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Acoustic Research AR Performance Series Noise Isolating Earbuds - HP1020 by Review Summary ,  Sep 5, 2015

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Acoustic Research AR Performance Series Noise Isolating Earbuds - HP1020
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 219 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.6
Returned or considering to return: 4.6%

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Individual Feature Rating
Quality4.5   average
Sound4.5   average
Fit4.4   average
Acoustic4.2   below average
Range4.2   average
Music4.1   average
Comfortable4.0   below average
Audio3.9   average
Price3.9   below average
Listening3.8   below average
Noise3.8   below average
Size3.7   average
Cable2.9   below average


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Acoustic

Acoustic:
"The Acoustic Research HP1000 Earbuds are the answer to my problem."
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"These earbuds remind me of...no they look exactly like some Voxx headphones that I used to have a few years ago, they had a massive problem with the left ear going out....but these Acoustic Research earbuds are ok, no problems yet."
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"The Acoustic Research HP1030 Earbuds are a decent set of ear buds, but I don't think I'd pay $100 for them."
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"But the sound of these Acoustic Research HP1020 Earbuds Is good enough for me to put up with the untangling."
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"These earbuds remind me of...no they look exactly like some Voxx headphones that I used to have a few years ago, they had a massive problem with the left ear going out....but these Acoustic Research earbuds are ok, no problems yet."
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"Acoustic Research's HP1020 earbuds are a pretty but basic set of headphones with limited soundstage and reproduction."
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"No problem with the Acoustic Research Earbuds."
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Audio

Audio:
"I have zero complaints with the audio of these headphones."
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"Here's the thing: earbuds will never produce the best in a personal audio experience."
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"Using an MP3 player that I've used many times in the past with audio recordings of music I know well, I was very disappointed with the performance of the AR earbuds."
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"The plastic housing that encloses the microphone fell apart within a day as well as the plastic fitting by the audio jack."
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"Bought these for audio listening and they work great."
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"The sound is excellent, but I'm no hi-fi audio guy."
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"Pros:* The audio quality if very good, and better than most sub $30 headphones."
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"When I compare these to a nicer set I have from lift audio, I find them very similar, except that I like the lift audio case a lot better."
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Cable

Cable:
"The button on the cable broke."
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"I got this during the black Friday sale and it shipped prime (love it) - the only thing I would say negative is that the cord are really easy to tangle up - which is a tad bit of a hassle."
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"The cord is made of a material that does not tangle easily there have been a few occasions where it has created a loose knot but nothing that was not easily pulled apart."
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"This is one of the few that doesn't have the tangling cord problem."
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"Wrapping the cord around your MP3 player does reduce the tangling problem, but it also shortens the life of the cord."
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"The cord is great at getting tangled into a ball of rage and frustration."
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"First - the good:The cord is virtually untangleable (is that a word? )"
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"Great sound, perfect fit and a unique cord.."
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"Sitting still they are great, but any movement dragging the cable across my shirt sends sounds reverberating quite loudly."
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"The no-tangle cord has worked very well so far - much better than any of the 4 or 5 other buds I have used in the past."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"As downsides go, they weren't comfortable to wear after ten minutes."
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"I could never get a good comfortable fit without really jamming them into my ear."
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"Nobody should have any problem getting a snug, comfortable fit with these."
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"My old set were very comfortable, but unfortunately let in a lot of ambient sound."
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"Great sound and as comfortable as earbuds can be."
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"Good frequency range and comfortable to wear."
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"The ear pieces are comfortable and they come with several sizes of silicone tips, so you should be able to find a size that fits well and is comfortable regardless the size of your ears."
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"She found these to have good sound quality and thought they were very comfortable."
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"The HP1020's are far superior in this respect, comfortable with great sound."
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Fit

Fit:
"I could never get a good comfortable fit without really jamming them into my ear."
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"Nobody should have any problem getting a snug, comfortable fit with these."
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"Also I could not find a perfect fit even with the three sizes of ear tips included."
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"The cord is flimsy and the plastic tips that fit into your ear -- don't, no matter what size I tried."
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"The plastic housing that encloses the microphone fell apart within a day as well as the plastic fitting by the audio jack."
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"They fit nice, feel nice, just lacking some lower freq response."
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"Also, the ear fit is pretty nice if you choose the right ear tip."
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"They fit well in my ears and acoustically blocked outside noise, looked well constructed...I was a happy camper."
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"has nice quality sound, bass is deep and satisfying (considering the price), fits nicely"
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Listening

