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Ultimate Ears SuperFi 5 Pro Noise Isolating Earphones (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Review Summary ,  Sep 9, 2015

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Ultimate Ears SuperFi 5 Pro Noise Isolating Earphones (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Report Date: 09/08/2015
Based on 309 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.1
Returned or considering to return: 9.7%

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Individual Feature Rating
Level5.0   above average
Range4.7   above average
Amazon4.6   above average
Audio4.6   above average
Noise4.5   above average
Sound4.4   average
Treble4.4   average
Price4.3   average
Quality4.3   average
Monitor4.2   average
Comfortable4.1   below average
Music4.1   average
Volume4.0   average
Base3.8   average
Listening3.8   below average
Fit3.7   below average
Service3.5   below average
iPod2.9   below average
Design2.8   mediocre
Cable2.7   below average
Warranty2.4   below average
Plug2.3   mediocre


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Amazon

Amazon:
"(cable is not black, it is silver for this model, wrong image used on amazon, only the other bass-heavy model has a black cable - check ue webpage)otherwise an engineering gem! "
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"I didn't have an out of body experience but I'd definitely recommend them especially if Amazon has them on sale."
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"The first thing I noticed is that the cables have changed from the clear cables (shown in Amazon's picture) to black jacketed cables."
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"I didn't buy them on Amazon, but I see the price on here is now about $60 less than I paid for them, so it's a good deal."
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"Great reviews and a great price from Amazon."
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"great price from amazon."
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Audio

Audio:
"They do not fall out, but they come loose so outside sound pours in audio becomes hard to hear."
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"These are great sounding phones for the audio savy."
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"I have been very happy with the audio quality, although I do frequently wish for some more bass."
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"I have had the Superfi 3 earphones in the past but wanted a higher fidelity experience; the dual drivers of the Superfi Pro5s provide a much broader frequency response that is superb, very clean across audio spectrum, good external noise isolation, and good fit with wires behind the ears."
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"Finally...make sure you have a decent audio source and quality material."
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"Comfortable fit and amazing audio quality."
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Base

Base:
"I am a bit disappointed that the base response is poor but this is soon forgotten with the overall enjoyment of listening to music through these earphones."
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"Great for workouts as they don't fall out like other typesCons - base was pretty weak w o much punch to it."
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"The base was weak and i tried all types of earphone inserts to get them in as tight as possible."
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"Enter the realm where the voices are crisp and clear, the base thumpy and the earphones never lose their snug fit once you insert them into your ear canal correctly."
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"In order to get anything close to an accurate base response you have to spend too much time positioning them in the ear canal to get the right sound."
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"The have clean, clear sound but have very little base response, the high end is tinny and there could be more dimension to the midrange."
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"Fi 5 pro's are ok comfort wise, deliver nice base, great sound with all Genre's of music and with minimal noise leaking."
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"Great Base and good overall sound."
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Cable

