An unusually good turntable cartridge for the budget buyer
Denon, Shure and Untrasone have all launched new headphone models ranging from budget in-ear buds to extravagant and costly over-the-ear cans.
Here at MacFormat we test earphones with low-, mid- and high-frequency sounds and live with them for a week to assess how comfortable they are. We change the earbuds around, peak at the spec sheets and then whip the earphones in and out of all manner of things to see how well they're built.
I can't quite believe that I'm sitting here using a set of earphones that have an RRP of £330. Fortunately, most retailers are selling them lower than that - £269 seems to be the best price we found. And how good can earphones get, anyway? Actually, very very good
Surely £202 is far too much for a rational human being to spend on a pair of earphones? Together with one of the bigger iPods the pair would cost you over £400. That's an expensive way to block out the chattering and sniffing on the Tube
Costing more than most upmarket portable music players, these earphones are clearly targeted at quality-conscious listeners - and they're not even Shure's top model. The cost, of course, is in the detailed micro-engineering