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Was £79.99 then £29.99
Now £17.99

# Specifications:
# Hardware
# For iPod and MP3 players.
# Technical Specifications
# Earphone
# Type: In-ear earphones
# Frequency response: 20 Hz-15 kHz
# Impedance: 29 ohms, 1 kHz
# Sensitivity: 105 dB SPL/mW, 1 kHz
# Speaker type: Precision, balanced armature
# Weight: 16.1 g (0.57 ounces)
# Noise isolation: 26 dB
# Connection
# Cable length: 116.8 cm (46 inches)
# Input connector: 3.5 mm (1/8 inch), gold plated
# Package Contents
# SuperFi 4 earphones
# Pocket-ready hard case
# Soft, silicone ear-cushions (S,M,L)
# Two sets of Comply foam ear cushions
# Cleaning tool
# Instruction manual
# 2-year limited warranty
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#1
Dont actually need another pair of headphones but..... at this price it is silly not to have them as a back up for when my Denon AH-C751 give up the ghost or the dog eats them! :{

Edited By: barijohn on Aug 27, 2010 09:18: Can't Spell
#2
Just got some customs, otherwise would have got these! Very good though! Heat added!
#3
are these better than the sennheisers 300, 400?
#4
#5
was gonna get some sennheisers 300 after the gadget show but am getting these now, thanks
#6
mafia
are these better than the sennheisers 300, 400?


From:

http://www.trustedreviews.com/mp3/review/2008/02/13/Ultimate-Ears-Super-fi-4-Canalphones/p1

There's no doubt that this results in a much more realistic sound than, say, the CX400, but the sheer power and sound pressure that these headphones are capable of give them a hard, clinical edge that makes them tough to listen to.

After several days of listening to these, I was more than happy to go back to my Sennheiser CX400's and Shure E2c's. Neither is perfect, but both are a lot easier on the ear.
#7
dont forget quidco - 0.5%

Thats 9p
#8
HertzVanRental
mafia
are these better than the sennheisers 300, 400?


From:

http://www.trustedreviews.com/mp3/review/2008/02/13/Ultimate-Ears-Super-fi-4-Canalphones/p1


There's no doubt that this results in a much more realistic sound than, say, the CX400, but the sheer power and sound pressure that these headphones are capable of give them a hard, clinical edge that makes them tough to listen to.

After several days of listening to these, I was more than happy to go back to my Sennheiser CX400's and Shure E2c's. Neither is perfect, but both are a lot easier on the ear.


Thanks HertzVanRental, i might get the Ultimate Ears SuperFi 5 vi Earphones, are they really good for that price?

you seem to know

thanks for the advice
#9
Thanks, bought!
#10
Puchased - cheers.
2 Likes #11
mafia
HertzVanRental
mafia
are these better than the sennheisers 300, 400?


From:

http://www.trustedreviews.com/mp3/review/2008/02/13/Ultimate-Ears-Super-fi-4-Canalphones/p1


There's no doubt that this results in a much more realistic sound than, say, the CX400, but the sheer power and sound pressure that these headphones are capable of give them a hard, clinical edge that makes them tough to listen to.

After several days of listening to these, I was more than happy to go back to my Sennheiser CX400's and Shure E2c's. Neither is perfect, but both are a lot easier on the ear.


Thanks HertzVanRental, i might get the Ultimate Ears SuperFi 5 vi Earphones, are they really good for that price?

you seem to know

thanks for the advice


Reviews of the SuperFi 5 vi's are not that spectacular mafia, but that is against the top end headphones that are seriously more cash than these. However, the reviews I have researched have shown them at the listed price of around $170 or £90. Therefore, personally for the extra £12 I think it is worthwhile going for the SuperFi 5s to get a set of headphones that are beginning to approach the territory of an audiophile. Also you are saving £130 on the SuperFi 5s against a saving of £62 on the SuperFi 4s (of course that is against their listed RRP which is not always correct!) and the greater saving always makes me feel better!

Edit: Reviews of SuperFi 5:

http://www.whathifi.com/Review/Ultimate-Ears-Super-Fi-5vi/

http://www.ben.geek.nz/2008/10/ultimate-ears-superfi-5vi-review/

http://www.trustedreviews.com/mp3/review/2009/11/10/Ultimate-Ears-Super-Fi-5vi-Earphones/p1

http://www.noisereducingheadphonesstore.com/ultimate-ears-superfi-5vi-deliver-great-sound-terrible-name-review/

If What HiFi sum up their review with "far better then other in-ears we've seen by the same manufacturer, these headphones are simply brilliant", In short, it has got to be worthwhile spending the few extra £s for the SuperFi 5s!



