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SoundMAGIC E10 Noise Isolating In-Ear Earphones (BlackGunmetal)
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 552 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.2
Returned or considering to return: 3.8%

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Individual Feature Rating
Comfortable4.8   average
Treble4.7   above average
Metal4.6   above average
Price4.6   average
Range4.5   average
Noise4.4   above average
Quality4.3   average
Response4.3   average
Sound4.3   average
Value4.2   below average
Fit4.1   average
Size4.1   above average
Cable4.0   above average
Music3.9   below average
Audio3.8   below average
Listening3.7   below average
Packaging3.5   below average
Volume2.8   below average


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Audio

Audio:
"I bought these as an in between my Panasonics and my V-moda Crossfade LP's (which are over-the-ear, and not quite as comfortable; but are easily the best audio headphones I own, and a steal at $100).At first I wasn't super impressed with these earbuds, until I bought the T-400 inserts everyone recommends AND took a decent amount of time adjusting my EQ settings on my laptop."
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"I cannot enjoy my music if the audio quality does not meet my (high) standards."
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"I'm picky about how my music sounds, the problem is I don't have disposable income to devote to audio equipment."
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"I'm very sensitive to this so it might not be that bad, it's just one of those things that I always look closely at with audio because I find it so irritating."
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"I don't have much experience as far as audio but it sounds very good to me."
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"I also have a set of Audio Technica M50's that I love."
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"In short, build and audio quality are good and so is the price."
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"These we're recommended on a few audio geek sites as a great set of headphones for the price."
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"This is one of the best audio deals I've seen in a long time, and it has my highest recommendation."
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Cable

Cable:
"The cord is annoying too."
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"My only dislike is the cord."
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"Really my only complaint about the build is that the cord holds the shape of the coil after I get them from their very nice case, which was included with them."
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"The build quality is really nice; the cable is firm and does not tangle easily."
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"Cons: Tips included don't fit well in my ears, cable tends to retain shape when first out the box."
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"I appreciated the extra-large variety of eartips, settling on the double flange option, but I removed the clip as I found it annoying, and the thin, stiff cables are tangle-prone and just odd to the touch."
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"The tangle free cable works just well enough."
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"This earphones have a great balanced sound, I love the cable it never gets tangled."
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"great sound, light weight, and I love the cable that has great memory and always returns to its original shape."
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"SoundMagic: fix the cable and your product will be unbeatable."
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"The tangle free cord has just been so great, I will never get another pair of buds without it."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"I had the Klipsch S4 before these; while they were nice, the aux plug started failing on me (would have to constantly turn it after plugging it in to get both channels to work).The one aspect I'd fault these buds is on the noise-isolating claim; the seal is definitely not as good as the S4 but the tradeoff for comfort and bass quality is well worth it."
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"To begin, they are very comfortable and reliable."
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"I'd say I've listened to then for about 50 hours at this point (I'm actually using then now as I right this review), and I am thoroughly pleased with the sound quality, the comfort, and the look of these."
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"the sound quality that these guys pump out is amazing, really well made, the quality built and comfortable."
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"The earbuds are comfortable and stay in well, but not so much laying in bed on your side, but I have yet to own a pair that IS comfortable in that position so can't really dock them points for that."
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"And the comfort is just great, though the silicon tips won't do these earbuds justice, I would defiantly go with Comply Tx-500 Isolation PLUS Earphone Tips...I'm not going to make a pros and cons list or anything like thats, like some other reviewers, thats to formal for me."
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Durable

Durable:
"Sound is great (strong bass), maybe not the absolute best I've heard, but most certainly the best under $40.Most notably, very durable, at least if you take care of them."
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"The medium earbuds fit perfectly and the wire is and feels durable and doesn't tangle easily."
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"I wouldn't buy them again or recommend to anyone, as the make of these headphones is too flimsy.... Senheisser CX's are much durable and better sounding also..."
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"The sound quality is amazing, it seems durable, and it looks sleek with its all metal build."
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"The sound is great, the isolation is great, they seem pretty durable, and they don't tangle TOO badly."
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"Nice sound quality and durable."
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"Very durable, good quality of sound."
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"Sounds good, seems to be durable, let's hope that it can last for years, good product."
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Fit