Listening:
"After listening to them and being disappointed, I read reviews and thought maybe I was being harsh so I approached them again with an open mind and there's just no getting around their $5 quality."
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"Not for an athlete but good for listening to music at work, on the bus, or anywhere you're not bouncing around."
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"I don't think listening on earphones should be a painful experience."
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"Bought these for audio listening and they work great."
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"I would've paid the full listening price of $20 if I had known how amazing they were earlier!"
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"they work really well - good bass and stay put in my ears when listening."
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"After a good hour of critical listening over different genres and sources, I've gotta say, they're pretty decent."
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"I look forward to lots of listening enjoyment!"
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Microphone

Microphone:
"Frustrating because while working out, the mic piece broke."
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"The mic part broke fairly easily, but I wasn't using it anyway."
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"This is pretty standard now, but it's when you don't have extra tips that it's annoying.3) Stiffer cords, which are more tangle resistant.4) The mic has track control."
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"The plastic housing that encloses the microphone fell apart within a day as well as the plastic fitting by the audio jack."
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"The sound is pretty good, and worth about $30, not any moreThe two stars is because like others have reviewed, four months into every day use the cover for the mic fell off - I have no idea when and now they are broken."
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"The mic part broke fairly easily, but I wasn't using it anyway."
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"*** After owning these for about 8 months or more, the plastic microphone case split, and though I was able to glue it back together with a tiny amount of superglue, the quality of the microphone diminished and was no longer usable for phone conversations--the one main advantage of having the microphone built in."
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Music

Music:
"Not for an athlete but good for listening to music at work, on the bus, or anywhere you're not bouncing around."
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"I tested them on five devices (two desktops, one laptop, one tablet, one cellphone music player), and the playback was inconsistent."
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"Using an MP3 player that I've used many times in the past with audio recordings of music I know well, I was very disappointed with the performance of the AR earbuds."
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"Bought these to help cancel out the sound of a cramped office and can still hear my coworkers crystal clear even with music playing."
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";) Most my listening is to audio books, though I do listen to music on occasion as well."
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"Good for music too."
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"If you like the pain of needle pricks in your ear while you try to listen to music, then you have a good shot with these earbuds."
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"Pros: Sound quality is good for both music and speech."
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Noise

Noise:
"Ear buds are never as good as full head sets at cancelling noise or full sound but these are as good as I have ever had! "
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"* The noise isolation is very good, especially when you use the bigger tighter earpiece* The cord length is very good* the packaging & different sized ear pieces was very goodCons:* The earbud occasionally goes 'out of position', it doesn't happen a lot, but the music stops when it occurs, and this never happens in the CX300* The cord produces a lot of wind jostling noise - this is a problem with all earbuds - something to be aware of versus headphones* The sound quality is not as good as the CX 300* The driver is much longer than the CX 300 which makes the headphones impossible to use with a headwarmer 360's."
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"Some earbuds, like the old high-end Zunes and my current favorite Altecs aren't great in that area, transmitting rustling noises to the buds themselves."
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"The big caveat, in my opinion, is that the movement noise makes these earbuds unsuitable for workout or any other use that makes the cord swing around."
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"The silicon tips are not only light and comfortable but also reduce outside noise."
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"The clarity and mids are good as is the bass and noise isolation and they are very loud, too, with out distortion!"
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"Great ear phones for blocking out ambient noise."
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"Got these as a lightening deal - amazed at the sound quality and the level of noise isolation."
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"They fit well in my ears and acoustically blocked outside noise, looked well constructed...I was a happy camper."
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"They don't isolate the sound from outside noise as well as my old set."
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Performance

Performance:
"For sound aficionados, inadequate performance."
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"Using an MP3 player that I've used many times in the past with audio recordings of music I know well, I was very disappointed with the performance of the AR earbuds."
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"Comfortable and performed as advertised."
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"Before I got these AR Performance ear buds I was satisfied with the ones that arrived with my Apple nano."
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"Speaking specifically on the performance of these earbuds, they are pretty good overall."
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"I found them to perform well under my extreme work out conditions in which they become soaked with sweat."
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"As it is, they perform reasonably well for their price range."
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Price

