Atomic Floyd MiniDarts + Mic

High-quality earphones from an extremely cool British company

In consumer technology, style and substance are often not the best of bedfellows. In fact, they frequently get on rather badly. With headphones, I usually avoid ultra-cool or fashionable-looking stuff, because it’s most often targeted at younger consumers whose ears either aren’t very discriminating – or have already been blasted to kingdom come.

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Atomic Floyd is an extremely cool British outfit, whose shiny, metallic earphones I’ve featured before. This new model of theirs, which includes a microphone for iPhone and BlackBerry use, looks amazing with really nice, wiry, tangle-resistant red cable and stylish buds that look as if they’ll fall out of your ears a bit too easily, but in fact stay put reasonably well (in my lugs at least). They also form a very good seal in the ear canal, which cuts out most extraneous racket.

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The thing that struck me about the MiniDarts + Mic, however, is the audio quality, which is definitely a cut above, especially if it’s sharp, pacy, bassy music you listen to – which these are clearly designed for. These MiniDarts are classy, no doubt about it.

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