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reading through here for a while now.. and most say that these earbuds are decent or good for the money, or good as throwaway or cheap gift item..
how good are they really? how durable are they?
Doesnt the cheap price let you care less about them as you would if they cost 5$ more?
Concidering all of these things.. my question is: wouldnt it be "cheaper" to buy a actually good IEM that sounds and fits good for ~30$?
I really would love to hear how long you had each pair of earbuds and why the got replaced..
I am thinking in such a way because so many people are saying that they ordered multiple pairs and lost them all.. afterall shipping cost is tremendously high if you go for a single pair (5.36$ to Germany for example) which makes a "bulk" order reasonable..
Please dont see this as a rant about this product.. its just really hard to justify this product for me as a quality and music lover..
I can tell you that I have multiple pairs at home and in the office, and have given away pairs to co-workers who I see wearing them everyday. Not a single one broken yet. I'm sure they'll break if you treat them like crap, just like anything else though. My first pair of Monk+ is about a year old I believe.
I'd say they're great for the money either for use on the go or a a cheap gift item to introduce others to the hobby. The problem when comparing this to an IEM is that this isn't an IEM. They're typically totally different in terms of sound, fit, comfort, etc. These are mid forward with a nice airy wide soundstage, rolled off treble and a decently punchy bass for an earbud.
Whether they are worth it or not over something else I think is something only you can decide. If $5-10 is really hard to justify, maybe not.
hah.. didn't think they hold up that well! thanks for your reply, might join the drop and try them out :)
let us know how you like em :)
To sum it up using a situational example, its more or less an earbud that you'd grab franticly before leaving the house in a rush. Just crumple it up like you do with Apple AirPods and be on your way.
I wouldn't doubt it sounds better than all the earbuds in its price category and its durable enough to last at least a few months under normal usage (unless repeatedly stepped on). If you bought 3 of these, you'd be set for a year, maybe longer. If you lose them: can't really blame anyone other than yourself.
Personally, i'm more of a quality vs quantity guy so 'investing' more into, say a premium IEM, doesn't really bother me. If you're looking for great performance thats readily available at an incredible price. No harm done with these but if you're searching for incredible audio performance, you'll be paying a premium for them.
These are good at their price point and that's about it. If you want to buy a cheap IEM that sounds 'decent', they do exist. I'm not in the IEM game any longer, but the Xiaomi Hybrid and Xiaomi Piston IEMs are very highly regarded at a $20 price point.
You're not going to get an IEM sound from these, you just won't. They're good for situations where you don't want sound isolation.
I went in with a friend on 2 pairs and that made the shipping more worth it, but it's not a bad idea to cop 2 of these, they're just nice to have around for some situations, say if somebody wants to borrow headphones or if you're chopping wood or something and you don't want to mess up something more expensive.