If you’re looking to invest in the Almaz, there actually a little tricky to obtain and only one retailer I know of sells them at the moment as they’re fairly new products to market. They’re currently listed for £112 from Alternate. The RRP is actually only 99.9 EUR, but we’re told prices will be updated soon to reflect this, as it stands we see the Almaz are overpriced by about £20 here in the UK, likely as a reflection of their currently limited availability.
The Almaz are quite expensive, but their performance is on par with sets of headphones that often cost £150+ and that does make them great value for money. The fact that you get so many cables in the box does seem a little excessive and I wonder if this could have been reduced to offer slightly better value for money. That being said, the inclusion of all these cables means that you may never need another headset again, given that you can use the Almaz as a pro-gaming headset, for work duties such as Skype, listening to music from a high-end amp, getting out and about with your phone and using it to make calls, listen to music, play games on the go, or hook it up to your MP3 player and go out for a jog, versatile indeed.
The fit could be a little better, ergonomics are far from perfect here and having the drivers more in-line with the headband would be a big improvement for this. The only plus side to the drivers being on the inside of the headband is that it helps keep them pinned tight to your ears. I’ll admit that it’s a little uncomfortable and the padding is a little tough, but that’s not uncommon on this kind of headset and it will improve with extended use as the padding moulds to your head and ear shape.
Build quality is superb, the headset feels durable and the overall finish of the plastics and trim are really nice too. All the cables are of a high standard and come with gold-plated fittings, pretty much what you would expect when investing around £100 on a product such as this.
Overall I think the Almaz are superb, I would love to see a few changes being made to their design should Attitude 1 take another shot at it, just to tweak the overall ergonomics and perhaps show a little more restraint in terms of how many cables are included in the box, sure they’re all useful but it does seem excessive. The Almaz still get an Editors Choice Award from me today though, because as a music lover I’ll take performance over style all day long and the Almaz are a prime pick for those wanting to kick back with a headphone amp and enjoy the full range of their music collection with sublime clarity.
- Flawless sound quality
- Very powerful drivers
- Extensive connectivity options
- Multi-format support (PC, portable devices, mobile, etc.)
- Great build quality
- Competitive price (given overall performance)
- Ergonomics aren’t as sleek as they could be when wearing the headphones
- Higher price may put off those unfamiliar with the brand
- Do we really need two iPhone and two Android cables?
- Availability could be better
Thank you Attitude 1 for providing us with this information.