Fit:
"the main problem with these are the fit."
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"Some silicone eartips are really hard to fit in the earphone...it took me at last 4 minutes to fit just one of them.3."
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"- Accessories weren't bad, not amazing, but you should be able to find tips that fit your ears with what Soundmagic supplies you with (Comply tips always help though).- Cable was sturdy and not to be too clairvoyant but it didn't seem to give in to acquiring shorts any time soon."
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"However, the ear tips are not the most comfortable fitting"
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"The ear pieces don't fit well in my ears so the noise isolating isn't very effective."
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"They are not uncomfortable, but not a very good fit."
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"I couldnt find a good silicone eartip that can fit my ear, so for me it was not confortable.4.I have an old Sony MDR-W08 that still work and sound quite decent."
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"Fit very comfortably, don't fall out."
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"They fit well but I bought them to be noise cancelling and they get a two out of 5 for that feature."
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"The sound cancelling buds fit my ears so good I sometimes wear them as ear plugs when flying or at a noisy coffee shop - they are that comfortable."
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"The sound is crisp, the bass perfect, and the fit was great for me right out of the box."
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Level

Level:
"The only negative sonically is that the highs can become harsh and less clear on certain tracks at high listening levels, I am pretty sensitive to this type of thing."
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"If you want great sounding cheaper headphones with a bass emphasis that still has a great level of clarity in the mids highs then check these out! "
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"TL;DR: If you want great sounding cheaper headphones with a bass emphasis that still has a great level of clarity in the mids highs then check these out!"
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"Incidentally, the Xiaomi Pistons were the best of the lot) and found that these did not have the same level of lushness and spaciousness when listening to dubstep and minimal electro."
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"Rather than turning my Beats to 11 so the entire bus can hear, I typically attempt to isolate the outside noise so as to be able to listen at reasonable levels."
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Listening

Listening:
"A little about me (so you know the source of the comments), I would have to classify myself as an audiophile, as I have a very nice stereo setup, and have sampled many speakers in my home in an attempt to find the best pair for my listening tastes."
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"only thing is some really sharp drum hits can become painful when listening at high volume but other than that these are great."
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"More importantly, any slight movement resonates loudly into the earphones, making walking while listening to music unpleasant."
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"Well, the price is right, the build quality decent, and it does have varying size adapters for the ears (and a nice carrying pouch)-but the sound is cr@p. I gave them a week of listening and they do isolate nicely, but the quality of the sound is unbearable."
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"As I said at the outset, these are not a good match for a basshead, but they suit me and my listening preferences perfectly."
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"The enjoyment I get when listening to the E10 rivals these."
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"It's quite amazing to hear new tones in the songs I've been listening to for years."
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"The only negative sonically is that the highs can become harsh and less clear on certain tracks at high listening levels, I am pretty sensitive to this type of thing."
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"A little about me (so you know the source of the comments), I would have to classify myself as an audiophile, as I have a very nice stereo setup, and have sampled many speakers in my home in an attempt to find the best pair for my listening tastes."
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"They're very bass-heavy, which is fun when listening to electronic music, but they lack the accuracy and articulateness required for critical listening."
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Metal

Metal:
"Only downside is sometimes they shock me since they are metal, but that could be the woolen socks and bear skin rugs..."
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"The sound quality is amazing, it seems durable, and it looks sleek with its all metal build."
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"The Piston 2 also has a very nice metal build quality, and android compatible controls."
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"Love how its actually metal."
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"The earbuds feel solid with the metal build and the design looks really nice."
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"The metal housings are well put together and look high quality."
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Music

