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Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 28 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    These earphones are AMAZING!!!

    Posted
    kornkow

    I tried to go cheaper first, what a mistake that was. I first got a $20 pair from JVC, then a $50 pair from Altec Lansing. Both were greatly disappointing, then I saw this UE220 pair of earphones. What a great product these are! To begin with, these might be on the upper end of the middle price range ($70), but completely outclass cheaper earphones and are totally worth the extra bit of money. These fit very comfotably in the ear, after a short time I dont even notice I'm wearing them. They are lightweight and the silicone insert is sturdy to hold in the ear, yet pliable to conform into the ear (and there are other sized inserts to better fit different ears). You also dont have to painfully cram these down your ear canal to get them to fit (like I had to do with the Altec Lansing pair). They do a good job at isolating the sound and keep outside noise out. I can listen to them with the volume only halfway on my MP3 player and cannot hear the TV on at all (and only barely when there are quiet parts in the music) The sounds that these ear buds produce are simply amazing! I've never heard this quality from this cheap of a pair of any kind of earphones/headphones! The bass is not only present, but it's outstanding! It hits so hard! (if you dont like the bass to hit so hard, you can always tweak your EQ, but hey, at least there's bass to turn down!) And the mids and highs are well balanced with the bass. I dont have to fuss with my MP3 player's equalizer at all. The sound does definitely has a warm tone and is not tinny at all, but everything still is crisp and clear as a bell not mushy. Another annoying thing from some other earbuds is that they have thick cloth wrapped wires for ruggedness but they create so much more additional rubbing noise. These have thicker wires too, but they are insulated with the smooth low friction plastic so there is less rubbing noise nuisance. And since the wires are thicker than the cheap pairs, I'm hopefull that these will last a long time. Bottom line, I would recommend these to everyone. Definitely worth saving a few more bucks to buy, top-notch quality and comfort. Can't ask for much more than that!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    you get what you pay for

    Posted
    Anonymous

    Well I wanted to wait to write a review on these to be sure. I’ve had these for 6 months now and I am very pleased. I read a few reviews mainly the lower rated ones to see what the complaints were. Most of them complained about the sound quality. All I can think is they have bad files. Download stolen music and yeah those MP3 don’t always sound good but don’t blame the product on your lack of quality music files. My personal experience has been average. The sound output is actually pretty good. There are times where I get a weird buzz coming out. I’m not sure if it’s the Zune HD I bought at the same time or the headphones. I unplug them and plug them back in and that sound goes away so it’s a minor inconvenience. The only complaints I have are with the rubber ear buds that come with them. They are smooth on the inside and really have no sort of gripping. So if at work someone wants to talk to me and I pull them out sometimes the rubber piece stays in my ear and I have to fish it out. That can be bothersome for sure. The wire also is really rather stiff. I find it tickling my face all day. They made it this way to last longer. I can’t really complain if the company built a sturdy product. It’s like those cell phones you can drop on concrete from Nextel lol. Over all I would buy them again but hopefully they fix the smooth inside because I’m at the smallest size and I’m a big guy. There’s no reason for them to get stuck in my ears…

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great 1st Impression & Superior Sound Quality

    Posted
    pulpVcious

    1st before you knock this product for its sound quality. Make sure your audio files are in good quality. I listen to broad range of music and have owned a variety of headphones and audio devices. By far this set of headphones is superior in it's class. The price alone for 50 clams is a steal. I owned the Bose in ear headphones and to be honest these just blows it away for near half the cost. You will hear things on this head set you have never heard before in your music collection. Everything is crisp, clear and simply sounds great. The noise canceling works great and nothing will ever ambush your listening pleasure. Every disturbance is blocked! PERIOD! I can't wait to use these on a plane w/o hearing engine noise and annoying ambient sounds. just me and my music. Anyway for 50 bucks this set is well worth it. Give them a try. i promise they will not disappoint. An for those blokes that complain hat the cord is too short, well its really not if you see these with your personal audio device like an iphone etc. get an extension cord is its really an issue no need to knock off a star. Happy listening.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great buds for a reasonable price

    Posted
    e1cie1o

    I bought these as a stopgap between the unfortunate destruction of my UE Super.fi 5 Pros and the receipt of my new JH Audio Custom monitors. When I first tried them out I had mixed feelings. The bass decent and the highs were pretty good for the price as well, but the midrange was a muddy mess. I figured it wasn't that big of a deal as these were temporary. I used the Metro.fi 220s for about 4 weeks and have to say as they became more broken in, the midrange opened wide up and I was able to pick out some individual instruments from others (I couldn't do this when they were new). All audio gear needs some time to break in. You should always give a new piece of kit at least 40-50 hours of use before passing judgement (yes I am serious, trust me it's true). The difference that a little use made on these buds was incredible. At the end of the day, these are a definite good buy for the money (especially at $40). I can't compare them to my customs, but at $40 instead of $800 it's not really a fair comparison anyway. For $70 there are some other buds out there that will do better than these, but for $40 these will do a great job. My only real complaint was that the cord on them doesn't really want to straighten out and seems to have a bit of a permanent coil to it (made worse if you use the included case. Not a big deal, but worth noting.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Too bass heavy/muddy for me.

    Posted
    DavidMusic

    I do my main listening on my AKG K701s, so I was looking for something with a little more coloration to complement it, and that I could take to the gym and exercise with as well. These are not the set for me. The bass is too overpowered, often resulting in muddy sounding lows - it's tough to get use to when the K701s show you how clear and detailed a track truly can be. So back to the store these went, after about a week of nonstop listening. I should also note the included tips were also a problem. The only way I could get a good seal was with the largest size, which unfortunately are very unforgiving to the ear, and made them feel like they've given birth after only a few minutes of listening. However, this wouldn't of been a dealbreaker, as it's too easy to go to comply or so and get a higher quality tip now-a-days. I tried the Klipsch s4 next, which seem to have a better handle on their bass, and place the vocals more upfront than the Metrofi 220. Also, those are much lighter, stay in place during gym use, and include much better, less rigid tips. Still neither have the naturalness and balance that excel for more organic genres (classical music being my favorite), but for casual listening to modern music - I would choose the s4 over these any day.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth the money

    Posted
    Phil1010

    I normally don't write reviews and I created this account only to write this review. I spent a week researching headphones, my budget was up to 100.00. I read reviews after reviews and decided to try these out. PIcked them up yesterday, plugged these into my Iphone 3GS and right off the bat I wasn't very happy....That was until about 5 hours later of playing constant music at about 70% volume. I put these back into my ear and wow, talk about sound quality. The bass is incredible along with the "Thump" of a bass drum. I've owned them for almost 24 hours now and my only complaint is the coord is a little cheap and they are not very comfortable for me but that usually happens to me with new headphones, it's almost like getting new shoes, gotta get used to them. Anyways, if you are looking for quality sound and great bass, also the fact that when you have these on you will not hear a single thing going on around you, pick these up. I own quality headphones (around your head) at home and they were over 100.00 and they are pretty close to the sound that comes through these badboys.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    not worth the MONEY

    Posted
    Newby76

    For the last 4 years I have owned the same pair of sony headphones that were used everyday and were great. Finally wore them out though, so I bought these thinking that for the money they would be a good value, I could not be more wrong the one good thing about this product is that they are a durable material that should last. For the money, the sound quality is average at best. The wiring... hmmm where to start, first it is to short if the ear buds are in and you would like to have your ipod or anything else in your pocket plugged in the buds will constantly pulled out because of the lack of length in the wire. Also that durability comes with a price the wires are so thick and rigid that the wires are constantly contorted in different directions brushing up against your face or hanging in front of your face. Than last but not least the ear buds themselves are made from a hard rubber so if you like to listen to music for long periods of time like me, your ears will begin to hurt and become uncomfortable. Hands down I would not recommend this product to anyone let alone a friend

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Sound, terrible cord

    Posted
    DnaPayne

    The sound was above amazing with these gems. Until I bought these i never realized with good headphones how your supposed to hear the sound in your head. You don't just hear the sound coming in your left ear and right, but its like the sound encompasses all of your head - for example you feel the bass hit right behind your forehead - nothing short of amazing. I give high praise for the sound quality but after this they fall short.... I like to lay in my bed, read a book with my kindle app. on my iPhone and listen to nice quality music with headphones. Well you just can't; the headphones will not stay in your ears unless you duct tape them. The cord is very stiff and it results in the loss of inner ear support. If only they came with a flexible cord then it would have been 5 across the board and I would have kept them. Instead it had to return them and buy the s4's.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    GEES!!!! These are nice!

