Quality audio listening has never looked so good. With a lineup of bright and neutral colors to choose from, there is an f38 for everyone! Stay stylish while experiencing comfortable and enhanced listening. Enjoy a comfortable listening experience! The f38 Headphones by Incipio feature synthetic leather padding on the ear cups and headband frame, relieving pressure and create long lasting comfort. An added design feature, the Incipio logo adorns the f38 headphones. Created with aesthetic and function in mind, the perforated synthetic leather headband creates a comfortable fit for an exceptional listening experience. To ensure that users enjoy music in comfort and style, Incipio created a lightweight, adjustable steel wire headband. Durable construction allows for easy size adjustment without compromising on quality. Featuring a single-sided cord, the over-the-ear f38 keeps both the headphones and user tangle free. With 46 inches of cord you will have the flexibility and room you need to enjoy your tunes to the fullest extent! A standard 3.5mm audio adapter comes with a ¼-Inch adapter to allow you to use your f38 headphones however you please, DJ the night away or relax with your MP3 player!.
Just an update on this: After more than a year of very rough and careless use, the audio now only comes through one ear. I got mine used to begin with, so considering the almost-disposable price tag, I'm not really bothered by it. I replaced them with a portable Meelectronics pair that costs twice as much and got great reviews. After about a month of relatively bloated bass and inferior instrument separation, I gifted them to my girlfriend and bought another pair of these. It's nice to hear my music again. I will get another (3rd) pair when these break.
I'm a frugal audiophile. I put a lot of time into researching the best value per dollar audio experience I can get. At $60, I would call these a decent value. At $40 or below, don't hesitate to purchase if you like to actually HEAR your music.
I bought these used, so there was no burn in required.
Sound: Tight Bass Forward Mids Sparkling Highs
Most of my headphones prior to this have been IEMs, with the exception of a pair of Creative Aurvana Live Headphones. The creative 'phones are a less expensive re-branding of DENON's AH-D1001, THEMSELVES known for already being a great deal.
These headphones are also a less expensive re-branding, this time of Fischer Audio's FA-004. Look up reviews for that headphone if you want an audiophile's description of the sound. I'll simply be giving my humble opinion:
Money completed aside, this pair of headphones is every bit as good as my Creatives. Although the Creatives give a deeper bass punch and overall is fairly "U" shaped, this pair is more even. The highs are also much more sparkly (ALMOST sibilant) and defined to my ears. The Incipio has plenty of bass, but it's controlled, and not the least bit boomy or muddy.
The true benefit of the Incipio comes in the really exceptional soundstage. These headphones are incredibly open. Particularly with drums, you can really get a feel for where the mic's where positioned in the room. Instrument separation is also the best I've ever heard. These phones make it very easy to pick out a baseline, even in heavier and distorted sections.
Fit/Build Quality: My only complaint is that I wish the cups were a LITTLE bigger, just a few millimeters. These go on very comfortable, but end up pushing my ear lobe against my head. The clamping force isn't hard, but it can make your outer ear hurt after an hour+ of listening. I NEVER had this problem with my Creatives.
The metal mechanism keeping the cups on is solid, but the plush padding on the headband does not inspire confidence. On the plus side, the wire that goes through the headband is woven rather than rubber, which I like. The cabling is fairly thick and the strain relief looks good. Unless you REALLY force it, or are rough with your headphone jacks, I don't imagine these breaking too easily.
Other main benefit of these over the Creative? They look damn good. Small profile, and the ear cups don't stick out so much that they make you look like Dumbo.
Overall, these come highly recommended. Accurate response, good looks, impulse-buy price. Get 'em while they're hot.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
good headphones but....April 13 2013
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the f38 are some nice headphones with amazing sound quality but its a few thing you must do first. first there are small thin layers of foam over the drivers in each can , tear that crap off to expose the driver. second if you want, tear the cloth off the inner ear cup, that makes a small difference, and third. the most important thing to do, you must do a process call burn in. simply put, you play music through the headphone for about 5 hours plus to expand the frequency range to the intended range. this is like breaking in a new pair of shoes, and over time the sound quality will better ... much better. but the headphones do sound good out of the box, im just an audiophile
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Amazing Headphones - Must Buy!July 4 2013
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-OVERVIEW- The Incipio f38's are a very high quality product. They have an exceptional build quality and are great sounding. They rival many higher end Sennhiseres (HD 558, $200). They are very easy to adjust, and are extremely comfortable. I have worn them for hours without discomfort.
-AUDIO QUALITY- They are suitable for a wide range of music, from classical to dubstep to rap. They have a very good frequency response, with soaring highs and punchy lows. They may take a while to reach their best, as many headphones do. Their 40 mm drivers can reproduce practically any frequency without distortion.
-BUILD QUALITY- Overall, the build quality from these headphones is much better than expected from a $30-$40 pair. They are very solid, and have survived being dropped from chest height a few times. The padding around the headphones is adequate, and the finish on the padding does not easily tear or deteriorate. The padding on the top band of the headphones is very comfortable, and the finish is very good quality although after a year of use some small "fibers" show (it is almost imperceptible).
-COMFORT- These are possibly the most comfortable headphones i've worn, and thats saying something. They can be worn for hours on end without any discomfort. They are well padded and are great to wear.
-STYLING- These headphones have a retro style, and look very good to my eye. However they can stick out a bit.
Overall they are worth buying.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The "fit" is my only complaintDec 31 2011
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For the money, the look and sound of these headphones is a phenomenal deal. My beef is the fit. First, they seemed to be designed for someone with a larger head. I have it on the smallest sizing and they are still a touch too big. Secondly, the arc of the headphone is too great which results in too much pressure underneath the ear. With some bending I was able to get them to fit better, but I'm not sure how much bending they are designed to take.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Great headphones, but don't use the carrying bagMay 30 2012
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My wife loves everything hot pink, so these were a great gift. Sound quality is more than adequate for the price range as most people aren't audiophiles. The one kicker is when she put them in the free carrying bag, it absorbed the dye from the bag. I've ordered a replacement, but would never use the bag again.