Music:
"With just the right amount of volume(not that loud,I promise), these seal great in your ears and you won't be able to hear anything except your music, which is great when you're trying to avoid hearing dogs barking for an hour."
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"The sound is decent but the headphones themselves make all my music only go about 70% volume, which is annoying."
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"These did not do well with that kind of music and so I had to return them and get the JVC's again."
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"It's noticeable with quiet music or if you focus on it, and can be quite annoying."
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"I cannot enjoy my music if the audio quality does not meet my (high) standards."
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"I'm picky about how my music sounds, the problem is I don't have disposable income to devote to audio equipment."
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"Music sounds so clear -- highs and lows are both very crisp."
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"The sound is decent but the headphones themselves make all my music only go about 70% volume, which is annoying."
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"And honestly, a great deal just makes music sound all the better, a steal for the price!"
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"If you're just a regular person who likes to hear their music well, you can't go wrong with these."
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"These earphones make all music sound great but if you love that bass you're gonna adore them."
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Noise

Noise:
"Sound bleeds excessively outside of earphones, noise isolation weak."
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"The ear pieces don't fit well in my ears so the noise isolating isn't very effective."
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"Rather than turning my Beats to 11 so the entire bus can hear, I typically attempt to isolate the outside noise so as to be able to listen at reasonable levels."
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"When walking or running, the noise of vibrating transmits to ears, which is very annoying."
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"-Yes, they do sound close to balanced and clear at any volume and isolate noise fairly well-No, they don't have some amazing sound stage that $100+ earphones do but shouldn't be a problem since they are priced fairly."
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"So Far i realllly enjoy these headphones to the point where i would say that they're the best headphones I've had so far sure they don't have a crap load of bass and aren't extremely loud; regardless i feel as if it delivers just the right amount of volume and the noise isolatig feature is really nice."
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"BUT when I purchased the noise canceling ear buds as well.... Changed Everything."
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"One of the Best Buds for Under $50 recommended the SoundMAGIC E10 Noise Isolating In-Ear Earphones - and now so do I."
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"It really blocks out the background noise and the mic sounds good according to people who speak to me on the phone."
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"They are clear and noise free."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"Original protective wrapping may be missing, but the original packaging is intact and pristine."
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"Unfortunately the warranty only lasts for a year, which is disappointing because I still had all the original packaging and receipt saved in order to send it back to get fixed replaced."
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"I first tried to return them through Amazon but I had misplaced the original packaging, which was required."
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"The accessories and packaging aren't quite as good, but the sound quality is as good if not better for a much cheaper price."
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"Great sound and packaging."
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"I was so impressed with these when I got them -- impressive packaging and an impressive sound."
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"The only thing I liked about them is the packaging."
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"They came in a neat package with replacement earbuds and a well-made case."
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"Right out of the package they sounded amazing!"
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Plug

Plug:
"The only down side so far is that they started to hurt a little after about two hours, but I havent tried any of the other sizes of rubber plugs that come with the earbuds yet, so Im assuming it is just my fault for being in too much of a hurry to get them in."
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"It is hard to find the right size plugs sometimes."
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"My only complaint is that in the first week I pulled the plug out of my phone, and the plug stayed in but the cover slid up the wire."
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"I had the Klipsch S4 before these; while they were nice, the aux plug started failing on me (would have to constantly turn it after plugging it in to get both channels to work).The one aspect I'd fault these buds is on the noise-isolating claim; the seal is definitely not as good as the S4 but the tradeoff for comfort and bass quality is well worth it."
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"Sound good, but after a few months of use I have to wiggle the input plug to get both buds emitting sound."
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"The sound cancelling buds fit my ears so good I sometimes wear them as ear plugs when flying or at a noisy coffee shop - they are that comfortable."
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"Also, I've noticed the bass on these buds greatly improves with a good seal of the rubber plugs."
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"Previously I had Koss Plugs which had great natural isolation for riding on the city bus everyday, and thus provided deep bass."
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"The pieces itself are sturdy metal, the wiring is a shiny, resilient plastic rubber material, the plug is metal and very sturdy as well."
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Price

