n ear headphones are great for isolating outside noise and listening to your music in private. However, the earbuds that come with the iPod don't particularly fit everyone's ear size. Even with the newest iPod earbud design, people still complain about them falling out or being uncomfortable.
offers an attractive alternative, called the Pro|Tone m250
ergonomic ear-hugging headphones. They fit over the outside of your ears and feature a flexible rubber-coated ear grip that hold them in place. They offer a snug fit that will keep them on during a jog or working out.
- Frequency Response: 50 ~ 20,000Hz
- Dynamic Transducer
- Impedance: 32 ohms
- Max Sound Pressure Level (SPL): 105dB
- Cable Length: 1.15/ 3.77ft
- 3.5mm connector plug
- Max Power Rating 50mW
- Weight 38g (with cable)
When I opened up the packaging, I was immediately impressed by the sleek black metallic look of the pro|tone m250. Included is a zipper case showing off Razer's non-ostentatious embroidered logo. The case features 3 mesh pockets to hold the headphones and it's included airplane adapter. The case and aircraft adapter is a very nice touch not seen in price comparable units, and provides added value for the traveler.
I would describe the headphones as aesthetically pleasing, showing only the Razer logo and 4 silver screws on the outer casing. Since they offer this particular model in black and white, they will fit in great with your iPod or other portable device that will accept a 3.5mm jack. They are extremely unobtrusive and even look great under the thermal camera.
Attractively designed in white or black, the m250s' are secured to your ear via an extremely durable hinged rubber clip. You open the hinge, and slip it over your ear, and then press on the headphone and the hinge snugly closes around your ear. If you aren't used to wearing headphones on your ears, it takes a few minutes to get used to them. After wearing them for a long time (longer than an hour in my case), when you take them off, you feel like something is missing. I sort of equate it to 'hat head'. For those that aren't familiar with that term, it's a feeling you have when you have been wearing a hat for an extended period of time, and then when you remove it, you feel like something is missing. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it does take some getting used to.
The manufacturer lists their Pro|Bass
feature as one of the highlights on the packaging. I found that the bass response was a bit weak, and left me wanting more. Even with my untrained non-audiophile ears, I think that they have a tinny sound.
In case you are wondering, I wasn't using them with the newest iPod shuffles -- which have been noted as having a tinny sound. I was testing them with a 1st Gen iPod Nano and 4th Gen iPod. I tried several types of audio content to extort some tight bass response: jazz, hip-hop, rock, r&b, and classical. However, I continually felt like they had a hissy sound, that you usually notice when the treble is turned up too much.
On the plus side, I did notice certain nuances in songs that I hadn't heard before. With the earphones outside of the ear canal, it gives a feeling of wider stereo separation, which I really enjoyed. I found myself needing to turn the volume up significantly higher to equal the same volume level I normally hear with my iPod stock earbuds. Yes, I know -- this isn't good. I'm sure an ear doctor is some where frowning.
I was a bit surprised by this, since I have read really good reports on the sound quality that comes from a sister product, Pro|Tones m100.
Unfortunately, I didn't have them here for a direct comparison.
The Razer pro|tone m250 are sleek and attractive and extremely wearable. They are very durable and feature a high quality attractive exterior. While not the tops in sound, It's still a very nice option for those that simply prefer a lightweight solution that doesn't involve an in-ear unit.
3.75 out of 5