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Buying the right earphones is an important, and slightly daunting task. You want something that is good quality (and doesn't break in a few weeks) with good sound, and something that also isolates the noise so that everyone can't hear exactly what you're listening to. I like my music a lot, but that doesn't mean that I am prepared to pay a huge sum of money for a pair of earphones. Price matters quite a bit, because I have come across several pairs of not very cheap earphones which have insisted on breaking down on me after a month or so, and it is just not worth the money to keep buying them like that.
After going through and breaking my second pair of Apple earphones (*sigh*- and they were pretty expensive as well) the hunt for some good quality, yet reasonably priced earphones continued. I came across these Creative EP 630 earphones, and this was from a brand I had never heard of before. Normally, I would have been more cautious of an unknown brand, but it had good reviews and they were very reasonably priced, so I thought that I might as well give them a go.
These earphones have a Recommended Retail Price of £24.99; a sum that I would not have been prepared to pay from a brand I had never heard about before. However, these were and are at the moment £8.99 from Amazon, and this is a very fair price to pay for a pair of good earphones, compared to those many times over its price. This is an average price to pay for brands such as JVC and so on.
Compared to my (broken) Apple earphones, that is a very good price indeed. There are, of course, other earphones in this price range, but whether they are even worth that amount of money is disputable.
So are these earphones worth giving a go?
These have a very good sound, with a clear quality and good bass. I think that these are just as good, if not even better than the other earphones I have tried before, costing much much more. The noise isolation works quite well- you can't usually hear any background noise so that you can stay focused entirely on your music- though if someone is next to you screaming particularly loudly, you will probably be able to hear them, depending on how loud you are playing your music (this has been personally tested).
Also, these are not what I would call leaky earphones, so that if you are listening to music in public, you will not attract any 'Turn Down Your Music' glares from people walking past you, no matter how loud you like to have your music.
Just a note- at first I found that the earphones were not very good, and believed them to be of inferior quality. What I didn't know at that time is that you have to insert the earphones properly inside your ear in order to receive the best quality of sound. You have to make sure that the buds are inserted fully inside your ear in a way that they do not fall out to get the best quality of noise. This takes a bit of time to get used to; however, when you do, you find yourself paying less attention to these than to the lovely quality of design. Of course, some may consider this as a defect of design. Maybe it is, but I can look past that to the good side. And once you have mastered the art of inserting your earphones properly into your ears, you will not have problems with it again.
These are also very durable- I have owned my pair for a few months with no problems yet, which is more than I can say for many other earphones that I have owned in the past. It is nice to finally find a pair of earphones I can rely on without them breaking before you can say "Bad quality". For the price I paid, they are certainly
In conclusion, these are some of the best earphones I have come across for a very reasonable price. You would be better off with these than you would be with several more expensive brands of earphones, and for that reason, I would give this product a well deserved 5 out of 5 dooyoo stars.
I use my headphones nearly every day, and then when im done with them they end up in the bottom of my hangbag, to be fished out the next day. Needless to say they don't last very long, and i go through headphones after headphones after headphones.
These little beauties are awesome however. Packaged with 3 different ear tips, so they fit snugly in your ear, the sound quality they deliver is supreme. Bass for example is really brought out with these headphones. They are also fantastic at blocking out noise from the outside, but be warned, get too into your music and you may end up crossing the road without looking as i have done on many occasion.
Im not going to go into much technical detail, because i don't really understand much about technical detail for any sort of electronic equipment but i really like these. They look great, as far as head phones go, and the sound they produce is exactly how it should be, not weak and crackly but strong and crystal clear.
They also seem sturdier than most budget headphones, and they haven't broken on me yet. I will definately be repurchasing these again and again.
I purchased these headphones around 4 months ago to replace a pair of Phillips buds that were much worse than these ones. These earphones are reasonably comfortable with no bulbous exposed plastic to irritate the ear. They come with 3 different bud sizes to accommodate various ear shapes and sizes. The middle one will generally be fine for most but if you are an extreme either way you are covered. In the time I've had them the internal wires and circuitry are still fine and working. I paid double this price for a set of headphones that were broken from my level of use in a month! The sound quality for the budget is pretty good. There is a decent range of highs and lows available and the sound is quite clean and crisp. Obviously, at this price range you aren't going to get incredible audio but the only way you will get better for a reasonable price that represents good value is to spend at least £30 on a set of Sennheiser buds.
