The only problem that these earbuds present is what do we do with all of the other earbuds that we own?
- Virtual 5.1 surround
- Deep bass
- Price point and value
- No wireless option
The 360 Earbuds with virtual sound and premium bass is a Kickstarter project that is well funded and has an estimated delivery date of December 2017. They make quite a few claims in regards to the sound of their new 360 Earbuds on their Kickstarter website. But the list of earbuds and earphones on the market seems to get longer by the day, and most of these make wild claims about their product as well. But most of those other new earbuds have not earned a Techaeris Top Pick of 2017 Award. Read on for the full review of the 360 Earbuds, and find out what they got right to earn this award.
- Frequency range 8Hz-20KHz
- 5.1 Virtual surround with premium bass
- Gold plated 3.5mm jack
- 12mm drivers
- Premium aluminum casing
- Aluminum cased mic, omni directional
- Double layered TPS cord
- Cord length 4.3 ft
WHAT’S IN THE BOX
- 360 Earbud
- Travel carrying case
- 3 Size sets comfort silicone ear tips
- 3 Size sets comfort silicone ear hooks
The 360 Earbuds that I reviewed were black with silver highlight rings around the middle and the 360 logo on the outside of the earbud. They are a corded earbud and no cordless option is available. There is an inline mic and control with a single button on the right side. Some earbuds have rubber ear hooks built onto them to help hold the units in place. The 360 offers removable ear hooks in 3 different sizes. The ear hooks allow for a custom tailored fit just for you, but if you like them without then just remove the hooks and don’t use them at all. I found that the earbuds fit me better without the use of the ear hooks than with them. They stayed in place and felt very comfortable even after many hours of testing.
The 360 Earbuds Kickstarter site makes a lot of claims about the sound of their earbuds. After watching the presentation video and then reading all the information on the website I was a bit skeptical that the earbuds could live up to the hype. They claim that the 360 Earbuds “shape” the sound to give you the feeling of being in a virtual room. They also claim to have the truest bass realized on an earbud platform. These earbuds are about the size of a small grape, how could they have the same bass response of a subwoofer?
The doubts all faded away when I pressed play. The sound of the music truly did feel as if it were enveloping me. There is a certain depth to the sound with the 360 Earbuds that I have never heard with any other product. The highs come through bright and clear, the mids are smooth, and the bass pounds away with just the right amount of punch. But there is something else at play here besides just well-balanced sound. It is the virtual surround that 360 says comes from their three cavity acoustic chamber setup. These chambers set the speaker away from the ear allowing the three chambers to shape the sound. The result is that your ear is immersed in sound rather than being assailed by it.
Now in regards to the bass response of these little earbuds rivaling that of a subwoofer, that was another huge surprise. I did a test where I ran a sweep from 10Hz to 40Hz. It is said that humans cannot hear sound below 20Hz, below that its called infrasound. And yet when I played the lowest sounds (10-20Hz), I certainly felt a rumble. It felt as if I was standing on a sidewalk and a large truck drove by. I’m not sure I heard the sound as much as I felt it. Musicians don’t use infrasound, but the bass on all the tracks I listened to was rich and smooth with enough rumble to let you feel the music.
I tested the headphones with movies, games, music, and the spoken word. They performed admirably in all situations. The clarity of the sound that these headphones reproduce is just astonishing. All in all, I would say that the 360 Earbuds live up to everything that 360 says about them. The only problem that these earbuds present is what do we do with all of the other headphones/earphones/earbuds/ear monitors that we own? After listening on the 360 Earbuds, they suddenly seem just a bit inadequate.
Making and taking calls on the 360 Earbuds was just as pleasant as any other test that I performed on them. The person I called sounded crisp and clear. The person said that at first there was a bit of feedback on his side of the call. The problem seemed to resolve itself after about 30 seconds though, and from there everything was fine. If you like taking calls on earbuds, then you should enjoy using the 360 Earbuds for calls.
The 360 Earbuds can be yours for a pledge of $55USD on their Kickstarter page. This is an amazing price for a pair of earbuds that sound as good, if not better, than any headphone I’ve ever used.
If the units that ship are as good as the review unit I received, then backing this Kickstarter is a no-brainer. The sound that the 360 Earbuds reproduces is better than any other earbud or earphone to which I’ve listened. They are comfortable enough to be worn for long periods of time and because they are wired, you don’t have to worry about battery life.