Last week we published my Logitech UE 900 earbud review. It’s a great product, albeit enormously expensive. Beyond the price, I also kvetch about the drawbacks concerning the earbud earpieces . They fit deep and tight in to your unassuming ear holes, resulting in inevitable ear aches after extended use. The problem is not specific to the UE 900 set, so much as an inherent issue with that particular earpiece design. Unfortunately it’s used by the majority of companies with similar products.
Enter Fanny Wang. The audio company with the strange name also does earbuds quite differently. For their Wang Buds, Fanny has swapped out those penetrating ear-aching traditional silicon tips for a more ergonomic style . There are also some interesting innovations in their tech and form facotrs. More importantly, they were gracious enough to shoot over a pair for us to dissect. Don’t you just love it when the universe answers your disgruntled ramblings?
The Fanny Wang Wang Buds ship with a modest package bundle and come in an assortment of colors options. You get one pair of Wang buds which features an inline mic that works well with iOS devices and 4-sets of various size earpiece tips for a secure placement and fit depending on your ear size. I’m never looking for much beyond great sound for my earbuds. So the spartan package bundle doesn’t bother us much, especially if it keeps cost down. There are no wild and crazy ornate boxes or elaborately decorated carrying bags. Just the essentials!
What does stick out quite notably are the look of the oversized earpieces. Fanny Wang has gone for a completely unique design for silicone tips. They look like a baby’s “sippy” cup complete with grip handle. No joke! But they work fabulously and the grip handle I mentioned, works to grip your outer ear for added support. All that fits in your ear is the angled tips. Finally we have a set of earbuds that don’t try to dip a hole to China through your cochlea. The resulting comfort is amazing. Plus no one will miss that old ear-ach drudgery of traditional ear tips.
Honestly, you could not fit much else in your ears, anyway. The opposite end of the ear pieces on the Wang Buds, are enormous. They are made to retain accurate bass reproduction while maintaining the clarity of highs and midrange sounds. The larger open-air design works in two ways. It permits more air to move through the widened chamber for better clarity. The large chamber is also big enough for a working 10mm-16ohm woofer and a 6 – 16ohm tweeter, in each earbud.
The unique design is a success. The Fanny Wang Wang Buds provide endless comfort and some truly compelling audio quality. Bass still booms while highs and midranges retain clarity. I keep the volume just shy of full tilt. There is little distortion but I found the audio to retain better clarity this way. The included in-line mic hold no issues with responsive buttons and a well-position receiver. Call quality is clear and callers had not complaint on the receiving end.
My only complaint is the learning curve. Fitting them in your ears properly is the product of much trial and error. Additionally, you can expect such an unique open-ear design, to provide little noise cancelling effect. These are not your biking-through-big city earbuds. But sun bathing, walking or just chilling at a coffee shop are ideal scenarios. The overall performance of the Logitech UE 900 earbud set is ever-so-slightly superior with enhanced clarity that goes almost unnoticed. The main difference between the two: one cost 400-bucks with an elaborate package bundle, while the Wang Buds from Fanny are less than $100.
Bottom Line: The Wang Bud by Fanny Wang are exceptional. The comfort is hard to beat. But it’s how that comfort also enhances the audio quality, that leaves me thoroughly impressed.
- Great on-the-go audio
- Unique design alleviates ear ache
- …and enhances bass tremendously
- Little noise cancelling
- A bit of a learning curve to put on
You can buy the Fanny Wang Wang Bud (red) earbuds at Amazon for $79.95.
Shawn loves gadgets, literature, history and games. For 10yrs+ he's straddled both the comic book & video game industries, as a writer, editor, marketing officer & producer. Shawn got his start in tech & games as an editor & Hardware Director for GameRevolution.com. More notable accomplishments include Executive Producer on mobile games Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved & The Shroud.