Ultimate Ears 700 Noise-Isolating Earphones - Ultimate Ears 700 Noise-Isolating Earphones



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You couldn’t call the Ultimate Ears 700 package stingy, that’s for sure. As well as (obviously) the earphones themselves, there is a variety of tips, comprising three sizes of silicone plus two pairs of Comply foam tips. While I still prefer Shure’s foam, I can’t deny that Comply’s is much better at isolating noise than mere silicone – not to mention more comfortable.

A small, plastic case is also supplied for placing the UE 700s in when not in use. Frankly I find not putting my earphones in the same pocket as my keys is the best way to protect them, but I’m a 21 year old man who enjoys listening to Paramore so what do I know? One addition I wish more manufacturers would consider is an in-line attenuator for use on a plane. Sadly this is a single 3.5mm jack, so if the plane in question has split channels you’ll be out of luck, but at least you’re not going to be deafened by “your captain speaking” if using the module.

What comes with the Ultimate Ears 700 ‘phones isn’t the important thing, though. What comes out of them is. Multi driver earphones live or die on the quality of the crossover employed – the circuitry that determines which drivers deal with which frequencies – so it’s fortunate that the crossover in the UE 700s is excellent. Without being told, you’d never know a crossover was employed at all, which is, of course, the aim.

Head to head the strengths of the Ultimate Ears 700’s dual-driver design make themselves known with aplomb. The sound produced is just that bit clearer than single-driver ‘phones can manage while the separation between instruments and vocals is better, but without sacrificing cohesion.