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post #31 of 37
Haha well, I'm wondering if someone should put these guys down before their "promotional offer" ends and a couple of poor consumers fall prey to their frankenstein of a website.
post #32 of 37

hi there

been following this thread and was wondering if yoou did receive your headpphones? and if you did are they ok?, i have just placed an order for them and a bit worried now, as you say payment is via paypal but would like to know how it worked out for you, i might be able to cancel the payment if it turned out to be a scam, hoping you will reply

jojo shearer

post #33 of 37

OK. Received the Project Extremes SX'550 earphones. Too light for Stainless Steel so either another alloy or Titanium. Cables thin and light but OK. After two weeks of constant use I can sincerely say these are a genuine and well thought out earphone. Bass is the best I have experienced in an in earphone ever. Bass is well defined, not woolly, and portray both low rumble and mid bass punch equally. The sound is a big sound and in real life they have a high enough volume for most people. Mids need minor forward adjustment to compete with the bass but are not overwhelmed. The mids are smooth and musical but lacking some naturalness. Treble does need equalizing forward. The treble is good in quality but sits behind the sound-stage. Equalizing genuinely turns these earphones into musical contenders. I use the very large buds to isolate and emphasize the lows.

My comparison for bass is with the Sony MDRXB30EX Extra Bass.... the SX'550 outperforms it hands down. The Sony MDR 12LP was perhaps a strange headphone. Bizarre shape that would be unusable for many ears, yet sound-wise, for those who could wear them, absolutely the ultimate bargain, totally above its weight in bass and mid-range. The SX'550 outperforms the sony MDR-12LP. If I could imaginatively place a value on these headphone it would be in the £60-£80 category. I am about to receive some HAVI B3 PRO-1's today and some VSONIC VSD3S in a couple of weeks. I will compare the Project Extreme SX'550's with them shortly. So for anyone wondering if they are a rip off...they are not. I got them 4 days after ordering. From Germany I think. As a headphone they are genuine and can exceed my other mid-level earphones easily. I think my ears are reasonable but I have not really experienced high end earphones. My home systems have been various Musical Fidelity Amps and a few T-Amps. Speakers Quad 11L's. So I am a mid-range HiFi guy. For £29.95 these are an authentic bargain, but only if you like bass and are prepared to equalize a little. May not suit the purist.

post #34 of 37
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I personally felt like these were £30 well spent, but the marketing is literally illegal in some places. they really ought to sell these on their own merits, as they do have some, but they just choose to steal other company's trademarks and falsely advertise the product itself :/

 

I do actually use these from time to time, despite owning a pair of Earsonics SM64s. They obviously can't even begin to compete overall, but when you need more bass impact than an avalanche, they're up to the job...


Edited by NawiLlih - 12/2/14 at 10:14am
post #35 of 37

So you have the sx'500. I have no idea if the sx'550 is different...I expect it must be. I feel a bit for the Project Extreme guys. I was suspicious regarding the claims, but in some respects these earphones are exceptional. They do not need a headphone amp as they run loud and for R&B, Reggae, World Music they produce a rich, clear and enjoyable sound. For Classical Music and Jazz I have just got the Havi B3 Pro 1's. They sound exceptional without burning in so I am looking forwards to hearing them when they 'open up'. I see Project Extreme took a lot of flack about these earphones. I don't think they are copies of other mentioned earphones, I checked the images on Google. At the moment they offer something unique and that is quality bass rumble and punch alongside an incredible rhythmic sense. I have only had the Havi's for a day and I can see they are going to be some earphone, but for £29.99 the sx'550 is amazing. They do need burning in and they open up on all fronts. They claim to produce 500 of each earphone and two models have, allegedly, sold out. It would be good to see a couple more reviews of the sx'550 after burning in.I don't think that Project Extreme are a fly by night, profit-mongering outfit, and the sx'550's are definitely not some cheap earphones being passed off. Sadly I have not had the opportunities to use earphones like the Earsonics SM64s or other top notch pairs, so I accept there is a level of earphone quality that I will never experience.  I am in the process of getting rid of my big Musical Fidelity amp for my tiny T-Amp that I love so much. Small is becoming beautiful.

post #36 of 37
Seems like a case where the ceo has no clue and thinks that BS marketing is the way to move units, but actually ended up hiring a competent Tech team. Shame really :-/
post #37 of 37
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Originally Posted by Bohdy View Post

Seems like a case where the ceo has no clue and thinks that BS marketing is the way to move units, but actually ended up hiring a competent Tech team. Shame really :-/

^This, most likely :/

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