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Having bought these for £25, the highest I have ever paid for a in-ear sound experience, I was pleased with the sound quality (keeping in mind that I could only compare them to stock apple headphones which came with my Ipod touch). Not exceptional maybe, but with a good cosmetic look and a relatively decent price compared to the rest of the market, I was satisfied. But this satisfaction lasted 2 or 3 mere months, at least 2 years short of the lifetime I had in mind. I have used Creative before, with the Creative EP-630 the last plunge I took into those budget restricted waters and was reasonably impressed. After calling for replacements 2 times, I realized I had to move on from these earphones otherwise I would be waiting 7-10 days every other month on the next replacement. This was probably one of the poorest experiences I have ever had in the brief history of me buying earphones. I would recommend these to everyone wanting to give themselves mental torture by replacing the same thing over and over again. I have given up on these since then and moved onto JVC, which has not let me down for about a year now.
The Creative EP-830s are badly designed. It is as simple as that.
The sound reproduction can be forgiven. Definitely weak on bass but the mid range is clear and highs dont screech. What cant be forgiven is the form factor.
I have previously owned the Creative EP-630s and its obvious that Creative tried to evolve the design and solve some of the EP-630s flaws. And they succeeded, on one count. The connection from the bulbs to the wire has been reinforced and will not break or tear the wires as the EP-630 was prone to do. However in the process they caused new problems.
I think the main flaw is that the housing is too large. It is weak and prone to splitting along its circumference. Rendering the headphones useless. That is in spite of the effect the larger housing has on wearing the bulbs before they break. Over-large they jut out noticeably and are easily dislodged and move when walking.
All in all I think for my next pair of phones I'll go back to the EP-630s. I'll enjoy the more powerful bass before I inevitably shred them too, though theyll last much longer than these EP-830s
These headphones are fab - far better than the run-of-the-mill cheap dross provided free with your generic mp3 player! The audio quality is superb, and, even if you choose to have your music at extreme levels, those who are sitting near you need not have your tunes inflicted on them due to their "in-ear"ness. They come with 3 fittings so you can personalise them to custom-fit your ear so they are as comfy as possible - or you may even prefer to remove the silicone completely if you have particularly small ears. They take some getting used to, but once you have you won't be able to imagine regressing back to your old earphones. The cord is of an adequate length and the split ends are equal, which I always find far more useful than having one tiny bit and one super-long bit.
The only problem is that they're probably not the best earphones if you listen to your mp3 player with someone else a lot - (1) they are custom-fitted to your ear, and (2) I don't know if it's just me, but I find sharing something that goes that far inside your ear to be rather icky!
Creative have consistently provided the market with cheap, good quality in- ear headphones. This pair is good- looking in my opinion and, at the price, pretty standard audio quality.
As with all speakers, I tested them over five tracks of varying audio: classical, spoken word, pop, metal and electronic- these provide a good range of pitch types and dynamic changes. These headphones didn't do too well with the classical track, the bass was a little weak and there was not much depth at all, just seemingly flat. The same went for the rest of the tracks- nothing much in terms of audio range, no deep bass notes and not enough decently high treble.
Although it is not included in the product description, these earphones do cancel out a reasonable amount of background noise. Just with them in and playing no music, I could not hear a person talking to me (from quite close) at all. The noise cancellation is more than your average bundled headphones.
The cord length is 1.2 metres, reaching nicely into a trouser pocket (for a tall person like me), the usual 3.5mm jack is used (so this will fit into almost all MP3 players) and retails at around £17.
Overall, there is nothing special about these headphones, but if you want a better quality and cheap replacement for your poor quality apple headphone, by all means, purchase these phones