Pros Superb sound, awesome bass, noise cancellation
Cons I haven't found any
Summary These headphones are nothing short of spectacular. I listen to two types of music. Electronic and underground hip hop. I am a music enthusiast so I did not mind spending any amount of money necessary to be able to listen to my music in the best possible way. I use my ipod everyday at work, gym, biking and running so good heaphones are a necessity. I decided on this particular model because of the advertised ability to produce a deep bass sound, which is lacking in most in ear models. Once my headphones arrived I was very excited to try them out. They come with several ear tip sizes so I began with the ones already on the headphones and excitedly placed them in my ears. I turned on my ipod and put on a mixed Drum & Bass album. The sound was amazing. The bass is as good if not better than a pair of over the ear technic headphones I have that cost $150. The bass is not distorted at all. The sound is so loud I can barely turn the volume past half way. For those of you that use the headphones that come with the ipod you know that you have to turn the volume up really loud and it still sucks. I decided to play around with the other sizes of the ear tips to see if it made a difference. For some reason I did not think the largest size would fit my ears but it wasn't until I put these in that I realized the full potential of the headphones. Once a complete seal was made in the ear the sound was pure perfection. When I walk down the street to the gym I hear absolutely nothing going on outside in the real world. All I hear is clear, crisp, music with deep bass sounds. If you listen to electronic music or hip hop these are the headphones for you. My only recommendation is that you experiment with all the ear tip sizes before deciding which one is the best one. You will know when you find it because it almost like putting in ear plugs. Every so often I will adjust the ear phones in my ears to put them back in the optimal place in the ear. This happen sometimes in the gym when jerking around. Also, don't pay full price for these. I found them online for $140. They were the black ones, which I actually like better than the white. A little less obvious when you wear them. Enjoy!Updated
I have owned these headphones for close to a year now and I'm sad to report that the bendable plastic piece that goes around the ear has completely separated from the left bud and the sound no longer works in the right bud. This has all happened in the last 2 weeks. I'm contemplating buying another pair or switching brands. I'm hoping to hear back soon from Ultimate Ears to see if they will repace them.
Pros Lots of Bass, replaceable cable, bullet-proof carrying case
Cons Slightly larger than other earbuds
Summary I have about 15 pairs of headphones in my collection... some cheap, some expensive. My Grado RS1's are at the top end, the crappy white ipod earbuds at the bottom. When I got interested in really hearing my music, over the past several years, I used to really shy away from earbuds. Due to their micro-size, I found many earbuds were way to high on treble, and completely lacking in bass. Due to some lifestyle changes recently (a new baby), I really dont have the room to drag bigger sets with me when I hit the road. Thus, a few weeks ago, I decided to once again give ear buds a try.
I auditioned the Super.fi 5EB's, 5Pro's, and the Shure E5c's, and liked these the best. My music tastes vary from Electronica, to Trance, to Industrial, to Punk, to Alternative to Accoustic.
Once you hear the sound that comes out of these buds, you may wonder where they've been all your life. While the 5EBs tend to be a tick short on the Treble and Midrange, if you are using them with an iPod, and you need more Treble, you can flip through the various EQ settings, and tweak the Treb/Mid up a bit. When I compared these to the others mentioned above, I found that these were much MUCH warmer sounding than the rest... the treb/mids on the other buds were just too high... enough to give you a splitting headache after a little bit. Once you get a taste of the low-end/bass that these deliver, you will be in heaven.
Note: In order to reep all the extra bass that these buds offer, you really have to make sure that they are inserted into your ears properly. When I first tried them, I didn't think they sounded any better than all of the others I've auditioned over the years. But, once I really had them jammed in deep, the bass really, REALLY shines. In fact, if you are looking for a tick more treble, all you have to do is pull them out of your ears, just slightly, and you'll have it. Also, once you have them inserted deep, they really do block out the ambient noise around you... I could barely hear myself think with them in, and the music off. I think these would be great to commute with.
The bendable ear hangers I found were much better implemented on the Ultimate Ears headphones, than on the Shures. That, in combination with the fabulous sound, the user-replacable cables, and the compact, seemingly bulletproof carrying case make these headphones my iPod's new best friend. Even though they are a little larger than the Super.fi 5Pros, I still find them to be equally as comfortable to wear for several hours of listening.
