I doubt it will be a concern.
The Funko Darth Vader DJ Headphones also have a great bass response, perfect for hip hop heads that enjoy their music with thumping and rattling. There is noticeable distortion at full volume, but again most untrained ears probably won’t mind.
The Funko Darth Vader DJ Headphones are completely unpractical for professional use. A lot of the mid-range and high frequencies are missing or muffled. As a result, most of the sound sits at the low-end (bass and kick drums prominent). Clarity is important when mixing sound and I have a hard time believing that these are up to the standard of your average pair of DJ headphones. The packaging argues that the frequency range lies between 20 – 18 KHz, but I’m certain that it’s a much narrower range.
When I first received the pair I stood in awe of them and like any good Star Wars fan I geeked out. The moment I adjusted them my smile turned to a frown. There is a horrible clicking noise when adjusting the earcups that will make any sound engineer cringe. There is no place in the Empire for this kind of defect.
All in all the Funko Darth Vader DJ Headphones will bring joy to many fans out there. They are great for casual listening, but professionals are better off looking somewhere else. They are also available in a cool white Stormtrooper theme. This will be a fantastic buy for fans.
Available at Dark Carnival