Ultimate Ears MetroFi 220
Ultimate Ears is the latest range of ultimate ear noise isolating earphones on offer from Logitech, and there is an excellent choice on offer. The Ultimate Ears MetroFi 220 is one up from budget in terms of price and will set you back $80, which still isn’t a massive amount when you look at the whole range of noise isolating earphones on the market.
These headphones are part of their MetroFi range, which can all be easily identified by their small sleek design, and the 220 sets can be picked out thanks to their silver ear finish. All of the earphones in the range are wired in black, and a red band identifies the right ear, while the left is finished with a clear band to make getting the correct side a breeze. The lovely people at Logitech always offer a choice of three ear cushions with this range, so the Ultimate Ears MetroFi 220 is no exception. Choose from the comfort of small, medium or large ear cushions and fit with ease in seconds, and don’t despair if you accidentally lose your perfect fit set as you can buy more from the manufacturer’s website. Again, we were impressed with the fit once in place. They were secure and didn’t move or fall out when we jumped around and went for a bit of a run, which is great for those on the go. Also in the Ultimate Ears MetroFi 220 box is the small plastic flip top carry box that doesn’t add to the amount of bulk you end up carrying, as it is small and discreet but does prevent the wires getting tangled when the earphones are not in use.
“I’ve tried the Shure E2c, the Lenntek Sonix and Cerulean XLR just to name three. They are all pretty good. But, when I plugged in my Ultimate Ears MetroFi 220 Noise Isolating Earphones, I realized immediately that none of them compare to these from Ultimate Ears. The Ultimate Ears MetroFi 220s are pretty well constructed. I love the metallic look of the earbuds. They come with three different size ear cushions. I’ve found it helps to push them in snugly to get a really good seal. I don’t think I have large ear canals. But, I did find that switching the ear cushions out for the larger ones allowed me to get a better seal in my ears and really improved the bass response of the ear phones tremendously. Honestly, at first, they sounded a little “boomy” to me. So I made an adjustment to my equalizer setting on my iPhone to compensate. The highs are crisp and clear also. I found the ear cushions to be comfortable. After getting noise isolating ear phones, I find any that don’t seal into the ear canals to be something I just won’t use. By having the noise isolating ear phones, you can listen at lower volumes and the sound quality is much better. These don’t cut off so much outside noise that you can’t tell what’s going on around you. But, they cut out just enough to give you great sound quality and block low level sounds around you. If you haven’t tried noise isolating ear phones, I’d say these are a good place to start. Honestly, none of the ear phones I’ve tried to date sound like true audiophile equipment. I had been told some of the other ear phones I had (the Shure E2c) were about as good as it gets. But, while the MetroFi are not near the top of the line of the Ultimate Ears lineup, they are the best I’ve owned yet easily outshining the others in terms of sound quality. I was torn between giving them 4 and five stars. For sound quality, I’d probably give them 4 stars. Considering the value, that raises these up to a five star recommendation. If you’re looking at ear phones in this price range for casual listening, grab these. Maybe I’ll try some of Ultimate Ears’ pricier ear phones in the future. But, meanwhile, these have become my ear phones of choice.” – B.Smith (OH,USA)
The Ultimate Ears MetroFi 220 boasts the use of titanium coating on their speakers, which offers excellence in terms of playback performance. You can look forward to a larger range of sound depth and a crisp, clean sound that you will be able to enjoy without having to turn the volume up so high you end up with a headache. In terms of connectivity again you are looking at anything that has the standard 3.5mm headphone jack point, which makes these ideal for iPod’s MP3 players or laptops, meaning that you will find more than one use for them. For those who can afford the step up, the Ultimate Ears MetroFi 220 are well worth the extra money needed to step off from their budget range, as you are looking at a better all round performance and a very impressive 16dB of noise isolation which means that you really will notice how much outside noise just cannot get through. You will not want to go back to earphones that are not noise isolating ever again, as they just do not match up at all in terms of performance. The instruction manual is in the box. Although these really are self explanatory it is still a nice touch, and the manufacturer offers a 1 year limited hardware warranty, which is always worth having.
Actual User Reviews:
• “Let me start by saying the sound quality can’t be beat in this price range. I have tried many earphones at many price ranges and these are top notch. Outside of a studio environment you probably won’t be able to notice a difference between these and models costing much more. I did have a couple issues with the product though. I like wearing buds with the cord over the ear method. The cord on these is very springy and when the cord is over my ear it works to pop the ear buds out. This model also doesn’t have the neck loop design so if they pop out they hit the floor. Out of the box the cord had been crimped a bit and not a smooth wrap, so now I have bends in the cord that won’t go away. Perhaps a hot day in the sun will work it out. Finally this pair is missing the flanged set of cushions included in some other Ultimate Ears sets. If you only need a small med or large cushion this isn’t an issue, but I find the flanged set works best for me. Bottom line this is a great set with awesome sound, comfortable fit, and a nice little plastic storage case to boot.” – C.Weaver (TN,USA)
• “I’m listening to these right now and WOW the music is incredible. I hear crisp highs, accurate midrange, and clear sufficient bass. These sound better than anything I’ve tried, even a pair of Shure’s that cost $120(which I returned). Just break them in for at least 8 hours and don’t try to blast music into your ears and you will hear the best music of your life. I paid only about $65 for these on sale which was just the icing on the cake. I think people who didn’t like these didn’t give them a chance to break in and/or tried to play them too loud.” – M.J.Kovach (FL,USA)
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