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I have tried dozens of earphones. In fact, you can’t move around here without bumping into them hanging from the ceiling like bunches of grapes.
I’ve discovered that the most expensive models are not necessarily the best and that wired is generally better than wireless.
The wired Hi-Fi earphone I am offering with my custom-fitted hybrid earphones is the best I’ve tried yet. It has two drivers in each earpiece and is made to a high level of quality. And what’s more they look good, not that that matters, because when they are embedded in the earbuds you won’t see much of them. It’s how they sound that matters and they sound fantastic. If you get excited over technical specs, I’ve listed them below. I’ve also added an extract from a wired.com review.
Our Hi-Fi earphones before they have been embedded in DEEPsound earbuds:
Tech Specs for the Earphones:
- Sensitivity: 105dB/mW
- Frequency: 7.40 KHz
- Resistance: 15Ω
- Plug: 3.5 mm
Bluetooth Receiver – do you need one?
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A Wired.com review of this family of earphones:
A dead ringer for the $55 Audio-Technica ATH-IM50 in-ear monitor (… and that’s just for the earphones).
In a world full of fake news, spin, obfuscation, and brazen lies, where facts are mutable and doubt seeps into the crevices of life like rainwater, only one thing is certain: the earphone industry is a racket. A very big racket.
Global sales for audio headgear hit over $13 billion last year. That’s a lot of cheddar. A lot of frayed wires too—compared to other stereo hardware, most earphones have an absurdly short lifespan. Planned obsolescence is the business model here: thin wire insulation and Y-splitters break, solder joints fail, even drivers blow (probably). Handle with care, use an umbrella, get lucky, and your earplugs might last nine months. Might. That’s why frugal audiophiles steer clear of pricey IEMs. Like buying wine, the idea is to find value without cost.
But what is the dollar sweet spot for decent earphones? The conventional audio wisdom used to be that you had to drop $100 to enjoy legit dynamic range and detail. But thanks to factory automation, ingenious engineering, and cheap overseas parts and labor, the magic number keeps dropping. Not so long ago, $50 was the new retail benchmark. Of course, that was before hundreds of small Chinese companies disrupted the highly lucrative big brand earphone market by flooding it with surprisingly good and ridiculously inexpensive product. Tight-fisted audiophiles rejoiced.
KZ TO BE The Best Or Nothing
KZ, the brand name under which the Guangdong-based Shenzhen Yuanze Electronics Co. operates, was founded in 2008, making it a legacy brand by Chi-Fi standards. The founders are Keith Yue, a former Audio-Technica engineer, and Zen Li, a Western-trained classical musician.
The name KZ isn’t just a nod to the founders’ initials, but is also short for “Knowledge Zenith.”
The company offers an impressive range of low-priced earphones that crib the form-factor from many moderately priced earphones offered by the mainstream brands. The KZ-ATE, for instance, is a dead ringer for the $55 Audio-Technica ATH-IM50 in-ear monitor.
Build and Comfort
Putting aside the pseudoscience and typos in their ad copy, the KZ boys pride themselves on their materials and build quality. That 32-strand low capacitance-oxygen-free copper (LC-OFC) cord, for instance, is the same one found on Ultimate Ears’ fancy Pro series. The other thing that sets the KZ-ATE apart from most Chi-Fi is what headphone forum geeks call “strain relief.” These are the subtle but vital design features that minimize the stress exerted on the cable. They prolong the life of the earphone by staving off the inevitable damage caused by the tugs and snags of daily life. From the springy “wrap” at the base of the 90-degree jack, to those two bouncy “boots” attached to the Y-splitter, to the knurled metal collars that actually extend into the smoky translucent housing, the KZ-ATE aces the strain relief test.
NOW THIS IS ME (JOHN BRADLEY) TALKING, TAKE THESE EARPHONES AND EMBED THEM IN DEEPSOUND EARBUDS AND YOU GET SOME IDEA OF WHAT THE FUSS IS ABOUT. IT TAKES THEM TO THE NEXT LEVEL.