We get a lot of requests to review earbuds, headsets and earphones. Usually I can’t really tell the difference between one set and another. This time there were several things that made me sit up and take notice of the Purebuds earbuds. These promise to use something called “Reverse Sound Technology” to deliver safe and clean sound.
Purebuds ships with three different tips which you fit on the base depending upon the type of sound you want to produce.
These are the Bass Enhancer Tips.
They are flexible rubber and you place them on the PureBud to listen to your music with extended bass.
Do they produce more bass? Absolutely. It’s not an earth shaking bass sound – but much better than others that I’ve heard:
Surround sound tips – create a richer sound that appears to come from all around:
Full sound tips – best for general listening (and what I used most of the time):
I tested the Purebuds over the course of about 4 weeks. My nightly routine includes a 5 mile walk to the center of my town. During this time I listened to my iPhone and various types of music ranging from loud rock (U2) to Broadway (Wicked).
During this time I intentionally varied the volume level from super high (full) to barely on. The audio quality was excellent at all levels.
My previous experiences with earbuds have been less than stellar. I tested the BOSE in-ear headphones and couldn’t keep them in my ear. I’ve had similar problems with other in ear headphones. Not so with PureBuds.
Happily I found the PureBuds to be both a perfect fit – and comfortable. My nightly testing was about 1.5 hours total – during which the PureBuds were never uncomfortable. I also was glad to see that I never experienced the feeling of the headphones falling out of my ear. Once they were inserted – they stayed! This is a huge issue with other earbuds which seem nearly impossible to keep in your ears.
The neck cord is one of those uneven lengths where one side is shorter than another. I believe this is so you can wrap the cord BEHIND your neck and have one point of entry for your cord. In testing this was comfortable and kept the cord out of my way. This took some getting used to – but once I mastered the cord, it felt natural.
I’m not an audiophile – but I can recognize nice sounding headphones. And these headphones sound great.
My primary testing methodology?
Turn the sound way up on my iPhone. See when the headphone starts to distort, crackle or otherwise sound crappy.
I was not able to make the PureBuds distort. Ever. I rate this as a VERY good thing.
With some other headphones I find that they’re way too quiet.
When using the PureBuds I was able to get them LOUD. Almost to the point of where I wasn’t able to turn my iPhone to full volume without my ears hurting.
Only $49 direct from Purebuds. I rate this as an exceptional value given the sound that they produce and knowing that I’ve paid easily 2x this for headphones that didn’t sound nearly as good.
These are also worth the money due to the fit. They don’t fall out of your ears like the standard iPod buds tend to do – which makes them perfect for anyone who wears them while exercising.
What I Liked:
- Kick ass sound
- Kick ass fit
- Kick ass value
- Doesn’t distort at high volumes
- Stay in your ears
- Multiple tips to match the type of music
- Included zip carry case
What Could Be Improved:
- Create a model with a microphone so it can be used as a phone headset