We have just taken a closer look at the Prodigy Air 2 In-Ears, and the next hifi piece from Aiwa is already falling on our table for testing. The Arc-1 wireless headphones are supposed to impress with their impressively good sound, high wearing comfort and a long battery life. We are especially curious about the ANC function, which is the biggest change to the first generation of the Arc-1.
In order to find out whether the revived Brand Aiwa with the Arc-1 ANC can fulfill the premature praise, we put the headphones to the test. Our review will show if they are worth their money and if we can make the next buy recommendation for the cult manufacturer.
|Driver||40 mm, dynamic|
|Frequency range||20 Hz – 20.000 Hz|
|Microphone||2 microphones for active noise reduction (ANC), 1 for telephone calls|
|Battery life||20 hours of music, 800 hours in standby|
|Liquid protection||IPX5 certified|
Looks & material
Externally, the Aiwa Arc-1 ANC comes out of the production hall much more modern than its predecessor. Even if this is always a question of taste, we agreed that the ANC version has got much more elegant looking over-ears. What has remained is the high-quality workmanship with precious materials.
A memory foam was used for the ear cushions, which in combination with the genuine leather cover offers excellent wearing comfort. Together with the typical slightly oval shape of the pads, they seal perfectly, so that outside noise is already clearly in the background – and at this point not even the ANC is activated.
In order to carry the brand to the outside world, the company has again decided to immortalize the Aiwa logo in several places. This means that the logo is placed twice on the headband and twice on the outer shell of the headphones. The logos on the hanger also look very noble, as they are made of red metal. We know that brand doesn’t mean quality, but in the case of Aiwa you show exactly that and also the high quality of the Arc-1 ANC.
Otherwise, the body – including brackets and over-ears shells – is made of robust plastic. For a lasting comfortable feeling the temple has been given a luxurious head padding wrapped in imitation leather. A white-red fabric with the letters L and R on the inside of the headphones shows how far the headphones have to be put on.
In general Aiwa is in our opinion very successful in its appearance: simple, elegant and high-quality looking.