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Moshi Avanti headphones review: These cans deliver dulcet tones in a compact, lightweight package

Jackie Dove | July 12, 2016
The mobile-accessories company scores a hit as it expands into the personal audio market.

For music, Avanti headphones often uncovered in-depth tones I had never distinguished before, even in familiar tracks. While these phones are not noise canceling, they are noise isolating which means you can concentrate on the sounds but still connect with what is going on around you. There is very little audio leakage from the headphones, so you can crank up the volume a bit and not annoy your sleeping spouse or your seatmate on the train.

Moshi Avanti headphones

People with smaller heads will find the headband arms a bit long. There's just adequate cushioning on top.

Supreme comfort

Unlike most headphones, I found Avanti’s puffy rectangular ear pads—made of cruelty-free faux leather—extremely light and comfortable. They weigh in at less than six ounces. I could wear them for long periods of time without my ears going achingly numb, as they typically do with other on-ear headphones. Even when adjusted to their shortest length, however, the silver headband was a smidge too long for my head, hanging the ear pads just a touch lower than I would have preferred.

Moshi Avanti headphone case

Moshi provides a canvas carry case for storing the Avanti while they're not in use. 

I had to adjust the position of the headphones a bit in order to hear the best sound, but ultimately they were comfortable. It helped that the ear cups are slightly angled with somewhat flexible positioning so I could adjust the fit. The headband is minimally, and just adequately, padded.

The detachable cable has a built-in remote and microphone that are compatible with most phones and tablets, as well as your computer. The cable and mic work just fine although I missed having volume control: There are just stop and track forward/reverse controls.

I did not test this feature on my review headphones, but for the record, Moshi offers a free audio burn-in tool app for iOS that facilitates the headphone diaphragms reaching optimal performance by playing selections from a cache of tones and frequencies. The burn-in tool is customized for Moshi audio products, but it supports third-party headsets as well.

Bottom line

Moshi’s Avanti headphones are impressive. They are comfortable, they sound great in most listening situations, and they can be used with virtually all Apple devices as well as a number of devices from Samsung, Sony, and HTC. If your listening pleasure is in the normal range, Avanti headphones will meet your needs splendidly.


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