Ultimate Ears Super.fi 5 Pro Earphones (White)

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  1. J. Hall "JonnyMH" says:
    121 of 127 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    These are some of the best earphones on the market., July 13, 2005
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    J. Hall “JonnyMH” (Oakland, CA United States) –
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    I am a professional, classically trained musician and I have had these earphones for two weeks. I listen to mainly classical music, and have quite a collection of jazz and pop from various eras to which I listen as well. These earphones are wonderful. I did extensive research and returned several pairs of earphones (including Shure) before deciding on these.

    These are canalphones, so you MUST have a good seal or you will not get proper sound. This means you have to choose the right fitting rubber inserts before they will work properly. The previous reviewer must have not fitted them properly because the sound is phenomenal when these are plugged in!

    These phones have dual drivers for highs and lows. There is a lot of chatter on the internet about a weak high-end to these UE’s, but I do not find that to be the case at all. The high-end is clear and defined. The strong low end, which is superb, may give many a scewed reference since most canalphones do not have good low ends, but the bass does not overpower the upper registers. Contrary to popular belief on the web, classical music sounds best when there is enough bass along with the highs. Just go to a live classical concert and listen for yourself! There is plenty of bass to go around! These phones are perfect for classical or for any type of music.

    The other advantage to these phones is that you can change the wire and plugs yourself if they break or if you want a different cord of a different color. The earphones come with two nice cases, one all metal and the other in leather and the the accessorries all fit neatly together in the metal case.

    Another nice feature is that there is little to no sound leakage. This means if you sleep with a significant-other, you won’t disturb him or her at all. You should be careful when using them, because you won’t hear much of anything other than the music.

    The only downside is that these earphones will show you just how bad MP3 compression is on your player. I did a comparison with my CD player and discovered that even at 320 kbps, some of my MP3 files sound “distorted” compared to the CD. I did not notice this with my previous earphones.

    If you’re looking for great canalphones at a great price, then look no farther. I got mine at the Guitar Center and the sales person knocked $50 off the price, they are also the clear version. You can’t go wrong with UE’s proprietary monitor technology.

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  2. Douglas A. Greenberg says:
    79 of 82 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Your iPod needs these earphones, February 27, 2006
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    Douglas A. Greenberg (Berkeley, CA USA) –
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    The UE Super fi 5 Pros have been designed to provide clear, balanced sound in a highly portable and comfortable product. As of this moment I think they represent a kind of “best buy” for iPod owners seeking to upgrade from the stock white earbuds supplied with their music players.

    A key to optimal enjoyment of these IEM’s is selection of the appropriate ear tip from the several provided, including a compressible foam version and several types and sizes of rubber tips. Once a proper in-ear seal is achieved (yes, moistening the rubber tips is helpful), the resultant sound quality is excellent. Since the Super fi Pros don’t require deep insertion into the ear canal, wearers can avoid the potential discomfort associated with some other high-quality IEM’s.

    The over-the-ear design of the earpiece wires ensures that these UE’s will fit securely even during exercise. The cord, however, is very thin and appears delicate. These UE cords are also more prone to tangling than any I have ever encountered. It’s a good thing that the supplied metal storage case includes a winder.

    The balanced two-driver design produces good musical detail, decent but not spectacular treble, and excellent bass reproduction. Those seeking the very best in musical detail, however, should consider instead the Etymotic ER-4 in-ear models. On the other hand, the bass response of the UE’s is far fuller than that of the Ety’s. For any kind of music in which bass slam is essential, the UE’s are an excellent choice.

    The use of an auxilliary headphone amp tightens up the sound quality a bit, but these IEM’s are so easy to drive that an amp is not necessary. This model, in fact, seems well-suited to produce high-volume output with any portable. I suspect, in fact, that the sonic signature of the Super fi 5 Pros was designed with Apple’s bass-shy iPod models in mind. The output from my Nano seemed frustratingly thin and sometimes shrill when I used both the Apple earbuds and my pair of Etymotic ER-4P in-ear monitors. With the Super fi Pro’s, however, the music is reproduced fully and richly, with plenty of bass. There is excellent synergy here.

    Overall, these earphones produce clear, detailed sound in a tiny, highly portable package. The sound is not as “big” or full as can be achieved with top-quality full-sized headphones, but for on-the-go use, the Super fi 5 Pros will not disappoint. People who want “the very best” can spend a lot more money to get custom-fit in-ear monitors (such as Ultimate Ears’ own UE-10 Pro model). Certainly when you shell out $1000 you should expect top-notch performance. But for one-fifth this price the Super fi 5 Pro model delivers amazingly good sound. Some people will still consider these earphones excessively expensive, but consider: this is a purchase that will pay dividends every time you turn on your music player.

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