46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Great set of earphones for the money, defenitely a good buy.,
This review is from: Creative EP-830 Noise Isolating Earphones (Black) (Electronics)I just got these Creative EP-830 in-ear headphones today and they sound fantastic. The sound coming out of these is rich, full and reproduces the music faithfully. The highs, mids and bass are well rounded and pleasing. I used the lower model, EP-630 that came with my Dell Inspiron 1720 previously and those had a lower bass-response compared to the new EP-830's (they both have the same rated frequency response of 6Hz - 23KHz). However, this doesn't mean that the 830's are anemic in bass, rather it's a cleaner sound with less emphasis on the bass's "oomph" and more on giving you a clean-cut sound. According to the product's technical spec's, the 830 uses a slightly larger neodynium magnet than the 630 to move the speakercones, so that's probably how they manage to manipulate better sound out of it. Comparatively though, while the 630 was more powerful on Bass, it was a bit weaker on the mids & highs compared to the 830.
Of course you can probably tweak your music player's Equalizer to give you a better bass profile but even at default settings in Winamp 5, the sound I got out of this was quite pleasing. With the optional DFX-8 plug-in for Winamp, the music I listen to sounds close to perfect.
The build quality ranges from above-average to excellent. I'm slightly worried about the wiring used. With cheaper earphones there's always the common problem of one of the sides fizzing out after a while or the jack shorting out, the 830's wiring seems solid if not bulletproof like other higher-end brands. Then again, at this price (I got them for 12GBP) they're easily replaceable should they ever fail. The jack uses gold-plating like they use on "Monster Cable" jacks for HD-TV and Line-in jacks. Does this affect the sound? Not sure, but it's still comforting to know that it's not made with a cheaper material.
A final note about getting the most optimal sound out of these earphones (and earphones in general) -
****ALWAYS TRY TO USE THE BEST-FITTING RUBBER EARPIECES****.
This is instrumental (excuse the pun) since a GOOD SEAL between your outer ear canal and the rubber creates a proper compartment for transfer of sound to the eardrum. Kind of like how a sub-woofer needs a closed-off area to produced optimal sound.
So PLEASE make sure you seal your ear canal with the earpiece, BEFORE you knock the bass or apparent lack thereof. You would be surprised with the difference.