Cable:
"I arrived on my first hitch in 2007 with Shure E2c's, which broke after 30 days because of a loose contact and a non-replaceable cord."
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"Many earbuds will suffer this failure, which occurs at the stress point where the cable mates with the driver housing."
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"I did some research and many people were having this problem and they suggested buying the replacement cable for Westone UM2 because it is pretty much the same cable and and a lot more durable."
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"The other extremely annoying thing is that the cable does not hang down like normal wire, but rather acts more like a slinky."
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"I had problems with my first pair, they broke when I tried to unplug the cable from the earpiece, but Ultimate Earphones replaced them immediately, no questions asked."
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"Fast forward to nearly two years later however, and the sound began cutting out intermittently due to a deteriorating electrical connection where the cord is soldered at a right angle to the jack."
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"I wrap them around my ears, and the integrated conforming wire in the cord does a great job at stabilizing the earphones in place."
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"I have had to replace the cable 3 times, which is a fantastic benefit of this model."
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"With that in mind, lets take a look...Pros:Totally bombproof driver unit constructionIntegral bendy-wire for round-the-ear wearingThin 3.5mm jack for poorly designed phones (cough)Easily replaceable cable(!"
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"I did some research and many people were having this problem and they suggested buying the replacement cable for Westone UM2 because it is pretty much the same cable and and a lot more durable."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Like all ear-buds, I found it is uncomfortable after an hour usage, but it may be only me as in-ear comfort perception varies from person to person."
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"Over the ears provide more comfort and breadth, but are heavy and not as easy to tote."
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"I have pretty sensitive hearing, so for most this probably isn't an issue, but worth keeping in mind that the impedance on these is just 21 Ohms... My ER-6 are 48 Ohms... check out the impedance on your current headphones to make sure these won't be too loud for you... On the plus side; running at min volume means you'll get the maximum life out of your battery :-)Big pluses are the sound, the over ear-memory-metal mounting system, and the fact that each brush of the cable doesn't deafen you (the Etymotic headphones all suffer from a very microphonic cable, conducting each contact with the cable straight into your ear).Good enough that I'm off to see if I can get someone to make me a custom earplug to try and solve the comfort and isolation problems."
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"Getting a comfortable fit requires fiddling and fussing and then you must bend the memory wire just so."
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"Not the easiest to use or the most comfortable but the sound is great for an ear bud."
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"They aren't cheap, but these are excellent ear buds, extremely comfortable, with near total isolation from external noise."
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"They sound great and are very comfortable."
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"Pros:* Excellent sound (close to as good as my Sony MDR-V6s* Comfortable silicon buds* Blocks a lot of ambient noiseCons:* REALLY annoyingly stiff wires."
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"It takes some time getting a comfortable fit (which is crucial to bass) but once you do, I promise you will enjoy these headphones."
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"I am having issues finding the best tip to use for the most comfort."
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"Comfortable fit and amazing audio quality."
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Design

Design:
"My other complaint is the wire, which is designed to bend and hold a shape."
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"My only gripe was that I guess I am still not used to the comfort of the canal design."
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"They gladly replaced the earphone for the new latest design and I shipped back my broken one for free!"
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"It's obviously a design problem that yields a part that's bound to fail in time."
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"Keep in mind that my earphone failed due to design material flaws about 53 weeks after I bought them."
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"They were much better than ER-6i and sounded great, until they fell apart completely due to the worst cord design imaginable."
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"With that in mind, lets take a look...Pros:Totally bombproof driver unit constructionIntegral bendy-wire for round-the-ear wearingThin 3.5mm jack for poorly designed phones (cough)Easily replaceable cable(!"
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"The dual driver design seems to work as advertised, highs are nice and crisp while lows are strong but not overpowering."
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"Yet, those aren't the circumstances these earphones were designed for; wouldn't you rather listen to a nice pari of circum-aural headphones then?"
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"Really impressive both in the product design and quality and the music they reproduce."
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"They are well designed with the wire being firmer near the ear so that it acts as an ear hook and keeps accidental tugs at the wire from pulling them out of your ears."
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Fit

Fit:
"I would not recommend the UE's to anyone, mainly due to fit, lack of low end and overly tinny high end."
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"When I first went to put these in using the rock and roll method, the fit was uncomfortable."
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"Again, I am lucky to have ears that are able to be easily sealed by most IEMs, so if you are unable to get a good fit, please be patient and not send them back after 2 days of trying."
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"If you follow some of the headphone forums you will see that every manufacturer and every model of earphone eventually comes under criticism for poor fit."
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"Whether it's stated or not, comfort and fit are probably the most significant factors in preferring one earphone to another."
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"I doubt you'll regret getting these, *except* if they don't fit well in your ears."
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"Fit was not challenging for me with the included ear pillows, however like most of these indwelling devices they can become dislodged while chewing, talking, signing, or yawning."
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"This is the highest quality sound reproduction I've ever experienced and have no want of anything more, but if you want something even better I recall from my research that Ultimate ears does offer custom fit products as well as noise cancellation products and everything else in between."
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"The size options let you find the right fit easily."
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"A very good tight fit is paramount for the best sound."
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"Ultimate Ear comes with various sizes and types of silicone rubber flanges and plugs to best fit the ear canal."
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Frequency

