The Yamaha EPH-30 earphones aren't going to win any awards for quality in the design department, although we're willing to cut them a little slack because of their low price and solid sound. The cable is thin and tangle-prone and seems fairly fragile, and the earpieces are made of cheap-feeling plastic.
On the plus side, you can choose from either white or black versions, both of which offer a splash of style with some chrome-colored accenting. This makes the earpieces slightly more jewelry-like, which may be more appealing to some than others.
Also, these earbuds feature a staggered Y-cable with the right side longer than the left so that you may wear the cord behind your neck more easily--good for working out. The cable measures 48 inches in all and terminates in a gold-plated straight plug.
Despite the Yamaha EPH-30 headphones inexpensive feel, we're not without some praise for the design. The earbuds are teeny tiny, which allows an easy fit for small-eared users. Yamaha includes three sizes of silicone eartips, all of which tend toward the small side (those with larger ears should take heed)
The big surprise from these headphones is their efficiency and sound quality. It really doesn't take much to drive audio through the Yamaha EPH-30, and while these earphones don't offer the cleanest audio across all genres when compared with models twice their price, they do pump out surprisingly good sound for a sub-$50 set.