Maximo iM-490S iMetal Isolation Earphones for Sansa, iPod, and MP3
Featuring high-fidelity 9mm neodymium drivers and a gold-plated 3.5mm stereo plug, the iM-490S iMetal Earphones are acoustically engineered and tuned to provide optimal audio quality for your Sansa MP3 player. The iMetal earphones have a unique, lightweight … see full wiki
The IM-490 and IM-490S are essentially the same. Maximo and SanDisk claim the IM-490S is specially tuned for SanDisk products, but lacking a fuller explanation, I question that.
In any event, I saw these on-sale and since I was looking for a pair of very portable, good sounding earphones, took the chance.
These are very stylish, made of a lightweight metal alloy and - most importantly - sound great.
They use silicone earbuds and provide three sets in the package: small, medium and large. The earphones are equipped with the medium earbuds and they fit well for me, providing an excellent seal against outside noise. As it happens, there's a construction project going on across the street from me and I was able to put the Maximo earphones to a real life test. The sounds of bulldozers and pneumatic tools were greatly reduced..
Audio quality is excellent. Use the built-in equalizer on your device and the sound output is even better. The bass, of course, does not match what you'll hear from larger headphones or speakers. That's the nature of the beast and if you are a bass freak, you will be disappointed. For me, the bass was fine without additional equalization on the two devices tested.
The units come with the earphones of course, a 2 foot extension cable which is a nice touch, 2 additional sets of earbuds and a case. The case with the IM-490S is semi-rigid, while the IM-490 comes with a cloth bag. Maximo also provides a limited lifetime warranty, which from other reviews, it appears they honor without delay or hassle.
All in all, a nice set of earphones with good audio quality and excellent noise isolation.
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