IntroductionThere is no doubt in my mind that the headphone industry in general must be loving the sincere craze for the MP3 player and in general mobile music. There has been such an onslaught of headphones ranging from really cheap ($10-$20) to extremely expensive (upwards of $500). I have seen headphones on both sides of the spectrum and have been amazed at how much little variances can change the price. Today we are looking at the XtremeMac FS1 High Definition Earphones which hope to take there mid-level pricing to make for your next earphones purchase. Do they have a winning product? Read our full review to find out!
- Professional-grade audio drivers
- Ambient noise reduction
- Multiple size sleeves for custom fit
- Rich, textured bass and crisp highs
- Outstanding sound at low volumes
- Perfect for all kinds of audio:
- Digital Music
- Home Studio
Included In Package
- 1 pair of FS1 High Definition Earphones
- 2 sets of pliable foam comfort sleeves (Small & Large)
- 3 sets of flanged comfort sleeves (Small, Medium & Large)
- Earwax removal tool
- Zippered travel/carrying case
- Instruction manual
Design In terms of the design, the XtremeMac FS1 earphones carry a rather straightforward design, in that they don’’t use any off the wall colors or anything it is just a nice solid white and black coat that looks really quite similar to many of the other headphones out there. However where this set of earphones stands out (similar to many other higher priced units) is in its custom fitted ear buds, or what XtremeMac calls comfort sleeves that come in different sizes and styles. I personally enjoyed the flanged sleeves over the pliable but the option of having both is truly a luxury and allows you to get the most comfort out of the earphones as possible.
Testing So in general to test any pair of earphones you really have to go through a number of different methods to really get a good feel for the earphones and there potential. For the most part my testing of the earphones came from listening to tunes on my iPod but I also took the earphones to use during gaming and even watched a short TV show as well. Lets get into the latter two which aren’’t as impressive in my eyes for the FS1 Earphones. I say this because both the TV show and the games (Command and Conquer 3 and Battlefield 2142) I tested sounded good but nothing was overly noticeable in terms of difference between these earphones and others I have tested for much lower price tags. I would say that the earphones did give some nice explosion sound in game and managed to keep up in that area but in general the quality wasn’’t staggering.
However when I went into the audio side of things, that is when the XtremeMac FS1 earphones really stood out in my mind. From classical music to hard rock the earphones really held up extremely well and in many cases exceeded my expectations. When you grab the right sleeve for your headphones and really are able to find the most enclosed fit, this is when your really going to be at the peak of your experience and it seemed to work best with music. I was extremely impressed at the level of detail that you got with these headphones during some intense drum or guitar solos.
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