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  Reply # 734369 18-Dec-2012 15:12 Send private message

NZtechfreak: If sound quality is really the priority then I think in that price range I would just get the best IEMs available. These are very nice and can be had for a much reduced price within your budget via Amazon at present: http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Ultimate-Ears-Noise-Isolating-Earphones/dp/B003YKG2XC/ref=sr_1_5?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1355785318&sr=1-5&keywords=logitech+ultimate+ears


Correct me if I'm wrong but these are just noise isolating not active noise reduction like the C20's.




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  Reply # 734370 18-Dec-2012 15:13 Send private message

Way more expensive but the Monster Copper Pro is an insane IEM and I don't believe anyone would have trouble with them fitting considering the stupidly massive number of different types of tips they have included. Plus their customer support defies belief. I just told them my tips were misshappen but I couldn't find the receipt, 3 days later brand new entire set of tips out for free.

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  Reply # 734375 18-Dec-2012 15:18 Send private message

dickytim:

Interesting I have a pair of Philips SBC HN 110 also I feel they are pretty crappy really in terms of sound quality. I tried them with the noise cancelling on the other day and it caused some really bad distortion so I might actually have to replace these before I travel in April/May :(


I found this after I posted yesterday, perhaps yours came from a bad batch, scroll down to the review that says "Works if you get a good pair.

http://reviews.cnet.com/headphones/philips-hn-110-folding/4852-7877_7-31467739.html




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  Reply # 734410 18-Dec-2012 16:05 Send private message

I had a good reply from Paul Simmonds, the Director, Sales – Airlines & Consumer Brands for Phitek Systems Limited.  Basically the noise reduction systems are very similar across the units, so the C18 version on sale should be good value for money.  It doesn't review well from the point of view of the heavy battery container which pulls on the earpieces and they won't work without a battery to power them.  At $74.50 I doubt they'll be beaten.

The C20's have an upgrade to functionality, in that the battery housing has a clip built in, it has a mic built in and controls for iPod functions etc.  Potentially these are not biggie's for me.

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  Reply # 734452 18-Dec-2012 16:37 Send private message

Jaxson: I had a good reply from Paul Simmonds, the Director, Sales – Airlines & Consumer Brands for Phitek Systems Limited.  Basically the noise reduction systems are very similar across the units, so the C18 version on sale should be good value for money.  It doesn't review well from the point of view of the heavy battery container which pulls on the earpieces and they won't work without a battery to power them.  At $74.50 I doubt they'll be beaten.

The C20's have an upgrade to functionality, in that the battery housing has a clip built in, it has a mic built in and controls for iPod functions etc.  Potentially these are not biggie's for me.


$74 is a good price.  You could soon sort out a way to hold the battery box, e.g. put it in your shirt pocket or trouser pocket or glue a clip onto the case. 

The C20's also work in passive mode i.e. they don't need battery power in order to hear the audio.   As you say the in built mic and controls are of no value to anyone other than Apple owners.




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  Reply # 740928 7-Jan-2013 10:58 Send private message

I have acquired a pair of C20's. First impressions:
They stay in my ears, so I'm impressed with that, not being an in ear fan and all. They do still make me a bit 'pressurised' I guess is the way to describe it, when you put them on/wear them. Vice versa they don't lead to that 'clampy' feeling that over ears give after long periods wearing those.

Wasn't sure on the noise cancellation initially but tried on the bus today and it is really good. It's a fine art to block out the annoying background hums and roars but not to the extent where everything sounds distorted and weird. These do work very well, so I'm impressed with that.

Music is doable at lower volumes than would normally be necessary to hear above the background noise. They don't appear to have much bass output though, but I haven't massively tested that yet. I was just impressed that you could hear quieter songs on the bus, that normally would be out. Ultimately though, I'm getting these for a nasty series of long haul flights, so it is more about the noise cancellation than the hifi nature of the headphones.

Thanks to all for putting me on to these. NZ company too which is cool, they were really good to deal with.

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  Reply # 740939 7-Jan-2013 11:23 Send private message

I'm pleased to hear you're happy with your purchase, and happy with the recommendation as well.

I've tried my C20's a few times now in an aircraft and am very impressed with how they work.  In fact I would go as far to say they're nearly as good as the noise canceling headsets we wear for work. Well worth the money.





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  Reply # 744892 15-Jan-2013 10:08 Send private message

http://www.thewarehouse.co.nz/red/redalert

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I got mine but they are selling quickly!




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dickytim: http://www.thewarehouse.co.nz/red/redalert

Beats by Dre Solo

I got mine but they are selling quickly!


They've had that special a few times now.

Is that a good price? ($199)



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  Reply # 744996 15-Jan-2013 12:27 Send private message

Jaxson:
dickytim: http://www.thewarehouse.co.nz/red/redalert

Beats by Dre Solo

I got mine but they are selling quickly!


They've had that special a few times now.

Is that a good price? ($199)


Depends on your definition of good. Since they are badly overpriced at normal prices this is a good price relative to that, in terms of their quality it is probably only approaching a reasonable price for the quality they offer. Would rather pay slightly more for the Logitech UE6000, or less for the Zoontec Zoro.




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  Reply # 745046 15-Jan-2013 13:04 Send private message

I tried a freinds ones of these are really liked the sound of them, I am pretty happy to get them, and for $199 to me it is a good deal, the best price I cound find overseas, which is where I was goning to buy them in May was $199 USD.

they may not be the best sounding headphone in the world, but they certainly are the best sounding ones I have personally listened to!




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  Reply # 745078 15-Jan-2013 13:47 Send private message

dickytim: I tried a freinds ones of these are really liked the sound of them, I am pretty happy to get them, and for $199 to me it is a good deal, the best price I cound find overseas, which is where I was goning to buy them in May was $199 USD.

they may not be the best sounding headphone in the world, but they certainly are the best sounding ones I have personally listened to!


Beware - 'trendy' brands that are not designed by proper audio engineers are often made to sound appealing to the novice listener by providing an overly colourful bass-heavy sound profile. This might sound good if you listen briefly, but you will find it fatiquing and irritating after a period of time compared with a well balanced set of headphones.

You can actually get a very nice pair of Sennheiser cans for $200.

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  Reply # 745079 15-Jan-2013 13:49 Send private message

Actually also beyerdynamic or hifiman also would have decent options in that price range too I think.

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  Reply # 746333 17-Jan-2013 13:24 Send private message

I have had a bit of a listen today running thru my Fiio E11 amp and I quite like them, I agree that the base can be a bit strong but I can use setting "1" on the EQ of the amp and it balances them up.

I really like the noise isolation, which I will test further on Monday when I fly to Chch, so far at lunch time I was able to completely ignore everything going on around me!




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