… I can truly say they sound spot on. There is no room to hide with the AF1120s, as everything gets heard in these buds. The clarity is astounding, with each instrument seemingly stepping out from the mix to be heard one at a time.
The Audiofly AF180 performed extremely well. Using four balanced armature drivers, the resolution and detail they provided was closer than I expected to custom models I have reviewed in the past. The highs were crisp and clean, mids were warm and smooth, and the bass played deep with lots of authority. And the sound was overall very neutral. I couldn’t help getting lost in the music, going on to listen to more of my favorite tracks. The sound was so good I got goosebumps!
You need a pair. You really, really need a pair.
Comfort is top-notch. What good are earphones if they cause pain? The AF78 can be used for hours with no fatigue—physically or sonically. The unusual, but universal shape fits snuggly in the ear helping it stay in place when moving about.
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Nailed It. Well built and designed. Loud. Rich bass. Great value.
The sound quality was absolutely superlative. Every aspect was perfect. The bass had a pleasing depth to it, the vocals crisp and every instrument could be heard. Faded background melodies were now prominent and augmented each track. There was not one element or level that needed adjustment.
I work in audio post production, so my daily duties can range from recording voiceover, tracking drums and recording SFX on location to mixing for radio, television or cinema. Due to the variation I need a good selection of listening environments to make sure my mixes are consistent. I was completely blown away by the Audiofly 180s. They have such clarity in the high end, without being fatiguing. The isolation they provide is so good it’s unnerving and they are super comfortable. Fantastic addition to any professional studio setup.
… the Audiofly AF-78 in-ear headphones have to be one of the best pair of headphones I have ever had the chance to listen to. The audio quality and reproduction is nothing short of amazing.
There is a wonderful balance to the sound, and listening to music is a delight. The low end was smooth and just punchy enough … This is matched with equally powerful mids and highs that both sound amazing.
“… the AF160’s are amongst the most comfortable in-ear ‘phones I’ve ever had the pleasure of wearing. The angle and placement of the ear tips has been finely judged, and the smooth finish means that there are no annoying hot spots – you really can wear these things for hours – so long-haul flights or big commutes should be a non-event.”
On tracks with intense sub-bass, like The Knife’s “Silent Shout,” the AF140 delivers thunderous lows with power and precision, and never sounds distorted even at higher, unwise volume levels. At moderate levels, the bass sounds full and rich, but is balanced out well by a strong high-frequency presence.
I’m always happy to see more competition in this segment, and the AF180 effortlessly came out ahead of the competing Westone model—among others—in my comparisons. That alone makes it worth a recommendation.
For review today is a great 3-way driver product in the Audiofly AF160. The AF160 uses 3 balanced armature drivers, and a crossover network. Audiofly may be relatively new to the headphone scene, but these boys from Australia do know their audio stuff! They feature an elegant looking finish and a durable cable.
The AF240 plops right into place as soon as you pull the unit onto your head. The combination of memory foam from both the headband and ear cups maintains a very sturdy grip throughout. The memory foam gives away just enough to keep the headset from actually feeling tight. Also, there was no pinching experienced when I wore these with glasses. Comfort achieved.
If you’re someone who travels a lot, or catches public transport to and from school/college/work, the Audiofly AF180s could be, and should be your next purchase. They give an amazing sense of noise cancellation, absolutely beautiful, crisp and perfect sound with a great amount of bass. So much pleasure for your ears can come from something small.
What I love about Audiofly, is they understand what the customer is looking for in an earphone set. They take a certain price point and provide the best looking earphones and use the best materials for the price…I have played a wide range of music while I was testing the AF140 earphones. I found that I could pick up the lyrics in the music with greater clarity than any other earphones I have used to date.
Adding a comfortable design and a sound signature that comes about as close to full-sized headphones as we’ve heard from an in-ear at this price, the AF180 make for a very attractive new option.
The bass is full and the mids and highs crisp delivering an overall sound thats very impressive. If you’re producing tracks on the move then I would definitely recommend these as they are relatively subtle compared to some of the in ear monitors out there and block everything out allowing you to have them at a comfortable volume.
