Credit where credit is due: the GravaStar Sirius Pro wireless earbuds are very much hard carried by their looks, because goodness do they look amazing.
Admittedly, a lot of hardware has fallen into a slump lately- either look minimalist or have that edgy gamer aesthetic to indicate that your product is, in fact, for gamers.
With the GravaStar Sirius Pro, however, there presents itself a new option- GravaStar’s product lineup has this weird grungy sci fi feeling to it, almost like I need to use their products while in constant fear of Ridley Scott coming to get me.
But there’s so much more to these earphones than looks. How so? Read on and find out.
Modern In More Than Just Looks
One thing a lot of design-first products tend to suffer from is usually a lack of quality of life features. Wireless earbuds nowadays are more than just headphones with the cables chopped off- there’s a lot of technology that has to go into them despite being so tiny.
Thankfully, Gravastar Sirius Pro delivers with in-ear detection, as well as 3 different audio modes to really get the experience you want out of them. The gaming mode is especially great if you’re playing games like PUBG Mobile- by putting more focus on layering the audio you get a clearer sense of just exactly who’s shooting at you, and whether or not they also directed The Martian.
Personally though, I’m more a fan of the Music Mode, which really puts more emphasis on bass-y audio. Listening to albums like live recordings of Giant Steps is an utter delight with the Gravastar Sirius Pro, as it should be.
Finally, for those of you catching up on your anime or watching the new hotness on your phones or tablets, there is also a movie setting that lets you feel totally absorbed by such thrillers as Blade Runner 2049 or House of Gucci.
I’m also really glad that these don’t use any kind of external application to control them, either- the mode switch is just a simple tap on the earbuds themselves, and you’re in your optimal setting. it’s also great since that means you can experiment with mixing and matching- NieR Automata, for example, might sound way better in the Music configuration, considering how much that game is carried by its music.
They’re a great compliment to the earphones’ 7.2mm dynamic drivers- which are sure to make your favorite tracks sound absolutely divine. They even have noise canceling capabilities, so if you wanted to tune out the outside world and not think about something like, say, how long it’s been since you’ve watched American Gangster, you can definitely do so while also jamming out to Blade Runner Blues.
OK But The Looks Though
With all the function out of the way, we can also honestly talk about the form factor on the Gravastar Sirius Pro. These earphones look and feel great- that grungey industrial feeling is something that’s refreshing to see, especially considering how hard the Sirius Pro commits to it. I mean, even opening the case has this good mechanical Chonk sound to it, it’s hard to not find it endearing.
Like, it’s not entirely just a visual appeal- the case is actually made out of metal, and boy does it feel it. It’s not obscenely heavy, but both the case for the earbuds and the carrying case it comes in have a great heft to them- and to the lovers of all things tactile, it’s sure to make all the difference.
On top of that Gravastar themselves have even shown off how sturdy the case is by saying you could use it as a bottle opener- all this while also holding 3 extra charges for your earbuds.
In a way it’s kind of like the same visual appeal as an anime like JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure- it’s visually unique compared to its contemporaries, and that does a lot of work in making it endearing.
That being said it does bring with it some concerns- the roll-cage style cover for the box leaves me with some concern about the joints wearing out in future, but in our month-plus of using it it hasn’t shown any signs of wear.It’s not so much about the quality of the build as it is simply a concern that comes with that kind of design.
The Gravastar Sirius Pro is definitely a great pair of earphones for the person who’s tired of boring minimalist designs. As much as you shouldn’t judge earbuds by their looks, the Sirius Pro are a great example of what happens when you just commit to an aesthetic and pull it off excellently.
On top of that, the product you’re getting works well too, being great for gaming, movies or even just listening to music while contemplating how many references to Ridley Scott’s career you can cram in before someone realizes you’re trying to indirectly say a pair of earbuds looks like they belong on the set of Alien.
They’re available now via the GravaStar website, where they’re available for 129 USD (RM580 approx).