The new Orange Crest Headphones offer a beautiful presentation as far as design goes, and they’re comfortable to wear for those long listening sessions, but where they really shine is in the sound quality. “We’ve taken the flat EQ of top studio monitors and made careful adjustments to the whole audio spectrum, maximising these new 40mm Voice of the World drivers,” says the audio company. “They give richer, nuanced bass response and ensure good separation between instruments. You’ll hear what the producer intended without muddy, exaggerated bass frequencies or crunched treble, resulting in a highly dynamic and full listening experience.”
The headphones have plenty going for them in terms of performance in addition to the new 40mm drivers. They have a 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency range, and a sensitivity of 126 dB with 16 ohms impedance. They may not have noise cancellation, but they do offer passive isolation with the circumaural earcups—the pads fit around your ear, enclosing them and cutting them off from outside noise.
But it’s not just the sound that’s impressive. The headphones also only weight 256 grams, making them light and comfortable for wearing. That will come in handy given the 27 hours of playback that you can get on a full charge. The right earcup houses the user interaction, including the on/off button and touch-enabled volume control, playback, and call-talking (all of which happen through gestures). Pairing happens automatically with Bluetooth when the headphones are turned on. Dressed up in a combination of black and, of course, orange, the headphones also feature tone-on-tone drawings on the headband. A built-in microphone takes care of any call duties. When you’re not using the headphones, you can fold them up and tuck them away in their padded carry case. They come with a 3.5mm mini-jack to mini-jack audio cable as well as a USB charging cable. Orange has priced the Crest headphones at $115.