Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones review

I really love Definitive Technology products. Engineers and designers of the brand manage to look at familiar things from an unusual angle, so very interesting gadgets come out. On our site there are reviews of the company's columns, I recommend reading it.

Moreover, I will recommend and buy too. Now the same "Cube" can be found for very good money, and speakers for the Incline computer too. But I don’t recommend a cylinder for iPad, there is little sense in such a thing now.

A few months ago, Definitive Technology introduced headphones called Symphony 1 and seem to be a regular model with Bluetooth and active noise cancellation. It would seem, what is it? In fact, there are very few such things on the market. The most popular headphones of this kind are the Parrot Zik of all generations, Bose does not yet have a QC version with active noise reduction and without a cable, I think we will see it in the near future. You can also remember Bang & Olufsen H8 (very expensive), Plantronics BackBeat Pro, Beats Studio, some models of Sony, Samsung, but the niche is not too full yet. Noise canceling is one of the big trends in the coming years, and more companies will be releasing these headphones - consumers are slowly getting a taste of it and realizing how great it is to be separated from the outside world in the office, cafe or on the street. Although on the street you need to wear models with “noise reduction” with caution - cars and cyclists are everywhere. But you yourself must understand this. Well, I also note that Bose benefits the most from this, since the patents for active noise cancellation in headphones belong to this company.

Now let's take a closer look at the Definitive Technology Symphony 1. The headphones come in a huge package, there is a huge case inside, I would not dare to take it with me on the road, it takes up a lot of space. Let me remind you that we didn’t make headphones in DI before, so let’s forgive this decision. Although in this case there was a place for a fabric pouch, so you can use it. You will also have to forgive the 2.5 mm jack on the earpiece, you will have to use a special audio cable, do not blame me. And it's better not to lose it. Noise reduction will not work in passive mode.

Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones Definitive Technology Symphony 1 Headphones

In the box, the design is like in a soundproof room, it was also necessary to make ledges from foam rubber.

Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones

The headphones themselves are very large. Here are huge cups, outwardly very comfortable, in fact, they turn out to be so. The headband and cups are trimmed with a material that resembles leather, but I still don’t understand if it’s leather. Didn't burn. Feels like skin. The cups have overlays made of audio fabric with the company logo. The guides are round, made of aluminum, the lining on the cups with perforations are also made of metal. I note that under the holes, apparently, the microphones of the ANC system are hidden.

Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones Definitive Technology Symphony 1 Headphones

Headphones are completely black, in places where the guides enter the headband, there are blue inserts, the corporate color. The main part of the cups is made of matte black plastic, fingerprints are invisible.

Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones

Pay attention to the gap near the body of the cup and the ear pad, there is even some detail visible there. I wanted to remove the ear cushion, but it's not so easy to do. Light indicators are neat, there are no questions.

Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones Definitive Technology Symphony 1 Headphones

Overall, I liked the design of the Symphony 1, it's big and dark headphones, made of leather (I hope it's leather), aluminum and matte plastic.

Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones Definitive Technology Symphony 1 Headphones

Typeface

I would like to say separately that using Symphony 1 it is very convenient to talk on the phone, the interlocutors did not complain about the quality, you can not raise your voice. Microphones working for ANC are used, which ensures good sound quality. You can also hear the interlocutor perfectly.

Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones

Comfort

Here I want to note a couple of shortcomings. On the left, the headband is not securely fixed on the guide, it slides a little - however, this is not very noticeable on the head. The cups are large, comfortable, but a little stiff. For example, when I play MGS V for two or three hours in a row, I wear Bose QC-25, I literally got used to them and don’t feel them on my head. But after an hour of wearing Symphony 1, you want to hang it around your neck and relax a bit. I want to move the headband, I want to lift the cup, in general, all signs of discomfort.

I repeat, everything comes from the fact that DI did not make headphones before (which did not prevent us from working thoroughly on the sound).

Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones

Management

On the right cup there are buttons for turning on ANC, power, pairing activation, right there, a little to the side, a regular remote control, familiar from any Apple headset. Three unlabeled buttons, two are responsible for volume control, one multifunctional - answer a call, end a call, Play / Pause, rewind. The buttons are pressed well, but the markings should have been done. Otherwise, it is not clear what is responsible for what. Well, many people are too lazy to go into the instructions.

Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones Definitive Technology Headphones Symphony 1

Noise reduction system

The Active Noise Cancellation works well. It can be used without music, it is written in the instructions, that is, on an airplane, headphones can simply help you fall asleep - they cut off the high frequencies of children's crying, remove the noise of turbines, but do not hide the loud voice of the captain of the ship. All noise-canceling headphones must be able to penetrate the human voice, these are the safety requirements. In the subway Adidas Brande New headphones will not help drown out the noise of an arriving train, but in a car you will feel in solitude.

Opening hours

The claimed operating time is about 15 hours, full volume plus "noise reduction", a good result for such a functional model. Charging uses a regular microUSB connector.

Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones

Music

The speakers here are not just any, but designed specifically for Symphony 1 by DI masters. And nothing more is said about the musical parameters. They do not write that it is necessary to drive all sorts of special tracks at full volume in order to warm up the headphones, they do not write that it takes a day or two. And the sound changes. They do not write on the site that it is very important to choose both the format of the tracks and the sound source. It supports aptX, so it's better (oddly enough) some Sony Xperia Z5 or Samsung Galaxy S6, or something like that. For example, all MacBooks since 2012 support AptX, so you can listen to Symphony 1 with your Macs and enjoy, and even better if you get FLAC files.

Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones

The sound matches the headphones themselves. I mainly listen to techno, rock, jazz - the sound is excellent, lively, extremely emotional. Low frequencies do not clog the music, nicely complement the composition. If it's techno, then you shake your head to the beat. But poor quality tracks are immediately noticeable, that is, even an unprepared person will immediately understand that the sound is bad, and the point here, of course, is not in the headphones. It is impossible to listen to some podcasts on the iPhone at all, the quality is noticeably poor, this also applies to SoundCloud, some tracks are normal there, some are terrible. In general, Definitive Technology Symphony 1 is demanding both in terms of source and file. But this should not scare you - it is clear that the engineers were counting on the modern user, and the headphones work very well with smartphones and tablets. With iPad Air 2, I liked watching TV shows, movies, the sound is great, the effects too. I also connected it to the PS4 joystick via cable, played MGS 5, you hear the slightest noise. Such versatility is also commendable.

Conclusions

Let me remind you that the brand from the USA is very poorly represented in Russia, there is no marketing support, so you are unlikely to meet a person who has heard about DI in the same room. In the meantime, I've read enough of the rave reviews in the Wall Street Journal and other well-known publications to make me want to try Symphony 1 on my own. What is the result? The model costs $399 in the US, plus some tax. In translation into rubles, it turns out about 25,000 rubles. This is more expensive than the wireless Beats Studio 2, a little more expensive than the Parrot Zik 2.0.

Parrot is bribed with all sorts of tricks related to smartphone software - changing the equalizer and so on. I like the sound of the Beats Studio 2 and they are very comfortable in life. Symphony 1 has three important points. Excellent sound quality thanks to custom 50mm drivers. Very comfortable to wear thanks to the large cups. Well, ANC works as expected. In the middle of the volume, nothing is heard from the iPhone.

I really liked the headphones, despite some flaws. Now, finishing the review, I understood how to characterize the model - as if one designer and one lover of good sound were sitting in the garage. And so the two of them decided to make the best wireless headphones, and even with a twist in the form of ANC. And there was no quality controller - there was no person who would say: “Guys, why doesn’t the headband hold? Why are there cracks here? Let's put symbols on the buttons, well, at least not with paint, but with engraving! And they answered him: “My friend, we know everything without you.”

After all, custom speakers hammer so hard that you forget about flaws in twenty minutes.

Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones review

I really love Definitive Technology products. Engineers and designers of the brand manage to look at familiar things from an unusual angle, so very interesting gadgets come out. On our site there are reviews of the company's columns, I recommend reading it.

Moreover, I will recommend and buy too. Now the same "Cube" can be found for very good money, and speakers for the Incline computer too. But I don’t recommend a cylinder for iPad, there is little sense in such a thing now.

A few months ago, Definitive Technology introduced headphones called Symphony 1 and seem to be a regular model with Bluetooth and active noise cancellation. It would seem, what is it? In fact, there are very few such things on the market. The most popular headphones of this kind are the Parrot Zik of all generations, Bose does not yet have a QC version with active noise reduction and without a cable, I think we will see it in the near future. You can also remember Bang & Olufsen H8 (very expensive), Plantronics BackBeat Pro, Beats Studio, some models of Sony, Samsung, but the niche is not too full yet.Noise canceling is one of the big trends in the coming years, and more companies will be releasing these headphones - consumers are slowly getting a taste of it and realizing how great it is to be separated from the outside world in the office, cafe or on the street. Although on the street you need to wear models with “noise reduction” with caution - cars and cyclists are everywhere. But you yourself must understand this. Well, I also note that Bose benefits the most from this, since the patents for active noise cancellation in headphones belong to this company.

Now let's take a closer look at the Definitive Technology Symphony 1. The headphones come in a huge package, there is a huge case inside, I would not dare to take it with me on the road, it takes up a lot of space. Let me remind you that we didn’t make headphones in DI before, so let’s forgive this decision. Although in this case there was a place for a fabric pouch, so you can use it. You will also have to forgive the 2.5 mm jack on the earphone, you will have to use a special audio cable, do not blame me. And it's better not to lose it. Noise reduction will not work in passive mode.

Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones Definitive Technology Symphony 1 Headphones

In the box, the design is like in a soundproof room, it was also necessary to make ledges from foam rubber.

Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones

The headphones themselves are very large. Here are huge cups, outwardly very comfortable, in fact, they turn out to be so. The headband and cups are trimmed with a material that resembles leather, but I still don’t understand if it’s leather. Didn't burn. Feels like skin. The cups have overlays made of audio fabric with the company logo. The guides are round, made of aluminum, the lining on the cups with perforations are also made of metal. I note that under the holes, apparently, the microphones of the ANC system are hidden.

Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones Definitive Technology Symphony 1 Headphones

Headphones are completely black, in places where the guides enter the headband, there are blue inserts, the corporate color. The main part of the cups is made of matte black plastic, fingerprints are invisible.

Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones

Pay attention to the gap near the body of the cup and the ear pad, there is even some detail visible there. I wanted to remove the ear pads, but it's not so easy to do. Light indicators are neat, there are no questions.

Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones Definitive Technology Symphony 1 Headphones

Overall, I liked the design of the Symphony 1, it's big and dark headphones, made of leather (I hope it's leather), aluminum and matte plastic.

Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones Definitive Technology Symphony 1 Headphones

Typeface

I would like to say separately that using Symphony 1 it is very convenient to talk on the phone, the interlocutors did not complain about the quality, you can not raise your voice. Microphones working for ANC are used, which ensures good sound quality. You can also hear the interlocutor perfectly.

Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones

Comfort

Here I want to note a couple of shortcomings. On the left, the headband is not securely fixed on the guide, it slides a little - however, this is not very noticeable on the head. The cups are large, comfortable, but a little stiff. For example, when I play MGS V for two or three hours in a row, I wear Bose QC-25, I literally got used to them and don’t feel them on my head. But after an hour of wearing Symphony 1, you want to hang it around your neck and relax a bit. I want to move the headband, I want to lift the cup, in general, all signs of discomfort.

I repeat, everything comes from the fact that DI did not make headphones before (which did not prevent us from working thoroughly on the sound).

Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones

Management

On the right cup there are buttons for turning on ANC, power, pairing activation, right there, a little to the side, a regular remote control, familiar from any Apple headset. Three unlabeled buttons, two are responsible for volume control, one multifunctional - answer a call, end a call, Play / Pause, rewind. The buttons are pressed well, but the markings should have been done. Otherwise, it is not clear what is responsible for what. Well, many people are too lazy to go into the instructions.

Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones Definitive Technology Headphones Symphony 1

Noise reduction system

The Active Noise Cancellation works well. It can be used without music, it is written in the instructions, that is, on an airplane, headphones can simply help you fall asleep - they cut off the high frequencies of children's crying, remove the noise of turbines, but do not hide the loud voice of the captain of the ship. All noise-canceling headphones must be able to penetrate the human voice, these are the safety requirements. In the subway Adidas Brande New headphones will not help drown out the noise of an arriving train, but in a car you will feel in solitude.

Opening hours

The claimed operating time is about 15 hours, full volume plus "noise reduction", a good result for such a functional model. Charging uses a regular microUSB connector.

Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones

Music

The speakers here are not just any, but designed specifically for Symphony 1 by DI masters. And nothing more is said about the musical parameters. They do not write that it is necessary to drive all sorts of special tracks at full volume in order to warm up the headphones, they do not write that it takes a day or two. And the sound changes. They do not write on the site that it is very important to choose both the format of the tracks and the sound source. It supports aptX, so it's better (oddly enough) some Sony Xperia Z5 or Samsung Galaxy S6, or something like that. For example, all MacBooks since 2012 support AptX, so you can listen to Symphony 1 with your Macs and enjoy, and even better if you get FLAC files.

Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones

The sound matches the headphones themselves. I mainly listen to techno, rock, jazz - the sound is excellent, lively, extremely emotional. Low frequencies do not clog the music, nicely complement the composition. If it's techno, then you shake your head to the beat. But poor quality tracks are immediately noticeable, that is, even an unprepared person will immediately understand that the sound is bad, and the point here, of course, is not in the headphones. It is impossible to listen to some podcasts on the iPhone at all, the quality is noticeably poor, this also applies to SoundCloud, some tracks are normal there, some are terrible. In general, Definitive Technology Symphony 1 is demanding both in terms of source and file. But this should not scare you - it is clear that the engineers were counting on the modern user, and the headphones work very well with smartphones and tablets. With iPad Air 2, I liked watching TV shows, movies, the sound is great, the effects too. I also connected it to the PS4 joystick via cable, played MGS 5, you hear the slightest noise. Such versatility is also commendable.

Conclusions

Let me remind you that the brand from the USA is very poorly represented in Russia, there is no marketing support, so you are unlikely to meet a person who has heard about DI in the same room. In the meantime, I've read enough of the rave reviews in the Wall Street Journal and other well-known publications to make me want to try Symphony 1 on my own. What is the result? The model costs $399 in the US, plus some tax. In translation into rubles, it turns out about 25,000 rubles. This is more expensive than the wireless Beats Studio 2, a little more expensive than the Parrot Zik 2.0.

Parrot is bribed with all sorts of tricks related to smartphone software - changing the equalizer and so on. I like the sound of the Beats Studio 2 and they are very comfortable in life. Symphony 1 has three important points. Excellent sound quality thanks to custom 50mm drivers. Very comfortable to wear thanks to the large cups. Well, ANC works as expected. In the middle of the volume, nothing is heard from the iPhone.

I really liked the headphones, despite some flaws. Now, finishing the review, I understood how to characterize the model - as if one designer and one lover of good sound were sitting in the garage. And so the two of them decided to make the best wireless headphones, and even with a twist in the form of ANC. And there was no quality controller - there was no person who would say: “Guys, why doesn’t the headband hold? Why are there cracks here? Let's put symbols on the buttons, well, at least not with paint, but with engraving! And they answered him: “My friend, we know everything without you.”

After all, custom speakers hammer so hard that you forget about flaws in twenty minutes.

Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones review

I really love Definitive Technology products. Engineers and designers of the brand manage to look at familiar things from an unusual angle, so very interesting gadgets come out. On our site there are reviews of the company's columns, I recommend reading it.

Moreover, I will recommend and buy too. Now the same "Cube" can be found for very good money, and speakers for the Incline computer too. But I don’t advise a cylinder for iPad, there is little sense in such a thing now.

A few months ago, Definitive Technology introduced headphones called Symphony 1 and seem to be a regular model with Bluetooth and active noise cancellation. It would seem, what is it? In fact, there are very few such things on the market. The most popular headphones of this kind are the Parrot Zik of all generations, Bose does not yet have a QC version with active “noise reduction” and without a cable, I think we will see it in the near future. You can also remember Bang & Olufsen H8 (very expensive), Plantronics BackBeat Pro, Beats Studio, some models of Sony, Samsung, but the niche is not yet too full.Noise canceling is one of the big trends in the coming years, and more companies will be releasing these headphones - consumers are slowly getting a taste of it and realizing how great it is to be separated from the outside world in the office, cafe or on the street. Although on the street you need to wear models with “noise reduction” with caution - cars and cyclists are everywhere. But you yourself must understand this. Well, I also note that Bose benefits the most from this, since the patents for active noise cancellation in headphones belong to this company.

Now let's take a closer look at the Definitive Technology Symphony 1. The headphones come in a huge package, there is a huge case inside, I would not dare to take it with me on the road, it takes up a lot of space. Let me remind you that we didn’t make headphones in DI before, so let’s forgive this decision. Although in this case there was a place for a fabric pouch, so you can use it. You will also have to forgive the 2.5 mm jack on the earphone, you will have to use a special audio cable, do not blame me. And it's better not to lose it. Noise reduction will not work in passive mode.

Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones Definitive Technology Symphony 1 Headphones

In the box, the design is like in a soundproof room, it was also necessary to make ledges from foam rubber.

Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones

The headphones themselves are very large. Here are huge cups, outwardly very comfortable, in fact, they turn out to be so. The headband and cups are trimmed with a material that resembles leather, but I still don’t understand if it’s leather. Didn't burn. Feels like skin. The cups have overlays made of audio fabric with the company logo. The guides are round, made of aluminum, the lining on the cups with perforations are also made of metal. I note that under the holes, apparently, the microphones of the ANC system are hidden.

Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones Definitive Technology Symphony 1 Headphones

Headphones are completely black, in places where the guides enter the headband, there are blue inserts, the corporate color. The main part of the cups is made of matte black plastic, fingerprints are invisible.

Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones

Pay attention to the gap near the body of the cup and the ear pad, there is even some detail visible there. I wanted to remove the ear pads, but it's not so easy to do. Light indicators are neat, there are no questions.

Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones Definitive Technology Symphony 1 Headphones

Overall, I liked the design of the Symphony 1, it's big and dark headphones, made of leather (I hope it's leather), aluminum and matte plastic.

Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones

Typeface

I would like to say separately that using Symphony 1 it is very convenient to talk on the phone, the interlocutors did not complain about the quality, you can not raise your voice. Microphones working for ANC are used, which ensures good sound quality. You also hear the interlocutor perfectly.

Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones

Comfort

Here I want to note a couple of shortcomings. On the left, the headband is not securely fixed on the guide, it slides a little - however, this is not very noticeable on the head. The cups are large, comfortable, but a little stiff. For example, when I play MGS V for two or three hours in a row, I wear Bose QC-25, I literally got used to them and don’t feel them on my head. But after an hour of wearing Symphony 1, you want to hang it around your neck and relax a bit. I want to move the headband, I want to lift the cup, in general, all signs of discomfort.

I repeat, everything comes from the fact that DI did not make headphones before (which did not prevent us from working thoroughly on the sound).

Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones

Management

On the right cup there are buttons for turning on ANC, power, pairing activation, right there, a little to the side, a regular remote control, familiar from any Apple headset. Three unlabeled buttons, two are responsible for volume control, one multifunctional - answer a call, end a call, Play / Pause, rewind. The buttons are pressed well, but the markings should have been done. Otherwise, it is not clear what is responsible for what. Well, many people are too lazy to go into the instructions.

Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones Definitive Technology Headphones Symphony 1

Noise reduction system

The Active Noise Cancellation works well. It can be used without music, it is written in the instructions, that is, on an airplane, headphones can simply help you fall asleep - they cut off the high frequencies of children's crying, remove the noise of turbines, but do not hide the loud voice of the captain of the ship. All noise-canceling headphones must be able to penetrate the human voice, these are the safety requirements. In the subway Adidas Brande New headphones will not help drown out the noise of an arriving train, but in a car you will feel in solitude.

Opening hours

The claimed operating time is about 15 hours, full volume plus "noise reduction", a good result for such a functional model. Charging uses a regular microUSB connector.

Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones

Music

The speakers here are not just any, but designed specifically for Symphony 1 by DI masters. And nothing else is said about the musical parameters here. They do not write that it is necessary to drive all sorts of special tracks at full volume in order to warm up the headphones, they do not write that it takes a day or two. And the sound changes. They do not write on the site that it is very important to choose both the format of the tracks and the sound source. It supports aptX, so it's better (oddly enough) some Sony Xperia Z5 or Samsung Galaxy S6, or something like that. For example, all MacBooks since 2012 support AptX, so you can listen to Symphony 1 with your Macs and enjoy, and even better if you get FLAC files.

Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones

The sound matches the headphones themselves. I mainly listen to techno, rock, jazz - the sound is excellent, lively, extremely emotional. Low frequencies do not clog the music, nicely complement the composition. If it's techno, then you shake your head to the beat. But poor quality tracks are immediately noticeable, that is, even an unprepared person will immediately understand that the sound is bad, and the point here, of course, is not in the headphones. It is impossible to listen to some podcasts on the iPhone at all, the quality is noticeably poor, this also applies to SoundCloud, some tracks are normal there, some are terrible. In general, Definitive Technology Symphony 1 is demanding both in terms of source and file. But this should not scare you - it is clear that the engineers were counting on the modern user, and the headphones work very well with smartphones and tablets. With iPad Air 2, I liked watching TV shows, movies, the sound is great, the effects too. I also connected it to the PS4 joystick via cable, played MGS 5, you hear the slightest noise. Such versatility is also commendable.

Conclusions

Let me remind you that the brand from the USA is very poorly represented in Russia, there is no marketing support, so you are unlikely to meet a person who has heard about DI in the same room. In the meantime, I've read enough of the rave reviews in the Wall Street Journal and other well-known publications to make me want to try Symphony 1 on my own. What is the result? The model costs $399 in the US, plus some tax. In translation into rubles, it turns out about 25,000 rubles. This is more expensive than the wireless Beats Studio 2, a little more expensive than the Parrot Zik 2.0.

Parrot is bribed with all sorts of tricks related to smartphone software - changing the equalizer and so on. I like the sound of the Beats Studio 2 and they are very comfortable in life. Symphony 1 has three important points. Excellent sound quality thanks to custom 50mm drivers. Very comfortable to wear thanks to the large cups. Well, ANC works as expected. In the middle of the volume, nothing is heard from the iPhone.

I really liked the headphones, despite some flaws. Now, finishing the review, I understood how to characterize the model - as if one designer and one lover of good sound were sitting in the garage. And so the two of them decided to make the best wireless headphones, and even with a twist in the form of ANC. And there was no quality controller - there was no person who would say: “Guys, why doesn’t the headband hold? Why are there cracks here? Let's put symbols on the buttons, well, at least not with paint, but with engraving! And they answered him: “My friend, we know everything without you.”

After all, custom speakers hammer so hard that you forget about flaws in twenty minutes.

Definitive Technology Symphony 1 headphones review

I really love Definitive Technology products. Engineers and designers of the brand manage to look at familiar things from an unusual angle, so very interesting gadgets come out. On our site there are reviews of the company's columns, I recommend reading it.