Price:
"tip of left ear piece broke after 1 month,very cheap quality,waste of money"
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"Great build quality, nice sound, but the carry bag that they give you is the worst quality possible, so cheap, the zipper got broken on the second day of use."
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"Price of 90 s is absurd."
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"Not the best headphones I own but for the price they're excellent."
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"I was really disappointed and glad that I didn't pay full price for it"
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"These sound pretty good for the price."
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"The sound quality was good, better than several others I have purchased and the overall quality was good however they were twice the price as my usual choice and then they just quit working."
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"Since I got them on lightning deal, not a big loss, but if I had paid full price and got 2 months of use out of them I'd be pretty annoyed."
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"The sound quality is awesome for the price and I've been very happy with them."
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"Good price at $21 and great looking, package it came in was non-existent ( came in plastic pocket)"
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Quality

Quality:
"The sound quality wasn't that great either, at least not for my preferences."
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"Disappointing that a good-performing product has such bad build quality."
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"These headphones had good quality sound but broke fairly quickly."
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"Great build quality, nice sound, but the carry bag that they give you is the worst quality possible, so cheap, the zipper got broken on the second day of use."
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"I read the reviews about poor build quality and thought it was a fluke -- I was wrong."
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"* The noise isolation is very good, especially when you use the bigger tighter earpiece* The cord length is very good* the packaging & different sized ear pieces was very goodCons:* The earbud occasionally goes 'out of position', it doesn't happen a lot, but the music stops when it occurs, and this never happens in the CX300* The cord produces a lot of wind jostling noise - this is a problem with all earbuds - something to be aware of versus headphones* The sound quality is not as good as the CX 300* The driver is much longer than the CX 300 which makes the headphones impossible to use with a headwarmer 360's."
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"Great quality"
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"I was very pleased with the sound quality for being earbuds."
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"I bought these along with five other good brand quality ear buds."
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"I got these for my son for Christmas, and he loved the sound quality and comfort of these."
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"The sound quality was good, better than several others I have purchased and the overall quality was good however they were twice the price as my usual choice and then they just quit working."
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Range

Range:
"For starters, these AR headphones have decent sound quality, the bass is good, the lower ranges aren't the best."
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"Unfortunately, in an A:B comparison they don't do so well on the mid range and highs."
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"Good frequency range and comfortable to wear."
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"Great earphones if you have hearing loss in the mid range."
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"These are awesome, my previous best was Klipsch image s4, i tested this with few others that i bough in the range of $50s, but i can see clearly these are the best, enough bass, clear sound, no harshness on ears.. awesome i love it so far ! "
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"As it is, they perform reasonably well for their price range."
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"There is a nice range from base to mids to highs, and they sound great next to my over-the-ear buds."
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Size

Size:
"My eyes aren't what they used to be and it was hard to see with the letters so small."
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"As for the design of them, I have a small complaint with the fact that button to the pause bar fell off and also the fact that you can only pause and skip, there are no volume controls."
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"The problem is that the tips (of which quite a few various sizes are included) are very thin and flexible, making it a serious chore to get a good seal."
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"The rubber tips come in three sizes, and I had no issues with comfort."
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"Also I could not find a perfect fit even with the three sizes of ear tips included."
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"They come with a nice little protective case with different size earbuds for all ears."
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"Selecting the best size softbud for each ear is important-- slightly smaller than you think you think you need could work the best."
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"The ear pieces are comfortable and they come with several sizes of silicone tips, so you should be able to find a size that fits well and is comfortable regardless the size of your ears."
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Sound

Sound:
"The sound quality wasn't that great either, at least not for my preferences."
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"Something came loose inside of the left ear bud, so it makes a really annoying clinking sound whenever I walk around with it on."
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"These headphones had good quality sound but broke fairly quickly."
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"Great build quality, nice sound, but the carry bag that they give you is the worst quality possible, so cheap, the zipper got broken on the second day of use."
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"Can't get adequate sound isolation, regardless of the claims of the manufacturer."
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"For sound aficionados, inadequate performance."
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"These sound pretty good for the price."
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"I was very pleased with the sound quality for being earbuds."
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"Great sound and as comfortable as earbuds can be."
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"The sound is pretty good, and worth about $30, not any moreThe two stars is because like others have reviewed, four months into every day use the cover for the mic fell off - I have no idea when and now they are broken."
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"Great sound."
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