titleThe headphone and earbud market is over saturated to say the least, anymore to break into the market you need to have a big name or an innovative idea. Before CES we were contacted by a company named Clar1tyOne, wanting us to take a look at their new earbuds. After getting them in and taking them along with us for multiple trips, LANs, and even a few trips around the yard while mowing we are finally going to show you guys what they are all about. Be sure, this isn’t the same old set of ear buds.

Product Name: Clar1tyOne Earbuds EB110

Review Sample Provided by: Clar1tyOne

Review by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes


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Specifications

Sensitivity (1kHz):

110dB SPL/mW

Frequency Range:

15 Hz – 20 kHz

Jack Plug:

3.5 mm stereo gold plated

Cable Length:

48 in/1.12 m tangle free

Transducer:

7.5mm neodymium magnet

Impedance (1kHz):

8 ohm



Packaging

For being just a small pair of ear buds, the Clar1tyOne EB110’s came in a fairly large box. The entire box is white with the Clar1tyOne logo on top. They also have included a small window giving you a peak at one of the ear buds. Along the side of the box they have included the specification listing for comparison with other ear buds on the shelf. Around back there really isn’t a lot of information beyond a little bit of marketing talk. I would have liked to have seen more information about the PureSound Processor that they talk about on their website on the back instead.

Inside everything is packed in a formed plastic tray and we can finally see why the box is so big, they included a nice carrying case for the ear buds. Along with the case you also have two more pair of rubber pieces to help make sure the EB110’s fit anyone.

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Audio Quality and Comfort

When testing anything sound related its always best to have something to compare to, highs and lows can sound great until you put them up against something else. In the case of the EB110’s I went with my personal pair of Klipsch S4’s, they lack the on cord controls of the EB110’s, but are still of good enough quality to be able to compare sound quality and comfort. For music I went with a few different songs to see how each handled rock, rap, and other genres. Rap and Rock for example really benefit from good bass and highs, but putting on a little Nat King Cole or Beethoven won’t sound as good with over boosted highs and lows. To cap the test off we test them both out in game and in an action film covering most other uses.

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Bone Thugs N’ Harmony Tha Crossroads- With lots bass along with a nice variety of highs and low with their harmonys, this is a good song to compare the two earbuds. Both sets sound amazing with rich highs and lows, but when directly comparing I found the EB110’s to have a slightly crisper highs and a little more brain rattling bass. It goes with this song very well but I am curious how it will affect other songs.

Eric Clapton - Rush (Soundtrack) - 10 - Tears In Heaven- The increased bass and highs wasn’t noticeable at all through this song. Infact I wasn’t able to tell a difference between the two earbuds this time around. They both did a good job with the details in the song, reminding me how nice it is something to hear details like the guitar string being picked.

Nat King Cole & Natalie – Unforgettable - This song has a range of instruments combined with the two voices of Nat King Cole and his daughter Natalie. This interesting combination not only makes this song unforgettable, but also very unforgiving with audio. The additional bass is a little to boomy early in the song when Nat sings the lower notes, but later on in the song it seems to even out and sound great. At the end I enjoyed the sound of the Klipsch’s slightly more, only because the EB110’s pushed the highs and lows in your face in a song that in my opinion needed no adjustments at all.

Ludwig van Beethoven - Für Elise- A very light recording with a good portion of the music falling into the highs and lows, this normally favors a flat EQ. As expected the Klipsch’s came in light and flat, but I was more surprised that the EB110’s actually enhanced the song. Generally I would prefer this type of music with no boosts at all, but I was happy with the EB110’s performance.

In Game – Battlefield 3- Big Bass and crisp highs are important in battle games like this as are the details. It’s important to be able to hear your enemy coming even if you can’t see them. While playing trying out both pair of earbuds I was impressed with both but side with the EB110’s because of their extra bass and highs.

Movie – 2009 Star Trek Blu Ray- This movie is one of my favorites both for its visuals and also for its sound effects. My experience with moves varies very much, some movies benefit from a little extra bass but in the case of Star Trek I found the additional bass and highs from the EB110’s to be a little too much.

