• Accessory Review/Giveaway: Audiofly AF45 Headphones

    The unboxing of a new smartphone is an art form in itself. If you’re like me, you typically throw everything to the side as you marvel at your new piece of technology. Within the discarded packaging, you normally find an accessory that will never leave the box: the low-quality earbuds.

    Smartphones have evolved over the last decade, from a simple communication tool to high-quality portable multimedia devices. Long gone are the days of carrying separate devices for music & communication. With this technological evolution comes the need for earbuds that can provide you with a superior quality of sound. Today, let me introduce you to a hidden gem in the earbud industry, the Audiofly AF45 Headphones.

    Australian-based Audiofly is still a fairly new name in audiophile headphones in North America, but their current product offering could quickly change such notions. Being an avid audiophile who enjoys listening to high-quality music while commuting daily, I had a mild expectations prior trying the AF45 headphones. With a $70+ price tag, I was a bit skeptical to the quality of product that was being offered, but with Audiofly having Premium headphone products ranging from $30-$200 a mid-range product expectation was to be expected. Within moments of plugging these headphones into my BlackBerry Z10, I was immersed into an audio experience that was astounding. While listening to some of the latest Top 40 songs, I literally felt like the clean, interference-free sound made every aspect of the songs stand out on their own. I could hear distinct differences in bass & percussion that I had never really noticed in these songs before. It felt like I was at a live personal performance with my favorite artists!

    The build quality found in the AF45 is astounding! The above image will help to explain how Audiofly headphones give such a clear sound. (1) The machined anodized alloy bezel with precision laser cut venting which allow for acoustic optimization by allowing the headphone to breathe (2) an elongated one piece thermoplastic housing, giving you a lightweight earpiece (3) Custom-voiced 11mm dynamic driver giving a great mix of bass, mids & highs without any hesitance (4) Cable strain relief to prevent cord fray and includes a right-hand braille marker for easy differentiation between sides in the dark. (5) Streamlined sound port to minimizes and prevents sound eddies. (6)The AF45′s come with a 4 sets of noise isolating silicon ear tips for the best fit.

    The Audiofly AF45 Tech Specs:

    • Sensitivity (1kHz): 118dB
    • Frequency Range: 18 KHz – 20 KHz
    • Jack Plug: 3.5 mm stereo gold plated
    • Cable Length: 47in/1.2m
    • Transducer: 11mm neodymium magnet
    • Impedance (1kHz): 16 ohm

    What I also found very appealing from Audiofly's AF45 headphones is their CORDURA cable with Kevlar reinforced conductors. If you aren't familiar with CORDURA, they're normally used in outdoor/hunting gear to prevent ripping or tearing, while Kevlar is that funky stuff used in bulletproof vests. Considering i normally throw my headphones into a pile of shamble in my coat pocket, this is a welcome feature that'll make sure my headphones withstanding my tough lifestyle.

    • Multiple colours (White Knight, Extra Virgin, Stout Black, Brown Sound)
    • Superior Audio Quality
    • CORDURA Kevlar-reinforced cable
    • Carrying-case included
    • 4 sizes of custom silicone tips included (Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large)

    • Rigid headphone cord that lack flexibility
    • Slight delay in response from talk/answer button
    • Lack of volume controls in talk/answer button

    If you are looking for some high-quality in-ear headphones to compliment your new smartphone that you received for the holidays last month, you won’t be disappointed with Audiofly AF45 Headphones. At a reasonable price of $60 (without Clear-Talk microphone) or $70 (with Clear-Talk microphone), these headphones outperform similar products in the $250-300 range. You can purchase these online from several retailers worldwide or directly from Audiofly.

    Because we want to make the start of 2014 more amazing for you, we're giving away one (1) pair of Audiofly AF45 headphones. Follow @BlackBerryOS & @Audiofly_ on Twitter and tweet the following:

    Let's get the beats pumping with @BlackBerryOS by winning a pair of @Audiofly_ AF45 headphones. You can enter too: http://goo.gl/tcKMNq

    Contest Ends At 11:59PM EST on January 25th, 2014

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