Pros Sound AWESOME: nice, balanced bass & quality mids/highs too, relatively comfortable
Cons DIED IN A YEAR (sound like theyre underwater, its some sort of filtering effect cuz the bass is still good), If you lose the the tips that fit you you're f*ed
Summary So I have LOVED my Custom-2s for about a year now. The sound quality is by far the best Ive had (although, the only comparisons I have are the Bose TriPorts and cheapo $20 kinds). I listen to them almost constantly: between classes, on public transport, I even overcame my fear of losing them to take them to Europe with me last spring because I simply could not go back to normal headphones (and wore them constantly there too).
For me the medium sized tips fit best, so of course I promptly lost them. They're not as easy as the TriPort tips to lose but you also cant get replacements (other than eBay, I guess) like you can from Bose. So I had to make do with what was left. I could still get a good seal but they would slide out, especially in the morning when my ears were alittle waxy or damp. Id have to clean my ears every time I put my headphones in (good hygiene but OBNOXIOUS!).
And then this week, they all of a sudden died. Well, I guess I knew it would happen sometime, but still...See, the chord is rather short and very thin but it felt protected because of the nice fabric sleeve. However this sleeve isnt fixed very well at either end of the chord so after about 3 months of having them it came off the bottom end and started sliding up the chord, exposing it. I did my best to keep it pulled down, but it was quite determined. So I suppose it was only a matter of time before something with the chord went wonky. And it finally did, a couple of days ago. I feel like for the money they should have lasted alot longer than a year. VERY disappointed.
Pros I got these to replace some er-6i's that I wore out. So far, these don't isolate as well, but the sound clarity is terrific.
Cons One complaint about the cord, the covering is kind of noisy when listening at low volumes. The case doesn't quite fit perfectly as the plugs are set off at almost right angle. The zipper on the case doesn't always zip and I have to self repair it.
Summary For the price, I think these are outstanding values but I haven't worked out with them yet to determine if the cord noise will be distracting.
Pros Fit like a charm, the stiff moldable ends work perfectly.Nice mid range.
Cons Sound is average,cable above the split is prone kinks causing the copper wire to poke through.
Summary If these earbuds had deeper bass and the "kinking" problem was fixed I would continue to buy over and over again.Want them to work so bad. i love the custom 3's But those are too expensive for daily buds!
Pros Great sound quality with good balance, Quite comfortable, Build seems sturdy and well-constructed
Cons Could be uncomfortable to some, over-the-ear memory wire should be optional
Summary I'm new to premium headphones, but despite lack of experience with them, I am very satisfied with these. Though not without flaws, these are very solid headphones with great sound quality. They excel especially with sounds in the mid- and high-frequency. Lows are also quite full and deliver a tight punch where they're supposed to, but they are not quite as forward as other sounds in the music. Bass addicts beware. You may be disappointed.After listening again today, I found that in one of my songs on Alesana's album Where Myth Fades to Legend, there is a hidden keyboard that these headphones finally revealed to me. The headphones provide beautiful sound and do their job in allowing you to hear detail you've never heard before in your music.
As far as comfort goes, these are great. As I have read many professional and user reviews alike of other models, I can imagine there are some out there that feel even better models for comfort, but I have yet to experience them. Of course, they could be uncomfortable to anyone with problems sticking objects fairly deep into their ear. Also, the memory wire makes them feel rather odd and while not necessarily uncomfortable, I could go without.
Overall, I find these to be well worth what I paid, at about $80, but I believe I'd be just as pleased with paying the full retail price of $200. They sound terrific without exaggerating any frequencies over the others. Fit is good, and they don't feel particularly uncomfortable even after long periods of use. I would recommend them to anyone who loves music but doesn't want to spend money on more expensive balanced models.
Updated on Jul 21, 2009
"Amazing Clarity"on by GageC12001
Pros Great Highs, Great Mids. Lows very nice but only with modifications to your equlizer and getting proper seal in your ears. The quality of the soundstage is great for the price. Blocks out large amount of sound.
Cons The wrap over the ears's style takes some getting used to. Break in period with finding the right combination of settings and ear gels takes time.
Summary If your looking for a pair of headphones that allows you to listen to music in quiet at work while not bothering your co-workers this is the set for you. The quality is there and the sound quality sell it more than anything else. remember to take the time to set your equilizer for the bass. I had another paid of headphone cx300's that if you just play them side by side the bass from the cx300's is more responcive. after setting my equlizer for these new headphones they were pumping out more bass than my cx 300's. I've read alot of reviewes and most people I think are not doing the neccessary set up to get the most out of a pair of these. You set up a car's supenson differently if your going to do circle track racing compaired to cross country. High performance audio equipment is the same. No 2 are the same and you tune to get the correct responce you want, not buy equipment to the setting you have.