If you have been hesitant to use earbuds because of the historically horrible tonal balance, give these babies a try. If i personally had to choose which end of the spectrum I'd rather have more of, I'd rather have a bit more bass, and a tick less treb/mid, than the other way around.
"I use to work out on ipod. very good but still limited to what you can listen to"on by XtechphileX
Pros Crisp punchy bass for trance. good high end vocals
Cons muddy mids, cant hear good tonal range theres low end and then theres high end.
Summary Well apparently im a spoiled audiophile from playing so many instruments and using tube amps becuase these things were supposed to blow me away and I figured I would not notice any setbacks of 'clarity issues' that some 'audiophiles' were complaining about (especially compared to the Shure E5c's). Very classy packaging I got both white and black to see which I prefered. Returned the white kept the black becuase they look better when your working out since their gooing to stick out of your ears alot anywyas.
I guess this is an obvious setback of having a dual driver instead of triple. Low end is excellent while listning to trance imported to itunes at 256 or greater bit rate and then to my ipod. However some of my rap/r&b tracks which were imported just as high were imposible to listen to because the bottom end notes were distorted and weak, as if they werent receiving enough power. I thought perhaps they werent and it was the ipod, however when switching back to the ATB trance album it was just fine. Hmm. Then when changing the mode and putting on Europes the Final Countdown (rocky theme) It lacked all of the rythem guitar which gives the song the attitude kind of like eye of the tiger. I gave up and just listened to trance rest of my workout.
I used the 1/4" adapter and plugged them into my mesa boogie tube amp and played around on my guitar. Bass and low end was solid on clean. When I turned it to distorted however, I realized the range that is left out, all the way to the high end when I tried doing some tapping solos or wailing with some really high notes. Wasnt there! Alot of mids were muted as well. Problem solved
These earphones exceed the caliber of any of the earphones ranging from ipod stock- Shure E4c's. Perhaps even some believe E5c's (still dual driver).
There only $150 and honestly you GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR as with anything else.
want the best, get the Shure E500's. their $500 i know i know it deterred me away. But think about it, you dont want to have to 'upgrade' after already spending 200 after taxes and shipping and then realizing that perhaps you want to listen to ALL your albums in such clarity and precision with booming bass. Nevertheless, I am satisfied with my purchase and feel comfortable using these as workout headphones, they stay secure while boxing/working out and I didnt have to adjust them ONCE. Excellent fit and they look hot especially with the black nano.
Do your research so you dont have any regrets!
Pros Highs and mids are there,with a little extra bass punch to boot.
Cons They are a little bulkier than most but not over the ear phones
Summary I’ve had these headphones for a month now. One word: OUTSTANDING! You will not be disappointed at all. They do the job convincingly and then some.
I’d like to comment about the reviews on the EB’s and the PRO 5’s that the expert reviewers have given on these sets. Trust me I’m not knocking the pro’s but I have a little musical background and want to share some opinions here. All the reviewers give the PRO 5’s a better rating because of their FLAT response. In the audiophile world “flat” sound has always been considered the best way to go in listening to music. Example: look at your “highend”audio equipment, no bass or treble controls. So where am I going here, I bet if you removed the bass output on both the Pro 5’s and EB’s the mids and highs would sound identical,considering that both sets have the same frequency response and similar drivers.
All I am saying here is ,to those shopping around for IE phones,don’t let the reviewers scare you into thinking you are sacrificing sound by buying the EB’s.
Trust me,these things ARE NOT boomy. Boomy is the Bose IE Triports. Had a friend listen to the Bose and my EB’s,and he liked the boominess of the Triports better. He said the Bose had a lot more bass. They are trying to make up for lack of seal in the ear setup,but very little high end.
If you want a little extra punch in the low end and not sacrifice the mids and the high’s, then the EB’s are for you and you’ll save 40 bucks to boot.. IF want flat then the PRO 5’s will do the job and then some, with a little more sound isolation. Joe D.
"Best iPod ear plugs"on by rlung2
Pros sound quality, updated thicker wires
Cons price and the buds are big
Summary Just got an ipod nano and I was very disappointed in the LACK OF BASS when playing my tunes with the supplied white earphones and some new JBL earplugs my wife purchased. Read about the bass heavy Super.fi 5 EB and reluctantly bought them. The sound quality for roughly 90% of my songs is way better. Much more balanced, not too bass heavy either. Bottom Line: ==They make songs like they should sound==. You'll probably need to take your ipod off the Bass Booster setting though.