traumerei Review

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 from Seattle, WA,  Dec 14, 2010

I was looking for a set of headphones to wear while running since my old throwaway pair (the stock apple headphones) had a lot of cable noise and wouldn't stay in. Not only do these headphones benefit from the tight and secure fit that canal phones enjoy, they also have this bit of memory wire that pretty much guarantees they stay on your ears. Cable noise is admirably low. However, these are pretty finicky for my ears with even the default large triple flange earpiece not really seating that securely in my ears. Every fifteen minutes or so I have to reseat them. Even when they aren't seated completely, the sound is fine except for bass. The bass just disappears which is a good indication that they are not longer properly fitted and one has to readjust them. Just like a lot of other reviewers, the bass and highs are excellent but the midrange is, in comparison, recessed. My etymotics are better both in overall sound and isolation but I didn't want to ruin that pair with sport/rough use. Overall they are a great value. Mee includes various different silicone earpieces which might be useful to you. Sound quality for me takes a nosedive with most of them but that is going to depend on the geometry of your ear canal. You might find the other pieces better. These are also a bit more comfortable than the etymotics although I don't like canalphones for normal listening. Impedence is pretty low, like on most canalphones, so if you have a kind of noisy sound source like a lot of laptops have, you are going to suffer. These are best paired with a dedicated player like the Sansa/iPod/Zune etc. These are dynamics and so there is theoretically a break-in period although I didn't notice anything I couldn't just chalk up to "getting used to the sound" of them. Sound quality wise, bass and highs are as good as my etymotic er6i's but I'm not an audiophile. You can learn more from where I first heard about these, headfi.org

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