Instruments and vocals are rendered with complete precision by the AF140s. The sounds are eerily palpable within the soundstage regardless of whether they are placed front and centre or off to the side of the mix. Everything is just so well-defined and rendered in the mid-ranges.
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Well these are at the same price point as the Shure SE535, and these surpass them by quite a large margin, the SE535 is a great IEM, but the clarity of the AF180 is on another level, both have a warmer more euphoric sound, being great for longer listening.
Congratulations to the team at Audiofly for building exactly what they claim to be focussed on – musicians earphones. I can’t think of a more perfect signature for a fatigue-free performance or studio session with all of the required auditory information and no fuss. To my ears, the AF180s have nailed their brief with a casual confidence and maturity that speaks of lots of reflection, discussion and consideration by the team at Audiofly.
A new model by Australian sound company Audiofly, the AF180 in-ear monitors are actually a pair of in-ear monitors with not just one driver, but four, with a crossover connection sending the audio signal to one of the four drivers.
The AF140 produces a stand out level of quality. Its use of 3 drivers, two balanced and one dynamic armature, deliver precise sounds while also providing hitting the low keys. I can sincerely say that these are the best earbuds I’ve uses in a very long time. The comfort of the behind the ear design makes using the AF140 a very comfortable experience, and unlike many other earbuds I’ve used while running, the buds stay put.
Audiofly has made the most comfortable IEMs that I’ve placed in my ears. They are probably the easiest to insert as well. I was ready to plunk down the cash and go the custom route, but these have changed my mind. The manufacturer was kind enough to include Comply brand tips in their packaging, which certainly entirely alleviates feeling of having foreign bodies in my in my ears. I’ve easily listened to them for 40 hours in the week since I received them and there has been zero discomfort.
This is a high quality professional headset, designed by musicians, and at this price point, we will be a bit more critical versus something that may come with your smartphone. Bass is definitely not lacking, however a bit forced depending on the volumes. The dual drivers ensure great detail. Treble is near perfect allowing for amazing clarity, despite the issue with bass depending on the genre of music you are playing.
It didn’t take long for me to hear that the Audiofly AF140s are pretty straightforward-sounding, well-voiced earphones. For my first few hours of casual listening (after my usual ten-hour break-in period with new ’phones) to various jazz and rock tunes, no particular tonal colorations or technical flaws distracted me. I was able to relax, forget about the gear, and focus on the music — which, of course, is the whole point of buying any good audio gear.
The overall sound quality was very good. Nice overall sound balance and excellent mix of high-end and bottom. I listened to an assortment of musical styles and all sounded accurate and very listenable. For the majority of users they are a well-designed and carefully-developed product. Whether you’re listening to jazz, rock, R&B, classical, or metal, all styles came through with clarity and realism.
The sound signature is defined by a refreshingly clear and open upper register, which allowed for an impressive level of instrumental separation in our evaluation. That clear top end was balanced with a powerful punch down below, which provided plenty of foundation without falling into the thick, muddy pitfalls so common for the entry-level genre.
Vocals are front and centre, but with enough wiggle room for stereo effects. I haven’t encountered such depth in a small-body hybrid earphone before. The contrast in stage depth and stereo image is stark. And through it all, mids stick out so wonderfully. And then there’s that powerful, chalky bass. This presentation is just what Nick Cave and Arcade Fire ordered and Leonard Cohen ordered. And damn, it is a fine menu.
Just like the AF78′s, I find it very difficult to fault the AF45′s, which are described below. Considering the price and sound, I seriously doubt you can find another quality contender.
While the AF78s are quieter than your standard earbuds, the clarity is superior. The sound is natural, flat and clear. No distorted bass, scooped mids or washy hi-hats here.
Audiofly has proven they are a true contender in the premium IEM market, with their AF78. And with its superior design, other manufacturers should be taking notice. Based on their design, features, quality and performance, the Audiofly AF78 has earned our Highly Recommended award.
As for quality there’s no complaining here; it’s tighter, faster and much more controlled. Full bodied with excellent texture and well layered.
4.5 Rating. Summary: Looking for superb sound for your precious pennies? Then look no further than the Audiofly AF33.
Another well built and feature rich product from Audiofly that really hits the mark with low end performance and provides a good solid level of sound quality, no matter what type of music is being played.
