Today I went shopping and saw where the local PX had the Ultimate Ears super.fi 5 Pro in-ear headphones. I had heard of these before and all the reviewers gave them damn good ratings. I was originally looking for a set of Shure in-ears, but they cost EU200 and up in Frankfurt (PX doesn't carry them).
Looked at the price...$250! Damn!
Oh what the hell, it's been a good month at work and I needed something good for the long C-130 and C-5 plane rides to and fro the various hellholes my government keeps trying to get me killed in...so I bought them.
The ones I bought were the white ones, but you can also get them in black and clear.
Let me tell you right off the bat, these will be the LAST headphones you'll ever need. They are that damn good.
And at that price, they fscking better be.
What the in-ear portion looks like: (stolen from the company website of course..)
That's the part that goes in your ear. The wires go around and behind your ears. SO far these are the most comfortable headphones I've ever worn.
Leave them in for long and you forget they are there. It comes with many custom in-ear foam and rubber pieces to fit all types of ear openings, but I find the default ones that came with it work perfect for me. They do stick out a little more than regular in-ear headphones, but it's still not too noticeable.
If anyone important notices, they'll see you have fine taste in headphones.
All others are clueless morons.
As far as the sound goes since they go in-ear and actually seal in the ear, they block out all background noise. Perfect for plane trips and other noisy environments. The bas on just the 5 Pro is awesome, but for you hip-hop/techno/rap folks out there that require your bass to REALLY thump your eardrums into jell-o, then you can pickup the 5 EB which is a little bit bigger due to the bigger drivers in them. The 5 EB I saw was a little cheaper at $199, but I wanted something a little smaller and my bass requirements are slim. But the bass in the 5 Pros is damn good.
The 5 Pros come with a nice 1/8-to-1/4 adapter, a 1/8 "sound level attenuator", a crush-proof metallic storage case, a black leather travel case, and a special cleaning tool.
All the accessories and the headphones fit in the metallic case, only the headphones can fit in the leather travel case.
NOTE: The sound level attenuator is a 1/8 plug that goes between the headphone 1.8 plug and the 1/8 jack of whatever you plug it into (in my case, a 5g iPod).
From the manual:
"When using your headphones with an unfamiliar or unstable sound system (airplane, public access ports, etc.) make sure volume is low and is kept at a moderate level to prevent 'break-in' bursts of loud sounds. For these environments, we recommend use of the sound level attenuator to aid in buffering unusually high sound output."
In other words, it can save your hearing when plugging up to someone else's gear. I haven't used mine yet.
All-in-all, I rate these a damn good 10 out of 10. They better be good for the price of $250.
Now, for comparison, my girlfriend had already bought a set of EU200 Shure in-ear headphones a month earlier at Gravis in Frankfurt and she likes them. I tried them and thought the Shures sounded a little "tinny" for my tastes.
In my opinion, the Ultimate Ears super-fi 5 Pros blow the Shures out of the frickin' water.
And for you music fanbois/grrls, this is the same company that makes the $550 (FSCK!!!) UE-5c in-ear headphones (custom fitted per customer) for Madonna, U2, Linkin Park, Rolling Stones, etc.
Now I can see why...these are the consumer-level headphones to have.
Ultimate Ears Super.Fi 5 Pro Headphones