~I have always been one of those people who think a set of earphones are a set of earphones.....they either work or they don't.~
For years I have just made do with whatever ear phones I get with whichever device I have bought. To be honest I never really thought about it, I just accepted the earphones I got and just got on with it. But I started to question the freebie earphones I always made do with after reading different things about other sets of earphones. I read about so many different kinds, I was amazed at first that so many different styles existed, it was then I decided I wanted to have a set of earphones, that didn't fall out of my ears every two seconds, that didn't hurt my ears, that gave me quality sound, that would even cut out all the noise around me. After a long search I did indeed find what I was looking for and now wonder how and why I put up with the other earphones for so long.
~There had to be some earphones somewhere to suit me~
I must have read every review for earphones on Amazon, There were so many different styles I was really spoilt for choice so I had to narrow it down as to what it was I exactly wanted from a pair of earphones. Like I already mentioned, I wanted them to fit in my ears comfortably this to me is very important as I have suffered with my ears something rotten due to hard uncomfortable earphones that don't fit properly into my ears. I had to be sure whatever earphones I decided on, would not keep falling out of my ears, I hate it when that keeps happening, it's so annoying. As I always just took the sound quality of earphones for granted I never really thought about good or bad quality sound before, but after reading some of the things about different sound quality, I decided I was going to go for a pair of earphones that would give me good quality sound for a change. So I knew what I wanted, now I just had to find them.
I did find them, everything I wanted in this pair of Creative EP-630 Noise Isolating Earphones. I ordered them from Amazon they cost me £11.52 I've since looked and they are now selling for £9.77 in my opinion an absolute bargain. They also come in five different colors to choose from, I'm not sure of all the exact colors, but I chose black.
These earphones are sleek, small, really nice looking things. They have the traditional L on one and R on the other to indicate the left and right ear, mine are black and silver, mainly black with a silver trim. The end I plug into my iPod is gold, I somehow feel this makes it appear better quality than the basic silver ones. My earphones came with three different sets of tips, mine are black but depending on what color you choose will obviously depend on the color of the tips you get, they come in small medium and large. I had read about this and thought it a brilliant idea as everyone's inner ear size is different, so being able to choose from three different sized silicone tips was great for me as I need to use the smallest size and never before have a set of earphones not only fit perfectly into my ears, but I cant even feel them there, they are so snug and comfortable it is totally unbelievable and I just didn't think it was possible to get this from a set of earphones, in all the times I have worn them they have never once just fallen out my ears, they only come out when I want them out. I have suffered endlessly with useless earphones, that this set to me, are out of this world. But that's not all, when I plugged the earphones into my iPod and selected the music I wanted to listen to, I really was blown away with the quality of the sound, I couldn't believe it, I could actually hear every word that was being sung so very clearly it was just amazing. The music as well sounded fabulous, the bass and the treble I could differentiate between. In fact the whole experience with these earphones is the best I've ever known. I have everything I want with these earphones and all for just over £11.00 I am amazed I have to say.
~It gets better~
I could not go back to using any old earphones again, I have learned that there is so much more to a set of earphones than I had first thought. Not only are these earphones everything I wanted but there's more, the noise isolating thing really works, this was all new to me and I thought that no matter what earphones I wore I would always hear outside noise as well as what I was listening too personally. The only time I can hear anything else (outside noise) whilst using these earphones is when my music stops at the end of a track for example. What makes these even better is the fact no one can hear my music but me, I know so many people wear earphones and if your close enough to them you can also hear what they are listening to, or even worse you can just hear a load of horrible noise coming from their earphones. But this is not the case with these, no one but me can hear what I'm listening too, so there is no annoyance for anyone around me. I know this as I wear my earphones in bed when I can't sleep and my husband used to always say "Oh what are we listening to tonight then?" He could always hear noise coming from my earphones which must have been very annoying if your trying to sleep. So with these new noise isolating earphones I no longer have that problem, he can't hear a thing. I was watching Coronation Street on the ITV Player the other night in bed and he had no idea at all. Fabulous.
