Back in October I looked at the PlayGear Stealth headphones from Logitech. These were in-ear headphones, aimed at the PSP market, but they performed well with audio players too. Although the Stealths lacked bass, they did offer exceptional value for money. Now I have the Creative EP-630 headphones in front of me, which are similar to the Stealths in many ways, but carry a significantly higher price tag. The question is whether the EP-630s are worth the extra cash.
Like the Stealths, the EP-630s are in-ear headphones – they don’t just sit in your ears, they push right into your ear. There are two major advantages to this type of design, first up is that they don’t tend to fall out of your ears when you’re jogging like standard ear-bud type headphones do. But more important is that with the headphones pushed deep into your ears, you cut out almost all the background noise. If you’ve ever travelled on the London Underground using standard headphones you’ll be aware that you can hardly hear your music over the sound of the train. You’ll have no such problems with the EP-630s – no matter how loud things might get on the train, you’ll be able to hear your music and you won’t even have to crank the volume up to the top to do so.
Despite similarities, the EP-603s are a cut above the Stealths when it comes to design, so you can see where some of that extra money is going. The headphones themselves are very small and have an attractive rounded finish to them. The black and silver detailing makes them ideal for anyone with a PSP or black MP3 player.
I complained about the cable length on the Stealths and I found them pulling sometimes with my iPod in my trouser pocket. Thankfully Creative hasn’t been quite so stingy and the 1.25m cable length is long enough not to pull at the headphones, but short enough not to get in the way while you’re out and about.