Atomic Floyd SuperDarts review: Atomic Floyd SuperDarts

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The Good Powerful, punchy bass; Clear high frequencies; attractive styling; handy in-line remote.

The Bad Slight lack in mid-range frequencies; rubber top half of cable feels flimsy; quite expensive.

The Bottom Line The Atomic Floyd SuperDarts offer powerful, punchy bass with clear high frequencies that are sure to appeal to fans of electronic and dance music. The lesser performance with mid-range tones means they won't satisfy audiophile purists though.

8.3 Overall

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If you're tired of your cheap headphones and their lacklustre sound, it's time you splashed your Christmas cash on some hot new kit.

And if you're into electronic music, the skull-shaking bass offered by the Atomic Floyd SuperDarts will give you endless hours of pleasure.

They're available now from the Apple Store for £200.

Design and build quality

With their bright red cable and shiny metal bits stuck on the end, the SuperDarts certainly aren't the sort of understated headphones you'd want sticking out of a smart new suit. They stand out from much of the plain black headphone crowd though, with similar angry stylings to the Monster iBeats. If you want people to know you've upgraded from your bundled 'phones, the SuperDarts scream it in their face.

On the surface, the SuperDarts look almost identical to their predecessors, the MiniDarts. The metal, bullet-like tips are back, complete with aggressive grooves. They're machined from stainless steel, so should be sturdy enough to withstand an accidental attack from an errant foot.

That metal does make them pretty heavy, so you'll have to make sure you use the correct size of tips to ensure they don't fall out of your lugholes. Even with a tight fit, they don't feel completely secure, making them more suited to a walker's journey than a jogger's workout, although they are very comfortable to wear for long periods if you're not moving around too much. The input is also made from that firm metal, so you needn't worry too much about damage when shoving them into your pocket -- reassuring, given the steep price tag.

The rubber cabling at the top half of the headphones is more of a worry though, feeling rather flimsy and prone to tangles. Below the point where it splits into the two channels, the cable is wrapped in a woven material that's much more resistant to life on the go.

In-line remote

Settled in the top half of the left-hand cable you'll find an in-line remote made from more of that tough metal. There are only three buttons on it, and once you learn the tricks, it's quick and easy to skip through your tunes. One click of the central button pauses the track, two clicks skips it forward and three skips it back. The buttons above and below this are for the volume up and down, respectively.

Atomic Floyd SuperDarts in-line remote
The in-line remote is useful, easy to use and has a mic for calls.

On the back of the remote is a microphone so you can use the SuperDarts as a hands-free headset when plugged into an iPhone. The microphone does a decent job of picking up your voice, although if you're walking near a busy road or in a strong breeze, expect to repeat yourself a few times. The remote won't work with Android devices though, so if you're after a headset to use with that new Samsung Galaxy Nexus, you'd better look elsewhere.

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