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While the Sphear is considered a noise-isolating headphone, it does let in a bit more ambient noise than your typical noise-isolating headphone. Even so, sound quality is excellent. The bass is ripe and full, treble is pleasantly crisp, detailed and clear and midrange presence and body are exceptional.
that those qualities made classical and acoustic music of all types come alive over the Sphears, and that's hardly a given with most similarly priced in-ear headphones.
Listening to the Kronos String Quartet the sound was never strident; string tone had just the right balance of body and detail. Vocals were also unusually well treated, so they sounded more natural than most in-ears do in this price range.
A lot of richly balanced headphones sacrifice midrange and treble detailing, but the Sphear's clarity never faltered. Antonio Sanchez's hard-hitting drum solos from the "Birdman" soundtrack had plenty of impact and punch. Sanchez's mighty kick drum was cleanly defined.
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This a headphone you can wear for long stretches at a time without experiencing listening fatigue and it works well with a variety of music genres. It's well worth considering if you're looking for an audiophile-grade in-ear headphone for an affordable price.