Date: July 20th, 2009
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: iPopperz
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
You have your choice of three different sizes of end tips to use. They are made out of a soft material and easily pop on and off the earbud.
A standard TRS plug on the end is gold plated. This is becoming more and more common to see on headsets of all types. The cord is long enough but not too long; I was able to listen to my MP3 player while it was in my pocket without having excess cord in the way.
PRODUCT USE AND TESTING
I highly recommend trying out all three sizes of end tips to see which one provides you with the most comfortable fit. For me, it was the small size tips that worked out the best. Comfort levels are right in line with other ear buds in the same price range, no better or no worse. They are easy to wear for long periods of time provided you are using the right size tips. During the testing period I had no discomfort whatsoever due to the light weight of the ear buds and soft end caps resting snugly in my ears. Some ambient noise in the room was also a bit muffled which helped improve sound quality when listening to music.
In the comfort department, the iPopperz come out a winner. Now let’s put them to the real test, listening to music…
I listen to a lot of different types of music. Everything from heavy metal to classic rock to pop to hip-hop to techno and trance can be found on my MP3 player. Initially the earbuds had a “tinny” sound to them, but after making some equalizer adjustments on the player itself I was able to get a much more balanced sound. After listening to a couple songs, I found that highs and mids were crisp and clear and much to my surprise, bass response was fairly impressive too. Not bad for a $20 headset at all.
After listening to a variety of songs over an extended period of time, I was still pleased with the sound quality of the earbuds. Music was balanced and had decent bass response, something that is usually lacking from earbuds, particularly on lower priced sets. Now don’t expect the same quality you would get out of a high end set, but in their price range the iPopperz are definitely a strong competitor.
I put the MP3 player down and plugged the earbuds into my PSP system for the next test. With the music-centric game Rock Band Unplugged loaded up, I began to play. With this type of game headphones are highly recommended in order to get the most out of the game play experience. The iPopperz didn’t disappoint me in the least. They were comfortable to wear and sounds were crisp and clear. Even though these earbuds are not advertised as having any sort of noise-canceling features, I liked the fact that ambient noise in the room became a bit muffled. Of course that makes it harder to hear what is going on in the world around you, but it makes listening to music a more enjoyable experience.
After a couple weeks of everyday usage, the iPopperz seem to be as durable as a set of earbuds can be. They survived a couple drops to the floor, a few trips inside my purse, and even managed to come out unscathed after my cat spotted them and thought they were a new toy. It’s safe to say that under typical wear and tear conditions these earbuds will hold up just fine.