Edited By: HertzVanRental on Aug 27, 2010 10:41: Added links
#12
Thanks for posting, just ordered some for hubbie - fed up of him nicking my sennheisers
#13
Thanks HertzVanRental

how do you give rep now? by clicking "like"?
#14
Thanks Hertz for advice - was considering purchasing as cannot find my CX500's - back-up 300's already ordered from Play - but the 'tiring harshness' of these means that I must look harder for my lost Sennheisers...
2 Likes #15
mafia
Thanks HertzVanRental

how do you give rep now? by clicking "like"?


I stand ready to be corrected, but Rep has now gone on the site upgrade and is now called feedback that I think can only be added if you sell or buy your own "stuff" on the site; click the "like" button, but I have no idea what it does!
#16
I am gonna give these a go at this price
#17
HertzVanRental
. Therefore, personally for the extra £12 I think it is worthwhile going for the SuperFi 5s to get a set of headphones that are beginning to approach the territory of an audiophile.


What is the point in "audiofile quality" for listening to reduced quality mp3's on non-audiophile players - more often than not on a bus or walking down the road?

Edited By: Waldolf on Aug 27, 2010 11:13: spelling
#18
purchased! thanks (and also requested to be unexpired, there are always a few idiots who expire these fab deals so they can get all the goodies for fleabay!)
#19
Why is this expired? Just ordered a pair...
#20
Waldolf
HertzVanRental
. Therefore, personally for the extra £12 I think it is worthwhile going for the SuperFi 5s to get a set of headphones that are beginning to approach the territory of an audiophile.


What is the point in "audiofile quality" for listening to reduced quality mp3's on non-audiophile players - more often than not on a bus or walking down the road?


Point taken, but there are better sounding MP3 players out there (and is of course dependent upon on the sampling-rate) that certain headphones can enhance your listening experience; for example, check out the SanDisk Sansa. You could go from A to B in a bus or a Ferrari - just depends how much you're willing to pay.
#21
badseed
Why is this expired? Just ordered a pair...


Phew, I am waiting for a voucher to come through so I can order lol
#22
How do these compare to the UE 700?
#23
Been looking for a pair of noise isolating earphones for a while now. So, thanks, bought a pair.

Not sure what to expect though. Say I'm on a plane, how would these work? Reduce the sound of people around me or reduce the noise from the plane?

For £18 though, you can't grumble!!
2 Likes #24
beatrixkiddo79
Been looking for a pair of noise isolating earphones for a while now. So, thanks, bought a pair.

Not sure what to expect though. Say I'm on a plane, how would these work? Reduce the sound of people around me or reduce the noise from the plane?


For £18 though, you can't grumble!!


In-Ear headphones that isolate ambient sound by sealing in the ear when fitted, also known as IEM's (In Ear Monitors) or ECH's (Ear Canal Headphones). In ear sound isolating earphones are worlds apart from the humble ear-bud headphones, such as the standard in ear earphones that get supplied with the iPod.

Ear-canal headphones actually seal within your ear using a flexible foam or rubber sleeve. This offers the advantage that ambient noise is effectively eliminated and you can enjoy crystal clear audio. This gives an 'in your head' sound that is particular to this type of headphone.

Although they may look similar, sound isolating ear canal headphones offer much better quality sound reproduction than the humble earbud headphone. A good pair of ear canal headphones give a clarity to the sound that is astonishing when experienced for the first time. Ear canal headphones are the perfect upgrade from the standard issue iPod earphones.
#25
HertzVanRental
mafia
HertzVanRental
mafia
are these better than the sennheisers 300, 400?


From:

http://www.trustedreviews.com/mp3/review/2008/02/13/Ultimate-Ears-Super-fi-4-Canalphones/p1


There's no doubt that this results in a much more realistic sound than, say, the CX400, but the sheer power and sound pressure that these headphones are capable of give them a hard, clinical edge that makes them tough to listen to.

After several days of listening to these, I was more than happy to go back to my Sennheiser CX400's and Shure E2c's. Neither is perfect, but both are a lot easier on the ear.


Thanks HertzVanRental, i might get the Ultimate Ears SuperFi 5 vi Earphones, are they really good for that price?

you seem to know

thanks for the advice


Reviews of the SuperFi 5 vi's are not that spectacular mafia, but that is against the top end headphones that are seriously more cash than these. However, the reviews I have researched have shown them at the listed price of around $170 or £90. Therefore, personally for the extra £12 I think it is worthwhile going for the SuperFi 5s to get a set of headphones that are beginning to approach the territory of an audiophile. Also you are saving £130 on the SuperFi 5s against a saving of £62 on the SuperFi 4s (of course that is against their listed RRP which is not always correct!) and the greater saving always makes me feel better!

