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Arctic P402 On-Ear Headphones Conclusion


It's not hard to see the appeal of the Arctic P402 On-Ear Headphones. For $40, you are getting some very impressive sonic performance. While you won't be taking these to the gym anytime soon (at least, not if you want them to stay on), they're perfect for listening to music while working or commuting. They are comfortable if a bit loose on the head which may, over time, become problematic. Chances are, however, for $40, you aren't going to care. If you are looking for accurate sound at an incredible price, the Arctic P402 Headphones should be on your list. At this price, why not give them a shot?


Arctic P402 Dynamic Supra-Aural Headphones



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Ergonomics & UsabilityStarStarStarStar
Build QualityStarStarStar
Treble ExtensionStarStarStarStar
Treble SmoothnessStarStarStar
Midrange AccuracyStarStarStarStar
Bass ExtensionStarStarStar
Bass AccuracyStarStarStarStar
Dynamic RangeStarStarStar
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Recent Forum Posts:

BoredSysAdmin posts on September 18, 2012 09:06
In this price segment I don't know anything better than Fostex T20RP
Haven't heard MDR-V6's, but I assume they are nearly as good
Impulse posts on September 18, 2012 08:22
Interesting review, its nice to see companies nowadays still give a good
Product at a low price!
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