Clar1tyOne EB110 Earphones

Clar1tyOne EB110 Earphones

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Performance

The Clar1tyOne EB110 in-ears were left alone to burn-in for well over 100 hours. The EB110s have a very a lot of things going for them in the bass department. It is very fast and is has good weight compared to the price of the in-ears. Bass wise these have more than the Head-Direct RE0s which is a similar design. Compared to the RE0s the EB110s have slightly less details in the midrange, but they do have a slightly more appealing low end.

Bass extension wise they are a little better than the Head-Direct RE0s, but it is not quite up there with the similarly priced RedGiant Ossicle A03s which features a dual-driver setup.

The upper midrange is where the EB110 design struggles. The V-shaped frequency response with elevated lows and highs is a bit too much for comfort. Add the fact that the upper midrange features some peaks, which makes it quite a sibilant set of in-ears. The treble has more than enough energy for most people and it is even more pronounced than on Yuin OK-earbuds. The upper midrange is also a bit grainy, but that is probably due to the emphasized and edgy upper midrange. The highs are what some people will probably describe as piercing.

The general performance of the EB110s is alright but the tonality is not doing them any favors. If you are looking for a set of really bright in-ears with ample bass response the EB110s are good, but even compared to the most treble happy set of Grado headphones these are over the top in this regard. There are some types of music where the qualities of the EB110 shine a bit, electronic music without vocals.

Microphonic nuisances are pretty low due to the well designed cable. It is not the lowest on the market, but considering the durable nature of the cable it is at a totally acceptable level. When used with the cable routed over the ear the amount of unwanted noise is quite a bit lower than with the RE0s and a little better than that of the RedGiant Ossicle A03s.

These in-ears pose a real dilemma, the price and feature set makes them competitive, but the tonality is definitely not mainstream nor ideal for any type of music. Perhaps the addition of a plain filter could solve the issues with the upper midrange and treble. For longer listening sessions the treble is an uncomfortable experience to these ears, that said some might find the elevated highs nice.
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