- Simple On-Ear design and Build
- Good Drivers with capable Sound Quality
- Bluetooth 5.0 and good Battery Life
- Extremely affordable and easy to purchase
- Sound leak is a little prominent at maximum volume
- Extra padding would be nice on the headband
- MicroUSB is a little dated by today's standard
Harman’s venture into a lifestyle audio brand was a pleasant surprise because when they already have JBL, which does represent as a lifestyle audio brand on its own – the announcement of Infinity, felt a little intriguing. So, we wanted to see what makes the audio products under the Infinity brand different – that said, they graced us with not one but two of their recently announced products – the Infinity Tranz 700 which we are reviewing here and the Clubz Mini, which you can click here to read.
Look and Feel
There isn’t much to say about the Tranz 700 as they are simple looking pair of on-ear headphones – the kinds that would sit on your ear instead of around your ear. We got in this red color finish and its entirely constructed in polycarbonate shell which may seem cheap but at least you know it’s exceptionally light to carry them around. The Tranz 700 isn’t quite the pretty looking headphones because the “Infinity” brand is all over the place which could have been toned down by a bit by just having the logos on each side and the band carrying the name. These headphones also have an easy way to store them when it’s not in use – by twisting the earcups and folding inwards, but make sure to have a pouch of your own as it doesn’t come with one.
The Infinity Tranz 700 comes with a decent specification and that kind of gives you an idea around what price it will be sold for:
- 32mm Neodymium Magnet Drivers
- 32 Ohms Impedance
- -8 Db Noise Isolation
- Bluetooth 5.0 Support | Playback time up to 20 hours
- Dual EQ (Deep Bass and Normal)
It comes with a Micro USB Charging cable and there’s no 3.5mm port for users to use without Bluetooth and through cable.
Experience and Sound Quality
Just as much as any on-ear headphones we have tried, it sits right on top of the ear and that does have a bit of pressure. But if you are worried it might not fit you, fret not as it has an adjustable band which is really a nice touch. Now if you are wondering if there’s any sound leak, there is and its pretty normal for an on-ear headphones to produce as they don’t seal the ear entirely and all of us have different size ears – so the experience will also vary.
Pairing the headphones and using them is easy as pressing the power button, pairing it with your phone and voila, you are good to go. We tested the headphones with Spotify Premium at Very High Quality because the normal or auto quality has the underwhelming kinds, and it doesn’t match to the native files we have on our PC and iTunes. We tried few songs to see how the bass response are like, staging, quality and overall experience.
Starting off with Taste feat. Offset by Tyga. The staging is limited and its easily felt when the song kicks in it and there’s a lack of coverage in certain range of the song. The vocals are clear and crystal. The echo effect of the rappers is retained well. Deep Bass has a nice as-it-claims-deep-bass experience. Switching it to Normal completely eliminated the deep bass experiences for a much-toned down bass, clearly showing the oomph factor for the song is no longer there.
Cry for Love by Harry Hudson – this song has a nice staging to it and right off the back the headphones do an almost-okay coverage. But what makes up for the staging is the clarity because vocals are impressive and well retained and the instrument with the effects, clearly present. This was all on the Normal mode. Once you do switch to Deep Bass mode – it has an amplified tone which is noticeable with the vocals and the staging gets interestingly better. The bass kicks in and it’s a very subtle yet pleasant experience. Personally, Deep Bass sounds better as compared to Normal.
Happy Together by Mark Ronson (Cover) works really well with the normal mode where the bass shouldn’t be intense and it isn’t, the vocals and the details in the song is the main priority which the headphone replicates it quite well. The very subtle bass in Normal Mode is better as compared to the Deep Bass for songs like this.
It shows an interesting pattern here with the Tranz 700 because for what they are, I am genuinely impressed with the sound quality these drivers produces – and the thing is, they use SBC and AAC based Codec – that said, the experience is pretty much as what I had with the Sony WF-XB700 which has the same codec but the drivers are better, making the whole audio quality surprisingly good.
But it isn’t all perfect, the buttons or the whole right side of the earcups have this metal sound that you could hear every time you press the button or just tap the outside shell with your hands – kind of annoying. The sound staging is limited but on-ear headphones tend to have that effect as they have sound leak, therefore the lack of details in certain areas of the song. Interestingly, unlike the Plantronics we reviewed years back – these were actually comfortable under long use and it’s all thanks to the cushioned earpads and the band didn’t feel like as if it was pressing on to my ears. It sat there just comfortably well. Noise isolation wasn’t too bad either – in fact while writing this review on my Durgod MX Blue Switch keyboard, the sound of my typing was a little faint, so, hey – the isolation works simply fine.
Coming in at RM – get ready for this – at 159 ringgit (on sale, you can get it as low as RM 135), they sound quite alright and the price alone gives me the opportunity to look past those minor issues which may seem like a nitty-gritty thing to do (Sorry, can’t help it), they are a good pair of on-ear headphones. Especially around this price range you get a lot of those rip-off headphones or ones that has worse quality than you’d expect, I am glad that the Infinity Tranz 700 exist in that price range.
Special thanks to Harman for gracing us with the review sample for the Tranz 700.