Monoprice 108320 In-Ear Enhanced Bass Hi-Fi Noise Isolating Earphones - Silver
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- Featured in 4 Stylish Colors for pairing with your favorite electronic device
- Easy-Fit Design for Comfort and Fit, 3.5 mm plug
- 1 Pair of Soft Earpads Included, 1 Year Limited Warranty, Parts and Labor
- Huge Drive Unit - Diameter 14.2mm Delivers a Full and Rich Sound
- Impedance (ohm/1kHz) - 32
- Long 48" Cord offers Full Range of Motion
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With its stylish design, these Monoprice earphones will prompt complete strangers to ask you where you got them, but you won't hear a word they say as you rock on down the highway! Made with a noise-isolating design and producing clear and solid sound, these earphone are a great way to enjoy your favorite music from your iPod or other portable music device. They fit comfortably into the ears and produce solid bass notes and clear midrange tones, both normally a weakness in earphones, thanks to the large 14.2 mm driver unit. The package includes three different sized pairs of silicone earbuds, for a better, more comfortable fit. The 48" cord terminates in a gold-plated 3.5 mm stereo plug, which connects to most popular music devices and phones, with better connectivity and corrosion resistance than the more common nickel and tin-plated connectors. The end result is a pair of earphones that are made for the rigors of daily use from the music fan on the go! Amazing sound clarity, hard-rocking bass, and durability. Who could ask for more? What? You want Aerosmith to play at your birthday party? OK, you CAN ask for more! Note: For best results these earphones should be broken in by playing pink noise through them for about 24 hours. The difference in sound quality before and after the pink noise break-in period can be quite dramatic.
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These headphones do have one pretty comprehensive failure: The initially luxe-seeming fabric cables are almost supernaturally prone to tangles. Seriously, if you just left them on your nightstand while you took a nap there's a good chance you'd awake to find that they'd somehow tied your hands and feet to the bedposts. And because the body of the earpieces are so big, untying them can be pretty frustrating, especially when you just want to pop them in for a quick listen. Seeing as how they don't come with a case or a cable management system of any kind, and being that they live in the shadowy maelstrom of my bag for weeks on end with nothing to do but tangle themselves into a Brillo pad, it's definitely a nuisance.
Still, it's hard to give any headphones that sound this OK, that can be had for the price of a fancy drink, any less than four stars. Why not get some?
The packaging was very nice and they appeared undamaged, and they came with 2 other sets of rubber inserts for different ear sizes. Mine just didn't work. :(
Housings are a bit too large for me. This is personal preference though... You need to decide for yourself if you want to trade off a larger driver with slightly fuller sound for a more compact size. The driver housings are easily twice the size and weight as similarly priced earbuds. I say this first, because for whatever reason, the images on the page didn't quite prepare me for their actual size when they arrived at my home.
When I first got them and used them exclusively for the first week or so, I got more than enough stares to become self-conscious and even had people ask me 'what the heck those things' were...
When I use them now, it is only at home (on my computer / tablet / phone or as monitors while playing my guitar) as they're too big and weighty for me to use while walking, exercising or anywhere else that I'd be moving around more than a little bit.
-However- I must say that they never once fell out (after I figured out the correct way to insert them - there are no instructions, and the L and R stamped on each one was VERY easy to miss), and the rubber eartips did a decent job sealing the ear canal which is crucial for noise isolation and (much more importantly) bass response. You can, obviously, choose one of the three standard sizes for your ear size.
I have a headphone amp so I can drive my earbuds / earphones much harder than the standard output from my phone(s) tablets, etc...
When they arrived, I drove them VERY hard to put them through their paces as I do with all my gear. They took a bit more punishment than 'regular lower-end' buds (my $20 skullcandy buds for example) and do have better bass response at higher volumes. Not much, mind you, but certainly noticeable. I can easily get a few db more out of these than comparably priced buds before distortion creeps in.
At high volume, they get muddy. The bass WAY overpowers the mids and highs creating an unpleasant mashup.
After a bit of trial and error I've found a happy medium where I do not drive them any higher than roughly 80% or so of max output, and I have devised EQ presets specifically for these buds on my different devices and depending on how I'm using them - e.g. as guitar / recording monitors, simply listening to MP3 music, or watching movies.
Well, very simply, they sound 'fine'. If you take into consideration their price, I'd re-word that statement to say: they sound 'pretty good'. I can't get overly excited, but by the same token, they are only around $10.
This was by no means a scientific test. I used my only my ears and my (subjective) judgement and not quantifiable testing parameters and electronic equipment. That said, I do however have 37 years in the music industry as a musician and sound engineer. So, (at least I like to think) possibly, my experience perhaps gives me a small bit of a leg up on the average user. Take that as you will.
Finally, I'd say: If you can deal with their size, AND you have the patience to play with the EQ on your phone to define the sound parameters conducive to these buds... by all means get them.
Thanks for reading.