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Yamaha EPH-100SL Inner-Ear Headphone by Review Summary ,  Aug 15, 2015

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Yamaha EPH-100SL Inner-Ear Headphone
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 176 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.9
Returned or considering to return: 9.7%

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Individual Feature Rating
Comfortable5.0   above average
Fit4.7   above average
Listening4.7   above average
Range4.6   above average
Size4.5   above average
Price4.4   average
Music4.3   average
Sound4.3   average
Noise4.2   average
Treble4.0   average
Headphone3.9   average
Quality3.9   below average
Cable3.4   average
Earphone2.8   mediocre


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Cable

Cable:
"Cord quality is very disappointing."
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"I'm not in love with the cable though."
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"Cord is long but soft and flimsy."
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"My issue is with the cable; there is a severe problem with microphonics, which means they are best when you don't move much while wearing them, as well as an issue with coiling they really want to go back to their coiled shape if you keep them stored like that."
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"cheaply made tinny sounding way too over priced probably worth 50 dollars if that...thin cord ,hard to keep in ears you will be sorry if you buy these"
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"On downside, the tangle-free cable is perhaps too short, but package included 6.5ft extension cord."
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"The RHAs have a better cable and what seems like more durable housing, they are definitely heavier as a result."
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"Love the aluminum shell, the cable feels like really good quality and has a 45 degree jack, they're very comfortable after they tips get worn in and I like the sound."
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"I love the cable guide that keeps everything from getting tangled due to the fact that there's a slot for the L-plug to fit in."
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"As far as mid bass goes....I don't know of any in ear headphones that truly produce good mid bass so I'll leave it at that.3) Accessories - Standard pouch, extension cord ( cord is pretty damn long already ), adapter to plug into a AMP ( I'm guessing ) and two seats of each size of plug."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Love the sound, love the comfort, love the look."
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"The RHAs I think equal the Yamahas in comfort, but are superior in overall build quality."
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"Love the aluminum shell, the cable feels like really good quality and has a 45 degree jack, they're very comfortable after they tips get worn in and I like the sound."
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"They are comfortable, block out the train noise, and are easy to store."
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"I thought I had found the headphone that would keep me happy a few months ago - these are incredibly comfortable and sound great."
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Earphone

Earphone:
"I've tried earphones around $250 that don't sound as good as the EPH-100s."
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"Great sounding earphones but my problem with them are the ear tips."
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"If I want to keep a spare earphones because there's there's nothing else, I have the pieces of junks that we called Apple iPhone's earphones."
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"The earphone tips are nice; unfortunately, I often bring my music to bed or just like to lie down, shut my eyes and enjoy the music because of that the hard protruding housing also hurt my ears from time to time."
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"This perfect combination of sound makes listening to music so much more enjoyableNext, FITMENT: One of the biggest turnoffs for many people with earphones is the discomfort."
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"Sound quality of this earphone is excellent"
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"That's what the EPH-100 earphones DO SO WELL."
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"These are good earphones."
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"Great sounding earphones but my problem with them are the ear tips."
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"Good earphones for listening to vocals and musical instruments."
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Fit

Fit:
"Also, I have medium large ear canals, but couldn't get a very comfortable fit with stock bi-flanges."
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"I have found with other sets, that at least one of the cushions doesn't fit as well when different sizes are used."
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"The fit is not all that great."
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"The earbuds come with 5 different sets of ear flanges, so I wouldn't worry too much about receiving a good fit."
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"The fit is also great, with a well behaved cord:) They stay in my ears too! "
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"Medium sized ear tips of any kind all fit rather universally well for me, so keep that in mind as you read my review."
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"Then, on my 2nd week, I decided to try changing the earpieces cause although the original one seemed to fit perfectly, the response I was getting from the sound was different from what many reviewers have claimed."
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"They fit very well, with no particular discomfort with long wear (1500 of those miles were in a single grueling 23 hour period)."
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Headphone

Headphone:
"I've used these headphones for nearly 2 years now and have had zero problems."
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"finally, I bought the Bose headphone, and problem solved! "
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"After researching a bit, I found that these particular headphones have issues with moisture, causing it to simply fail without any warning."
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"This is a very common problem with these headphones."
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"While I loved the headphones, I'm very disappointed in this outcome."
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"And when they lose that seal, they don't sound much better than crappy iPod headphones."
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"Excellent in-ear headphone."
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"I've also had the pleasure of listening to a few high-end IEMa and headphones over the years."
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"These headphones block out a decent amount of noise (more than you'd expect since they don't really seal strongly in your ear or go deep in like Etymotics)."
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"I'm happy to say that I bought the right headphones."
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"These headphones work very well."
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Listening

