Ultimate Ears MetroFi 170
Getting the perfect pair of ultimate ear noise isolating earphones can be difficult. There are hundreds of sets on offer, but how do you know which are for you? The Ultimate Ears MetroFi 170 earphones are at the lower price end of good earphones coming in at $50, which could make them an excellent starter headphone set for those seeking to ditch their bog standard earphones and step up to the ultimate in ear noise isolation.
The Ultimate Ears MetroFi 170 come with three different ear cushions so that you can get the best possible fit for you, and given that they are made from silicone you know that they are going to be completely comfortable, and you can wear them for hours without any discomfort. Once you have found which of the three sets of ear cushions is going to be best for you, you will also be impressed by how well they stay in place even if you are running or jogging which is excellent for those on the go. The earphones are tiny, with just the ear buds and the wire. There really isn’t any bulk to be seen, which is a nice touch, as is the fact that the right earphone is banded in red to make identification easy, with the left having a clear silicone banding instead. There is also a very useful carry case which means you can protect these earphones when not in use, and know that they will not just be in the bottom of a bag or pocket getting knotted and tangled. The carry case itself is rigid black plastic and has a flip top design, which means you can easily store your earphones and slip this case into a pocket without being overly big or bulky.
“I used to travel for a living and had an expensive, large, and cushy pair of Sony sound isolating headphones – huge rubber earcups, and some nifty sound neutralizing technology. They were a pain to travel with, as they took up a lot of room and only really worked with batteries in. But they made it possible to hear music or podcasts on the plane, and reduced travel fatigue to a manageable level. I was pleasantly surprised when I tried Ultimate Ears’ MetroFi 170 earbuds. They work. Music and podcasts from my iPod were audible on a plane without cranking the volume up to dangerous levels. Even the armrest audio programming was tolerable through these. You don’t get the highest sound quality for this price, and I heard hiss behind a couple of string quartet and piano recordings. But they did the job, and they stayed in my ears. I don’t know why they stayed – they don’t look so different from other earbuds I’ve tried. So if you want functional lightweight sound isolating headphones, and you have lumpy or odd ear canals, try these. Totally worth it. Just don’t expect great musical fidelity. They’re good enough for noncritical listening.” – J.Weissman (MD,USA)
In terms of performance the Ultimate Ears MetroFi 170 offers excellence in terms of value for money. The sounds produced are crisp and clear, which means that you do not need to have the volume up really loud to get the best of your music. This is better for the health of your ears as we all know that loud music that close to the ear drum can damage the hearing in future life. They have a standard headphone jack, which means there really isn’t anything you cannot use these earphones with. Any piece of equipment that comes with a standard jack is going to be compatible with these headphones, which is just perfect. For those on a budget we have to say that the Ultimate Ears MetroFi 170 are excellent earphones for someone who hasn’t ever owned a set of ultimate ear noise isolating earphones, and we can see no reason for you to be disappointed with this purchase. The whole package includes an instruction manual, and the product comes with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty, which also adds to the feeling of confidence in the product. Should you need them, extra sets of ear cushions are also available from the manufacturer as a separate package, which would prove invaluable should you lose one of them by accident.
Actual User Reviews:
• “These headphones are amazing. Granted, I have little experience with high end in-ear headphones, but I own a nice pair of noise canceling over-ear headphones, and these little earbuds produce comparable sound quality. They can’t quite produce the same bass, but that’s just a question of physics. I have owned these for about 6 months and I couldn’t be more pleased with their sound quality, durability, and comfort. I would absolutely buy these again. $50 is worth it for something that you use every day.” – D.Beauchaine (USA)
• “The only time I usually listen to music on my iPhone is when I’m at the gym. This has been a problem for me because, for some reason, my right ear never wants to hold ear phones comfortably. It never seems to matter what I do, inevitably one of the ear plugs will fall out; this is, of course, compounded when working out. So I’ve been stuck in some bizarre catch-22 situation, until these earphones. On the surface it seems like such an easy, minor, no brainer addition. These MetroFi earplugs come with three different sizes of ear plugs and chances are you’ll find one that works best for your ears. I know I did, and it has changed the way I listen to music. It’s no longer me fighting with the phones and my ears, constantly rearranging the earphones or replacing them when they fall out. They go in and they stay. Then there’s the fact that they are “noise isolating,” which is both a boon and a bane. They fit so well in your ear that, by their very nature, they cancel outside noises. It feels like sticking your fingers in your ear. The problem with this is that I feel like I’m listening to my “interior noises” (for lack of better word) in the same way. So breathing and swallowing seem heightened (much like sticking your fingers in your ears or submerging your ears under water). It can be disconcerting at times. The sound quality is pretty good, although it can sometimes sound muffled when reaching for the lower bass sounds. Fans of music with higher notes and register won’t probably notice much difference but anyone who listens to rock or hip-hop with low bass notes will probably be disappointed. It’s not terrible but with the combination of the design and the sound quality, it’s more muffled than if you used regular, cheap iPod earphones. Overall I’m really content with these earphones, mostly because I’ve been searching for ones that will actually stay in my ears.” – T.Mesnard (NE,USA)
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