Conclusion: To keep the weight down Phiaton have constructed the MS-400 from carbon graphite fibre encased in a double-shell high polymer enclosure. They also claim to have worked on the airflow, optimizing it to deliver “concert hall sound quality”.
Phiaton MS 400 Moderna Series Headphones (Playback 47)
10 August 2011
Excerpt: Phiaton is a fast growing company that specializes in building sleek, stylish, affordable, and good-sounding headphones, earphones, and music docks. In a fascinating background statement found on the firm’s web site, Phiaton explains the origins of its company name in this way:
Excerpt: Have you ever filled out a customer comment card and turned it in but, deep down, felt like your opinion probably wouldn’t be considered or valued? Yeah, we understand. When we review products we hope (with subdued skepticism) that the manufacturer might just take some of our suggestions to heart and maybe even implement them. Alas, such is rarely the case.
Pros: Powerful yet balanced sound, Very comfortable, Great sensitivity, Classy new black color schema
Cons: Difficult to pack into storage case, Midrange may be a little laid back for some listeners
Excerpt: In a sea of headphones of all sorts and prices, the Phiaton MS 400 headphones while having been around for a while now, stand out from the crowd in more ways than one. I've had the pleasure to test quite a few headphones for a while now and when I first found out about Phiaton's MS 400 headphones I immediately got attracted. There's no denying the good looks these sport.
Conclusion: Fifty years of audio experience from parent company Cresyn shine through in the MS 400. They’re the rare pair of headphones that sound as good as their seductive good looks suggest, seamlessly coupling innovative style with jaw-dropping sound. You’ll pay for the privilege, but we consider $250 a fair, if slightly steep, price for admission to the world of superlative audio that these cans unlock.
Pros: Loud but likeable styling; comfortable for extended wear; excellent detail and imaging; tight, well-balanced sound
Cons: Ultra-short cable; difficult to fit into carrying case; audiophile-grade price tag
Summary: Wearing the flashy neon-colored Phiaton MS 400 headphones around town garnered a few sidelong glances, but we were too busy enjoying the heavy bass and explosive volume of these closed-back cans to care. Then again, including perks like active noise-canceling and more refined audio quality would have justified the $249 price tag a bit more.
Summary: There are exceptions to every rule. The Phiaton
MS 400s are one to the rule that companies selling direct aren’t worth the attention
products sold by established dealers are afforded. They offer an appearance that is very
the norm and a sonic signature that will surprise with its overall
Conclusion: That is not to underestimate what Phiaton has done in the Moderna MS 400. It is, on the whole, a superb product that will appeal to many listeners. Neither a bargain nor high-priced at $249, the MS 400 falls midway between the Sennheiser HD280 Pro and the AKG K701. There are a host of reasons to buy it: It's easy to drive. It's extremely musical—time after time, the MS 400 made me drop my "just doing my job" faćade and get deep into the musical moment.
Excerpt: I thought about Smith the smith when John Atkinson delivered the Phiaton Moderna MS 400 headphones for review. Make no mistake—the MS 400s ($249), crafted from black carbon fiber and polymer and clad in Ferrari Rosso Corso crimson leather, are beautiful. They've turned heads every time I've taken them out in public.