Ultimate Ears MetroFi 220 vi Noise Isolating Headphones £17.99 @ Play
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Ultimate Ears MetroFi 220 vi Noise Isolating Headphones £17.99 @ Play

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Found 7th Dec 2009
RRP £49.99

More than just a pretty package; the MetroFi 220vi gives you clarity, smooth range, and a clean thump in a sleek design. The 220 keeps you in touch with the world around you while letting you hear your music clearly. The comfortable, compact design sits securely in your ears while you go about your day.

The MetroFi 220vi lets you easily switch between making calls and enjoying music on your iPhone or BlackBerry (with 3.5 mm jack), thanks to its miniature, high-performance microphone.

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Original Poster Editor

Over 12 quid cheaper than amazon!!

17.99 now

are they any good? considering the cx300-II at the moment

Original Poster Editor

These are ten times better than the cx300's, and alot better build quality aswell.

Original Poster Editor

I dont understand why these are being voted cold, yet everyone goes mad for the cx300s..

msmyth;7137845

I dont understand why these are being voted cold, yet everyone goes mad … I dont understand why these are being voted cold, yet everyone goes mad for the cx300s..



People prefer to go for cheapness over quality (is what I should of said lol), but for those who know what they are talking about will appriciate the deal.

Are these classed as in ear headphones, I am looking to get some for an XMAS prezzie.

Original Poster Editor

macseffect;7137865

People prefer to save money here, welcome along lol, but for those who … People prefer to save money here, welcome along lol, but for those who know what they are talking about will appriciate the deal.




I understand that, thats why they are over 12 quid cheaper than amazon??

Surely thats a money saving deal right there

EDIT, yes these are in-ear, with a mic function for your phone if it supports it, great for iPhone and Blackberry users.

Good at this price but not worth the original price,comfort is a big issue with a lot of people with these and I couldn`t use them for more than 30 mins without the pressure on my ear canal starting to hurt.

But CX300 II get 5 stars at What HiFi whathifi.com/Rev…II/

and these get good reviews here modsynergy.com/rev…tml

I liked both but would have to choose CX300 II for longer listening personally but everyone is different

so take your choice really

Jasmine France @ Cnet

Ultimate Ears has been a familiar name to musicians and other audio … Ultimate Ears has been a familiar name to musicians and other audio professionals for a decade, but the company has gained quite a following with its consumer line as well. Earphones in its various lines range in affordability and scale nicely, from those geared toward casual but discerning listeners to sets for audiophiles. At the bottom end, you have the MetroFi line, which has recently enjoyed a refresh in the form of the 220 and 170 earphones, the former being the subject of this review.The MetroFi 220 Noise Isolating Earphones are a step up from the bottom of the line in the Ultimate Ears family and come in two versions: a standard MP3 player model for $79.99 and the iPhone-friendly 220vi, which includes an in-line mic and sells for $20 more. Either set is a good buy for picky listeners who have a moderate amount of cash to spend on replacement headphones for their MP3 players, but buyers should be aware of potential fit and durability issues.The earpieces of the MetroFi earphones are the first cause for concern, though they do have a hint of style with their opaque, blood red enclosures (which looks cool when the light shines through). Although the 'buds are quite small on the whole, we found the squat, completely round design did not let us get a secure or comfortable fit. The earphones tended to push out of our ears frequently, and when they did stay in place, the plastic 'buds put a slightly uncomfortable pressure on the inner cartilage of the ear. Of course, everyone's ears are different, so you may not have fit issues. Ultimate Ears provides three sizes of silicone fittings to help in that area.Descending from each earpiece is a thin, black cable that joins into a slightly thicker cord about a foot down; a slider here on the basic version (without mic) can help prevent some tangles when the earphones are not in use, though we still had some issues with that. Also, it's worth noting that the 220vi does not have this feature because of the mic midway up the right side (a call answer button is further down on the cord). From the Y-junction, you get an additional 33 inches of cable that terminates in a gold-plated straight plug, which is thin enough to fit into recessed headphone jacks (such as that found on iPhone number one). However, both the straight plug and the thin, stiff, plastic-covered cable raise some concerns for durability, so it's a good idea to store the MetroFi 220 in the hard case provided in the package.The great thing about the MetroFi 220 earphones is that, if you can get a good fit, they provide great sound quality and solid noise isolation (always good when you're trying to save your ears by listening to your music at lower volumes). Once you get a good seal, you'll be rewarded with nice, tight bass response that is enveloping without being overwhelming, warm mids, and a high-end response that is clear and detailed. The headphones are also quite versatile, providing solid sound across all genres.Compared with their step-down cousins, the MetroFi 170, the 220s offer ever-so-slightly improved sound quality--deeper, tighter bass and richer mids--for $30 to $50 more. Most people probably won't notice much of a difference, which is why we're more inclined to recommend the less-expensive 170s as a step-up for listeners looking to upgrade from stock sets without dropping a big wad of cash.



[color=darkblue][size=5]3 out of 5[/size][/color]

reviews.cnet.com/hea…tml

Original Poster Editor

Cuddy;7138161

[color=darkblue][size=5]3 out of … [color=darkblue][size=5]3 out of 5[/size][/color]http://reviews.cnet.com/headphones-headsets/ultimate-ears-metrofi-220/4505-6468_7-33578709.html



That review is for the standard 220's.

The 220 vi's have a different driver as well as the microphone function, so dont know how this would change the review,:thumbsup:

anyone know if the mic will work with a Nokia N97?

As headphones I like these from amazon....

amazon.co.uk/Cre…mr0

cheap and never get a bad word said against them. My son stole mine so ordered another pair today, better frequency response on them - 6Hz-23kHz

Nice to have the mic feature though....wouldn't mind giving them a shot
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