Piston Classic In- Ear Headphones
Company:Â 1 More
Price: $20 U.S.
In the dizzying world of audio accessories, price is not always a good indicator of quality. These Piston Classic In-Ear Headphones from 1More are a remarkable buy for only $20. I have famous brand over-the-ear headphones that cost nearly 20 times that much and donâ€™t sound as clean and pleasing as the attractive Piston Classics.
Not being an audio engineer, I confess that a lot the specifications listed on the box are incomprehensible. But I do trust my ears. After many years of testing various earphones, what is perfectly clear is is that some headphones sound harsh, metallic, distorted and just plain uncomfortable. After I read all the technical stuff that I donâ€™t understand, I listen and trust my ears to tell me if the earphones are any good.
In its promotional material, 1More says the Piston Classic earphones â€œwere tuned by internationally acclaimed sound engineer Luca Bignardi to perfect the final tuning to deliver a precise representation of your favorite artistâ€™s intended sound.â€ I canâ€™t tell you a thing about Luca Bignardi but he must be doing something right. I listen to a wide variety of music, includingÂ classical, opera, folk and pop.
No matter what I play, the Piston Classic delivers truly clear fidelity, excellent separation and a modest bass response, which I prefer. I have no idea how these would perform with Rap or Punk or more popular genres, but if youâ€™re looking for thumping bass you may want to look elsewhere.
I usually avoid writingÂ about the way a product is packaged, but the brown cardboard cube for the Piston Classics must have been designed by an origami artist, because it’s a model of simplicity and tactile elegance.
My only complaint about these earphones and others by 1More is the L and R markings, which are black on black wire housing below the speakers. I needed a magnifying glass to figure out which was right and left. Minimalism is fine in some circumstances, but we shouldnâ€™t have to struggle with something as simple as earphones.
In any case, the Piston Classic is a terrific value and IÂ recommend it highly.
MyMac Review Rating is 9 out of 10.