Price:
"Not the best that money can buy, but provides great sound for its price."
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"By far the worst earphones I've bought - especially for the price."
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"Unfortunately, my return window ran out, so I've wasted money on them."
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"This being said, I needed a pair of headphones that would protect my ears as well as be inexpensive due to a higher chance of them being broken on the job."
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"At this price it's hard to believe you would find any better value."
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"They don't isolate very well but they sound good for their price."
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"For the price these are simply amazing headphones."
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"Great earbuds for the price"
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"They are a fantastic pair of earbuds for an amazing price."
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"otherwise fantastic earbuds for the price."
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"I notice I would have liked a bit more, but for the price vs quality I can't complain."
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Quality

Quality:
"But mechanical quality and reliability is a huge disappointment."
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"The quality of the music is great but the actual quality of the singing isn't the best."
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"However, I've bought and used two pairs now (red E10s first, now these), and the durability and build quality have been below mediocre at best."
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"I am disappointed my CX 300's are in every way better in sound quality especially at higher volume."
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"They actually produce more volume than those brands though the sound quality is not quite as good."
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"I bought them to replace some damaged Yamaha's hoping for similar sound quality."
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"Build quality is the best thing about them."
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"I recommend pairing these with quality soft foam tips such as Comply to get the best sound quality."
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"There's great impact, especially if you pair these with quality soft foam tips."
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"I'd say I've listened to then for about 50 hours at this point (I'm actually using then now as I right this review), and I am thoroughly pleased with the sound quality, the comfort, and the look of these."
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Range

Range:
"HOWEVER; if you do not have a decent sound equalizer on your device, these will NOT sound that impressive over other earbuds in this range."
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"Hard to beat the sound in this size and price range (and I've tried several others! )"
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"They have an excellent frequency response as far as I can tell with just the right amount of authority in the low range not loosing any detail in the low-mids and fantastic clarity in the mids to highs."
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"I've used a sound optimizer on both and the E10 still had the best range of dynamics and variables in both ears"
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"Don't get me wrong these earphones sounds amazing with great bass and middle range but I broke them in a plane just sitting on them unfortunately."
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"Excellent sound separation and range of bass."
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"Great freq response into the low range, high sound volume, L & R labeled, and seems to be decent build quality."
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Response

Response:
"The base response is still very disappointing."
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"That's not to say that the bass response isn't good, because it is."
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"They have an excellent frequency response as far as I can tell with just the right amount of authority in the low range not loosing any detail in the low-mids and fantastic clarity in the mids to highs."
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"Great response, I love the carrying case they came with (which I really on use for storing the rubber ear inserts)."
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"The bass response is impressive given the driver size, and is very clear and clean, which most bass-capable earbuds are not."
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"Great freq response into the low range, high sound volume, L & R labeled, and seems to be decent build quality."
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"Their bass response makes them perfect for hip-hop or dubstep, but their mid range is impeccable and their high end is very accurate."
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Size

Size:
"It is hard to find the right size plugs sometimes."
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"I have bundle headphones I've received for free with galaxy S3 - they have MUCH better bass..The headphones tips are also the worst I had (although a lot different sizes come with the headphones)."
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"Hard to beat the sound in this size and price range (and I've tried several others! )"
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"While other earbuds come with a standard 3 small to large earplugs that don't provide that great of a fit, to me at least."
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"The buds also come with multiple sets of different size and shape buds to make as comfortable as possible."
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"Excellent sound quality and sturdy production, with a good selection of bud sizes."
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"Love the many choices of earbud replacement sizes, since I'm particularly sensitive about that."
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"The sound quality from these small ear bud are really terrific and high quality."
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"Make sure you experiment with the different sizes to get a good tight fit for the best bass."
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Sound

