Sony PIIQ – Giiq Headphones | Review

By - June 8th, 2010

Sony PIIQ   Giiq Headphones | Review

As previewed on http://freshnessmag.com/live/2010/06/07/sony-piiq-giiq-headphone-sneak-peek/”>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 http://freshnessmag.com/2010/06/04/sony-piiq-headphones-available-now/”>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 http://sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=8198552921666169326″>Sony Style.

Ratings: 6.8/10


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.

Sony PIIQ   Giiq Headphones | Review

Sony PIIQ   Giiq Headphones | Review

Sony PIIQ   Giiq Headphones | Review

Sony PIIQ   Giiq Headphones | Review

Sony PIIQ   Giiq Headphones | Review

7 comments
josheel
josheel

i got the headphones and they r way better than my old skullcandys and also i love the bass people say it isnt good but you need the right song. the only con is when i blast it everyone can hear it.

Denise
Denise

i love these headphones. I would rate it 4 out of 5, and here's the reason why. These headphones are great and comfortable. I just got them yesterday and I absolutely love them. Even my mom and my brother borrowed it so they can listen to their music with it. The one thing I dont like is when I blast the music, everyone can hear it.

dave
dave

I love my new piiq headphones. They are really good quality for the price. Right now you can even get an additional 20% off when you use this code I found! only on www.store.sony.com Code: PIIQCAMBSDR

Gene
Gene

Hey to everyone looking at this product, it isn't worth the time. When i was looking for headphones these crossed my path and i thought i was blessed. These headphones are only about style and some durability. The sound that is produced by these phones are crap. They sound worse than IPod headphones and if your a consumer of sound products then you would know that's pretty shitty. Honestly skullcandy does a much better job than sony on sound this time and you should pick up one of their products. I wouldnt recommend this to any of my friends. Imo 2/10 star.

B
B

These are decent headphones for the price I paid (about $30 on sale). Pros: Look great. Quite comfortable. Adjust well - the headband and the cups (which move inward and outward to fit ear/head). Right and left cups are labelled. Flat wires. Seem fairly durable. Cons: Not the most "powerful" of headphones. Bass is weak. Weaker than I expected from what I read in some reviews. (If you really love your bass and absolutely need a strong bass, I wouldn't really recommend these). And if you love blasting your music.... well everyone around you will be able to hear it too and quite clearly. Basically, noise isolation is minimal. Overall I'd rate it 3/5.

Claire
Claire

Do these piiq headphones have the L and R features? So I'll be able to tell which headphone goes on which ear?