To continue the trend Andreas started with his Accessories post, here’s a quick reminder of some of the best in-ear phones we reviewed.
Does your car’s trunk make more noise than its motor? Does standing on the epicenter of a medium earthquake give you that warm, fuzzy feeling in your stomach? Does your 5.1 sound system consist of five subs and one tweeter?
If the answer to any of the questions above is ‘yes’, then you might want to read forum member Illusion’s shootout of three of the most popular basshead IEMs currently available. Fret not, Illusion knows what he’s talking about. His review is not about bass quantity alone – it’s about overall quality/musicality, with special focus on our beloved earth-shattering subharmonics. All three phones reviewed are around the $80 price range – well worth the price of admission, compared to the uncontrolled, bloated midbass you get from some shabby $20 Skullcandy fart cannons, or similar.
If you’re not afraid by now, head over to the forum thread for the full review, while I listen to some Dubstep on my Etymotic ER-4.
It’s been quite a while since we reviewed the CrossRoads MylarOne X3/XB and X3i/XBi. While they were good sounding in-ear phones in the sub-$100 price range, their build quality was more than questionable. Jaben, the company behind the CrossRoads brand, certainly considered these shortcomings in durability when they designed the new versions of their MylarOnes. We’re going to take a closer look at their Bijou 2, Bijou 3, and Quattro.
To make matters more confusing – or interesting – Jaben introduced a second brand of IEMs as well, called Hippo. While the MylarOne brand appears to be targeted more towards the “serious” listener, the Hippo brand seems to be catering more to the “fun” crowd. Well, at least that’s what the branding and naming scheme looks like to me. “Fun” might actually sound more scary than appealing in this audio context – but fear not, the Hippos are of course nothing like, say, your average Skullcandy IEMs. We’re going to analyze the Hippo VB (Variable Bass) and Hippo Boom in our super secret ABI laboratories, right after the jump.