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ClarityOne Earbuds review

Andrew Williams



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Our Score:



  • Great bass response
  • Aluminium-coated design


  • Fiddly fit reduces comfort
  • Harsh, fizzy treble

Key Features

  • 7.6mm neodymium driver
  • "PureSound processor"
  • Carry case
  • S/M/L rubber tips
  • Manufacturer: PureSound Technologies
  • Review Price: £114.00

There are many earphones like the ClarityOne earbuds out there. They look good, have the talk to suggest they'll sound great, but - coming from Puresound Technologies - don't have the big reliable brand name to give you confidence that they'll supply the goods. We've gone ears-on with these buds to see if ClarityOne deserves a spot on the trusted list.

The ClarityOne Earbuds are IEM-style earphones, using rubber tips to isolate you from the noises of the outside world. Design-wise, they at first seem very traditional, with a bullet-like design.ClarityOne Earbuds 1

However, the bodies are a little on the large side and are plated with shiny aluminium, for a glossy look and strong feel. The metal doesn't add a great deal of weight, but they are a little tricky to fit. Sticking out of your ears more than most and using tips that sit by the entrance to your ear canal rather than diving right into it, they are prone to falling out occasionally - and need to be fiddled with in order to get a good fit.

Three sets of translucent rubber tips are included, in the standard small, medium and large sizes. A little zip case is included too, with a Carabiner for extra gripping power.

To go hand-in-hand with the metallic finish of the buds, the cable has a clear coating, letting you see the metal core of the cable inside. It looks fancy enough, but it feels a little cheap next to something like the Phonak PFE 012. Using a plastic rather than rubbery finish is meant to cut down on tangles, but it doesn't always lead to a robust-feeling cable.

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To worsen these concerns, the cable shielding started coming away from a join junction down its length during testing - without any bad treatment involved. This cable is non-removable, so if the cable fails you'll either have to have a go at a repair job - which is not easy at this size - or buy a new pair of earphones.

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Someone call a doctor...

As build quality is otherwise quite good, we hope this will be an isolated incident, but these earphones do seem less robust than something like the Shure SE215 - with its chunky, removable cable. Noise isolation is also unremarkable. It's enough to make using them on public transport manageable, but they do struggle with the London Tube at its worst. This is in part due to the less invasive fit.

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Around 15cm down from the left earbud is a very simple handsfree housing. There are no visible buttons - rather the whole thing is a single button that takes calls and acts as a play/pause button for iPhones when playing music.

But how do they sound?


February 26, 2013, 7:23 pm

headphones, but you had better hope they don't break during the first 12 months
as ClarityOne does not seem to want to honour their own warranty. Been trying
for two weeks to get a response. Very Poor show ClarityOne. :-(

Sean William Wallace Morison

March 12, 2013, 4:13 pm

I have had no breakages so far, but these headphone are simply the best headphones I have ever listened to. They have the cleanest, most accurate sound in any headphones. Yes, they do have a harsh fizzy treble...until they burn in. Who ever reviewed these simply used them like Beats or something, which are such horrible headphones that they don't need to develop their sound, they just have the muffled booming bass. These are not Beats, they don't have the booming bass and that should not be a negative against it. These phones just need a good burn in period and the sound will come out.


June 8, 2013, 9:39 pm

I have these headphones and love them. The only complaint I have is there is no volume control. The sound is better then my previous earbuds which were Beats. I have been seeing so much hype online over these recently with this celebrity and that celebrity, but these really also have the balls to bak up the fluff. Vey happy with my purchase.


August 3, 2013, 4:16 am

I purchased a warrantied model that has been previously repaired by the manufacturer for $60. I got the exact same problem in this review, being that the outer shielding came out at the exact same spot on the junction. My solution was to put a generous amount of epoxy on all the areas where the shielding goes into the plastic junction, make sure it's in a decent shape, then let it set. That way it's pretty much indestructible, and after I stretched some black heat shrink tubing over the jack and heat it over the entire junction.

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