ThieAudio Wraith, Planar Magnetic Open Ear Headphones

Source: TechPowerUp ThieAudio Wraith, Planar Magnetic Open Ear Headphones

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The ThieAudio Wrath headset is sharp looking, with a CNC-processed stainless steel headband and frame, coupled with a faux leather suspension band, and shipping with leather, velour and microfiber ear pads you can swap between.   These planar magnetic headphones offer a frequency response range of 20 Hz–40 kHz, a sensitivity of 101 dB/mW and a total impedance of 23 Ω.  Unlike many other similar headsets it uses a dual 2.5m jack instead of the more common 3.5 TRS connection, outputting to a 4.4 mm TRRS jack.

TechPowerUp tested out the ThieAudio Wrath and one of the first things they noticed is that the construction made them think more of a semi-closed headset rather than a full open backed one.  When you swap out the pads, there is a strip of hook-and-loop fasteners to deal with.  That makes it easier to swap pads but if you don’t line them up correctly there will be a gap which can effect the bass performance negatively.  You can get a full look at the range response in the full review.

In the end, these would be a decent set of headphones except for one thing, at a price of ~$550 there are better solutions out there for a similar or lower price.

ThieAudio wants to take on the emerging world of open-back planar magnetic headphones with its new $550 Wraith over-ear set. It comes with three pairs of ear pads to go with excellent build quality and comfort, making for nice looking headphones with some unfortunate issues to be aware of.

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