Beyond performance, with all headphones, but especially earbuds, it’s important for them to be comfortable. Once again I went with comparing the EB110’s to the S4’s. They both have similar rubber umbrella designed comfort pads and come with different sizes to fit different ears. The EB110’s go straight in while the S4’s are angled depending on the ear. Personally I found the angle design to be easier to figure out what bug goes into what ear on the go. The EB110’s are thicker under the umbrella and it is noticeable when comparing the two one after the other. They are both comfortable on their own, but when you can compare the two I found the S4’s to be more comfortable in my ears.

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The EB110’s did have one other trait that I found interesting. Because of the all-aluminum design, if you get them near each other that make a noticeable clicking sound. In one way the all-aluminum design is nice because of its strength, but it’s a little weird getting used to them banging together when wrapped around your MP3 player or tablet. Speaking of, the EB 110’s also have the built in touch sensitive track control for skipping between songs or pausing and playing. They also slipped in a small microphone in this same area in case you need one; it’s nothing amazing but useful.

Last but not least we have the cord itself. The length on the EB110’s cord is much more than on the S4 and on any other earbuds that we have in the office, to the point where you might find yourself trying to wrap up extra more often than not. The Plug isn’t right angled like the S4’s, I would have preferred right angle myself, but this is a preference call. The rest of the cord is silver in color with a protective plastic coating covering it from end to end. I have no worries that the cord will hold up for a very long time.

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Overall and FV

So at the end of the day what are our thoughts on the new Clar1tyOne Earbuds EB110’s? My time with them so far has been great, it wasn’t until putting them next to my own S4’s that I had any complaints at all, and even then they were limited to the increased amount of bass and highs. In that case it really comes down to preference as there are a lot of people who will enjoy the boosted EQ, especially when listening to rap and rock. My other complaint, if you can call it that is with the length of cord. Normally extra length isn’t an issue but I did find myself fighting with the length of the cord on the EB110’s more than I should be. Having said that I found the quality of the ear buds to be top notch, even at their price it’s rare to see an all-aluminum design like this. Including a carrying case was a nice bonus, clipping it right to my laptop bag I never had any trouble finding them while traveling and if you own an IPod Nano , it will also fit inside with the earbuds as well. Overall these are a great pair of ear buds that perform up with some of the best in the market. I am excited to see what Clar1tyOne comes out with next.

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Author Bio
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Author: garfi3ldWebsite: https://lanoc.org
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You might call him obsessed or just a hardcore geek. Wes's obsession with gaming hardware and gadgets isn't anything new, he could be found taking things apart even as a child. When not poking around in PC's he can be found playing League of Legends, Awesomenauts, or Civilization 5 or watching a wide variety of TV shows and Movies. A car guy at heart, the same things that draw him into tweaking cars apply when building good looking fast computers. If you are interested in writing for Wes here at LanOC you can reach out to him directly using our contact form.

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garfi3ld replied the topic: #25457 04 Jun 2012 23:14
A look at a new set of earbugs
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Twodavez replied the topic: #25460 05 Jun 2012 00:10
Headphones and Keyboards are just things i can't see spending more than $100 for...

Guess i'm not just as hard core, but $130 for ear buds seems a bit much. (This is coming from a guy who rocks a $30 set of sony head phones anda $40 Microsoft ergonomic keyboard...)

The design is good, but i've always been a fan of the over the ear, at the gym, it's easier to have them half in to listen to announcement, or when on a bench, they don't fall out.

Good review, maybe they'll send up a few pair to try out at the next LAN.

What about having some of the products in a demo station so that we could try out all these products? Plus youcould raffle them off at the end! :-)
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garfi3ld replied the topic: #25463 05 Jun 2012 00:28
to give you an idea of earbug price range

store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet...=8198552921666414127
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Twodavez replied the topic: #25464 05 Jun 2012 00:36
wow, I hope to upgrade my whole PC for that!

Like i said, it just depends on what you like and how much you value them. I could see the need for these on an airplane like the guy in the picture is, but for PC gaming, i always like to hear what's going on around me. I guess i'm a little paranoid when it comes to things. I wanna know if my kid is crying, or the guy across the room is angry that i killed him...
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garfi3ld replied the topic: #25465 05 Jun 2012 00:39
Like I said in the review, I use these mostly when traveling. I prefer over head headphones normally.

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