If there’s one thing that’s become apparent over the past few weeks, it’s that headphones are a very personal thing. Just judging by the TrustedReviews team, it would appear that we all look for different things in a set of headphones. That said, in my personal opinion, the Ultimate Ears super.fi Pros are the best in-ear headphones that I have ever had the pleasure of using.
The most impressive thing about the super.fi Pros is that they have converted me to using in-ear headphones, whereas before I always preferred traditional over the ear cans. Part of the reason that I love these headphones is that they just fit my ears perfectly - when I push the super.fi Pros into my ears they form a perfect seal with my ear canal, so much so that there’s an audible “pop” when I remove them. The result is that most of the ambient noise is blocked out once you’ve squeezed the super.fi Pros into your ear canals. You also get no less than five different pairs of ends for the headphones – there are three sizes of single flange silicone ends, a pair of dual flange silicone ends and a pair of foam pads. I found that the medium single flange silicone ends fitted my ears perfectly.
Interestingly, in the course of testing the super.fi Pros it became apparent that Benny’s ears are simply not designed for in-ear headphones. We tried every single size of end for the super.fi Pros and without fail the left side just fell out of his ear. I’m not sure exactly what is wrong with Benny’s ear canal on the left, but the upshot is that at least one of the TrustedReviews team will never be converted to in-ear headphones. It’s a shame really because Benny is missing out on a truly excellent sound experience.
Ultimate Ears is a company that knows a thing or two about sound quality, with its Studio Reference Monitors used by audio professionals around the globe. Although I’d love to own a pair of these, I think that they’re probably best described as overkill for my personal audio needs. Add to this the $900 price tag and it’s understandable that the Studio Reference Monitors are destined to remain an unattainable object of my desire. Thankfully Ultimate Ears has realised that there are many people like me who would like the best quality audio experience from their music player, without the need to sell their car in order to fund the project. The result is the super.fi range, which incorporates much of the technology seen in Ultimate Ears’ professional range, but at a somewhat more affordable price.