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Very good Earbuds, but not worth $100
on April 24, 2013
Since there's a staggering lack of in-depth reviews of this item, I figured I should help anyone who was/is in my situation.
I previously used Skullcandy Titans religiously, but recently I've realized they sound muddier than I like. I use Sennheisser HD555s as my over the ear headphones and they sound stellar. Punchy bass when dialed in correctly, ultra clear highs, smooth mids. Very flat overall though. I use a Cowon iAudio 10 as my MP3 player and rip only at 320KBPS for my MP3s. It's a killer MP3 by the way, I highly recommend it if you're looking to make your MP3s sound better.
I listen mainly to progressive metal, but I'll listen to pretty much anything. What I look for in earbuds is a punchy low end, great mids and very defined drums and guitar sounds. Anything else is icing on the cake. I tried the regular DNA over the ear phones awhile back and really dug the punchiness and crunch that they had, all while remaining smooth and clear overall. Obviously my HD555s smoke them but they weren't bad headphones by any means. I'd say worth $120, not $200. I did like them enough to blind buy these earbuds though.
...And I'm (mostly) glad I did. These earbuds sound very similar to the Skullcandy Titans I'm used to, but much tighter in the low end. There's also significantly more definition overall. The cymbals are very clear, specifically the ride which was muffled and choked out with the Titans. The crash cymbals also sound like actual cymbals instead of just filler sound now. The bass drum is extraordinarily punchy and clear. The guitars sort of lack a tightness and definition, but i'll sacrifice a little bit of that clarity for a punchier sound. It might also be because I have the bass up a bit on my equalizer. The snare drum is also much more defined than what I'm used to with earbuds, it sounds like an actual drum instead of just a pop. The treble range is slightly piercing, but I was able to dial that back and now it's very clear instead. Synth and piano parts layered under alot of distortion and drums stick out SO MUCH better than with my Titans.
I can't emphasize how well defined the drums are, it's incredible for earbuds.
The way I'd describe the sound overall is that they are bass and low-mid mid range loaded. Sort of curving up from 100Hz to about 500Hz, slowly dropping down to around 1500Hz, then going back up and leveling out at 5000Hz. I actually set my equalizer flat to tweak it and found the flat sound very similar to the many tweaks I had for my Skullcandies. Pre-equalized for me - nice!
As for the price, the actual headphones are worth $50 I'd say. I'm listening to $50 earbuds. The packaging and presentation is very nice, but adds an unfortunate cost presumably. You do get 6 different tip pairs which is very nice. The cord DOES NOT tangle, which is also awesome. I'm not sure what people are complaining about with them falling out. I have had that issues previously with every earbuds I've owned - these actually stay in! The size of the outer part does not add much weight and makes for very comfortable wear as the plastic is formed and shaped to not touch the ear. Also the ear pieces are very comfortable in general. I've had them in about 30 minutes and they aren't any more uncomfortable than any other earbuds I've used (I have very sensitive ears). I'd say they're slightly more comfortable than my Skullcandies as far as the inner part goes.
- Not worth the price. I paid $75 instead of $100, and I do feel like I paid slightly too much. The earbuds alone are $45 - $50 in value.
- The sound is great overall, as long as you like punchy and clear bass and clear highs. Maybe not great for acoustic, vocal, opera, or classical music. Certainly not equalized flat by any means. Do not buy these unless you like punchiness in your music.
- More comfortable than most earbuds and stay in a heck of a lot better than most.
- Has phone controls which I haven't/won't use - I use these strictly with my MP3 player.
- Sound great for metal/djent music, which is hard to find in most earbuds. I also just tried them with some Skrillex and it sounds stellar, definitely designed with modern EDM/dubstep in mind.
- They look pretty darn cool!