Ultimate Ears SuperFi 4vi Noise Isolating Earphones

General Information

The super.fi 4vi incorporates the same speaker technology and sound signatures used in Ultimate Ears custom personal monitors, featuring detailed bass with crisp and clean mids and highs. In addition, the noise isolating design reduces ambient interference and enhances sound quality.The ultra compact and lightweight housing makes for a comfortable fit and is perfect for the active, fashion minded consumer. The machined aluminum housing compliments the sophisticated look and feel of the iPhone. An inline control button allows you to answer/end phone calls and control music/video playback functions.

Latest reviews

Pros: Great isolation, ok quality microphone
Cons: Too expensive, chubby build denies comfortable fit, harsh sound, bass thin, a bit hissing, stiffening cable
These IEMs sport harsh sound, chubby build uncomfortable for smaller ears or ear canals. Due to chubby housings, I couldn't wear them for longer than few hours at a time.
 
Bass is pretty much lacking, as typical of balanced armature. It simply isn't there. What is there, lacks decay and impact completely.
Mids are good quality and quantity.
Highs are boosted in 8k region giving them a harsh, sometimes sparkly signature. Extension is not great, ending at 16kHz.
Detailing is exaggerated which combined with the sound signature sounds plain bad.
Soundstaging is of decent width, but a bit too close, decent resolution.
Cable hardens after contact with skin oils or heat. Plug is straight 3.5mm jack.

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