Frequency:
"Highs are excellent, lows are fantastic (once broken in), and all frequencies blend together very naturally."
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"But when you have them in correctly the sound is rich, clear and spacious all through the audible frequency range and they really block outside noise effectively."
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"Highs are excellent, lows are fantastic (once broken in), and all frequencies blend together very naturally."
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"Make no mistake, these buds come up short in the low frequencies."
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"In a quiet room, with the lower frequencies boosted on my player, I am fairly satisfied with the sound reproduction of these earphones."
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"They may lack a little detail overall, but because they do such a great job with the lower frequencies, the sound package is much MUCH more enjoyable."
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Level

Level:
"The sound quality of these earphones are good, but not at the level I expected for the price ($200)."
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"The sound with these is crystal clear at all levels, well balanced, and easy to customize with a decent equalizer- if it is even needed."
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"In any event, the reproduction of lower frequencies seems dependent on the ambient seal fit one can achieve, as well as the level of background noise in your surroundings."
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"Volume levels from 2 to 6 are all I need on my Creative Zen V Plus player."
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"Upon opening, you'll find the earphones themselves, along with a stylish metallic case, various ear tip sizes, and a sound level attenuator which is designed to help normalize volume levels for your listening pleasure."
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Listening

Listening:
"If you're an audiophile and your spending ~$150+ to buy these earphones I don't expect you listen to 128 bit rate MP3s anyway but it's worth including in a review for completeness (i. e. if you have a problem while listening to music it's probably not these earphones).The hard case is also high quality and I've inadvertently tested its resilience to crushing & sheering forces on multiple occasions."
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"While listening to music I am not going to be perfectly still."
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"I used to have the Sennheiser PX100's and the problem with those is that they require some serious equalization when listening to an ipod."
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"One solution is to turn the volume up, but that's not such a great idea for extended listening."
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"This earphones are making me use my iPod again, before I used to hate listening to music with those cheap earpods and Apple's headphone amp is just as bad."
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"I just started listening to these earphones and they seem great."
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"I am a bit disappointed that the base response is poor but this is soon forgotten with the overall enjoyment of listening to music through these earphones."
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"I enjoy listening to all genre's of music from rap, rock, country, pop, techno, metal and classical."
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"More a casual user who just wanted a little more for my listening pleasure."
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"Overall, the sound is great on the UE SF5 Pro's and listening to my music is a whole new experience for me."
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Music

Music:
"I have successfully used them on a plane, but I don't recommend using them for music in this capacity as you're likely to permanently damage your hearing."
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"If you're an audiophile and your spending ~$150+ to buy these earphones I don't expect you listen to 128 bit rate MP3s anyway but it's worth including in a review for completeness (i. e. if you have a problem while listening to music it's probably not these earphones).The hard case is also high quality and I've inadvertently tested its resilience to crushing & sheering forces on multiple occasions."
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"While listening to music I am not going to be perfectly still."
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"I have never heard music sound so great- they even make a mediocre music source sound wonderful."
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"I bought these to keep the horrible music at the gym out of my head."
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"I absolutely recommend these to anyone who cares about music."
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"this is what yyou need if you want clear representation of your music projects."
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"NEVER would I have thought about spending so much money on earbuds but I decided to give it a try because I LOVE music."
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"I enjoy all types of music but my favorites are Pink Floyd and Winton Marsalis."
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"With a good seal you can barely hear the surroundings and when the music starts forget about everything else."
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Noise

