It’s probably not a coincidence that the new Fanny Wang On Ear headphones happen to look just like the SOLO Beats By Dr. Dre. At least, Monster didn’t think so when they sued Fanny Wang earlier this year. But alas Fanny Wang circumvented and was able to push ahead with their freshman pair of headphones, albeit under the watchful eye of Dr. Dre.
Design: The On Ear Wang’s design is almost unmistakable for the Solo Beats by Dr.Dre; they’re really just missing the big B on the sides. They come in the same black, red, and white varieties, have removable cords, and feature the same type of tri-folding design for easy storage. The Wang’s are appropriately named “On Ear” because they ear cups sit on your ear, not around your ear. They will completely cover most ears, but if your ears are large like mine, they may stick out a tad on top. The ear cups, which just swivel up and down, are a bit larger than the Solo Beats, though the ear cup cushioning is not as soft as the Beats. The Wang’s win for overall build quality. The Solo Beats feel cheap and plasticky considering how expensive they are. The Wangs have a much more solid feel. They are constructed with thick plastic and strong metal hinges. The inside of the headband is made of a soft cushiony rubber, which is comfortable, but seems like it could someday begin to wear.
The White On Ear Wang’s are a very clean and attractive looking set of headphones (compliments and inquiries are fairly regular). The outside of the headphones are glossy white with a grooved pattern. The inner band and cups are grey. The cord is all white, with black plugs and gold tips. The cord is thick and tangle proof, which is great. It might be a tad longer then your average cord too. There is a headphone splitter built into the cord so a friend can plug in their headphones and listen too. There is an included carrying bag that is extremely soft. It’s white on the outside and black on the inside. The bag doesn’t offer much protection, but it’s nice to have.