Review: Maximo iMetal-590 Isolation Earphones
I recently got a chance to test out the new I-Metal Isolation Earphones from Maximo this is the first time I have heard of their brand and I have to say that am impressed. Honestly I am not one to spend a lot on earphones mainly because they don’t last me that long, or end up in my sisters iPhone. I got the chance to really test this ones out because I love running early in the mornings. I tested them out during my morning runs using my BlackBerry. (I don’t own a Ipod and do have a regular mp3 player but I prefer the BlackBerrys simple mp3 player or use Pandora with it).
The package I received came in a really nice box that was very neatly arranged. The iMetal head phones come with quite a few accessories. There is a neat metallic silver carry case for the head phones themselves as well as well as a clip for your shirt, an extra 2-ft extension cable, 4 sizes of ear tips, an airline and 2.5mm adapter and user guide.
I usually hate headphones because after a while they tend to hurt my ears, but this ones are light weight and the tips feel comfortable in your ears. As I mentioned before, I took these bad boys out for a run and they are really nice to use for running and exercise because the material is very flexible.
The head phone jack fits straight into any 3.5mm head phone port so it works right from the box on your BlackBerry or any other MP3 device that has a 2.5mm port using the adaptor.
The ear tips are soft and flexible making them comfortable to wear for a long period of time. Depending on how tightly you fit them in your ear they will block or isolate almost all the ambient sound around you. This isolation features makes them perfect for travel or to help you concentrate if you are like me and like to listen to music while studying or reading. The sound quality is very clear and specially combined with the noise isolation so you don’t have to turn the volume level up too loud to hear your music clearly. The base I found it to be low at first but that was due to the fact that you need to break them in for at least 8 hours of use for them to become adjusted to your preferred volume. I found bass comfortable and to my likeness but my brother did said that they were not as loud as he would like them to be. (But that maybe because he pretty much has had his ears blown out since he is always using headphones to listen to music ‘vs’ myself, who only use them for work outs or when I get bored at the office)
- Light weight and flexible.
- Really clear sound.
- Blocks outside noise.
- Comfortable ear tips.
- Extra travel accessories.
- A bit pricey.
- My brother said the bass was too low which I disagree with.
Here are some product description from their company’s website:
iM-590 iMetal®Isolation Earphones
- For iPod®, Sansa®, MP3, and airline travel
- Lightweight alloy metal earphones with enhanced definition audio. Proprietary ear tip design provides optimal noise isolation and extended comfort. Two choices of color: platinum white and graphite black. Performance with style and comfort
- 4 sizes of ear tips
- 2.5mm stereo plug adapter
- Airline dual-plug adapter
- 2-ft extension cable
- Shirt clip
- Carrying case
- User guide
- Earphone drivers: 9mm neodymium
- Frequency response: 12Hz-22KHz
- Sensitivity (1KHz, 0.1V): >100dB
- Maximum SPL output: >120dB
Overall I find the earphones to meet my needs and expectations and they won’t run you dry compare to other more expensive earphones that run over the $100.00 mark. They are still a bit expensive for those that are not heavy users but I find it to be a reasonable price if you want good quality head phones.