Noise:
"They did not effectively eliminate the aircraft noise and were too big and awkward to fit into my pocket."
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"ATTENUATION: This has been very disappointing because I really expected substantial noise reduction."
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"The longer I have them, the more I come to accept them for what they are--decent mid-level upgrades of stock Ipod MP3 player earbuds, but not a top-of-the-line revelation in noise reduction and sound quality."
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"If you do not have a perfect fit, you do not get noise reduction."
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"The other fantastic feature about them is the sound blocking quality, which makes blocking out annoying environmental noise (especially the other music on the loudspeakers at the gym) a great feature."
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"Grado SR60 do the job very well (beat these earbuds hands-down in sound quality) but they're not noise reducing at all so they're not very good for outside use, especially in the busy streets and trains."
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"This is the highest quality sound reproduction I've ever experienced and have no want of anything more, but if you want something even better I recall from my research that Ultimate ears does offer custom fit products as well as noise cancellation products and everything else in between."
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"The sound is flattish but enjoyable, the attenuation of outside noise is astounding, and the things are literally bombproof."
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"These earphones are way overpriced for the money and if you're not an audiophile (I'm not) and all you want are a solid pair of portable headphones that block out noise, provide sound as good as the apple earphones, and are built to last, then these are NOT the earphones for you."
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"I'm going to keep it simple:+Great sound quality and noise isolation+Decent transportability-BREAKS VERY EASILY with normal use (as of now both sides of mine are covered in epoxy due to the plastic breaking and I even had to take a soldering pen to one side) If not for this my review would be a 5 5."
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"But when you have them in correctly the sound is rich, clear and spacious all through the audible frequency range and they really block outside noise effectively."
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Plug

Plug:
"Same problem, the connection inside the plug jacket is somehow loose and the sound is going in and out as I walk around."
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"Finally I called and frankly threw a fit until they got a supervisor on the phone then and there.2nd Pair: 2 months later I got a replacement - but last week, part of the plastic near where the cord plugs in broke off and now they are unusable again."
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"Like other reviewers have said before they feel like ear plugs and that can be an uncomfortable feeling (they go deep in your ear canal)."
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"And don't forget...you can replace the cable assembly in its entirety in just a few minutes if you damage it or bend the pins in the plug.6."
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"Hopever, I found them to be quite uncomfortable and hard to fit compared to the humble koss plug or the more expensive Entymotic."
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"(Night & Day difference) They sound great with my cheap MP3 player, good with my portable Panasonic CD player, but horrible with the Real Player MP3 plug in on my Palm Tungsten E2."
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"So make sure you push the ear-bud all the way in and use the flanges or plugs which make the most comfortable but strong airtight seal."
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"Ultimate Ear comes with various sizes and types of silicone rubber flanges and plugs to best fit the ear canal."
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"They are tricky to get in the ear canal, but once you figure out what size plug goes in your ear, it's all good."
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"Just don't expect to plug this in to your laptop and get good sound, it varies from laptop to laptop."
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"I tried Bose's in ears plugs and found that they had good bass, but the highs felt cut off (plus they kept falling out).So I bought some Eytonomic 6is."
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Portable

Portable:
"I do realized that very few people buying these headphones are necessarily going to own a portable DAC converter, but also realize that these weird sounds are very common in MacBooks when using headphones, so this issue may not apply to most people."
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"my zune or any previous portable player I've owned never sounded this fantastic!"
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"(Night & Day difference) They sound great with my cheap MP3 player, good with my portable Panasonic CD player, but horrible with the Real Player MP3 plug in on my Palm Tungsten E2."
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"fi 5 Pro's require absolutely no equalization for portables, and sound brilliant."
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"These are a highly portable great sound system so for travel it is much better than equally expensive and three times as large headphones (Sennheiser PCX 300) and the batteries that power them."
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"However, these well constructed Ultimate Ears will travel with you anywhere, they sound a lot better than what came with your portable player, and they are fairly easy to put into your ears."
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"I've been using a great pair of portable headphones: Sennheiser PX100 - if you're cool with over the head phones, these are small, light and sound amazing - the best $40 dollars I ever spent."
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"I even purchased a Boostaroo portable headphone audio amplifier (a really great product by the way) to try and help boost the bass."
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Price

