Phonak Audeo Perfect Bass 022 Earphones (with Microphone review: Phonak Audeo Perfect Bass 022 Earphones (with Microphone

The Perfect Fit Earphones seem fairly durable. They feature a thick, 30-inch cord originating from a gold straight plug. This then splits into a thinner, 15-inch Y-cable that terminates in the two earpieces. The Y features a slider that helps prevent tangles when the headphones are not in use; a tiny module with a mic and call-answer button is integrated into the right cable. Although Phonak does not advertise the feature, the aforementioned button also serves as a playback remote for the iPhone and iPod Touch, playing and pausing tracks as well as skipping backward and forward. Beyond that, the PFE 022 earphones don't include any extra features.

What immediately strikes us with the Audeo Perfect Fit Earphones is how clear and balanced the audio comes through. No instrument or frequency overpowers another. Bass is tight and thumpy, but it's not the superboomy low end that you tend to get from moderately priced earphones that are trying to overcompensate for what stock earbuds lack in that area. That being said, the PFE also doesn't come as close to mimicking the enveloping bass you get from a full-size set. However, the high-end clarity and detail are quite exceptional given the price range of the earphones, with cymbals and hi-hats sounding sparkly. Similarly, mids are warm and buttery without being too forward. Male vocals, in particular, sound great.

In the final analysis, we were highly impressed with this offering from Phonak. The Perfect Fit Earphones PFE 002 + Mic offer a secure, comfortable fit and very balanced sound quality, and the integrated mic and playback controls make them a compelling choice for iPhone owners. These are a solid $100 option, certainly. The earphones are currently only available for purchase through the Audeo Web site.

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Phonak Audeo Perfect Bass 022 Earphones (with Microphone, Black)

Part Number: PFE121 Released: Dec. 1, 2011
MSRP: $99.00 Low Price: $188.09 See all prices

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  • Release date Dec. 1, 2011
  • Color black
  • Weight 0.5 oz
  • Sound Output Mode Stereo
  • Additional Features gold-plated plug
  • Type headset
  • Headphones Form Factor Ear-bud
  • Connector Type mini-phone 3.5 mm 4-pole