    Posted
    Bwanaed

    Well, like just about everyone else that who owns an MP3 player, I've got a collection of headphones and ear buds. The noise cancelling models are cool but, it's just one more thing to lug around on a business trip. I after reading several reviews that gave the Metrofi 220s high remarks, I thought I'd give them a try. This is about the best $50 I spent in a long time. I'm really impressed with the over all sound quality. The back story this at in 1975 while I was in High School I got a part time job at Tech HiFi. Does that name ring a bell with anyone? I've been into high end audio for over 30 years. I've got more audio gear in my car than most people have in their houses. The point I'm trying to make is that I've been around audio gear for many years and, I'm impressed with these earbuds. No, they're not perfect (the cable noise is disappointing) but, for the money, and I got them on sale for about $50.00, they are a very solid value.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    MetroFi 220 = Awesome Noise-Isolating Earphone.

    Posted
    krips2003

    In last 2 days, I have been to BB 4 times. First I got the Ultimate Ears SuperFi 4. Very good earphone, but no bass at all. Next, it was Klipsch Image S4, this was in fact very good pair of nice Noise-Isolating earphone, but it wouldn't stay in my ears for long time. I almost thought of compromising with it. But then, when i'm spending $79, why compromise. Thirdly, it was Denon AH-C710. For some reason the sound was not that crisp. Finally, I was almost going to return it, and not buy any earphone. Until I decided to go with MetroFi 220, after reading lots of positive reviews from here and other websites. And I ended up falling in love with MetroFi 220. It has the right bass, mids, highs, trebles. It completely blocks out the outside noise, so that I can enjoy the music. The music does sound differently with these beautiful cute earphones. Did I say, it so light, you won't even feel like you have it in your ears.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Ultimate Ears MetroFi 220

    Posted
    Kulohe

    I was looking for a set of beater buds just something to throw on for casual listening but also wanted something that had a decent sound. I got to say that I am impressed with the sound quality, it has a smooth response not to aggressive on the highs or the lows. I thought Ultimate Ears did a good job for the low budget earphones, there was no lack in sound quality and in over all craftsmanship. It also reproduces the mid's quite well for a single driver, vocals sound crisp and clean with out the distortion that you normally would find in low budget earphones. I'm actually comparing these earbuds to the Westone 3s that I use as my main or first choice for pleasure listening earphones, I paid close to $400.00 for those and I paid a little better then $60.00 for these (Ultimate Ears Metro Fi 220) Id say I got my moneys worth, actually I got a big bang for my buds! ! !

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great buds for the highs

    Posted
    BLKLioN

    I have been looking for a set of buds so I have been trying all kinds. I recently purchased these 220s and the 170s. The 220s are great for crisp and clear highs. Bass is almost nonexistent. I tried these buds with a PSP, an IPOD touch, and a laptop. I have read the other reviews and I agree that the cables are a bit stiff. I purchased these at 30 bucks because I refuse to pay crazy prices for a set of ear-buds. The case that comes with them is just a piece of plastic and depending on how often you open and close the case, it will be broken very soon. Opening and closing just weakens the plastic. The ear gels are ok. I'm dealing with the smaller inserts, though I feel like i need a size in between the small and medium. Depending on what my friend was looking for is what I would think about before I recommended. Check out the 170s or the Altec Lansing Mesh.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    best you can get for $40 bucks for HTC EVO

    Posted
    wrich73

    Needed a replacement for my Klipsch S4 that I had been using the past year (The L shaped 3.5mm plug was failing, and they were flimsy for gym earbuds). I started out with a pair of the Skullcandy Full Metal Jacket, but was unimpressed with the flat bass and tinny treble--also if you have small ears the Skull Candy will be a tough fit in your ear.. the speakerport is really big. The MetroFi sound GREAT on the EVO, the bass, mids and vocals are every bit as clear and crisp as the higher cost Klipsch S4. The 3..5mm plug is also small, snaps in and isn't angled like the S4. Bang for your buck if you are looking for high quality earbuds to use for the gym/running/etc these are perfect.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Big sound for not a lot of bucks

