TDK EB900 High Fidelity (Black) review: TDK EB900 High Fidelity (Black)

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.7
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 7.0

Average User Rating

0.5 stars 1 user review
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The Good Good, clean sound; affordable; equipped with comfortable foam ear tips; protective carrying pouch included.

The Bad When the music is off, you can hear when the cloth covering on the cord rubs against your clothing; durability is a question mark.

The Bottom Line Despite some small shortcomings, TDK's EB900 in-ear headphones sound as good--or better--than a lot of more-expensive competitors.

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I test a lot of earphones and headphones here at CNET, and often what I'll do is try out a review sample for a while and then pass the product on to get a second or third opinion from other editors or our resident audio guru Steve Guttenberg. I don't tell the person I'm passing the headphones on to how much they cost. In that sense, the editor's judgment isn't colored at all by pricing.

In the case of TDK's EB900 in-ear headphones, I thought they sounded good. They had a nice clean sound to them and I liked their comfortable foam eartips (three sizes of tips are included) and also thought their design was distinct and appealing.

I knew what the earphones cost, but when I passed them onto Steve Guttenberg, I didn't say anything about their price. After he ran them through his test tracks on his iPod, he said he liked them and also thought they sounded pretty good. While he considered the bass a little boomy (too much), he thought they were nicely defined and the treble was smooth and clear. "Usually people don't complain about too much bass, though," he added.

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Additional Features 8.5 mm micro-drivers
    3.5 mm gold-plated plug
  • Type headphones
  • Headphones Form Factor in-ear
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm