KRK is one of those companies that needs no introduction. If you have the tiniest bit of knowledge in music, chances are you're familiar with the company's iconic bumblebee-coned speakers. KRK's vast fleet of studio monitors find themselves being used in recording studios around the world. Whether you're a professional music artist or an audiophile geek, the VXT4 studio monitors we're reviewing today should catch your attention. KRK's VXT4 speakers bring precise, studio-grade referencing sound quality to any desktop environment for less than you think. Catch the full review down below!Read More
Shure is a leading audio equipment manufacturer for professionals and consumers alike. The Shure SE425 Sound Isolating Earphones are just a step down from the company's flagship in-ear monitor, the beloved SE535. Are these headphones doomed to stay in the shadows of their bigger brother? Or do they come into their own just they way they are? Find out after the break!
The SuperFi 5vi are a great sounding pair of in-ears. They deliver very detailed and clear sound for all music genres but they do lack a bit of bass. Those of you who need punchy and deep bass, the SuperFi 5vi will most likely not feed your hunger and will leave you wanting more. With that being said, after hours of burn-in time, the sound did improve a bit and so did the bass - still not deep but certainly sufficient for most people. The SuperFi 5vi are also a headset for the iPhone and BlackBerry with an inline mic and controls. The single button control cannot control the sound volume but only play/pause music and videos. When listening to music, you can double click to skip songs. You can answer calls, end calls and to bring up voice control on iPhone you simply click and hold for two seconds.
A great thing about the Ultimate Ears SuperFi 5vi is that they come with Comply foam ear tips for maximum sound isolation and comfort. After using these foam tips, you won't want to use any of those regular rubber ear tips anymore. What's so good about these foam tips is that they fit everyone's ears perfectly because they form inside your ear to it's shape and block almost all background noise. I should note that after about a month of everyday use with the foam tips, you will need to replace them with new ones.
The build quality could be a bit better. The SuperFi 5vi feel a bit cheap but they do look stunning. The cable is a tangle-free cable which works well. It's a bit thin but feels very durable so I wouldn't worry about it when exercising. You can wear these in-ears over your ears or under depending on your style. Half of the right monitor is colored red for easy and quick left/right identification, which is a very useful little detail.
The SuperFi 5vi are one of the most clearest sounding pair Iv'e listend to. This allows for very detailed and undistorted or muffled sound. While they do lack in deep bass, I would highly recommend them. With the SuperFi 5vi included are: a hard carry case, Comply foam tips, various sized silicone tips and an ear war cleaning tool. Price $189.99. Available on Amazon for less.
Audio for Rockford Fosgate isn't something new, they are the pros of audio sound systems mainly for cars. And now they have produced the Punch Plugs in-ear earphones. Iv'e had great expectations from these and they definitely did not disappoint. I have received the newest model of Punch Plugs that include an inline mic with control buttons to control your music and calls. The Punch Plugs deliver outstanding bass performance that will make you not want to stop listening to your music. The bass is very clear and solid, very similar to what you will find on the Monster Beats Studios by Dr. Dre headphones. So all of you who just can't get enough of great bass, I would highly recommend the Punch Plugs for you. The overall sound quality is very warm and clear sounding, no distortion or muffled sound to be found. Inside are 15mm dynamic drivers.
The Punch Plugs really let you enjoy your music, whether you are listening to some great heavy bass songs or vocal and acoustic songs. They really do a great job with sound quality. Now how is the build quality? The only con I see with the Punch Plugs is their flat tangle-free cord. Yes the cord does a great job at not getting tangled however it's too thin and flimsy. It would be better to make it a little thicker to add more strength to it. The housing of the Punch Plugs are made out of strong plastic and are very solid.
Sound isolation is great once you find your perfect silicone ear tip. The silicone tips that come with the Punch plugs block out a good amount of outside noise, also sound leakage is at zero which is a great thing. The Punch Plugs are very comfortable even for long hours, you just forget they are even in your ears. The Punch Plugs will not sit flush in your ear but stick out some bit, so this might be an issue for you if you plan to lay in bend listening to some music. With the Punch Plugs provided is a nice compact semi-hard carry case with silicone tips. Price $129.99 and $99.99 for the non-headset model.
The SE310 by Shure are one of the best sound isolating in-ear earphones iv’e tried thanks to Shure’s foam sleeve ear tips, the SE310 provide an ultra comfortable fit while staying secure in your ears. The best way to wear Shures is to loop the audio cord behind your ears to get the most comfort and secure fit out of your Shure earphones. The SE310 come with a huge assortment of ear tips from foam sleeves to flexible silicone tips. The audio cord is very short however you also get a cord extension that is also detachable, so if for some reason you need to disconnect from your audio device then you don’t even need to take out your earphones out of your ear because the short cable does not get in your way. The build quality on the SE310 is very high and durable with a rubber coating on the end to help you get some grip when inserting them into your ears.
Sound quality - Although Shure claims to have improved bass response in the SE310, they Shure do not have enough bass in them at all. I was disappointed to not get rich bass response, the bass is there but no punchy or full rich, nothing for bass lovers to see here. I have been using the SE310 for about a month and the sound doesn’t seem to change with burn in time. However the SE310 do sound amazing with really clear highs, very detailed and clear sound spectrum and every single instrument can be heard clearly. Music genres i would recommend listening with the Shure SE310 are Classical, Pop, Alternative, Electronic, County and some Rock.
The SE310 come with a 2 year warranty, many different sizes and styles of ear tips, detachable extension cable and a portable hard protective storage case. The SE310 are way too expensive for what they offer however they are available for half their retail price on Amazon which makes them a good buy. Price $299.99.