~So is there anything not so good about them?~
Not really no, the wire is quite long and so therefore twists up quite easily which can be annoying, but this really doesn't lessen the quality of the product. I haven't had them that long, just a couple of months, so can't really speak of durability, but in the time I have had them, I've used them everyday and haven't noticed any deterioration in the sound quality at all. Oh I would advise not to eat while wearing these earphones, especially crisps because the sound is so sensitive, it is almost deafening, so do be careful whilst eating and wearing the earphones.
Even if they only last a few more months, I won't mind because they are cheap enough to replace and I will be replacing these with the same product when the time comes. I can't recommend these earphones highly enough.
~Get a feel for them~
I want to try and describe the feeling you get with using these earphones so I'll just say, imagine you are to turn on your music system, whatever system you may have, imagine the quality of the sound from your speakers presuming you have good quality sound speakers, then what you hear feels good, the sound is all around you and you are liking what you are hearing. Well these earphones feel just like that, only better because the earphones are right in your ears, the sound is literally in your head, it feels like the music is just there all by itself in your head because you can't even feel the earphones. Amazing feeling.
I really don't think I can say much more about these earphones, whilst writing this review I must have sold these earphones to myself a 100 times over. If you are looking for what I was looking for from a set of earphones, then you really need look no further, trust me on this one, they are so worth trying and I know you wont regret it.
Thank you for reading my review which may also be posted on other sites.
I purchased these headphones a few months ago and have to say I am surprised in many aspects. First of all the sound quality will not blow you away but for under £15 you will have to go a long way to find better. The bass is slightly exaggerated but overall casual music would be fine with this pair.
However there is the small matter of getting them in. They come with 2 extra pairs of rubber buds in different sizes to suit you. You will have to push the earphones in quite far to your ear and at first this will feel quite uncomfortable. I also do not recommend doing any sort of sport with them as they will simply not stay in unless you have a tight fitting pair of buds.
I have had them for over 6 months now and previous family members have had them for over 2 years. They are certainly the most durable in-earphones I have encountered. I previously purchased Sennheiser and Skullcandy but both bit the dust within 3 months.
Overall, the small amount of money you invest on these will go a long way. The decent sound quality coupled with the excellent durability outweigh the comfort factor giving you a commendable pair of in-earphones.
My favourite headphones. But they've put the price up.
Im rough on headphones. Very rough. So when people say these are weak and delicate I cant really comment as I shred anything and everything I carry with me. But I get alot of use out of them for the time they last me. So Ive got to a point know where I just fork out for a new pair ever 4-5 months.
With the EP 630 for me its all about the fit. And they fit me perfectly. The noise isolation and the benefits of the canal phone design that a good fit offers raise even probably poor magnets to a different bracket. Thats how I see these, punching well above their weight. Sure there are some problems. Slightly muddy base and lack of power in mid range. But that doesnt matter. To me at least.
One thing to note when buying these is that the old adage is still in effect, "If its too good to be true it probably is" There is a copies of the EP 630 being made, both with and without creative branding. Some are trying to look like creatives other are just trying to be look alike knock offs. Stear clear from both. They arent worth even the limited amount they cost. Just keep your eyes open, is what Im saying.
A few years ago I received an iPod Nano as a Christmas gift, it was my introduction to portable MP3 players and I was massively impressed at how many of my favourite songs I could store and listen to whenever I wanted. The only thing which let down this revolutionary piece of equipment were the earphones; I found them to be uncomfortable even when worn for a short period of time, they would slip out of my ears at the slightest turn of my head and its no exaggeration to say that over time I came to despise them. In a moment of madness last year I decided to throw the apple-branded earphones away and having nothing to listen to my songs with I ended up replacing them with a pair of proper, full sized headphones - a pair of Sennheiser's.
