I-MEGO In-Ear Monitor Earphones, ZTONE, Gunmetal
- Crystal clear on-stage audio quality
- Custom-molded ear gels create secure fit
- Studio-tuned speaker drivers
- Genuine silver braided cables for untarnished audio signal
- ZTONE was selected as an International CES Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree, ZTONE won the A Design Award, ZTONE won the Plus X Award, achieved for: High Quality, Design, and Ergonomics.
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Musicians have long used custom earphones, called monitors, to accurately hear their music on stage. The vision for ZTONE (pronounced: stone) is to bring this on-stage earphone quality to your everyday life. Utilizing a patent-pending design that form-fits and locks in your ear, ZTONE provides a secure, comfortable fit through four pairs of custom-molded ear gels. Genuine silver braided cables carry untarnished audio to the studio-tuned monitors and securely fit behind your ear. ZTONE completes the package with an elegant design that compliments both your taste in music and your style.
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Pros: Good cable quality, nice addition of the gold, custom ear pieces fit well
Cons: Terrible sound quality, rubber ear insert is not removable, sticks out of ear quite far (not conspicuous)
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After purchasing, I read a couple of reviews from other online sources which stated that either the pseudo-custom in-canal attachments were essentially useless. At one point, when I tired of the uncomfortable, small custom attachments, I tried out the single-flanges - there was a great improvement in overall sound quality, and especially the bass (when properly fitted, you can really feel the bass in your head - obviously just a sensory illusion since the drivers are so small, but it's a nice effect) when a better seal is achieved. However, my left ear canal seems to be shaped pretty awkwardly, and the IEMs tended to loosen over time when I used the single flange attachments, and eventually lost the ever-important isolation seal. So, I went for another trial run through the in-canal attachments and found that, with the right selection (not the smallest ones, obviously, in my case), they were 1) much more comfortable and 2) sounded at least as good as when I first tried the single flanges with the better seal. You do have to get used to setting the in-canal attachments properly, if those are what you choose, though - I read another review where the author said it took them 5-10 mins to get them set properly. I can see that for the first time or if you have selected the wrong size, but once you've got everything figured out, it should only take a few seconds.
One other thing - if the main body/driver becomes partially detached or isn't properly set in the silicone attachment, the bass drops to near inaudible. It's easy to get attached properly with the single-flange attachments, but the pseudo-customs can sometimes be a bit finicky. Because of the issues with fitting and the fact that small changes in contact between attachment & driver cause huge changes in sound, I can only give 4 stars.
So, in short, I think that these perform really well and are fairly comfortable, but only if the user can put up with some trial and error. It can be a pain to get the right fit, but it's still much more convenient than going to an audiologist and forking up the cash for customs. I can't compare to other in-ear multi-flange phones like the Etymotics etc., but I think these turned out well after some experimentation.
As an aside, I originally bought these for the purpose of wearing them under a motorcycle helmet - I am not taking this into account in my rating, since they are not designed for this, but they are not well suited to the task. They stick out pretty far from the ears, and a properly fitting full- or 3/4-face helmet is very snug, so they tend to snag and the positioning gets messed up as you put on a helmet (there's plenty of room for them once it's on, but putting on/taking off the helmet may dislodge them, and there's no way to reach them to adjust once it's on). Probably possible to find a work-around for this, but just a heads up to anyone who would like to use them for the same purpose.