Custom Molded eers Headphones, Blocks Unwanted Sound
While I've had many pairs of headphones over the years, my eers by Sonomax are by far one of the best I have owned. They reminded me again how awesome they were as I sat on a plane, directly in front of a crying baby, and didn't hear a thing.
First let me say that I despise earbuds. I have awkwardly shaped ears and none have ever been able to stay in properly, they always fall out or end up having horrible sound because of it's positioning. For years the costs of custom molded earbuds have kept me from purchasing a set, but then I came across the eers at a great price and decided to give them a try.
The DIY kit comes packaged in a beautiful custom box, reminiscent of something you would get from Apple, complete with simple instructions for the molding process. Within 15 minutes, you with have a custom fitted set of earbuds and are ready to rock. There are two models available, the single driver PCS-150 ($199.99) and dual driver PCS-250 ($299.99).
The earbuds have a loop that goes around your ears to keep them in place, as well as an integrated microphone to take your calls. The downside of these units (I have the higher end PCS-250) is the very thin cable, it seems fragile and delicate. I wear these when I ride my motorbike and if the cable is exposed to wind at all, they crackle badly.
They have great sound when they are seated in your ears properly, but when doing physical activity, sometimes they slide out a bit if you get sweaty. They still sound good, but you end up losing some of the low end and the acoustic seal isn't quite as good. I find them comfortable to wear for long periods of time, even when I'm wearing my glasses.
Despite it's downfalls on the cable, I love that these headphones block out unwanted noise. Not only did it block out the baby when it was crying (I could hear it faintly when I switched songs), but it also blocked out the noise of the planes engine and I was able to relax to some tunes on my flight without distraction. It's also great when I ride my bike in the summer and want to stay focused. If you plan on using these for running, rollerblading, biking or other outdoor activity YOU MUST pay attention to your surroundings, you may not hear an approaching vehicle or other possible dangers.
While I didn't pay MSRP on these, I would still recommend them to anybody looking for a custom fitted earbud and don't want to spend upwards of $1000.