Whilst the headphones were bulky and certainly not discrete they allowed me to listen to the songs I wanted to without any concerns, they were comfortable and provided excellent sound quality and I was that impressed with them I ended up reviewing them on here and gave them the glowing praise they deserved. However, it soon became apparent that although my Sennheisers were fine for use whilst lounging around at home I faced a problem if I wanted to listen to my iPod outside, I felt very self conscious leaving the house with a pair of headphones on, the supplied wire was extremely long and quite thick and I quickly came to the conclusion that headphones didn't lend themselves particularly well to portable use. Faced with the dilemma of wanting to use my iPod whilst out walking the dog but not wanting to wear headphones and refusing point blank to buy another pair of hateful apple earphones I did what I always do in a crisis and turned to amazon.
Conducting an amazon search for earphones opened up a world of choice for me with all of the major brands offering various different options, prices seemed to range from a two or three pounds up to thirty or forty and having no other requirement but for them to be comfortable I ended up buying a pair of Creative Labs EP-630 earphones basing my decision on how much they cost and after reading the overwhelming positive reviews on them. I've owned my pair for a few weeks now and having had enough time to get used to how they feel and familiarising myself with what they actually offer I thought it time to write my own review on them and share my thoughts on what you could expect to receive if you choose to purchase them for yourself.
So, the EP-630's from Creative Labs are, to give them their full name, "Noise Isolating Earphones" and come in a variety of different colours. I chose black for no other reason that they were the cheapest option and I received them a few days after placing my order with amazon. The earphones come packaged in a plastic bag contained in a small cardboard box and are supplied with a brief information sheet and an extra two pairs of different sized foam ear buds. As these are 'in-ear' earphones they are designed to fit snugly into your ears, to ensure they are comfortable they have a foam outer layer which is removable and the EP-630's have 3 different sized buds to select from (small, medium and large) Changing the foam layer is easy and selecting the fit which suits you best should cause no difficulties, it's just a case of slipping one off and the other on and then seeing how they feel in your ear.
The earphones are wired with a standard 3.5mm jack so connecting to any piece of HiFi equipment should be straight forward enough and of course these are suitable for MP3 players, I-Pods included. The cable is a generous length at just over a metre so not too short to cause you to accidentally pull the earphones out, if anything I find the cable length to be a little too long but that is really only a minor grumble and nothing to be overly concerned about really. For anyone technical enough to understand, Creative Labs inform that these earphones have "9mm Neodymium magnet drivers" in their construction to deliver a greater clarity of sound and because these are in-ear 'phones they reduce any leakage of sound and reduce any background noise which may be going off around you whilst you are wearing them.
To be honest I don't know what 'Neodymium magnet drivers' are, all I wanted in a pair of earphones was for them to be comfortable, stay in one place and deliver a clear sound quality and I have to say that for the money these have been an exceptional buy from Creative Labs. I *always* grumbled about the volume settings on my fourth generation i-Pod, I thought it was too low and always complained that I wanted to be able to play my music louder than it allowed me to do, because these earphones actually fit inside of my ear I now find that there wasn't a problem with the volume control on my i-Pod after all, these actually deliver my music as loud as I want, when I want and I am very impressed with the quality of sound they provide.
Deep bass notes seem to resonate through the earphones and they provide a flawless quality which I find quite remarkable, every song I have played from guitar laden rock through to live vocals of concert footage seem to be crystal clear and at no time have I experienced any tinniness or distortion. The Madonna track "Erotica", for example, opens with a pulsating rhythmic beat which is incredibly deep in tone and through these earphones is flawlessly delivered, it seems to boom and shudder as was originally produced and every beat appears to be magnified and intensified. Every song seems to completely fill your head with sound and it is so easy just to get lost in the music when listening through these earphones as they do completely shut you off from the outside world - I find that I hear nothing going off around me and whilst I would imagine that a little sound must leak from them I haven't been subjected to any disapproving looks whilst wearing them around other people.