Edit: Reviews of SuperFi 5:

http://www.whathifi.com/Review/Ultimate-Ears-Super-Fi-5vi/


http://www.ben.geek.nz/2008/10/ultimate-ears-superfi-5vi-review/


http://www.trustedreviews.com/mp3/review/2009/11/10/Ultimate-Ears-Super-Fi-5vi-Earphones/p1


http://www.noisereducingheadphonesstore.com/ultimate-ears-superfi-5vi-deliver-great-sound-terrible-name-review/


If What HiFi sum up their review with "far better then other in-ears we've seen by the same manufacturer, these headphones are simply brilliant", In short, it has got to be worthwhile spending the few extra £s for the SuperFi 5s!




After reading your analysis between superfi4 and superfi5, i must say i can't resist, bought superfi5!! thanks!
#26
Whats best for blocking out airplane noise?
HertzVanRental
beatrixkiddo79
Been looking for a pair of noise isolating earphones for a while now. So, thanks, bought a pair.Not sure what to expect though. Say I'm on a plane, how would these work? Reduce the sound of people around me or reduce the noise from the plane? For £18 though, you can't grumble!!
In-Ear headphones that isolate ambient sound by sealing in the ear when fitted, also known as IEM's (In Ear Monitors) or ECH's (Ear Canal Headphones). In ear sound isolating earphones are worlds apart from the humble ear-bud headphones, such as the standard in ear earphones that get supplied with the iPod.Ear-canal headphones actually seal within your ear using a flexible foam or rubber sleeve. This offers the advantage that ambient noise is effectively eliminated and you can enjoy crystal clear audio. This gives an 'in your head' sound that is particular to this type of headphone.Although they may look similar, sound isolating ear canal headphones offer much better quality sound reproduction than the humble earbud headphone. A good pair of ear canal headphones give a clarity to the sound that is astonishing when experienced for the first time. Ear canal headphones are the perfect upgrade from the standard issue iPod earphones.
What brand/version would you buy for blocking out airplane noise?


.
#27
Ultimately (no pun intended) I think most people will be very disappointed by these earphones. Most of the reviews mark them down for being too clinical and harsh and not warm enough. That tends to mean no bass.

I've owned a number of high end earphones and the ones that are always the best are the ones with the most bass. Even if it does result in a less balanced sound. I've also owned a lot of top end hifi and you can always live without bass when in a home listening environment. But when outside you always need a bit more bass.
#28
I'm tempted by these, but I'm worried about the ear pressure they cause. While sound isolating is fine, it's no good if they cause discomfort. Ear pressure - even from earplugs - is horrible. Has anyone found this to be a problem?
#29
Its a good price for this kind of product!
I know that there is an argument for how much detail you want, too much detail exposes the weaknesses in music if it is a low bit-rate MP3 file.
Noise-cancelling earphones are worth it if you have to walk to work on a busy road everyday :-)
1 Like #30
stemcell
Whats best for blocking out airplane noise?

What brand/version would you buy for blocking out airplane noise?.


There are 2 types of headphones that you can look at for cancelling out engine noise on an aircraft and these are the type listed here or active noise cancelling. An explanation on how the active noise cancelling variants work, from Wikipedia, is as follows:

"Noise-cancelling headphones reduce unwanted ambient sounds (i.e., acoustic noise) by means of active noise control (ANC). This involves using one or more microphones placed near the ear, and electronic circuitry which uses the microphone signal to generate an "antinoise" signal. When the antinoise signal is produced by the speaker driver in the headphone, destructive interference cancels out the ambient noise as heard within the enclosed volume of the headphone. Noise cancellation makes it possible to enjoy music without raising the volume excessively. It can also help a passenger sleep in a noisy vehicle such as an airliner. Retail noise-cancelling headphones typically use ANC to cancel the lower-frequency portions of the noise; they depend on more traditional methods such as soundproofing to prevent higher-frequency noise from reaching the ear. This approach is preferred because it reduces the demand for complicated electronic circuitry and at higher frequencies, where active cancellation is less effective. To truly cancel high frequency components (coming at the ear from all directions), the sensor and emitter for the cancelling waveform would have to be adjacent to the user's eardrum, which is not technically feasible."

