SteelSeries Flux Headphones Review
Published: 19th November 2012 | Source: SteelSeries | Price: £69.99 |
Most of us love to try things that are way out of our price range, just to see how much of a benefit there is to spending a hill of cash as opposed to something affordable. We're all striving for the eternal balance of good value, getting the best product possible for the least amount of money. Going back to our introduction for a moment we're sure we're not the only people to have popped into our local HMV or Virgin Megastore and tried out those Beats by Dre Studio headphones to see what £275 gets us in terms of audio quality. They certainly sound amazing, and anyone who's tried them we're sure will agree. However, they are also extremely expensive thanks to the famous name endorsing them and so remain in the realms of lottery winners or footballers.
So you know what a huge statement it is when we say that the SteelSeries Flux, a mere €99, are easily a match for the Beats in sound quality. They are truly incredible. The sound you get from them, regardless of source material, is the perfect blend of crystal clarity, with glassy highs and fulsome voices, with tight thumping bass. It's a heady mix and one that is rarely achieved. Not only is the sound quality extraordinary, but the volume is beyond reproach. If you're the kind of person who loves their music loud, the Flux most definitely deliver. They annihilate any other headphones even remotely in this price-range, and most of the ones that cost considerably more.
We could go on trying to fully get across the jaw-dropping quality of the Flux, but perhaps it's best to say simply that they are the loudest and best sounding headphones we've ever tested. Ever.
Sound quality alone would be enough for the Flux to get a glowing recommendation, even if they were agonising to wear. But they aren't. The design is as good as the sound. They're very light, and have so many adjustments that you're guaranteed to be comfortable for hours and hours. You could wear them solidly on a slow flight from London to Sydney and not need to rest your ears at any point. The cabling is a real highlight, amongst a product that is nothing but highlights. You can insert a cable into either earpiece and it works perfectly. So if you prefer the cable on the left or the right, it doesn't matter. In fact someone else can daisy-chain their headphones into the spare port and listen along with you. The smartphone cable works perfectly on both Android and iOS devices, with a button that can control either your phone calls or the audio, including track skipping.
We've covered sound. We've covered comfort. The Flux still has some cool tricks up its sleeve though. The cables and side panels are all swappable for the many other colours SteelSeries have available. We know how important a homogeneous colour scheme is for the cool factor, and the Flux has your back. In fact these are so good that the only slight fault we could find is that the smartphone cable doesn't have volume control options. A very tiny issue, especially as the Flux can be so damn loud that you're unlikely to ever need to turn them up even if you're drilling, but worth noting.
We can't praise them highly enough. The build quality is exceptional, the sound is as good as we've ever heard, and they are a third of the price of the ultra-popular Dre Beats. There is absolutely no reason not to rush out and purchase some immediately. The only thing we don't like is that we only received one pair and have been fighting over them ever since they arrived. If we had a diamond encrusted platinum award the SteelSeries Flux would be worthy of it, but as it is we have to give it the solidest OC3D Gold Award you're ever likely to see. Flawless.