I don't really have anything negative to say about these EP-630's apart from that it does take a little time to get used to how they feel when inserted into your ears. Because they are such a snug fit and completely fill the opening of your ear canal it is slightly disconcerting to suddenly be able to hear yourself breathe as it is effectively like walking around with your fingers in your ears when these are worn. You can also hear yourself eat which is also quite odd, avoid munching on a bag of crisps whilst wearing them would be a little advice I could give as it soon becomes annoying hearing yourself crunch and chew your way through a bag, especially during any quiet sections of a song you may be listening to.
As far as the build quality goes these appear to be very well made, they only weigh 9 grams and are constructed of metal and plastic, the ear plug is gold plated and the wire is quite thin. Do be careful with these as I would imagine that the wire could become prone to splitting if you are the type of person to throw your MP3 player into a bag, I can't see them withstanding much abuse to be honest but if you look after them then I couldn't really see why they wouldn't do what they were designed to do for many years to come. Creative Labs offer a one year warranty on them, amazon have this in place anyway with all purchases made from them so at least I know I have some peace of mind that they are covered should something happen, but for the price I paid it wouldn't be too much of a tragedy if they needed replacing in time.
The RRP on these on amazon is £25.99 but I paid nowhere near that amount having spent just £7.62 on them. Stock seems to come and go quickly though and currently these are retailing for over £20.00 from a third party seller, shop around would be my advice as you should be able to find them for under a tenner and for that you get fantastic value for money. These are everything that apple's earphones should be, they're comfortable, stay in place and deliver amazing sound quality and I absolutely love mine.
Five stars from me as a rating along with a definite recommendation that should anyone be looking for a replacement or new set of earphones then these are certainly ones to consider. Thanks for reading my review.
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I've had various earphones through the years and each have had their various merits and issues. These Creative EP-630 ones are my latest acquisition that I bought a few months ago to go with my HTC Desire HD phone after I didn't quite get on with their supplied pair.
When I searched on Amazon at the time, these came up towards the top of the findings. At £16.99 delivered from Amazon, they were getting up towards the pricey end of the earphones cost scale, but with over 900 reviews against them averaging a 4 star rating (with just over 500 of those giving a 5 star rating) I thought that that they must have something going for them and that I couldn't go wrong with these.
Creative themselves are a company that are perhaps better known for making computer and mp3 player type products at the lower end of the price scale. But my experience of their products thus far are that they tend to be good quality at a very affordable price. With these earphones being towards the top of the price range, I was still expecting something fairly special from Creative.
So what do you get? The earphones themselves are a black design. On the one of the cable you have a gold plated 3.5mm plug that is the standard for most mp3 players and mobile phones. The cable itself is 1.2 m long, which is a joined twin cable up to the 90 cm point where it then splits into 2 for each of the earphones. The earphones themselves has a sort of chrome ring around them, but the best bit of the earphone design is the in-ear bud. It is kind of difficult to describe, but it is like a very small funnel shaped rubber tube where the wide end has been folded back on itself. This then fits into your ear where the soft loose rubber of the funnel takes up the shape of your ear. This means that they are very comfortable to wear for any duration because it is the rubber that is deforming and not your ear. They also seem to easily stay put in your ear once inserted and as yet after a few months of use, they have never fallen out with me. But just to ensure that all sizes of ear are catered for, Creative has also supplied 3 different sizes of these ear buds with these earphones.
The perfect fit of the ear bud also ensures that these earphones can be correctly labelled as noise isolating, and in use, that quality is very evident. Put them in and they very effectively cut out a lot of the background noise around you, meaning you get a very good sound reproduction and response from your music player through these earphones. Speaking of response, I was also quite impressed by the frequency range that these earphones have - going from a very low base range of 6 Hz, through to a very high treble range of 23 kHz - a slightly wider range than you normally find for a pair of earphones, meaning that you get an excellent reproduction of each note with a deep base and crystal clear high notes and speech. However, all that said will depend on your own personal perception of the sound quality, because as we grow older, our response ranges diminish, where one person's perception of deep bass may be different to another persons. From my point of view, I have used a variety of earphones over the years and I would put the frequency response range that I can detect from these right up there with the best of them.
In summary, in my opinion the high Amazon review rating was right. These earphones are very comfortable to wear for long durations and the frequency range of sound response is perhaps up there with the best for earphones on the market. So no doubt over a 5 star recommendation from me.
