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If you have read my review for the skullcandy headphones, you will have read that I'm known for destroying, damaging or losing headphones frequently. The Exspect brand is one which I haven't really ever bought items from but HMV stocks a wide range of their items and the headphones fall within my usual price range of £5-£10 for an everday pair I can use when out and about as well as running.
Like most in ear head phones these come with 3 ear bud sizes so there is a size for everyone, I keep the middle pair as a back up and my partner usually gets the large pair of buds as spares.
I paid £5 in the HMV sale for my earphones and I was really impressed at the noise cancelling quality and the sound quality blasting through my ears.
The earphone cable and headphone jack are standard although the jack casing and connection are quite flimsy and after a couple of months I notice the rubber outer casing start to split. The white cable also looked quite grubby which is a bit of a shame.
The buds themselves are simple and there are exspect earphones available with coloured ends which you can customise to suit. Thes particular ones were white and that suited me.
As these are now quite basic, it isn't uncommon to see them retail at £5 full price rather than on sale so they're great if you just need a pair as a back up or as a general everyday pair for commuting.
The range are also widely stocked online such as Amazon and on the high street in stores such as Argos, Asda and Tesco.
I bought these 'phones about 3 months ago from HMV for £5.00 after my last pair of Apple iPod earphones died. I wasn't Exspecting (lol) much from these what with the incredibly low price tag, but overall they're superb. I primarily bought them for use with my iPod touch, and they work great.
The sound quality is remarkable, albeit the bass is a tad weak, (despite Expect's claim that there is a built in bass booster) as most earphones are. I tend to listen to dubstep, which is typically quite a bass rich genre of music and the 'phones produce really crisp, clear sound without any interference, even at high levels. That's what surprised me most actually, I wasn't expecting such quality from such budget earphones. The sound quality hasn't depreciated at all after 3 months use - impressive.
A major problem with the In-Ear earphones for me is discomfort. Previous models I've purchased have either sat uncomfortable in my ears or have just decided to fall out whenever I move an inch (not so great if you want to listen to your music on the go). These ones are the most comfortable and sturdy I've ever used, they stay in my (normal sized) ears even when jogging, and when I'm not playing music through them I barely know they're there.
Overall these earphones are the best I've ever bought, and I've owned a £30 pair before, so that's saying something. They're clearly durable, as they've lasted 3 months without any notable change in sound quality and furthermore they're super cheap. I'm going to order a second pair as soon as these ones break, which doesn't appear to be in the near future!
Choosing earphones when you're on a tight budget can be pretty difficult, as all branded earphones have a large price tag attached. Trying to find a good pair for a decent price without compromising on the sound quality can be a bit of a mission when searching, however these "Exspect In-Ear Earphones" are just fantastic! At a bargain price with superb sound quality and a great minimalistic look, these earphones have lasted me for what seems like forever, and they show no signs of giving up on me yet!
Okay, okay, I know you're wondering who the heck 'Exspect' are, as they're not exactly a big brand name like Sony, Headcandy, Panasonic or Apple when it comes to earphones. Exspect are in fact a company that produce a whole host of accessories and gadgets to enhance your music and gaming experience. Not only do they produce a range of earphones, but they also have a vast range of accessories for games consoles, iPods, iPads, iPhones, portable games consoles, mp3 players and more. The amount of products they produce is pretty vast, but even so their name doesn't seem to be that well known. They're certainly worth checking out if you haven't already!
You can pick up a pair of these "Exspect In-Ear Earphones" in high street stores such as HMV and GAME. I'm sure there are quite a few other physical store retailers that sell them too so it's worth checking out your nearest music/gaming store. You can also purchase these in-ear earphones online from a whole host of retailers, the most trusted being Amazon.co.uk.
The price tag attached to these "Exspect In-Ear Earphones" is one that can be classed as a total bargain. At only £6, these earphones have to be one of the cheapest, top quality earphones I have ever purchased. Yes, the £6 price may make you think that the earphones are going to be of cheap quality, but that's where you're wrong. For £6, these earphones have lasted me for a few years now with no problems at all, and great sound quality. A complete bargain when it comes to listening devices!