Price:
"Should they not be replaceable under warranty, $20-$30 for these cords is a ridiculous price to pay, especially since the quality of the product quality is so poor."
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"Well, for almost $300, there are comparable products available without this track record for poor quality and I'm not inclined to throw good money after bad and risk another such failure once the warranty expires from a company that won't stand by its products."
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"I can't recommend them enough even though their price is a bit on the high side."
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"first of all, these are some of the best headphones money can buy, however, UE has severe problems in my opinion when it comes to cable durability, i am a producer, and music professional, and use these every day, i also have used the shure e3c in the past and various types of etymotic."
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"I haven't found a good fit with any of the soft rubber covers provided which bothers me for $200 spent and they do not have a great bass sound as I would expect at such a high price."
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"I would NOT recomend the Ultimate Ears based on over price, not as comfortable as others, lack of staying put in your ear and the loud chord thump."
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"In my opinion, Ultimate Ear is undoubtedly one of the very best of its kind in its price point category."
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"They don't sound *quite* as excellent as I envisioned more expensive IEMs would, but they are certainly very nice, money well spent."
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"The sound quality of these earphones are good, but not at the level I expected for the price ($200)."
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"Well, for almost $300, there are comparable products available without this track record for poor quality and I'm not inclined to throw good money after bad and risk another such failure once the warranty expires from a company that won't stand by its products."
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"While the sound quality is good, I would think for the price they should last longer."
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Quality

Quality:
"You have to go through a lot of work and discomfort to get optimum sound quality which is something I didn't really mind in these earphones once I heard the music on it."
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"Product quality, terrible."
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"If you read other reviews, you'll see that even when the product is covered under warranty, folks seem to be dissatisfied with the quality of the service they received."
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"Should they not be replaceable under warranty, $20-$30 for these cords is a ridiculous price to pay, especially since the quality of the product quality is so poor."
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"But, even more disappointing was the sound quality of the earphone itself."
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"The sound is good while they last, but the build quality of these is NOT good."
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"There was plenty of online content comparing different models and this was the one that seemed the best combination of quality and value."
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"This is a great quality for earphones because not only does it allow you to really hear your music to the exclusion of your environment but no one else will hear your music either."
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"While the Tritton's don't reproduce sound quality quite as well and do reproduce sound position marginally better (i. e. games & movies) it's mostly an extended wear issue."
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"That said, I certainly enjoy good sound quality, and would be far from content with the standard mp3 headphones included with iPods or Zunes."
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"The sound quality was very good (when when the cable was not falling apart) and infact now I refuse to listen to music through ipod headphones."
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Range

Range:
"Also for mobility portability they can't be beat at all with excellent highs, lows, and mid range."
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"But when you have them in correctly the sound is rich, clear and spacious all through the audible frequency range and they really block outside noise effectively."
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"Unlike other earphones in this price range, the UE Super fi 5 Pro provide a great balance of sound for all music genres."
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"Middle range and high were crisp and clear."
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"fi5 Pro Earphones deliver unbelieveable clarity over a wider range than I had anticipated."
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"fi 5 pro seemed to be the most appealing to me of all the headphones in this price range, so I gritted my teeth and placed the order."
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Service

Service:
"If you read other reviews, you'll see that even when the product is covered under warranty, folks seem to be dissatisfied with the quality of the service they received."
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"When I called their so called customer service they said the cables had problems and the replacement for them are on back order."
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"After 3 months of use my cable broke but UE customer service was great and sent out another set the next day."
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"I called to let customer service know about their error."
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"Poor customer service is inexcusable, these will be replaced with Shure SE310s."
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"I bought this from an online retailer, and was disappointed at the weak bass, so I complained to Ultimateears customer service and requested a refund."
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"I've not seen this high quality of product, coupled with great customer service in some time."
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"After 3 months of use my cable broke but UE customer service was great and sent out another set the next day."
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"All in all I am happy with their customer service (had replacements is about 2-4 days) and I am even happier with the replacements than with the older pair."
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"I highly recommend them for customer service."
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"In shure's defense, their customer service is EXCELLENT."
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Size