Sound:
"Sound bleeds excessively outside of earphones, noise isolation weak."
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"TLDR - Disappointing sound?"
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"When I first got these and tried them I was pretty disappointed with overall sound, they sound very crisp nonetheless but bass was lacking."
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"In my case the cellophane sound when I insert it in my ear is unacceptable, so I will have to return it."
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"Trying the different silicone eartips I realized there is some funny noise when you try to insert it in your ear canal...it sounds like cellophane which is quite annoying for me because my ears are quite sensitive."
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"I recommend pairing these with quality soft foam tips such as Comply to get the best sound quality."
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"The bass is boosted a bit but sounds fantastic."
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"This earphones have a great balanced sound, I love the cable it never gets tangled."
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"These sound excellent."
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"I'd say I've listened to then for about 50 hours at this point (I'm actually using then now as I right this review), and I am thoroughly pleased with the sound quality, the comfort, and the look of these."
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Treble

Treble:
"it arrived fast, but when I plugged them into my ipod touch, the sound was horrible, no bass high treble and they sound has if they were blown out, so I hooked them up to my pc audio port, and the same thing, what a waste of time and money, I returned them promptly and am waitinf for refund, and yet they wouldn't replace the defective set?"
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"They have a very nice balance between bass and treble, which is very nice so you don't hear flat bass and overwhelming treble or vice versa."
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"Mid-tone and treble are crystal clear."
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"They could be more clear, especially the higher trebles, but again they are really good for the price."
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"Bass is good but not overpowering and treble is clean and smooth."
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"And I gotta say these headphones are incredible, if you need a good set of headphones with heavy bass and decent treble and clear voices in chat, these are the headphones for you, and me cause I bought them and I love them! "
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Value

Value:
"Hard to find a better value pair of in-ear headphones."
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"At this price it's hard to believe you would find any better value."
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"No, but they are amazing value for the price."
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"I got this for its reviews....and it did not disappoint....Comfortable fit with a lot of earbuds to choose from....The feel of it is beautiful....Workmanship is superb...Great leather bag to carry it...The cables are too thin....(Agree with another reviewer who mentioned it too)....The most important....the sound....it is not the best I heard....but value for money it is way above my expectations...I already have Parrot ZIK and its sound is out of this world for its value and this earphones are the same compared to its value...Highly recommended...."
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"Amazing value, it is a $35 pair of in ear headphones for about quality you get with $100+ earphones."
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"You can't go wrong with the value of the product."
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"Outstanding value."
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"But, overall a good value for the ~$40 I paid for them."
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"Great value for the price."
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Volume

Volume:
"The only negative thing I can think about these earbuds is that they do not have a volume control mic on the wire, but that's no big deal to me because I never used either of then anyways."
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"The image of the headphones is deceiving - I was under the impression that these came with an in-line microphone volume control unit, but I was wrong."
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"Sound really good, but the fact that I cannot control the sound (no volume, pause, let alone microphone) is a hassle."
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"The sound is decent but the headphones themselves make all my music only go about 70% volume, which is annoying."
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"Similar to the more pricey Yamaha's they fail and high volume and begin to distort unlike over ear headphones cans but I guess that is to be expected from ear buds?"
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"I haven't worn them for a long period of time yet, not sure if they will be as comfortable as the IE2's to wear but the sound isolation and louder volume makes up for that."
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"So Far i realllly enjoy these headphones to the point where i would say that they're the best headphones I've had so far sure they don't have a crap load of bass and aren't extremely loud; regardless i feel as if it delivers just the right amount of volume and the noise isolatig feature is really nice."
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"The sound is decent but the headphones themselves make all my music only go about 70% volume, which is annoying."
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"Great freq response into the low range, high sound volume, L & R labeled, and seems to be decent build quality."
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"I tend not to listen at high volume unless external noise is really distracting, but even at low volumes the bass is rendered pretty well and the mid-range and highs are crisp and well articulated."
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"They are louder then my Bose IE2's(an Issue I had with my IE2's right from the start, needed to have almost everything near high to max volume), they produce a little more bass but they also have good mid tones and treble."
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