MA-350 earphones by Reid and Heath Acoustics Ltd.
$39.95 at Amazon.com
Like many of you, I burn through earbud-type headphones pretty fast. So several times a year, I pay $10 or $15 for a cheap-looking, cheap-sounding replacement that’ll last a couple of months. Well, here’s an idea--why not spend a little more for phones that are tougher, more comfortable, and deliver outstanding sound?
I’ve never heard of Reid and Heath before now. But this Glasgow, Scotland outfit knows how to make a very sharp set of earbuds. The tiny speakers are machined out of aluminum and feature snug rubber earpieces that seal out most external noises. The sound quality is exceptional. Yes, Apple’s done a nice job with its new-style earbuds for the iPhone 5, but I’d say these Reid and Heath phones are better. Treble tones are a bit too shrill but midrange sounds nice and mellow, and bass is better than it has a right to be. Top it off with woven fabric cables, and you’ve got phones that aren’t going to fall apart after a few weeks’ use.
I’ve seen a few premium earbuds, but none that match the MA-350’s blend of lovely sound, smart, durable design, and moderate price.
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