    Posted
    KeepItSimple

    Conventional earbuds (like the ones that came with my ipod) won't stay in my ears and over-the-ear models are not good for my needs. I needed to find an alternative. I was prepared to pay twice this price to get what I needed. The headphones I wanted after researching the options was sold out and I needed something right away, so I took a chance on these. Boy, am I glad I did. These headphones are great! The sound is a little bit bass-y, so if that is not your taste, you may want to consider another product. The three sets of earpieces means I get a perfect fit in each ear and the buds stay in, regardless of what I'm doing. The sound is well-balanced, also. I am very happy with this product and would purchase again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good performance for price

    Posted
    JTJboca

    I have had many different sets of headphones and/or earbuds. these are at least equal to some of the ear buds i've had and better than most. The buds are easily as comfortable if not more so as i found the JVC marshmallows. the sound quality equals my senheiser over the ear phones.While the cord is a little stiff the Y style is much better than the Sony style with the one ear coming off the primary bud and allows for more options for placement The best part is I got them on sale which made them an excellent value for the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    ?

    Posted
    nao

    I really don't know what kind of sound quality the rest of the reviewers are accustomed to, but I just didn't like these at all. The sound quality was alright i guess, but they wouldn't stay in my ears while sitting in my bed, so i have no doubt that they wouldn't do much better on a jog. I like my music loud, crisp, and clear no matter the genre and that's not what i got with these. The sounds wasn't awful, it just wasn't good. As a point of reference, i've had a few pairs of high end sonys, skullcandy, shure, as well as bose, i'm just gonna pay the difference and try the S4.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    These are awesome headphones!!

    Posted
    bakerskater24

    I just bought these the other day to try them out and if I didn't like them I would be returning them. But I will not be returning these. They sound great! I'm glad I didn't read these other reviews before I bought them or I might have changed my mind. But I have to disagree. They do have bass. Maybe not a lot compared to like the $200 beats by dre. But these are only $40. The headphones are also very comfortable and have not fallen out of my ear when I did not want them too. They are great for the price and the quality is extremely clear. By far best headphone I've owned.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    VERY LOVELY CRISP SOUNDING EARPHONES

    Posted
    laslo

    THESE EARPHONES ARE EVERYTHING THEY SAY ON THE PACKAGE AND THEN SOME. THESE EARPHONES WILL PUT YOU IN A ZONE LIKE NONE OTHER THEY LITERALLY MAKE LOVE TO YOUR EARS AND THEY ARE REALLY COMFORTABLE AND EXTREMELY LIGHT YOU WONT KNOW YOUR WEARING THEM. IT SEEMS LIKE THE LONGER U KEEP THEM ON THEY START TO SOUND BETTER AND BETTER. I EVEN UPGRADED TO THE SUPER FI 4 AND I STILL MISS THESE EARPLUGS. FLAT OUT IF YOU WANT SMOOTH DETAILED SOUND EVEN WITH SMOOTH BASS WITH THE VOLUME ALL THE WAY UP OR DOWN U NEED TO INVEST IN THESE. ONLY FOR PEOPLE WHO TAKE THEIR MUSIC SERIOUSLY.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Happy with the MetroFi 220 earphones

    Posted
    Hurley815

    Bought these on sale as an upgrade for the stock iPod earphones and have been very happy with the purchase. The sound quality is very good (much better than a couple of other $40 earbuds that I have tried). These earphones are fairly comfortable to wear for several hours. The only negatives are that the cord is somewhat stiff and the earphones tend to fall out when exercising. The sound quality more than makes up for the minor negatives and I would definitely purchase them again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    give credit where credit is due..

    Posted
    dustinnyc

    i am going to give credit where credit is due.. this is the best in ear headphones i have heard under $100. this beats out any sennheiser, sony, skullcandy, apple, klipsch, shure headphones i have used that cost under $100. these are one great headphones, and gizmodo also gave them the best headphone under $100 award.. dont sleep on these headphones, well worth your money, especially since its $59.99 instead of $79.99..

    I would recommend this to a friend