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on June 26, 2012
Before I get into the review, I need to point out that the color choices listed above are NOT for the same model of earphones. My review primarily is for the HP818N Noise Isolating Earphones (black and white). These earphones come with 3 sizes of eartips and with the medium tips installed. At first I wasn't impressed at all with the noise-isolating quality, but then I realized I had not inserted the tips far enough into my ears. Operator error! When you truly seat the tips - that is, you pull gently back on your earlobes and insert the eartips snugly into your ear canals - it makes all of the difference in the world. Then I was quite happy with both the sound quality and the noise isolation. The sound is fuller/richer than other cheap earphones I have used. The noise isolation is provided passively (no batteries) simply by the blocking action of the eartips. At first I thought the eartips were plastic, but I guess they are more of a memory foam. I've had other memory foam earbuds but like these better than others I've tried. With my TV playing at normal volume, I couldn't hear the TV at all as I listened to my iPod. I paused the iPod just to be sure that the TV volume was indeed up (it was). The true test will be an upcoming road trip with kids. We'll see if the earplugs are comfortable for hours and whether the noise isolation works well in the closed environment with many competing sounds. For now tho' I'm sufficiently impressed to give these earphones 5 stars.
Knowing that my teenager would probably hijack these earphones, I ordered another pair, this time in the black cherry. I did notice that the model number was slightly different (HP820CR vs. the HP818N) but was hoping the earphones were virtually identical. They are not. The eartips are different (rubber covers vs. the memory foam type on the HP818N) and this difference yields sound quality, noise isolation, and comfort that are all not quite as good (to my ears) as the HP818N. The HP818N is superior in my opinion.