New earpods open air design

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by CSpackler, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. CSpackler macrumors regular


    Jun 22, 2010
    On a plane
    I think the new open air design (or at least a bit of it) should improve bass, and more importantly, improve soundstaging. Audiophile cans (like Grado) employ a fully open ear design for the same reasons with excellent results. The downside is sound leakage at higher volumes.

    I'm confident that they will sound better, but will still only nip at the heels of the big boys from Sennheiser and Grado. (Hint: the entry level Grados are only $80, and are amazing.)

    I'm looking forward to testing the Apple headphones out though, although I'm honestly not expecting a huge leap in quality.
  2. gr8tfly, Sep 14, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2012

    gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    Got mine this afternoon (yes, I was surprised to get it overnight).

    Here's a quickie review I sent a friend of mine:

    They sound pretty good, and are comfortable. I played with the EQ a bit, and came up with some low freq boost, suppressed mid a tad, and a tad up on the two highs (guess I could send a screen shot, but it's on the Mac...). "Electronic", "Jazz", "Rock", and one other are close to this, though not quite as subtle.

    I didn't A/B them with the previous type, but I could easily say they're richer (with both set to "Flat" or "None"). If I had to guess at a frequency curve, I would say there would be multiple and sharper peaks. For most things, I think people will be happy with them - especially for a stock (or $29) set. With some EQ to actually flatten some of those unwanted peaks (leaving some low end boost), they're nice.

    Obviously, they're not going to be up to high-end in-ear type (though not everyone likes in-ear - myself included). They should easily get better reviews than the previous generation. Though not a comment on their audio quality, David Pogue tweeted: The new EarPods earbuds, which come with the new iPhone/iPods, STAY IN! (My ears lack the antitragus, the flap that holds earbuds in!)

    For the times where I don't feel like having the Bose on (especially when I'm hot), these will see more use than the old ones.​

    I got a pair for my wife, too, and she really likes them. She's been using the previous earbuds almost daily while writing music. So far, she says they are more comfortable and do sound better - agrees they sound richer (she's not using any EQ). She's going to do an A/B test over the weekend (old vs. new). I'll try and post back.

    Also. I might do a casual sweep test to get some characterization data (I say "casual" as I don't have any calibrated mic equipment. But, I can at least get some relative data.).
  3. quasinormal macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2007
    Sydney, Australia.
    I bought a pair today. They don't stay in my ear and I find the bass overdone in the 2 minutes before I reverted back to my Etymotics. I almost returned them but remembered I needed a headset for Skype because I can't get my iPad microphone to work. I think they are a twin driver design.

    Your mileage will definitely vary, so don't take much notice of me. I have funny ears (big canals) and don't like equalised music especially in the bass end.

    I think they be a big hit with people were isolation isn't an issue.
  4. tys macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2008
    How do they sound on a 4S for phone calls? Any louder? The old ones are too quiet if I'm anywhere but a quiet room.
  5. SactoGuy18 macrumors 68030


    Sep 11, 2006
    Sacramento, CA USA
    While it's not going to equal the Klipsch Image S4i with the Comply Foam Tx-100 ear tips (which is about US$120 combined for both here in the USA), if the sound quality is reasonable, the new EarPods could be quite popular because Apple has finally done something to improve the sound quality of the supplied headphones.

Share This Page