As previewed on Freshness Live, a package has landed in the Freshness office from Sony via American Pop. The package in question, unwraps to unveil the Giiq headphone from Sony's new line of headphones, the PIIQ. A little quick background recap on the PIIQ, the new line of headphones sets out to bridge the gap between style and function, and is targeted towards the younger, more active crowd. For instance, the PIIQ line-up would be perfect for the one who keeps pushing on his deck out in the sun, and needs his music to keep up with his tricks.
The Giiq comes in second in the PIIQ line-up of headphones, the first being the Marqii, which is of a slightly higher functional caliber than the Giiq. In terms of style, the Giiq, like the rest of the PIIQ line-up, veers away from the traditional black, white and silver of performance audio equipment. It is dressed up in bright colors and prints to fit in with its energetic users and their lifestyles. The Giiq we had received, is quite serendipitously, similar to Freshness green. The ear cap outer are printed with the "PQ" logo monogram and the "left" and "right" ear caps are distinguished with a fun font instead of the trite "L" and "R" we are used to seeing on headphones. The inside of the padded cushion on the headband is rendered in a matching green, and the sleek chords are dressed in the same shade as well.
One of the most promising part about the Giiq headphone, which sets it apart from other headphones of the same caliber (such as the Aerial7 Matador) is its level of comfort. The ear cups are quite perfectly sized and the extremely cushy. After hours of wear, the foam pads don't depress to create extra pressure on the ears, like some headphones do. The headband which is padded as well, is extremely flexible and conforms quite nicely to different head shapes and sizes, which is rather difficult to come by in headphones. In terms of comfort, the headphones comes with adjustable headband, and the extended part is nicely covered in plastic, instead of naked in metal strips like some headphones. Also, the part connecting the ear cups to the headband and frame has been reworked in rubber so it provides a more supportive wear and reduces pressure on the ears as well.
Another key point which makes the Giiq a possible smart purchase is the sleek, flat cords. Unlike regular headphones (which we have supplied a pair in pictures to serve as a comparison), the Giiq cords are flat and rendered out of a very flexible rubber material. One of the biggest issues with regular headphones is how quickly the cords wear at connecting points, hence eventually exposing the wires within and sending your headphones to gadget heaven within a month or two of use. With the new Giiq flat cords, these seem a lot less flimsy and can withstand stretching, bending, tying, and all sorts of abuse that headphones may go through when keeping up with an active user.
Comfort and physical attributes aside, the sonic quality of Giiq is actually nothing beyond expectations, with a slightly disappointing bass. As promised, the Giiq does deliver crystal clear sound, especially in the treble. The Giiq, as previously mentioned in another post, is crafted from Neodymium, which is the strongest permanent magnet known. It is commonly used in audio equipment as its strong magnetic fields increases sensitivity to sound coil, thus promising a clearer sonic delivery. However, when compared to the Matador, the Giiq may not be quite sufficient in the bass department, and as such, the sound does lack the quality of "richness" for some songs that leans heavily towards bass use. In terms of noise cancellation, the Giiq performs quite normally. One would be able to hear the sound of train approaching tracks through the music, and if listening intently, the tapping of the keyboards, but it isn't too distracting.
Giiq is not a bad purchase for a pair of entry level headphone and definitely suitable for those who plan on donning these for an extended period of time outdoors while traveling, walking, pushing or tearing through powder. Comfort and toughness of the cords will make these quite worthwhile in terms of cost per wear, and as long as one is not too concerned about pounding thunder bass power, these do execute an enjoyable sonic experience for your playlists--whatever they may be. To purchase, head on over to Sony Style.
Conclusion: If comfort and being able to keep up with an active lifestyle is your priority, these will be perfect. If you are a connoisseur about sound, these will perhaps be a mediocre purchase.