Moreover, I will recommend and buy too. Now the same "Cube" can be found for very good money, and speakers for the Incline computer too. But I don’t recommend a cylinder for iPad, there is little sense in such a thing now.

A few months ago, Definitive Technology introduced headphones called Symphony 1 and seem to be a regular model with Bluetooth and active noise cancellation. It would seem, what is it? In fact, there are very few such things on the market. The most popular headphones of this kind are the Parrot Zik of all generations, Bose does not yet have a QC version with active noise reduction and without a cable, I think we will see it in the near future. You can also remember Bang & Olufsen H8 (very expensive), Plantronics BackBeat Pro, Beats Studio, some models of Sony, Samsung, but the niche is not too full yet. Noise canceling is one of the big trends in the coming years, and more companies will be releasing these headphones - consumers are slowly getting a taste of it and realizing how great it is to be separated from the outside world in the office, cafe or on the street. Although on the street you need to wear models with “noise reduction” with caution - cars and cyclists are everywhere. But you yourself must understand this. Well, I also note that Bose benefits the most from this, since the patents for active noise cancellation in headphones belong to this company.

Now let's take a closer look at the Definitive Technology Symphony 1. The headphones come in a huge package, there is a huge case inside, I would not dare to take it with me on the road, it takes up a lot of space. Let me remind you that we didn’t make headphones in DI before, so let’s forgive this decision. Although in this case there was a place for a fabric pouch, so you can use it. You will also have to forgive the 2.5 mm jack on the earpiece, you will have to use a special audio cable, do not blame me. And it's better not to lose it. Noise reduction will not work in passive mode.

In the box, the design is like in a soundproof room, it was also necessary to make ledges from foam rubber.

The headphones themselves are very large. Here are huge cups, outwardly very comfortable, in fact, they turn out to be so. The headband and cups are trimmed with a material that resembles leather, but I still don’t understand if it’s leather. Didn't burn. Feels like skin. The cups have overlays made of audio fabric with the company logo. The guides are round, made of aluminum, the lining on the cups with perforations are also made of metal. I note that under the holes, apparently, the microphones of the ANC system are hidden.

Headphones are completely black, in places where the guides enter the headband, there are blue inserts, the corporate color. The main part of the cups is made of matte black plastic, fingerprints are invisible.

Pay attention to the gap near the body of the cup and the ear pad, there is even some detail visible there. I wanted to remove the ear pads, but it's not so easy to do. Light indicators are neat, there are no questions.

Overall, I liked the design of the Symphony 1, it's big and dark headphones, made of leather (I hope it's leather), aluminum and matte plastic.

Typeface

I would like to say separately that using Symphony 1 it is very convenient to talk on the phone, the interlocutors did not complain about the quality, you can not raise your voice. Microphones working for ANC are used, which ensures good sound quality. You also hear the interlocutor perfectly.

Comfort

Here I want to note a couple of shortcomings. On the left, the headband is not securely fixed on the guide, it slides a little - however, this is not very noticeable on the head. The cups are large, comfortable, but a little stiff. For example, when I play MGS V for two or three hours in a row, I wear Bose QC-25, I literally got used to them and don’t feel them on my head. But after an hour of wearing Symphony 1, you want to hang it around your neck and relax a bit. I want to move the headband, I want to lift the cup, in general, all signs of discomfort.

I repeat, everything comes from the fact that DI didn’t make headphones before (which didn’t stop me from working hard on the sound).

Management

On the right cup there are buttons for turning on ANC, power, pairing activation, right there, a little to the side, a regular remote control, familiar from any Apple headset. Three unlabeled buttons, two are responsible for volume control, one multifunctional - answer a call, end a call, Play / Pause, rewind. The buttons are pressed well, but the markings should have been done. Otherwise, it is not clear what is responsible for what. Well, many people are too lazy to go into the instructions.

