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post #1 of 31
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Hey all,

 

Yesterday, while I was on Head-Fi, I noticed a Google ad for "Extreme" headphones, specifically the "Extreme Titanium SX'500." They can be found here: http://www.extreme-shield.co.uk/headphones/sx500-titanium-headphones.php

As far as I can tell, the actual site doesn't contain anything malicious.

 

However, I'm quite wary of them. They seem to specialise in iPhone and iPad cases, so for them to suddenly make several types of (normally) expensive headphones seems iffy. In addition, the headphones in question are "Limited Edition" and on special offer (£30 rather than nearly 200), so it seems that there's some pressure to buy them sooner.

All in all, it seems to be "too good to be true," and I get the impression that they may be a scam.

 

On the other hand, I'm not sure that they are. They have hugely positive Trustpilot (http://www.trustpilot.co.uk/review/extreme-shield.co.uk) and Webutation (http://www.webutations.info/go/review/extreme-shield.co.uk) reviews, and while fake reviews are possible to make, the sheer density of positive feedback would suggest otherwise. The few bad reviews could just be credited to disgruntled customers (though fake positives must not be ruled out).

In addition, the site is very well-made, structured and thought out. If the company isn't genuine, they've gone to a hell of a lot of effort to seem so. Also, as I've mentioned, they're advertising, which would cost them a pretty packet.

 

So, over to more experienced users: Does this site seem legitimate? Is it worth grabbing one of these pairs, at a risk of £30? Has anyone used them before, for any of their other IEMs or even their protective accessories?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

PS: One a side note, they look pretty much the same as Final Audio PF series, but apparently use eartips...

post #2 of 31

I took a peek at the site - and it looks like they are manufacturing exact replicas of both Final Audio headphones and JVX HA-FX700's - I would stay away (personally) from a company that looks like it is making fakes...

 

Just my ....

 

...in addition - they say they are dynamic drivers, but in the cutaway it looks like a BA driver... 

 

Very...

 

fishy


Edited by Ivabign - 5/25/14 at 2:33pm
post #3 of 31
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Haha, fair comments and very nicely put biggrin.gif

Visually, they're only different from the finish, but I get the impression that the 'guts' (no picture for that) are of their own design.
PayPal is the only available payment method, so there's protection available.
They might be worth a shot for just £30...

"I Want To Believe"
post #4 of 31

I see not only are the woodies there wood, but Bonsai Wood.:ph34r:

What's that design award accreditation it might be listed there. The clickable link doesn't go through, and Macworld does not have them in their list of manufacturers unless i am hitting the wrong macworld?

http://www.macworld.com/product/directory?categoryId=3019#mfr

 

Plus X Awards in headphones category shows nothing for being in this current year.

http://www.digitalehalloffame.de/

Unless it is for some other thing they have.  Notice the Pioneer Steez looking fullsized coming soon.


Edited by nick n - 5/25/14 at 3:34pm
post #5 of 31
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Originally Posted by NawiLlih View Post

Haha, fair comments and very nicely put biggrin.gif

Visually, they're only different from the finish, but I get the impression that the 'guts' (no picture for that) are of their own design.
PayPal is the only available payment method, so there's protection available.
They might be worth a shot for just £30...

"I Want To Believe"

There is a picture of the guts - press one of the tabs and a cutaway pops up...

 

Clearly a BA driver

post #6 of 31
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Originally Posted by Ivabign View Post

There is a picture of the guts - press one of the tabs and a cutaway pops up...

Clearly a BA driver

Haha, that's not quite what I meant... I was referring to your pictures of fish and such... and how I wasn't going to post a picture of some guts... oh well smily_headphones1.gif

Back on topic, I know what you mean about the BA-looking driver, but I'm not expert really on what's inside a head phone.
post #7 of 31
85% off promotional offer? Rofl.
That page is pretty much a gold mine of marketing bullsht.
post #8 of 31
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Originally Posted by NawiLlih View Post


Haha, that's not quite what I meant... I was referring to your pictures of fish and such... and how I wasn't going to post a picture of some guts... oh well smily_headphones1.gif

Back on topic, I know what you mean about the BA-looking driver, but I'm not expert really on what's inside a head phone.

Sometimes I'm very sharp... other times, like lazy Sunday afternoons? ...er... what were we talking about?

post #9 of 31
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Originally Posted by Bohdy View Post

85% off promotional offer? Rofl.
That page is pretty much a gold mine of marketing bullsht.

Aren't most pages on the Web like that though? Every company claims to be the best. That's why Beats headphones sell, after all- they market the most :/

This does set a new standard, though, I have to say :0
post #10 of 31
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Originally Posted by NawiLlih View Post

Aren't most pages on the Web like that though? Every company claims to be the best. That's why Beats headphones sell, after all- they market the most :/

This does set a new standard, though, I have to say :0

You're right, there are some rippers out there, but at least most companies aren't dumb enough to stick a TM after Titanium :-D

Have to give them props for using mostly correct English grammar though. Better than your average scam.
post #11 of 31

There's some serious hyperbole on that link/page.  It does read like 'marketing BS 101' making exhorbitant claims that those familar with portable audio should see through fairly easily.

 

P.S. Any product claiming to be 'extreme' almost always isn't.

post #12 of 31

I see Final Audio, JVC, Nocs, and Pioneer designs in here...  Uh oh :p  Maybe they're just using the housings?  XD  I think we might see some lawsuits/cease and desist orders coming up :p

post #13 of 31

If you add the "Final Audio" item to your cart - it changes its looks on you! Too funny.

 

(I really wasn't going to buy the damned thing - I just wanted to see how far they would go with the deception)

post #14 of 31
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Originally Posted by Ivabign View Post
 

If you add the "Final Audio" item to your cart - it changes its looks on you! Too funny.

 

(I really wasn't going to buy the damned thing - I just wanted to see how far they would go with the deception)

 

So they do... :0 Might just be the ear tips attached but this is getting weirder by the minute...

 

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Originally Posted by Deviltooth View Post

 

P.S. Any product claiming to be 'extreme' almost always isn't.

 

^^ The truth, right there.

post #15 of 31
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So, against my better judgement, and that of everyone here, I allowed curiosity to overcome me :/
I put in a order for a pair :/

Please don't judge me guys frown.gif

Anyway, I have full PayPal protection, so if they never turn up, I'll likely get my money back. I'll post impressions here if they do arrive.

I am so sorry :,(
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