Ultimate Ears Super.fi 3 Studio
Ultimate Ears, maker of the custom-molded professional earphones that you see bands such as U2 and the Red Hot Chili Peppers wearing onstage, decided a few years back to make commercial earphones, and the results have been overwhelming. Listeners with champagne taste but beer money (well, OK, premium beer money) will appreciate the Super.fi 3 Studio in-ear set. Unlike other similarly priced earphones on the market today, the Super.fi 3s do not offer extreme bass (another model from Ultimate Ears takes care of that--the Ultimate Ears Super.fi 5 EB). What they do offer is excellent, flat response with enough low end, as well as crisp mids and highs, not to mention ample sound isolation.
The design of the Ultimate Ears Super.fi earphone series is based in comfort and simplicity, though you do get a choice of three colors: white, black, or clear (the last is available exclusively at Guitar Center retail stores). The earpieces, after a bit of twisting, sit firmly and comfortably in the ear canal, and the different sizes of earpiece covers not only aid this process but also effectively block out most room noise, making them ideal for noisier environments, such as airplanes or subway trains. Like other Ultimate Ears 'buds, these have the flexible plastic ear loop that wraps over the top of your ear for a secure fit. These are helpful for active use but can be a pain when you're trying to put on the headphones in a hurry. Our common gripe about the Super.fi series holds true for the Super.fi 3 Studios: At 46 inches, the cable is simply too short for anyone above average height. If your sound source is not in your lap or your pocket, your head movement is quite limited.