Noise reduction system

The Active Noise Cancellation works well. It can be used without music, it is written in the instructions, that is, on an airplane, headphones can simply help you fall asleep - they cut off the high frequencies of children's crying, remove the noise of turbines, but do not hide the loud voice of the captain of the ship. All noise-canceling headphones must be able to penetrate the human voice, these are the safety requirements. In the Adidas Brande New subway, headphones won't help drown out the noise of an arriving train, but in the carriage you will feel at peace.

The active noise canceling system works well. It can be used without music, it is written in the instructions, that is, on an airplane, headphones can simply help you fall asleep - they cut off the high frequencies of children's crying, remove the noise of turbines, but do not hide the loud voice of the captain of the ship. All noise-canceling headphones must be able to penetrate the human voice, these are the safety requirements. In the underground Adidas Brande New Adidas Brand New Headphones won't help drown out the noise of an arriving train, but you'll feel completely alone in the carriage.

Opening hours

The claimed operating time is about 15 hours, full volume plus "noise reduction", a good result for such a functional model. For charging, a regular microUSB connector is used.

Music

The speakers here are not just any, but designed specifically for Symphony 1 by DI masters. And nothing else is said about the musical parameters here. They do not write that it is necessary to drive all sorts of special tracks at full volume in order to warm up the headphones, they do not write that it takes a day or two. And the sound changes. They do not write on the site that it is very important to choose both the format of the tracks and the sound source. It supports aptX, so it's better (oddly enough) some Sony Xperia Z5 or Samsung Galaxy S6, or something like that. For example, all MacBooks since 2012 support AptX, so you can listen to Symphony 1 with your Macs and enjoy, and even better if you get FLAC files.

The sound matches the headphones themselves. I mainly listen to techno, rock, jazz - the sound is excellent, lively, extremely emotional. Low frequencies do not clog the music, nicely complement the composition. If it's techno, then you shake your head to the beat. But poor quality tracks are immediately noticeable, that is, even an unprepared person will immediately understand that the sound is bad, and the point here, of course, is not in the headphones. It is impossible to listen to some podcasts on the iPhone at all, the quality is noticeably poor, this also applies to SoundCloud, some tracks are normal there, some are terrible. In general, Definitive Technology Symphony 1 is demanding both in terms of source and file. But this should not scare you - it is clear that the engineers were counting on the modern user, and the headphones work very well with smartphones and tablets. With iPad Air 2, I liked watching TV shows, movies, the sound is great, the effects too. I also connected it to the PS4 joystick via cable, played MGS 5, you hear the slightest noise. Such versatility is also commendable.

Conclusions

Let me remind you that the brand from the USA is very poorly represented in Russia, there is no marketing support, so you are unlikely to meet a person who has heard about DI in the same room. In the meantime, I've read enough of the rave reviews in the Wall Street Journal and other well-known publications to make me want to try Symphony 1 on my own. What is the result? The model costs $399 in the US, plus some tax. In translation into rubles, it turns out about 25,000 rubles. This is more expensive than the wireless Beats Studio 2, a little more expensive than the Parrot Zik 2.0.

Parrot is bribed with all sorts of tricks related to smartphone software - changing the equalizer and so on. I like the sound of the Beats Studio 2 and they are very comfortable in life. Symphony 1 has three important points. Excellent sound quality thanks to custom 50mm drivers. Very comfortable to wear thanks to the large cups. Well, ANC works as expected. In the middle of the volume, nothing is heard from the iPhone.

I really liked the headphones, despite some flaws. Now, finishing the review, I understood how to characterize the model - as if one designer and one lover of good sound were sitting in the garage. And so the two of them decided to make the best wireless headphones, and even with a twist in the form of ANC. And there was no quality controller - there was no person who would say: “Guys, why doesn’t the headband hold? Why are there cracks here? Let's put symbols on the buttons, well, at least not with paint, but with engraving! And they answered him: “My friend, we know everything without you.”

After all, custom speakers hammer so hard that you forget about flaws in twenty minutes.