Love Star Wars, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Star Trek, Red Dwarf, Mork & Mindy, games and of course music? OK, some of these references might be showing my age, but the point is, you can now buy new headphones from a company called GravaStar who have “Transformers AirPod energy” and now until November 1st, there’s an amazing deal on .
The Sirius P5 headphones (hence their name) come with multiple cases that combine hypermodern creativity, functionality and customization with mecha-inspired designs.
The lightweight open-ear design (see JBL Tune Flex for more on what we think this means here) on these AirPods-specific alternatives uses large 12mm dynamic drivers and impressively includes Qualcomm aptX support.
But I’ll be honest, what interests me most about this case are these interchangeable cases – and not just because I like the look of them.
The Sirius P5 will have three unique sci-fi-inspired industrial designs available at launch: Defense Armor, Defense Mecha and Defense Crystal, with more styles on the way.
I love a nod to nostalgic, classic sci-fi culture with a little help from modern industrial design, but this one feels underpinned by substance and style. Made from zinc alloy or “Lego-like material” (GravaStar’s words, not mine), interchangeable cases can be purchased in addition to the one you bought them with, so you can switch cases depending on how you feel. and without having to buy a new set of headphones.
And for those mood ring vibes, four RGB lights on the left side of the Sirius P5 can be customized with changing colors for additional customization too. (Personally, I hope they can glow purple. I like purple.)
And the specs on these interchangeable cases are impressive: each charging case holds four extra charges, combined with an eight-hour battery life in the earbuds to give you 40 hours of total playtime.
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Of course I prioritize sound quality, but I have to admit I’m a huge fan of the cyberpunk, collectible element here – and they kind of echo the retro lighters of my youth that I hope kids aren’t using anymore.
Yong, Huang, GravaStar’s founder and industrial designer also seems committed to the cause, saying, “We will continue to release new designs so people can have fun expressing their style while vibrating to the music.”
Plus, the added benefit of a spare case (or two) that pairs well with your headphones is all the extra charges you can carry with you if you’re heading to a festival or camping, say.
Otherwise, it’s just a bit of theater, right? No, actually the Sirius P5 headphones are pleasantly true to their name, containing the latest Qualcomm 3046 chip and featuring Bluetooth 5.2 for a fast and stable connection, plus a large 12mm driver per earcup, a game mode for low latency and that all-important aptX codec for better quality audio streams.
And just like a mecha robot is easily controlled by the person operating it, Sirius P5 includes touch controls to increase volume, change lanes, accept calls, activate Siri and more.
Each Sirius P5 weighs just 5g, which is light. For reference, each Sony WF-1000XM4 earphone weighs 7.3g/0.26oz, while Apple’s inaugural AirPods Pro weighs 5.4g/0.19oz per button. And while the Sony Linkbuds S only weigh 4.8g / 0.17ox per bud, I think they’re probably the best buds I’ve come across for little ears.
Despite their open-ear design, GravaStar assures us that they also fit perfectly inside the ear, which is good because you also get “Ambient Noise Cancellation”, something that always gets affected if you don’t get a good seal. .
An IPX4 rating means they’ll survive a spin class, and you’ll even get a collar that can be attached to the headphones to ensure they never get lost during especially athletic activities.
The Sirius P5 headphones themselves only come in black or white, and you typically only get a charging case, reasonably priced from $79.95 to $99.95 (opens in new tab).
However, from October 6th to November 1st, a special pre-order price of $89.95 (about £80 or AU$139) includes a set of black headphones and all three cases, as usual. offered for $139.95 – and that’s a pricing strategy I might get left behind. Because? With juice alone, that’s a solid 64 hours in the two extra cases, for a total of 104 hours of playback before needing the USB-C cable. Bargain!
In fact, if the sound here is good, I’ll buy it – and they might get into our ultimate guide to true wireless headphones. Before you ask, no I haven’t heard them and therefore I can’t guarantee the sonic chops just yet. But I’d rather be happy than right any day… (one for the Hitchhiker fans there.)