Incase is a brand that has long been associated with laptop and iPhone cases.  But recently the company expanded its horizons into the world of headphones.  And while some might be apprehensive given their aforementioned core offering, you can rest assured, as I was, because their Reflex Headphones deliver superb audio quality backed by a minimalist look that is refreshingly unsuspecting.

Unlike similar headphones in the same class, the Incase Reflex headphones don’t feature joints or collapsible ear cans for the convenience of storage.  Instead, Incase has built a set of ear cans that will appeal to the minimalist who appreciates a refined design aesthetic.  The band is finished in a coated canvas (I thought it was leather) and is highlighted by near perfect stitching.  Unfortunately, it reminded me of a hair headband, but I quickly forget about that after I discovered that you could adjust the Reflex’s size by simply sliding the ear cups up and down, which sit on a set of grooved sliders.  My dome isn’t very big and I wore the Reflex headphones on the largest size.  Of course, my ears might just sit further down on my head, but the point here is that size might be a concern for large meloned individuals.  Nevertheless, the headphone’s quality is top notch, which is further complemented by the rubber, anti-tangle cord which includes an inline mic and audio controls.

Although the Incase’s Reflex Headphone lack the same adjustable features as other headphones in their class, they’re surprisingly comfortable, even when worn for long periods of time.   Compared against Fanny Wangs 1001, headphones of a similar ilk, my ears didn’t suffer from the same fatigue, which might be attributable to Reflex’s lighter build and suede covered foam ear cups.

Inside the ear pieces are 40mm drivers that produce a monstrous amount of bass, especially when considering the Reflex’s size.  However, the higher frequencies, though distortion free, seemed to get muddled in the mids and failed to pluck out the subtleties I’ve come to enjoy from headphones that cost $30-50 more than Incase’s Reflex Headphones.  So as the saying goes, you get what you pay for, though by no means should that be interrupted as a negative point.  In fact, it’s a positive one, since the price tag accurately reflects the audio quality.

All in all the Incase Reflex Headphones delivered surprising positive results in both the sonic and aesthetic department.  They’re not the most feature rich headphones that I’ve tested, but then again they’re headphones.  Incase’s minimalist approach is a breath of fresh air in a product category that is saturated with headphones striving to be more blinging and flashy than the next without focusing on audio quality.

Editor’s Rating:

Rating: ★★★★☆

Great

Review of Incase Reflex Headphones by
Bottom Line:
2011-11-02
4.0/ 5.0
Great sounding headphones with a minimalist approach, though they lack in the highs.

Pros:

  • Good bass response
  • Comfortable despite minimalist design
  • Reasonably priced
Cons:
  • High frequencies get lost
  • No joint for folding them up
  • Limited size due to the design

You can buy the Incase Reflex Headphones from Incase $79.95.

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Christen Costa

 
Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."