Now it depends on how much you wish to spend and also, to a certain degree, the portability requirements that you wish from your headphones. I have owned examples of both types that I've purchased on hotukdeals and a great set is the Goldring NS1000s that I got for £50 (deal reached 587 degrees then and they are available again at that price - that's worth resubmitting the deal!!). They are listed here:

http://www.play.com/Electronics/Electronics/4-/8240767/Goldring-NS1000-Active-Noise-Reduction-Cancelling-Headphones/Product.html

The Goldring's are excellent, but come in a fairly large case (a lot bigger than those listed here) as they are over-the-ear and take batteries to power the noise cancelling circuitry; also, the build quality is superb. One review on Play sums it up very simply for me:

"Excellent kit. Just spent 20 hours flying to and From Dallas and the headphones are the best thing money can buy. How I did put up with airlines headsets for so long is beyond me, and even if you want to sleep in a quieter environment you just put them on, switch them on without sound and they will do the rest. On top of that a practical hard case is provided with several adaptors and a battery. 1 last thing, you can buy them for a lot more money."

The SuperFi's will do the job of cancelling aircraft noise through the techniques that I listed in a previous post and will give you a set of headphones that probably would be more usable than over-the-ear types, if you don't wish to look like a DJ whilst walking down the street! However, smaller sets are available and I also had a pair of Sennheiser PXC 300 which were fairly compact, but still larger than those listed here and were nearly £100.

You pay your money and take your choice for the capabilities that are essential from the product, but these, or for example the Sennheiser CX300 IIs that are regularly listed on this site, will be suitable for isolating engine noise if you do not wish to spend the extra on an active noise cancelling set.









Edited By: HertzVanRental on Aug 27, 2010 13:36: Extra Info.
#31
ordered, thanks
#32
ordered as my cx 500 is about to break
#33
Ordered, damn u OP
#34
Does anyone know if the lead is asymmetric or symmetric?
#35
Ordered!
#36
HertzVanRental
beatrixkiddo79
Been looking for a pair of noise isolating earphones for a while now. So, thanks, bought a pair.Not sure what to expect though. Say I'm on a plane, how would these work? Reduce the sound of people around me or reduce the noise from the plane? For £18 though, you can't grumble!!
In-Ear headphones that isolate ambient sound by sealing in the ear when fitted, also known as IEM's (In Ear Monitors) or ECH's (Ear Canal Headphones). In ear sound isolating earphones are worlds apart from the humble ear-bud headphones, such as the standard in ear earphones that get supplied with the iPod.Ear-canal headphones actually seal within your ear using a flexible foam or rubber sleeve. This offers the advantage that ambient noise is effectively eliminated and you can enjoy crystal clear audio. This gives an 'in your head' sound that is particular to this type of headphone.Although they may look similar, sound isolating ear canal headphones offer much better quality sound reproduction than the humble earbud headphone. A good pair of ear canal headphones give a clarity to the sound that is astonishing when experienced for the first time. Ear canal headphones are the perfect upgrade from the standard issue iPod earphones.


Thanks for the info & taking the time to post. Cheers.
#37
kboxka
Its a good price for this kind of product!I know that there is an argument for how much detail you want, too much detail exposes the weaknesses in music if it is a low bit-rate MP3 file.Noise-cancelling earphones are worth it if you have to walk to work on a busy road everyday :-)

Absolute genius, you should get a job going into schools to teach kids about road safety!

Edited By: craigstephens on Aug 27, 2010 21:21: stuff
#38


(...) there are better sounding MP3 players out there (and is of course dependent upon on the sampling-rate) that certain headphones can enhance your listening experience; for example, check out the SanDisk Sansa. You could go from A to B in a bus or a Ferrari - just depends how much you're willing to pay.

Don't want to teach granny how to suck eggs here but it's more the bitrate (kbps) than the sampling-rate (Hz) that determines this or that MP3 sounds better or worse than another, that is ;-)
#39
Waldolf
What is the point in "audiofile quality" for listening to reduced quality mp3's on non-audiophile players - more often than not on a bus or walking down the road?
MP3s encoded with LAME using the V0 quality setting are pretty much transparent (i.e. 95% of people can't distinguish them from uncompressed CD audio in blind tests). Decent, well-fitting IEMs will isolate you from almost all external noise (also they don't leak noise which is nice for other people on the bus/train/tube/plane and means you can use them at work or in bed). In terms of mp3 players, they are all pretty good at reproducing sound accurately: certainly they are good enough that it is almost always the headphones that are the limiting factor.

Of course the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Get a decent pair of headphones and use them with an mp3 player with V0 and you will hear the difference. Certainly there will be a dramatic difference between even these relatively inexpensive SuperFi 4s and the standard headphones that come with iPods or other mp3 players.

I use Etymotic ER6is with my Sansa Clip+ loaded with V0 mp3s. This sounds very good and makes a dismal commute much more tolerable.
#40
hyperhans

Don't want to teach granny how to suck eggs here but it's more the bitrate (kbps) than the sampling-rate (Hz) that determines this or that MP3 sounds better or worse than another, that is ;-)


Apologies for the inaccuracies - only excuse is that it's been a long day!

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