Arctic P402 Headphone Reviews

Manufacturer Arctic Model P402
Headphone Type Closed Supraaural Headband Type Single
Weight (g) 130 Driver Type Dynamic
Enclosure Material Plastic Isolation (dB) 10
Impedance (ohms) 32 Cable Length (cm) 120
Frequency Response (Hz) 20 - 20000  
Connector 3.5mm Street Price US$40
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Average reviewer scores
Bass Extension 5.0 Bass Impact 6.0
Bass Quality 3.0 Mids Quality 3.0
Highs Quality 3.0 Soundstage 5.0
Detail 3.0 Portability 6.0
Isolation 5.0 Comfort 3.0
Durability 4.0 Improvement With Amplification 2.0
Value for Money 2.0    
Overall Score 3.4 Total Reviews 1

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Review by Lead Reviewer commando on 14 Nov 15  15:00
Individual review
Bass Extension5
Bass Impact6
Bass Quality3
Mids Quality3
Highs Quality3

The P402 are another in a string of unimpressive headphones from Arctic. Even taking into account the low price these really aren't great headphones.

The first step was getting into them. Like many modern products they're in packages made to keep them safe during shipping, and resistant to tampering. This of course makes them difficult to open, but they emerged in good condition, after I almost ripped the cord out trying to get them out of the box as they appeared to be tied in there quite strongly.

I reviewed these headphones alongside headphones costing between 15X and 25X, the HD650 and the LCD2. Given the difference in price it's not really a fair competition, they're aimed at different markets and price points.

The P402 sit tightly on your ears, making your ears warm and a little uncomfortable, like most supra-aural headphones. Both other headphones sat over your ears, not touching them, which is much more comfortable.

Bass is one area the P402 do ok at. The bass is low and strong, though not that precise. It's quite boomy, but will probably appeal to the market they're aiming at. The bass is lower and stronger than the HD650, though the quality isn't as good and it's not as balanced with the rest of the sound.

Midrange is a different story - it's like I'm wearing earplugs when I put the 402's on. The mids are recessed and muffled, the best I can say about them is yes, I can hear the music, but not like the artist meant to be heard.

High frequencies aren't a strong point. They're muffled and rolled off, cymbals are a particular weak point.

Put the sound together and what you get is a strong boomy bass that overwhelms the music, muffled mids and highs, and relatively poor comfort. Artists voices are recessed, there's no detail in the highs, and bass booms away overpowering everything. One driver's slightly louder than the other as well, making the music sound a little odd.

I struggled with this review. With the other two headphones so comfortable and with such great sound it was difficult to force myself to put the P402s on my head.

Overall I think you can find much better headphones for your money, both in terms of sound quality and comfort.

Arctic supplied headphones for this review.

Arctic P402