Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Painted Tunes IEM Review

Up for review today is a rather unique pair of earbuds from Painted Tune. The case is what looks like a tube of paint. They retail for $20.00, and claim to have sound quality similar to a $100 pair. We will be putting it to the test. The model sent to us was Sky Blue.
Features and specs
  • Tangle-free flat soft wire cable.
  • Lightweight, comfortable in-ear design with three different size ear cups included.
  • High efficiency headphones with full frequency response of 20Hz to 20,000Hz.
  • Cool paint tube carrying case with snap flap.
  • Includes three conforming ear cup sizes to provide good fit, deep bass and passive noise cancellation.
  • Quality appears very good for a $20 model. They are completely blue except for the gold plated tip. They use a tangle free cable design, that while it was a bit thin, did seem to be of good quality. The connection terminals to the earbud housing also appeared good overall, quality of materials used appeared good, as was the fit and finish. They did look a decent amount more than $20. Maybe in the $40-50 range.
    FreshAire II: Going to Another Place: had cool crisp strings, and ok air on the flute. The piano sounded natural. Justin Timberlake: Sexyback: had nice base output. Extension was ok, with only a small amount of some distortion. Vocals were natural, and it was fairly dynamic. Junior Wells: Why are People Like That: vocals sounded natural, harmonica had nice harmonics but not quite as dynamic.
    Did they perform like $20 earbuds? Most definitely not! They did sound much better than that. Did they sound as good as a $100 pair of IEM's? Not as good as the models I have on hand. They were not quite as clean sounding, or as dynamic, or as much resolution. But I was still surprised at the sound for the price.
    All in all, for $20 you can't go wrong with these earbuds. They sound much better than $20. Build quality was also fairly good. They even come with 2 additional sized ear tips. If you are in the market for some good quality earbuds on a tight budget and want to feel you are getting a big bang for your buck, these Painted Tunes are definitely worth a look.