Size:
"My only criticism is that even though the buds come with various size pieces, I still find them a bit uncomfortable and they will pop out on occasion, even though I've secured them properly."
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"It took awhile to get physically used to the earphones but after trials and errors, etc., have settled in with correct size ear plug and preshape to they fit quckly and snug into the ear opening."
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"They are:1 pair of round foam cylinders (which I dread because they hurt my ears in some unknown way)1 pair of large rubber flanges (which are way too large for my little ears)1 pair of medium rubber flanges (which are still too large)1 pair of double-flanged tips (which are tolerable but not perfect)and 1 pair of small rubber flanges (which feel great and give the best seal, however, that's just for me."
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"There is a point at which the ported design in such a small scale can become ineffective when putting two drivers into such a small space."
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"I have small ear canals so getting a good seal has been tricky."
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"They are tricky to get in the ear canal, but once you figure out what size plug goes in your ear, it's all good."
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"There are several different size earpiece covers so it makes it easy for the perfect fit."
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"You may need to find your right tip size for maximum ear comfort, but the headphones come with several tips for you to do this."
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"I suggest starting with the smallest silicone flanges and working your way up to the size that comfortably accomodates your ear canal while giving a good seal."
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Sound

Sound:
"You have to go through a lot of work and discomfort to get optimum sound quality which is something I didn't really mind in these earphones once I heard the music on it."
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"These are supposed to be great earphones, and they probably are....but without a method of keeping earphones REALLY DEEP in your ear canal, you will never get the best sound possible out of them."
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"Fast forward to nearly two years later however, and the sound began cutting out intermittently due to a deteriorating electrical connection where the cord is soldered at a right angle to the jack."
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"These sound terrific -- until they fail."
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"But, even more disappointing was the sound quality of the earphone itself."
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"I do know that earphones are supposed to warm up after playing them for an extended period of time, but there was no way that I was going to take a $250 gamble on these on the hope that these uncomfortable headphones would maybe sound better than the ipod earphones I was hoping to replace."
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"Great sound!"
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"-Superior sound, all around."
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"High Mid Low-Block out every other sound (this is what I love, as I work around loud machines."
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"They do sound good though."
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"While the Tritton's don't reproduce sound quality quite as well and do reproduce sound position marginally better (i. e. games & movies) it's mostly an extended wear issue."
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Speaker

Speaker:
"As everyone knows sound speakers are a personal choice so it's pretty hard to give a true rating on something that depends so much on personal taste."
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"The construction of these units - which utilize armatures and not small speakers - is what gives you the most accurate sound possible."
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"These are quite simply the best sounding speakers, of any type, I've ever heard."
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"As everyone knows sound speakers are a personal choice so it's pretty hard to give a true rating on something that depends so much on personal taste."
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"Just like a very nice set of Infinity speakers I once knew, the sound is just a bit bright and a little bit strident, yet still very addictive."
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"They do what high-end speakers do well -- they play back accurately."
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Treble

Treble:
"The downside to the better treble is that I can now hear a hiss during quiet passages on my iPod."
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"The balanced two-driver design produces good musical detail, decent but not spectacular treble, and excellent bass reproduction."
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"It delivers deep bass as well as detailed treble and I can hear every instrument and vocal with absolute clarity."
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"It's half as loud and doesn't have as much treble articulation but still sounds pleasing."
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"They do not exaggerate bass or treble, and only after extended listening will one come to appreciate how effortlessly these earphones reproduce live or recorded music."
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"The Shures simply did not have enough bass for my liking (I listen primarily to rock music), but I find these more comfortable and I think they sound better for mids and trebles as well."
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"They sound incredible from the lowest bass to the highest treble, are efficient with my iPod's volume, and fit very comfortably."
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Volume