Since first buying an ipod in 2006 i've had a variety of headphones, ranging from the ones that come free with the ipod itself, some others that i bought from apple and even skullcandy but none of them compare to these.
The sound quality of these headphones is so much better than that of any of the other headphones i have owned. I'm sure many of you with ipod's will know that the ones that come with the ipod aren't exactly great. These fit comfortably in your ear without feeling awkwardly stuck in, it barely feels as if you have headphones in. As i mentioned before i had skullcandy headphones before these, which were more than double the price of these and i have no idea why! They fell apart within weeks and the sound quality had nothing on these.
These headphones are simply designed, they are all black including the earbuds. The only splash of colour is a silver triangle on the side of the earphone, but other than that they are very plain which i really don't see as much as an issue cause you don't really buy headphones to sit and look at them do you? They can be picked up from a variety of online stores including amazon, which i got mine from for £11 pounds with postage and packaging. Seriously, once you've bought these there will be no looking back, no other headphones will compare!
I have recently been doing some transcription work, and found that I was often troubled by background noise when I was working. My friend recommended the Creative EP-630 headphones to me, because they are much more reasonably-priced than noise-cancellling headphones, but have much the same benefit. I trusted Creative as a brand, because I have an MP3 player made by them, which has proved to be very high-quality and reliable.
I purchased these headphones for £11.15 from Amazon.co.uk with free delivery. A quick look at Amazon suggests that they're now on sale for £17.60, which is odd. They come in 'eco-packaging', which is certainly a plus point, as many products of this nature come in unnecessary, wasteful packaging that's also very difficult to open.
I used to buy very cheap headphones, around the £3 to £5 sort of mark, but these would often stop working within a few months (usually one ear would stop producing sound), and I realised that it was a better investment to buy slightly pricier ones. I am not the sort of person who would buy very expensive ones, and I don't really see the need to pay prices like £40 or even higher for headphones.
The headphones are of the in-ear variety, with a usual forked cable of around 1.5m in length. The earphones have little rubbery seals around them, and these help the phones to sit tightly but comfortably in your ear; you can twist them to get a good fit. Sometimes it can be a little time-consuming to get them to fit properly. They are marked R and L, for your right and left ears respectively. They shouldn't be shared, for hygiene reasons.
Immediately that they are put into your ears they will muffle background noise slightly. When you play an audio file on your computer or music player, the background noise is even less noticeable. Noises from within your head, such as chattering teeth and so forth, can often seem magnified, but that is not a big practical issue. I was very impressed by the noise-isolating properties, and the sound-quality of both music and speech files played back through these headphones is excellent.
I imagine it may be dangerous to use these headphones when out and about, as you would be less aware of your environment.
I have been using this product for a number of months now, and the headphones are still working properly with no signs of fatigue or damage (I think some types of headphones break rather too easily, although I'm aware they have a tough life at times). I am very pleased with my purchase of these headphones, as they're a very useful tool when I am doing transcribing work; they help me to concentrate on the sound-files that I'm playing. They're also great for listening to music. I would certainly recommend them, and suggest that anyone wishing to purchase them shops around, seeing as I managed to buy them for £11.15, and they now seem to be on sale for a higher price.
I went through a fitness craze earlier this year that meant semi regular trips to the gym. My gym is one of the nice modern ones where you can plug a set of headphones into the pieces of exercise equipment to let you listen to the radio or watch TV while you exercise. I needed a new pair of headphones just for use at the gym, I was looking for a cheap pair which I would not mind either losing or breaking but at the same time I wanted decent sound quality. I had heard good things about the Creative brand of music players so I figured I would give their EP-630 ear buds a try. At just £10 from Play (although I paid even less as I had a discount voucher) they did not break the bank but are they any good?
The first thing I noticed about the headphones is that the flex is made of a really sturdy rubbery material which seems to flex and bend more easily than other cables, the wire is 1.2m long which makes it the perfect length for either using an MP3 player held in your pocket and is also good for gym use. The headphones come with three sizes of silicone ear bud tips which is brilliant for people like me with unusually small ear holes, the smallest buds are made of a nice soft flexible material and fit snugly and comfortably into my ears.
