Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Metro.fi 100 Noise Isolating Earphones
My favourite earphones are Westone UM1s. Based on professional 'monitor' earphones, they isolate noise, fit well, and deliver a natural and involving sound. On the downside, they aren't cheap, have the visual aesthetics of a 1930s hearing aid, and the wires are thin and scratchy on the skin.
My good friend Conrad (you know, the one who doesn't make much sense) got bought a pair of UM1s, and he loved them as well. Until one of the earphones stopped working. I told him that most of the stuff he listens to probably sounds better in just one ear, but he went out and got some new 'phones anyway.
Turns out he made a pretty good choice. They come in a tough plastic carry case, fit well, have a very warm, listenable tone-response and do a good job of noise-isolation. They also look good, and the cords have a comfortable 'shoe-lace'-style sheathing.
Available from amazon.co.uk for under £20, including delivery.