Volume:
"I am very satisfied and what's really cool is the volume is much higher without turning it up real loud...halfway to full volume is loud on my Iphone...never could get it loud enough even at full volume with the Apple (junk) earphones that come with the Iphone."
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"One solution is to turn the volume up, but that's not such a great idea for extended listening."
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"IEMs isolate more sound at a deeper level of body contact, and so needed lower volume-- this saves aural damage."
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"You have to be careful because the noise-isolation works so well that even on a low volume setting, it's hard to hear what's going on around you."
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"The problem I had with the Shures was that I needed to keep the volume at about 80% of max in noisier areas."
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"The music volume can be comfortable because it isn't contesting with the whistling the stock ear buds make."
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"I am very satisfied and what's really cool is the volume is much higher without turning it up real loud...halfway to full volume is loud on my Iphone...never could get it loud enough even at full volume with the Apple (junk) earphones that come with the Iphone."
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"They block external noise so well that I find myself turning the volume on my iPod down to almost the very bottom, even at 10% it is too loud for me."
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"I took three different types of songs and played at the same volume and no other variables and the sound was quite good from the two much less expensive pairs and all were clear and crisp."
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"They sound incredible from the lowest bass to the highest treble, are efficient with my iPod's volume, and fit very comfortably."
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Warranty

Warranty:
"Each time, replacing them was less of a hassle than the first time because they were still considered to be under warranty I suppose."
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"If you read other reviews, you'll see that even when the product is covered under warranty, folks seem to be dissatisfied with the quality of the service they received."
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"Should they not be replaceable under warranty, $20-$30 for these cords is a ridiculous price to pay, especially since the quality of the product quality is so poor."
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"Well, for almost $300, there are comparable products available without this track record for poor quality and I'm not inclined to throw good money after bad and risk another such failure once the warranty expires from a company that won't stand by its products."
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"This means: Bought first time, broke, got replaced by warranty, broke, out of warranty, bought a second time (in Red), broke, got replaced by warranty (in Black, they no longer had Red), broke."
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"If the seller offers a good warranty if might be worth taking a chance."
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"Then I severed the cord (whoops) and contacted Shure, who mind you have wonderful customer service, but being out of warranty meant I would have to pay $100 or so to have a new pair sent to me."
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"Good warranty."
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"A quick note: to take full advantage of Ultimate Ears' warranty, you MUST register your product on their website."
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"Hopefully I will never have to use the warranty, but in case I do I have heard very good comments on Ultimate Ears' customer service."
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iPod

iPod:
"I do know that earphones are supposed to warm up after playing them for an extended period of time, but there was no way that I was going to take a $250 gamble on these on the hope that these uncomfortable headphones would maybe sound better than the ipod earphones I was hoping to replace."
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"The only thing i would recomend to get the best sound from these earphones is to play them off a qualitymusic player (not highly recommended for an iPod)."
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"I guess this means you could crank it if you really hate your ears, but to me it means that my iPod will go longer driving these than driving the much bigger speakers in a larger set of phones."
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"I used to have the Sennheiser PX100's and the problem with those is that they require some serious equalization when listening to an ipod."
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"Ipod's equalization is horrible."
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"The longer I have them, the more I come to accept them for what they are--decent mid-level upgrades of stock Ipod MP3 player earbuds, but not a top-of-the-line revelation in noise reduction and sound quality."
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"The hard case is useless and I quickly replaced it with a small cloth bag which also carries my iPod Nano and fits easily in my shirt pocket."
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"It's not a huge problem, but it's a pain when I unwrap the cord from my ipod."
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"Fantastic improvement over the iPod Earbuds (literally night and day difference), and better than the Bose in-ear and worth the extra money."
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"So just appreciate good music, good sounds and was looking for an improvement over the normal iPod earbuds or the over the ear headphones which I enjoy but can be inconvinient."
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"They block external noise so well that I find myself turning the volume on my iPod down to almost the very bottom, even at 10% it is too loud for me."
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