The Treble is sparkly and energetic. Not harsh at all, neither sibilant. Not too smooth to sound boring or missing, but not to be called a V-shaped signature. The right amount for most music genres.
Audiofly AF78 differentiates itself from the rest of the ear bud market by combining dual drivers to achieve a fuller, more balanced sound. By combining a 9mm dynamic driver with their balanced armature driver, Audiofly is able to deftly juggle the dual duties of producing brilliant highs and warm mids and lows to create as uncolored a production as possible.
Settling in with albums by Chicago, Eagles, and Pink Floyd, the crisp, clear, and detailed sound of the guitar was a new experience. Truly, the quality is unmatched by many other high-end headphones from other reviews. It is as if I could hear the individual vibrations from the guitar and even pick up the movement of fingers across the strings. The quality is nothing less than superb.
Immediately, you can hear each instrument on a track. As a musician, this is a really nice thing, because you might likely be listening to a song to learn it, so you want to hear parts for what they really are.
So overall we can’t recommend these AF78s highly enough especially in noisy environments! The sound range and crispness of those beats is worth every penny…
The bottom line: The Audiofly AF78 is one of the finest ear phone solutions we have ever tested or probably used for that matter. Definitely check these out if you’re a lover of music and audio clarity.
You definitely have a comfortable fit that you can wear for hours on end — after you’ve broken the tips in, they feel like a basic extension of your ears, which is something you just can’t say for a lot of other earbuds.
The real surprise for me was Audiofly’s AF56. The were built well and fit great and sounded much better than $100 should …much better than their price point. And what I would call a bracket beater.
The sound is piercingly clear and crisp even at with volume at half. Designed with a 13mm driver… these headphones deliver rich sound by keeping outside noise out so you can experience sound nirvana every time you put them in your ears.
You can’t always bring the biggest and most awesome pair of headphones with you, and if you want the best sound from your smartphone or media player, that means finding something smaller yet still awesome enough for your audiophile ears. One brand might have the solution though, and it’s Australian made, too.
The Audiofly AF45 headphones are cheap in price and affordable to the general public. These headphones are great sounding for the money and are probably one of the biggest bangs for the buck.
The AudioFly AF56M Premium In-Ear Headphones, designed with the consumer in mind, are definitely top-notch in terms of build quality, aesthetic design, and sound scape.
The AF78 revealed moments of stunning beauty, showcasing depth, clarity, and richly-exposed timbre that places them well above the average in-ear.
Experiencing that satisfying, rich bass is amazing enough, but finding a product that effortlessly marries that boom with equally satisfying high end trebles is something else entirely. Luckily, it looks like Australian brand Audiofly has it down to a tee.
I have had some experience with Audiofly before, and I had a chance to try out the AF33M earbuds some time around CES last year. I felt good about AudioFly since I first saw them (or should I say heard them), and I had a chance to try AF45.
The Audiofly AF78 has proven that Audio Fly is a true contender in the premium IEM market. And with it’s superior design, other manufacturers should be taking notice. For those in the market for some premium IEM’s you would be disappointed not to give them a listen. Based on their design, features, quality and performance, the Audio Fly AF78 has earned our Highly Recommended award.
The AF78 is unique in that its in-canal earpieces employ both dynamic and balanced armature drivers—not simply one or the other… It’s a well-constructed pair of earphones designed to compete with the Etymotics of the world more so than Beats by Dr. Dre.
There are an abundance of headphones on the market and it’s easy for a consumer to be confused. These new in-ear additions from AudioFly deserve to stand out from the crowd. Unlike many other in-ear options in this price bracket, the AF78 feature both a balanced armature and 9mm custom dynamic drivers. What this means is it creates a more defined dynamic range that can handle both the high and low ends of the spectrum, not to mention the mid-range too. While many headphones try to over compensate theiraudio capabilities by ramping up the bass, these headphones have a more natural sound that is refreshing.
