Furthermore, Torque promotes the t402v headphones as an ‘example of what can be achieved with the synergy of superior engineering, ideal materials, and timeless design. Soft where it counts, sharp to the eye, and fine details that are out of sight.’ And I’d have to agree. These headphones are some of the best I’ve ever had the pleasure to test. But more on what I think later.
The t402v’s proprietary 40mm bio-cell membrane diaphragm transducers are what sets the audio quality apart from most consumer headphones. But it is also the consumer experience that I find as being most impressive. Why? Because not only are the ear pads comfortable and form fitting, and exchangeable, the whole ergonomic design is superior. The headphones were produced with comfort, quality and ergonomics in mind with the inclusion of a 4-way stretch lux vinyl enhanced seal, and a 3-way articulation and spring steel reinforced headband. A few other features built into the t402’s, as advertised by Torque Audio, include: ‘poly‐urethane internal damper plate for resonance reduction’ and ‘oxygen free copper conductor for improved signal conductivity.’ The mylar shielded cable has a right angle 3.5mm stereo input and is detachable. And microphone functionality for phone and voice commands is included. Additionally, for Mac users, such as myself, there is an in-line iOS compatible remote to control the music. Seems to me they thought of everything.
For a traveler, who is also an audiophile, it can be difficult to find the perfect pair of headphones that are both of high sound quality as well as build. Travelers need strong headphones that aren’t too big, or too heavy, and typically have a hardshell case for protection. While Torque doesn’t provide a hard case, they do include a very nice soft case. Sure, there’s no hardshell case, but I do believe they nailed the other most important attributes for travelers… The t402v’s are built very strong, and built to last, yet they were created smart. Beyond the ability to change ear-pads at will, the structure of the headband was created with travel in mind, or at least rough handling in mind.
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Article written by Brandon Scott. All photos via © Torque Audio.