In ear headphones tend to be pretty good at cancelling out background noised and the EP-630 is no exception to that rule. This makes them a good choice for commuters or others who listen to music in noisy environments as you do not have to turn the volume of your music up too loud to block out background noise. Because of the snug fit of the ear buds there is no sound leakage when listening to music at normal volumes although if you blast your music really loud then others will still be subjected to the annoying thumping of your music.
I always put my headphones through sound tests on YouTube. The Ep-630 perform pretty poorly on the moving object test meaning when playing any kind of directional sounds then it will be hard to tell the difference if a sound is meant to come from behind or in front of you. Creative claim these earbuds can play sounds between 6Hz and 23kHz. In reality I lost any bass sounds completely at around 30Hz with any sounds below 60Hz being very poor. There were no sounds to test above 17kHz which is an extremely high pitched sound which unfortunately came through loud and clear making me feel quite queasy.
As well as the YouTube tests I have tried these headphones out on several different types of music. I listened to some beat bass music and as expected from the YouTube tests the bass is very muffled and not very responsive and sounds very flat.
I've listened to a few pop and rock songs and while the mid range performance is far better than the bass it is still fairly underwhelming. Music is clear enough and piano sounds reasonably crisp but these are far from brilliant headphones. Listening to speech the sound is again clear enough but if an audience applauds then the sounds becomes quite dulled and with a horrible kind of hiss in the background.
These headphones perform best at either low or medium volumes, at high volume the sound becomes very distorted but they are fine at normal volume.
Overall the Creative EP-630 in ear headphones do not deliver very good sound quality and the poor bass response is particularly disappointing. I know you can't expect brilliance from a cheap pair of earbuds but compared to the Sennheiser CX300 which are a similar price yet give far better playback then these are a poor buy, they are however better than the awful Apple headphones that come as standard with an iPod and outperform them easily in both comfort and sound. For my use in the gym they are ok, they are comfortable and sturdy and have put up with some tough treatment from me without breaking and for just listening to the radio or listening to a few music videos while working out they perform ok but when I finally break or lose these earbuds I will definitely replace them with a different model
Headphones and earphones just don't seem to last very long in my house.
They generally get trod on or sat on and occasionally just disappear into thin air, probably secretly disposed of by the person who has just accidentally sat on or trod on them and is unwilling to admit to the fact that they have destroyed yet another pair.
Why is everybody looking at me????
With this in mind, I'm usually a bit of a cheapskate with earphones so it's fortunate that I'm not an audiophile, although I love my music very much indeed.
Anyway.. I was looking on Amazon for my next victim... err... I mean earphones when I spotted the Creative EP-630's for under a tenner.
(£9.15 on Amazon at the moment bargain hunters!).
Now, one problem I always have with earphones apart from being a clumsy oaf, is comfort and the ability to keep the things in my ears or should I say ear. My left ear is most accommodating but my right is having none of it and most earphones just seem to drop out willy nilly.
Certainly not cool.
However, these come with three pairs of silicone tips of varying size.
So, I have found that if I use a slightly larger tip for my right ear then problem solved.
Although having to do this does mean that I have to come to terms with being a freak of nature!
Sound quality is good and I find the bass is a lot richer than most of the budget versions that I have destroyed. The improvement in clarity could be down to the 9mm neodymium magnet drivers, but that's all a bit technical for me so I'll just reassure you that it all sounds lovely to my (freaky) ears.
The in ear design certainly reduces background noise and this makes them perfect for travelling, commuting or generally being around the wife.
Ooops... hope she doesn't read this!
There is also very little sound leakage so you if you are looking to annoy those fellow travellers every morning, then these are not for you.
All good so far....
But and there is always a massive butt with me.... Too much sitting down and not enough exercise is my problem...
Anyway, these earphones do seem to be a little on the fragile side, so they need looking after. Life expectancy is therefore very short in my hands.
On the plus side they do seem to very good for the price, and although mine are black, you can get them in white if that's what floats your boat.