You’re dying to know how they sound, and let me tell you, the sound is to die for… You’ll notice a little more splash in the cymbals, a little more body in the bass line, and a little more snap in the snare, along with those subtle nuances of real instrument recording that can often enhance the feel of a song (think guitar pick noise during strums, varying palm muting intensity, skin sliding accross bongo drum heads, that little thump when a pianist releases the sustain pedal and then presses it again, etc). Yes, you’ll have all sorts of fun going back through your old recordings and having a listen from your new AF78 point of view.
Audiofly is a new company that really just started off this year announcing a new line of products during CES in January. Although they are still working on launching, I was able to get a model of their hybrid, dual-drivered AF78. Hybrids are becoming more and more popular, but are still a rare bunch having both a dynamic and balanced armature in their designs. Audiofly is really keen on designing every single aspect of a pair of headphones. With the AF78, there is not one area of the IEM’s housing that hasn’t received an artistic touch…
We bumped into neophyte Australian headphones-maker Audiofly in January, during a press-only event at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, and gave two models in the four-model lineup a whirl. Their mid-level AF45 set sounded great for $60; but the next one I tried — the top-of-the-line AF78 ($200) — left me slack-jawed with disbelief; its sound knocked my socks off, even amid the cacophony of noisy journalists…
In fact, let me go one step further and say that the AF78 gives you much of the sound character of the AKG K3003 at about one-sixth the price. I was shocked to hear how much sense of ambience this IEM delivered. At 2:10 in Jeff Beck’s “Rollin’ and Tumblin’,” a guitar squeal dies out in a huge-sounding reverb tail. It’s a dramatic effect, and it sounded just as humongous and awesome through the AF78 as it did through the K3003…
Without music, our lives would be dull, and for some, completely pointless. Without great headphones, we would not be able to enjoy music to its fullest and experience the satisfying boom of solid bass accompanied by the thrilling high end trebles; all the audiophiles know exactly what I mean. Good thing a new Australian company by the name of Audiofly is blowing people away with their latest entry into the headphones scene. Their product exuberantly displays the passion that they have for music and for quality headphones. We received their mid range AF56 to review and boy were we in for a surprise…
Audiofly is a new Australian company, and thus just starting up, and getting internationally known for their earphones. The AF45 is priced at around £40, which comes in at a very competitive market, and thus makes it very interesting to draw comparisons and create a review…
The Audiofly AF45 is one of the best earbud headsets we’ve tested in this price range. The audio quality for music, movie and gaming has excellent clarity and incredible volume. The tracks are more balanced and mixed yet not muddy, and the headset has strong bass. We like the high quality materials and comfortable form. It has very good noise cancelling and it’s a great headset for making and receiving phone calls…
“Up for review is a pair of Audiofly AF78 earbuds, a refreshing departure from the the overloaded bass that seems to be the current trend in audio. I’d rather hear a balanced, rich, detailed sound, and I got it from these earbuds. TheAF78 is Audiofly’s top-of-the line earbud at a healthy $199.95, and it was designed with audiophiles and professional musicians in mind…”
“The Audiofly AF78 headphone has one of the best audio qualities we’ve heard on a in-ear headphone. Its range is full, audio clear and the design ensures the very effective noise cancelling. The AF78 is suited for both listening to audio in a quiet room for appreciating the full sound range and on a noisy airplane for blocking most background noise. The headphone is made with top quality material and is comfortable to wear…”
“The Audiofly AF45 series headphones aren’t available yet, but should be in the next month or so. They will be priced to sell at $59.99, which is a great bargain for the sound and quality of the headphones. If you’re looking for a new set of headphones, I’d definitely recommend them…”
Tucked away in the corner of the convention centre floor was a headphone company by the name of Audiofly. This was a smaller booth with a wide variety of ear buds and some live music playing, with a lot of traffic. We got the pleasure of getting a tour from two very knowledgeable representatives and provided with the entry level AF33’s which we were told retailed for $29.99.
“The $200 AF78 sounded extremely good; I mean, really really lusciously good. Heck, even the $60 AF45, second from the bottom of the lineup, sounded great. We were able to spend a considerable amount of time with the AF45 — which is equipped with ClearTalk (just a mic and single button for track control and calls) — and decided the set might in fact be a top contender for best earphone in their price range. The sets also incorporate cool little details like Braille L/R identifiers and Cordura cable sheaths…”