Updated: December 4th, 2009
Received this set today from Amazon. This is the review I wrote:
Well, what can I say… this is hands down the best pair of earphones that I've tried so far. I went through:
– (of course) the ipod cheapies that are horrible at everything except for giving you pain,
– the ER-6i, which sucked so bad, they had to be returned to Amazon. They basically touched parts of my brain, literally, that's how deep they went in. I experienced pain and headaches almost instantly,
– the Sony MDR-EX71SL, which was actually quite decent for the price ($29.99 on Amazon). They were much better than ER-6i and sounded great, until they fell apart completely due to the worst cord design imaginable. It actually stretches, rips and its surface has such high friction that I'm surprized it lasted these 3-4 months.
So finally, it was time for something new. After reading a bunch of reviews, I decided that Super.fi 5 Pro are going to fit me best in all parameters: bass, sound, and comfort. From the moment I unpacked them and put them on, I instantly knew they were for me.I'm going to compare mostly to EX71SLs because I liked those the most before .fi.
The build: first of all, replaceable cord. How ingenious is that? I looked it up, it costs $20 for a new one. I've actually got to replace one and it's as easy as snapping off the whole cord up to the ear buds and plugging in a new one. All done in under a minute. Great, now the build itself. Very sturdy, much sturdier than the EX71SL, no comparison. Also, the fit is great, even with the default earpieces. I can't hear the wind like I did with EX71SLs, and they don't echo as much into the ears when I knock on the cord.
The sound: dual drivers in each piece, they sounded like an orchestra that started playing in my ears. The sound is rich and very… surround. So far, I tried rock, trance, hip hop, and flamenco. It was most impressive with flamenco, when audience started to cheer and during guitar solos.
The bass: is great as well, I think it's perfect.
Overall: I'm very impressed with what I received. 6 out of 5 stars. Buy it, especially if you have tried EX71SL before and want the absolute best.
Turned out the cord wasn't the problem. Instead, one of the ear buds had some internal damage that became apparent after I pulled off the existing cord. Another call to UE and no problem – a week later I had a brand spanking new pair in my hands. That is what customer service should be like. At this point UE earned mine AND my friends' business for life.
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