I just got these new earphones, because my official iPod ones finally broke, after the bare wire was hanging on for over 2 months now, which was good going. They finally broke, so I got some new ones. My first impressions were good, and there isn't really anything wrong with them, but they do seem to play the music out of the earphones even more than the iPod ones, so you can't play your music too loud in a library for example.
They come in a plastic packet with cardboard inside showing all the information. The box is red and white with the Pioneer logo in the top left. I bought these earphones over all the others, because Pioneer are one of the best companies for producing good, reliable music equipment such as headphones, earphones, music players and more. In the centre of the packet is a transparent circular window, where you can see the earphones that are securely fastened in a plastic case. Opening this case after opening the packet was really fun, because the wire was wound round and round inside the plastic box, so pulling the earphones out made the centre of this plastic box turn. The earphones come with some papers with all the legal warnings and stuff. You don't really need an instruction manual, as they are simple earphones with no control panel or anything to alter the volume. The technical name for this earphone is an 'ear bud'. The case inside the packet is quite useful to carry the earphones around in, but I wouldn't ever do this as it is a pain to shove them in, wind them round and position the earphones themselves snugly in the holes in the centre.
The earphones themselves are very well made - much better than the iPod ones. They are black and plastic with the Pioneer logo running down them, and the left and right earphones are indicated by L for Left and R for Right. The wire is a sturdy black wire that joins together at the fork to produce a double wire. The plug is gold plated making it a good conductor and strong. The upper part of the plug is made from tough plastic to prevent them from breaking at the same point as my iPod ones did. They are good quality, reliable earphones.
The other special feature is the Bass Booster. It is surprisingly noticeable, as you can tell that the bass is slightly emphasised in the music, perhaps what makes it that little bit louder. Apart from that, the sound quality is good and they seem to play the music quite loud, which is satisfactory. Listening to a variety of music as I write this, the music sounds much clearer than my old iPod earphones did. It sets a very good surround sound, in fact the sound quality is excellent. They fit nice and snug in your ear, without causing pain. The only let down, which is a minor for me is that the foam earphone covers ripped apart for me when I tried to put them on the earphones for the sake of it. I find it better without the foam protectors, as they don't feel like huge bulky earphones in your ear. There was a tiny gap to fit over the earphones and somehow pull round them, so they simply ripped quite easily. I wouldn't of preferred them on anyway, but in terms of ease of use and quality/reliability, that is a down side in my view. I can't really get over how good the sound quality is. They are defiantly the best earphones I have had, as they sound like professional headphones. Pioneer is an excellent make in music, and I would highly recommend any of their stuff.
Without the cord, they weigh just 6 grams, and the cord itself has a good size length of 1.2m. You can buy these earphones for just £6.99 at the Pioneer shop or any good electronic shops. They are quite hard to find, but Pioneer shops are situated all over the UK, so there is bound to be one near you. I would highly recommend these earphones to anyone's who have broken. They provide superb sound quality, and they are very well made (except the ear foam pads).
Thanks for reading,
- Recon -