AblePlanet SI550A Review

AblePlanent si550aNoise Canceling Headphones That Re-produce the live experience

  • Good Audio. Very Crisp
  • Stayed in My Ears While Running
  • Comfortable For Long Listening Sessions
  • In-line Mic Quality Is Excellent
  • Cord Untangles Very Easy

  • Little big and bulky for ear buds (Still light weight)

The AblePlanet SI550A sound isolation earphones provide a very enjoyable listening experience. With a price tag of 79.99 we rate this a good buy. If you ever talk on the phone with earphones on and use an Iphone you will like the audio quality the the other person will be able to hear you very clearly. The SI550A earphones have been awarded our Staff pick of the month for May 2012. It scored a 4 Star mark.


Editor Choice Onheadphones.comAblePlanet SI550A Review

Award Winning Sound and Speech Clarity

First Thoughts

When I first pulled these earphones out of the box I thought they looked a little big and bulky and was concerned that there was no way they would stay in place when I went running with them on. The earphones came with 3 eartip sizes. In a lot of other brands you get 4 sizes. This was a little bit of a let down as the smallest size fit very well in my ears but when I loose the eartip (And I Will) the next size up was too big and would not work for me. I could also not find any replacements or price on the ableplanet website for the eartip's. I would imagine it's there but have not been able to locate them.

I first went running on a treadmill with these in a gym. Loud noises all around so I turned the volume up to a level I normally listen to in the gym. The speech from the audio book came in very very clear and crisp and I found I was able to turn the volume down a lot and still understand every word just fine. If you listen to earphones a lot or plan on it then you may really want to consider making a purchase of these as it could potentially help avoid hearing loss in the future as you can listen to songs and the like at a lower sound volume. The earphones stayed in place almost the entire time. Most so then the Skull Candy earphones I normally wear while running.

I have a small head and these headphones did seem to be sticking out further then most other earphones I use. I do count this as a negative.

While traveling in a vehicle and plane for a long time period the earphones suited me very well. Nice little carrying case, very easy to untangle un-like most other headphones, were very comfortable over a long period of time. The headphones grew on me the more I wore them. For an 80 dollar price tag I felt there was real value to the earphones.

How does the Editor Choice Onheadphones.comAblePlanet SI550A Compare to Other Leading Brands?

AblePlantet has another great product on it's hands. I am a fan Skull Candy 50/50 w/mic headphones and would rate the audio of the AblePlanet SI550A as higher quality. I could tell a difference and the difference to me was worth the 30 dollar separation in price.

Overall Design

For a cost of $80 you are getting what you pay for. Compared to a cheaper 30 or 40 dollar earphone the AblePlanet SI550A will beat it hands down. The in-line mic worked extremely well even in a location with some wind. Everyone I talked to said I came in loud and clear and they could not tell I was on a Mic at all. As mentioned the earphones themselves seem a little big to me. Still very comfortable to wear but you can't lay down on your side and listen to these. At least I could not.

The cord on these earphones seems durable and ones that could last me a while. With most headphones I wear out the cord in a matter of months. Next thing you know it breaks off or wires start poking out of the cord. For all those people like me who constantly end up with earphones in major not, the AblePlanet SI550A seem to not tangle nearly as much and when the do it takes only a second to untangle. Very good for those who will be just jamming the earphones into their pocket or the case.

Warranty

There is a general limited lifetime warranty. Seems the standard warranty of any earphone on the market.

Attachments

  • Hard Shell Protective Carrying Case
  • 3 eartips: Small, Medium, Large

Specs Taken From Ableplanet.com and The Product Box

MSRP: $79.99

  • Neodymium Magnet Speaker: 15/7mm 
  • Magnetostrictive Linx  Coil
  • Impedance (1kHz): 24Ω ± 15%
  • Frequency response: 8 Hz ~ 20kHz
  • Sensitivity at 1 kHz: 100 dB/mW 
  • Plug: 3.5mm
  • Award Winning Sound Quality & Speech Clarity 
  • Linx Audio creates higher frequency harmonics
  • Filters undesirable sound
  • Increased Perceived Loudness Without Increasing Volume

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Patented Linx Audio® a Hear the Difference® technology
  • Triple-element architecture 
  • ComfortFit™ sound isolation tips block exterior sound and create a custom fit for maximum comfort
  • Ultra-Lightweight design
  • Premium brushed aluminum finish
  • Multi-function controller with microphone
  • -  Play, pause and advance music
  • -  Answer and hang up calls

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