Listening:
"About the only thing the EPH-100 seemed to do better was detail retrieval (at the cost of warmth, realism and overall listening enjoyment) I thought maybe I had the wrong tips in (I used the tips that were already on the headphones) so I used the others, but no, the stock tips fit perfectly in my ears."
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"Listening to Snow Patrol and Chill House is fantastic, it's like sleeping in on a warm summer day, basking in the warmth of the sun."
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"I've also had the pleasure of listening to a few high-end IEMa and headphones over the years."
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"My ears haven't become uncomfortable even after 20-30 minutes of listening, always a good sign."
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"I am not really into listening to music with earbuds, but I have tried these and they sound great to me."
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"Good earphones for listening to vocals and musical instruments."
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Music

Music:
"The earphone tips are nice; unfortunately, I often bring my music to bed or just like to lie down, shut my eyes and enjoy the music because of that the hard protruding housing also hurt my ears from time to time."
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"The bass is a little weak and doesn't provide a good a foundation for the music as a whole."
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"Not hearing anything but your music while doing these active sports is not a good idea."
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"The only downside to these is that once you've heard music this way you just can't go back to cheap earbuds."
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"The following sentence is copied from the yamaha website:The EPH-100 in ear headphones are the result of Yamaha's desire to enable you to hear not only clear music, but the sounds of the performer's breathing or the bassist's plucking of the strings, and even the emotions the artist put into the music...And this is exactly what these earphones deliver!"
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"This doesn't mean these are the best at every genre compared to the others (I feel the R-50s beat them in Rock and Classical music), but they never fail to be enjoyable with whatever I listen to.5) Source: These IEMs actually retain most of their overall sound quality regardless of power source."
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"Although these buds are not meant to replace ear protectors or anything like that, in typical use they isolate very well and let you hear the music."
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"Excellent for any bass oriented music."
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"I needed a pair that would block out the noise from my daily commute but allowed me to fully enjoy my music."
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"After all I'm not looking for imperfections but rather am enjoying my music."
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"I am not really into listening to music with earbuds, but I have tried these and they sound great to me."
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Noise

Noise:
"HOW EVER the buzzing noise these things creates is annoying and unbearable."
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"I travel a lot for work and I've been using Bose noise cancelling headphones but recently, it's just been a hassle to carry that thing around as I'm going on short 60-90 minute flights mostly."
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"My only problem with them is the lack of a clip to reduce cable noise."
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"I have some hearing lose and there is something about the way the shape gets the sound closer to your ear and blocks out annoying background noise."
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"When you get a great seal in your ears, these cancel out almost all noise."
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"These headphones block out a decent amount of noise (more than you'd expect since they don't really seal strongly in your ear or go deep in like Etymotics)."
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"I needed a pair that would block out the noise from my daily commute but allowed me to fully enjoy my music."
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"If you are looking for a fun pair of buds that pack a punch, are affordable, block out exterior noise, and sound phenomenal then look no further"
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"They are comfortable, block out the train noise, and are easy to store."
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Price

Price:
"Very disappointing for the price point! "
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"I tested this set for less than 5 min and decided to return because it was ridiculous to pay a higher price for a worse quality."
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"These are great for some one who's looking for an upgrade from cheap headphones... but buyer beware."
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"but admittedly, the quality o bass would logistically be naturally superior in such larger stereo headphones; but the 100SL does not trail far behind and rivals many other mediocre stereo headphones without question-especially with the price one pays for the quality of music received."
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"They sounded great for the price."
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"One of the best IEMs you can get in this price range."
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"ALTHOUGH THE SOUND ISN'T SOFT AS I THOUGHT, IT IS A GOOD PRODUCT WITH GOOD PRICE."
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"Sound: As noted by others, these have amazing quality (and for the price point, I expected nothing less)."
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"If you are looking for a fun pair of buds that pack a punch, are affordable, block out exterior noise, and sound phenomenal then look no further"
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Quality