For all you techie types:
* The response bandwidth is 6Hz-23kHz,
* The connector is mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
* The plug is gold plated.
* Sensitivity is 106 db
Also... They comes with a one year manufacturers warranty.
All in all four stars from me, losing one star for being a bit fragile.
Thanks for reading. Moon out.
well, i have to say these headphones rock.
I bought these headphones to replace the ones which came with my phone (basic samsung headphones.. they really sucked), i was pretty happy to pay £10, which is how much they where on Amazon, because the reviewers on there where singing these headphones praise... but i decided to have a quick look on Ebay, thinking they would be around the same price, i managed to get them for a wicked £2.80, including next day deliver.
----Packaging and contencts
Well, there was definatly nothing special about this... they came in a fail backed... thing, it was almost just a plastic bag (at this point i had to check whether they where genuine, and creative described this packet as eco friendly)
The headphones where tied using one of those, cable cord things, big wow, and came with three different sets of ear buds, small, medium and large. I settled with the small, as they where the ones that felt most comfortable for me, and didn't blur the sound... but most people on Amazon seemed to settle for the medium.
----Headphone Design and Feel
Well, they didn't feel the best, and it was obvious they where only cheap, but i wasn't too worried about that... as long as they did what they said, and lasted long enough for my liking.
The design is pretty nice, i like how small they are, nothing other than a wire protrudes from the ear, which is pretty cool. But the cable is slightly annoying, as creative have gone with that more than annoying design where one headphone cable is longer than the other, requiring you too wrap the long one around the back of your neck... annoying as hell for me.
----Sound Quality and noise cancellation
These headphones produce a pretty damn good sound, every note, word and beat sounds crystal clear, and they're capable of correctly playing really high's, and really low's. I really do get on with them, as a big music fan its important for me too have headphones which actually work...and which play music to a top notch quality. These do just that without the premium price tag!
The noise cancellation feature is fairly good, but nothing too special, if im walking down a road, i can still hear all the important things (cars obviously) but it does drown out the annoying sounds from say, people walking behind you or something like that... yeah, im not very good with examples, ha!
In conclusion, these headphones really are brilliant for such a tiny price, and i would definitely recommend them to anybody who loves music, but doesnt have the bank balance to pay top dollar. So, get yourself on ebay and try them out, after all, £2.80 is just brilliant.
The EP630s are pretty much identical to Sennheiser's popular CX300s in both design and, as far as I can tell, sound quality. The big difference of course is that you're paying about half to a third of the price for them.
There are some minor differences - yes, there's a Creative logo instead and you don't get a longer wire on one side (so you can wrap it round your neck to reduce wire interference).
But anyway, sound quality is pretty decent considering the price. Bass is good, the mids can seem a bit lacking if you're used to full-sized headphones, as can the trebles - which spike around the 5KHz area.
There's three different changeable canal plugs but for most the default fits fine. I'd advise you twist upon insertion - simply pushing will force air in and potentially hurt your ears.
As these go in your ears be aware that you will hear whenever the wire knocks into anything.
In conclusion, I'd recommend these anyday as IEMs provide by far the best discreet portable audio you can get - and they're not expensive to replace if you manage to break them.
Before I begin, I must add I have owned a pair of Senneiser CX300's which these are based on and will make comparisons to the Sennheiser's throughout.
The sound on these EP-630 earphones is acceptable. I can't say good or great, because although based on the CX300's the sound is not bass heavy and actually can't handle low frequencies very well when turned up or EQ'ed. The high frequency sound is prominent instead, you eventually get used to the difference.
The build quality is good, they don't feel solid or anything but for a slim design the addition of premium materials such as the rubber cable and metal accent on the bud is nice.
Unlike the Sennheiser's these have a straight iPod like 3.5mm jack instead of the L shape, which has actually helped when I nearly broke the jack and being able to slide the rubber cover off helped me repair them. Great idea.
Value for money:
Buy these for around £10, they are worth it. But advertised anywhere over £15 then you will be better buying the Sennheiser CX300's which are only around £18 at Amazon.co.uk, NOT £30+ like some websites I've been seeing. NEITHER are worth over £25 in my opinion.