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Cheap headphones; fit is hit or miss
on May 17, 2013
I wanted to like these earbuds. I really did. I bought them to replace a pair of sport headphones that I lost, but unfortunately they just don't fit the bill. They have a neat idea: the earbuds are supposed to twist into your ears and lock securely into place. But in practice, it doesn't work so well.
First, you should understand what you're getting when you buy these earbuds. From the pictures they look like they might be earbuds crafted out of soft silicone so that you can sort of mold them to your ears. That is not the case. They are cheap, low quality earbuds (worse even than the ones that came with the first iPods) with an equally cheap looking silicone cap that is supposed to serve the dual purpose of fitting the buds to your ears and channeling sound. The silicone caps can slip off fairly easily, though I've so far managed to avoid losing them.
The upshot of all this is that sound quality is quite poor. This isn't too big a deal for me, as I'm not an audiophile, and I especially don't care about sound quality when I'm working out. Volume is more than adequate. But you should at least understand what you're buying. These are very low quality headphones--you can get Sony phones for around the same price with much better quality sound. I spent $20 on these, including shipping, because I had a $10 coupon, and I definitely wouldn't spend more than that, even if they fit me perfectly.
Unfortunately they don't. I have probably slightly smaller than average sized ears for a man my size (6'1", 165 lbs). The left earbud fits very well. It locks into place securely, and it has never come out. However, it does feel slightly too large. It doesn't really hurt, but it's not super comfortable, either. The real problem is the right ear. Try as I might, I can't seem to get it to lock the way the left one will. Since the sleeves on the earbuds are cheap silicone, you can move them around to adjust the fit. I've tried everything, but no matter what I do, the right earbud will slip out after about half an hour of jogging.
If these fit comfortably and securely, they'd be four or five star headphones despite the poor sound quality. But they don't. If you buy them, you're taking a risk--the twist 'n' lock technology is a neat idea, but it only works if they fit your ears perfectly. And unfortunately it's very distracting to deal with an earbud that keeps slipping out while you exercise. Given that solving that problem is the primary reason for these earbuds to exist, I can't give them a passing grade.