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Phonak Audeo PFE 112 review

£119

Manufacturer: Phonak

Our Rating: We rate this 3 out of 5

The Phonak Audeo PFE 112 headphones are fiddly to put on, but once they’re in you’ll hear decent sound quality; they're also not cheap.

Phonak’s background is in hearing aids, so you’d expect the firm and the Phonak Audeo PFE 112 headphones to have a superb pedigree in audiological terms and comfort. Visit Group test: what are the best headphones?

The PFE 112s, however, are fiddly to put on, and not especially pleasant to wear. They’re worn inverted – the wire runs over the top and behind your ear – and Phonak provides optional reinforcing plastic loops. But getting these loops over the ear while fitting the eartips into the orifice itself was rather frustrating. See also Pioneer SE-CL331-H review.

With perseverence we were able to get a snug seal in the ear, which resulted in decent sound quality. Our pop samples came out well.

Bass was respectable, if a little lacking in sheer power. However, these headphones come with two kinds of audio filter, and we replaced the defaults with the set designed to boost both bass and treble. With these, our disco had a meatier thump to it, but the treble effects became unpleasantly piercing at a higher volume.

Phonak Audeo PFE 112 review

Phonak’s headphones are fiddly to put on, but once they’re in you’ll hear decent sound quality

Our jazz sample with these filters was flat and thin-sounding; so there are definitely down sides to switching filters.

Finally, the build quality of the headphones is good, and they have a robust cable.

Phonak Audeo PFE 112 Expert Verdict »

Sound pressure level: 107 dB SPL/mW @ 1 kHz
Impedance: 32 Ohm @ 1 kHz
Frequency range: 5 Hz - 17 kHz
Cable length: 110 cm, 454g
  • Overall: We give this item 6 of 10 overall

The PFE 112s offer good audio. Our main gripe is that they’re fiddly to put on, they’re pretty expensive, too.

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