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How under-rated can the UE700 get?

A Review On: Ultimate Ears 700 Noise Isolating Earphones

Ultimate Ears 700 Noise Isolating Earphones

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Pros: dual-driver for a low low price, clear highs and punchy bass, diminutive size

Cons: Thin cable doesn't inspire confidence, L-shaped jack is shaped rather weirdly

Frankly speaking, I totally forgot about the UE700s till I saw an IT shop in Singapore having a slight discount for it. And another piece of truth, I didn't even know it's a dual-driver balanced armature design till I read the text on the box. That is how UNDERRATED the UE700 is. I decided to grab it since it's just S$159 (equivalent of USD128) and it even comes with a free iPhone external battery pack.

I shall cut it short, I am blown away with the sound quality it offers at this price. I have a pair of TF10 that I really love and I wonder how close can the UE700 push the TF10's sound quality with one less driver. What's obvious is the TF10 offers better clarity (exceptional clarity in fact). But the UE700 is close. Average listeners will be hard-pressed to tell the difference I believe. You can definitely hear the UE sound signature with the 700s. Vocals are rather forward, which won't be everyone's cup of tea. And as many has mentioned, instruments are more backwards. The 700 really has lots of clarity and this it's not that forgiving on highly compressed tracks (eg 128kbps). Please rip in at least 320kbps.

One thing I don't agree is amping, I think this pair of IEMs benefits from amping. I notice better bass and midrange with amping. So if you have a portable amp, no harm using it with the 700s and you'll appreciate the added presence of the bass. Just not too much bass boost though, as it will soon become distorted.

Overall at the price of USD128 I think this is a steal. A bargain of the 21st century and I am not exaggerating. Any earphones with more than one driver ain't cheap, and to think UE/Logitech can offer it at this low price is a miracle. Go grab yours today.

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hi there... am from sg too... mind sharing where u found the discount?
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