To look at, these "Exspect In-Ear Earphones" are pretty minimalistic and plain, being available to purchase in only two colour ways - black and white. I do like the fact that they are rather plain as it means you can team them up with any outfit/accessories if you're a fashionista, and that they can be used by any sex and age as they have no specific design/colour that secludes them to a specific gender or age range. The earphones themselves are made up from a rounded hard plastic outer coloured in either black or white, depending on your purchase, with a silver banding around the edge of this. The rubber in-ear buds attach to this and are not seen as they are hidden inside the ear. The outer rounded edge has a small 'Exspect' logo on the end in the contrasting black/white colour. The wire leading from each earphone and down to wherever you wish to plug yourself into is the same matching colour (black or white) as the chosen bud colour. Again, these earphones are pretty plain, simple in style and nothing outlandish or attention seeking - but I do believe this is a positive as they can be suited to anyone of any age wearing anything!
These "Exspect In-Ear Earphones" are sold with three different sizes of rubber moulded in-ear pieces which makes them suitable for everyone. The earphones are sold fitted with the default 'medium' size in-ear pieces, but you also get a small and large pair supplied as standard too. For me this is perfect as I am unable to use 'standard' size earphones of any sort as I have such small ears. If I do use standard size earphones they either simply do not fit, or they cause me great pain. I was really thankful to find a good budget priced pair of in-ear earphones that came supplied with a small sized earbud. Hooray! I no longer have to suffer the woes of having ridiculously tiny ears.
After seeing the price of these "Exspect In-Ear Earphones", I honestly wasn't expecting miracles when it came to the sound quality. However, this said I was very surprised and undoubtedly impressed by the quality and clarity of the sound. The sound transferred through these earphones is perfectly clear, with no interference, buzzing, echoing or muffling. This is very impressive, especially as I've had some pricey earphones which have supplied me with less than mediocre sound quality. The sound is clear and crisp, and I've had no problems with these earphones as of yet with the quality so I'd definitely recommend giving them a go. The rubber 'in-ear' buds do a great job of creating a sound vacuum, keeping outside noise out and your music/movie/tv etc sound in. The only time the earphones do leak a little of the sound to the outside world is if you have the volume completely blasting - however, I would say that this shouldn't be a problem, as it is not advised to have the volume at such ridiculous levels within your ear as you could do yourself some serious hearing damage!
Compatability-wise, these "Exspect In-Ear Earphones" are great with pretty much anything you could wish to use them with. The end of the cable is fitted with a 3.5mm gold plated plug for the best corrosion free contact. This 3.5mm size plug seems to be the standard size for most media devices these days. I have used them with a number of media players and have had no problems what so ever. I have used these earphones with various models of iPods, my laptop, CD player, TV, desktop computers, Nintendo DS and my mobile phone. As I said, the majority of technology that plays any form of media is 99.9% likely to have a 3.5mm plug earphone socket. This said, I'd advise you to check your individual gadget that you want to use this product with before purchasing, just to be on the safe side.
In my opinion these "Exspect In-Ear Earphones" are the best out there on the market as a budget buy. The design of the earphones is sleek and stylish, and the minimalist design means they're perfect for both sexes and anyone of any age. The interchangeable rubber 'in-ear' buds make them perfect for everyone - and the fact they are supplied with three separate sizes of buds means they can be used straight out of the box (even for people with tiny ears like me!). The sound quality from these earphones is definitely surprising for such a cheap price tag. They have the same fantastic quality as more expensive earphones that I have purchased in the past, so please don't be put off by their bargain price. 'Exspect' may be a little known brand name, but don't be fooled by the fact it isn't a household familiarity - this brand is definitely going places and offers a huge array of products to enhance your media usage for small price tags. If you're looking for a reliable, quality, well made pair of earphones but simply don't have the budget/want to watch your pennies, then these "Exspect In-Ear Earphones" are the ones for you. I simply cannot praise them enough! 5 stars and two thumbs up from me.