Quality:
"Right bud went out for the 2nd time, the 1st lasted about a year, got a new pair and now the 2nd pair went out after about a year, unfortunately now it's out of warranty, so I guess I'm S. O. L. Too bad they have a nice sound, but build quality not very good."
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"Cord quality is very disappointing."
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"The sound quality is great, but there is a big problem that bothers me."
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"Really uncomfortable, bass is mediocre and treble quality doesn't help."
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"As for the sound quality before they broke?"
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"The only thing is that these are so good, that if our music files are not high quality, it becomes very clear, as you can hear all the errors."
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"Sound quality of this earphone is excellent"
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"The RHAs I think equal the Yamahas in comfort, but are superior in overall build quality."
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"Love the aluminum shell, the cable feels like really good quality and has a 45 degree jack, they're very comfortable after they tips get worn in and I like the sound."
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"been looking for an on-the-go pair of quality headphones, these ones beat out HiFiman re-600 songbirds on quality of build and durability by a longshot."
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"Build quality: Excellent."
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Range

Range:
"Cons:The metal exteriors look amazing and the branding is nice but they do get nicked on the edged if you're not careful* If you're a basshead you may desire more - but the rest balances it out nicely and the mid bass still is great* because its 'bright' classical which has more subtle flow to it does not go as well, jazz too sounds a bit too 'clean'*some people do not enjoy how deep these headphones rest - (you may think twice before sharing with a wet earwax friend)*the treble is the only weak link in the range and by weak link I think it just has its own personality as far as how it outputs - its not bad but it may not hit your expectations of what you normally expectUmmm I guess that's all I can think of."
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"One of the best IEMs you can get in this price range."
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"In my opinion, the EPH-100 has better balance throughout the range and remains comfortable enough to listen to for hours, and I'm not just talking about the ear tips."
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"These IEMs have impressed me and I can easily recommend these at this price range!"
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"These headphones are the best for its price range."
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"At those prices, they're an excellent value, and you likely won't do better in this range."
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Size

Size:
"to my experience they have very little bass are uncomfortable not recommended for people with small ear canals my ear canals aren't small either sound great besides the bass i listen to multiple genres of music so i needed a little bit more than they offer i recommend a amplifier if u do decide to purchase"
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"I have found with other sets, that at least one of the cushions doesn't fit as well when different sizes are used."
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"The carrying case and ear-bud sizes provided are helpful as well."
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"Size aside, these are very well made."
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"Speaking of the jack, I love that it's a right angle jack and a small one at that."
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"Great sound, durable, comes with a collection of 4 tips from small to extra large yea this headphones is awesome"
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"Once you find which size tips fit, they are very, very comfortable and yet also secure."
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Sound

Sound:
"Right bud went out for the 2nd time, the 1st lasted about a year, got a new pair and now the 2nd pair went out after about a year, unfortunately now it's out of warranty, so I guess I'm S. O. L. Too bad they have a nice sound, but build quality not very good."
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"I've tried earphones around $250 that don't sound as good as the EPH-100s."
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"You get used to the sound after a while but not as good as the standard apple ones."
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"the sound it makes is not clear enough."
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"Excellent sound but right ear failed after three months despite a fair amount of caution to avoid bending and I've always used the case, etc."
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"The sound quality is great, but there is a big problem that bothers me."
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"GREAT SOUND VERY UNCOMFORTBLE"
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"I guess I'll stick to my Sennheiser CX 300 II which I use at work all the time and sound just as good and are very durable."
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"Sound quality of this earphone is excellent"
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"Very great, clear sound, awesome for bass heads like me (I listen to a lot of EDM and Trap)."
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"The sound is phenomenal and far superior to other earbuds I've tried, which include a few Bose, Sennheiser, and Sonys."
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Treble

Treble:
"At first I must admit, I was really disappointed with the lack of treble and bass."
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"Really uncomfortable, bass is mediocre and treble quality doesn't help."
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"Cons:The metal exteriors look amazing and the branding is nice but they do get nicked on the edged if you're not careful* If you're a basshead you may desire more - but the rest balances it out nicely and the mid bass still is great* because its 'bright' classical which has more subtle flow to it does not go as well, jazz too sounds a bit too 'clean'*some people do not enjoy how deep these headphones rest - (you may think twice before sharing with a wet earwax friend)*the treble is the only weak link in the range and by weak link I think it just has its own personality as far as how it outputs - its not bad but it may not hit your expectations of what you normally expectUmmm I guess that's all I can think of."
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"Crystal clear treble and smooth low bass."
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"(i admit that i'd rather listen to classical on my bang and olufsen and sennheisers as their treble is better) but with everything else it's pretty awesome!"
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"The bass is so controlled and the mids and treble are great!"
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"Treble is also quite good in that I can hear it without it being sibilant."
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"These provide excellent clarity and dont lack bass or treble."
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