SOL REPUBLIC 1161-31 AMPS HD In-Ear Headphones with Free Ear Tips for Life - Black
- i6 high-definition sound engine speakers for deeper bass, higher clarity and crisp vocals
- 3-button mic + music control
- Engineered with angle shafts that mirror the natural shape of the ear
- Four sizes of ear tips ensure you get a comfortable fit, with a perfect seal and enhanced noise isolation
- Compatible with most Apple, Android and Windows devices that uses a 3.5mm jack
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Sol Republic's 1161-31 AMPS HD In-Ear Headphones with Free Ear Tips for Life, in black, feature i6 high-definition sound engine speakers. These in-ear headphones are designed to deliver incredible sound, style and technology. With powerful sound you can feel, AMPS HD are fully loaded with deeper bass, higher clarity and crisp vocals. The curved, in-ear Stay Fit design matches the ear's natural shape and a right angle connector makes sure the cable does not break. The 3-button mic + music control lets you adjust the volume, pause/resume/skip music and answer/hang-up calls. Plus the high clarity mic captures every word possible.
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- These things noise isolate better than any head phones I've ever owned. (I've mowed and trimmed grass while listening to talk radio and heard everything just fine.)
- They sound and look great.
- They fit flush and comfortably to my ear canal and come with different sized ear pieces to fit all sizes.
- The cord feels strong and durable.
- The shape of these ear buds could cause problems if you have to shove them into your pockets, they usually get caught on something because they protrude more than regular headphones.
- The plug on these head phones are L shaped, this isn't a problem for me but could be for other people.
- They don't have volume control only pause and skip. I now found that it's because I bought the "one button" control not the "three button" control. Three button control costs $50 and is the exact same head phones just with two extra functions. The one button control has the buttons, they just click and do nothing. This seems money grubby as hell to me because they're the same head phones minus two functions when $16 Apple headphones have all three functions. It just seems like they easily could've gave all three functions but instead chose to hold the volume control hostage for the extra $20. They sell the same headphones for $20 extra for only volume control. That's shady right there.
- Other reviewers question the long term durability of these headphones. I can't confirm or deny the durability of these things yet, but you should still know about the questions out there.
- The button control is set in the center where both cords meet instead of just on the right cord like other headphones. Depending on which headphones you're used to this could take some getting used to, nothing major, a few days max.
For me personally I found these headphones perfect for my purposes. Some of these cons are really more FYIs to other people than cons for me. I don't mind clicking the volume buttons on my ipod directly, it just irked me that SOL holds the volume buttons hostage but sells the same headphones for an extra $20. If you've read all this and found this helpful then consider hitting that "helpful" button so other people can see this.
The Amps are really nice sounding headphones with a flat sound (tunable to any EQ), nice build quality and flashy aesthetics, and the HD's are far better sounding (more detailed, better bass and mid range capabilities) with great build quality and more a more refined, modest appearance.
I own both the Amps and the Amps HD, so this review will go over both and hopefully help people decide which is better for them.
First of all, the Amps and Amps HD's both come with a "Free Ear Tips for Life" guarantee. The Amps (and Amps HD's) come with 4 rubber ear tips in different sizes and if you lose one or something happens, you can go on Sol Republic's website and request new ones and they will send them free of charge. Just in case there was some confusion about how this guarantee works, that's all there is to it. They take 2-3 weeks to ship.
The Amps HD's come with a rubber case and clip for easy portability and protection. This is the only accessory difference. The case is really helpful, but it doesn't close all the way, which might let dust get in and clog the earbuds, and the rubber of the case attracts a lot of dust, which is annoying but not a huge deal.
The Amps have a thin, easily tangled and fragile cable and the plates on the back of the earbud are made of a reflective black plastic. The SOL logo is engraved into the plastic, which looks really cool, but the earbuds are fingerprint magnets. The Amps HD's feature a flat, sturdy, tangle-free cord and lightweight metal plates on the earbuds. The SOL logo is engraved as well, but it is much more shallow and it gives a more refined, attractive look to it. The Amps are more flashy and noticeable (something I don't prefer; I respect the Amps HD's for being a more modest headphone). The build quality is a huge step up from the Amps to the Amps HD's, because of the much improved cord and earbud material and style.
The only other difference is the sound, and I would buy the Amps HD's over the Amps any day of the week in regards to the sound. The Amps are a very flat-sounding headphone, which I really enjoy because it wasn't too bass-boosted or anything like that, but rather it was adjustable using a separate EQ. SOL Republic, in reference to the Tracks, Tracks HD's, and Master Tracks, have not been known to provide a nice, even sound, so it is awesome that they have pulled this off. However, in the case of the Amps HD's, they are like the Amps in that they aren't boosted in any sound register, but they are incredibly clearer and capable of smoother mids and lows that the Amps could ever dream of. The instruments all sound separate and distinguishable, and the details are easily discerned through the Amps HD's. And the bass... with the right EQ, these things thump with a really tight, refined, smooth bass. The sound is great for both headphones, but the HD's are a lot better in my opinion.
Finally, the reason I rated these 4 stars out of 5: both earbuds do not have insulated cords. As another reviewer mentioned, when the cord touches anything, they make a loud thumping sound in the ears. Unless you are sitting down or not moving a whole lot, these headphones are really bad at preventing those annoying thumps from distorting and covering up your music. It is almost a deal-breaker for me, because these are so hard to use even when walking! If it weren't for stellar sound quality and nice materials, I would have looked elsewhere. Not to discourage buyers, these are great headphones, but if you need fitness headphones, or anything that is super versatile for use during activity, don't buy these.
At the Amazon.com pricing, the Amps and the Amps HD's both are a steal, I would go for it if you are looking for a really high-end pair of earbuds! If you can afford the slightly-more-expensive Amps HD's, I fully recommend them. If not, the Amps are still great headphones that I would still recommend.
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