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on 12 February 2009
....there are a couple of things to remember about these headphones.
A few reviews have obviously been written about the Vibes before the 'phones 'bed in'. They need about eight hours of continuous play before you get the true fidelity that these can offer, because, like the original Apple In-Ear set, the drivers are housed in metal enclosure (I know the Apple set look like plastic chambers, but take the silicones off and look again). Unfortunately for both these products, the sound is a bit naff before this happens, so I suspect a lot of units have been returned on that basis.
Secondly, these headphones are of sufficient quality that they really expose the poor quality of 'lossy' encoded music. Songs formerly downloaded from iTunes at 128kbps AAC can really sound ratty on these, particularly classical and rock music. Around 256kbps or higher AAC, or 320kbps MP3 should be the minimum (particularly as hard drive space is getting so cheap).
How good are they? I compared them first to my CX300 Sennys and they actually gave them a sound beating in all areas (some may miss the artificial bass of the CX300 at first, as I did), especially at full volume, where the CX300 distort rather badly at a lower overall volume than the Vibe. There is little the Vibes can't process in this respect, although there is a harshness at louder volumes, the bass never overloads.
Then I compared them to my Denon AH-C751. First off, lossy files sound actually marginally better on the Vibes, with slightly less artificial-sounding treble and a better low-end. Of course, plugging the Denon into a traditional CD player was a different story, and the more expensive AH-C751 gained a richness of delivery that easily eclipsed the Vibes.