Ultimate Ears Metro.fi 2 headphones review: Ultimate Ears Metro.fi 2 headphones

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.5
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 8.0
  • Service and support: 9.0
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The Good The Ultimate Ears Metro.fi 2 earphones offer nice, balanced audio quality for a reasonable price. Includes a decent case and a two-year warranty.

The Bad The Metro.fi 2 earphones suffer from a ho-hum design and may not fit all users correctly, causing sound and comfort issues.

The Bottom Line The Ultimate Ears Metro.fi 2 earphones are a great value for the average listener who desires good sound quality with a balanced audio response, but the drab design and questionable fit could be an issue for some.

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Ultimate Ears has been a familiar name to musicians and other audio professionals for a decade, but the company has gained quite a following with its consumer line as well. Earphones in its Metro.fi, Super.fi, and Triple.fi lines range in affordability and scale nicely, from discerning listeners to audiophiles. Falling in at the bottom is the $79 Metro.fi 2, a rather standard-looking set that offers nicely balanced audio to go with its affordable price tag. Unfortunately, getting a secure and comfortable fit may be a challenge for some users.

There's nothing exciting about the look of the Metro.fi 2 earphones. Each earpiece is encased in hard, black plastic with some minor silver accenting. The cable, which starts in a Y that unites into a single cord about a foot down, measures about 45 inches from the 'buds to the straight, gold plug. It's long enough for most portable applications. A slider at the Y helps to prevent tangles during storage, for which Ultimate Ears includes a nice leatherette pouch with a Velcro flap. The package also contains four sets of silicone ear tips: small, medium, large, and double flange.

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Where to Buy

Ultimate Ears Metro.fi 2 headphones

Part Number: Metro.fi 2 Black

MSRP: $79.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

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