The creative hs-930i2 headphones are an update of the creative hs-930i headset. Visually there appears to have been very little change. These headphones still integrate the rather unique swivel cable design which allows the headphone cables to either be looped over the back of the ear. Or not if you’d prefer – it is nice having the choice. I am assuming that creative has mainly upgraded the internals as the only specifications that have changed is the frequency response which is 60hz lower at 20hz. Designi like the design of these headphones a lot. They are small, minimalist but are well constructed out of aluminium. The cable feels relatively solid as do the ipod controls. They are very light and i have found them comfortable to wear. 2m long which is more than ample. Soundof course you can have the best designed most solidly headphones in the world but it won’t help if they sound rubbish. Thankfully this isn’t the case with the creative’s. I would say the sound quality of these headphones is very good. The clarity is fantastic aided by a good fit in the ear canal.
These earphones are of excellent build quality, and the sound is very clear; they come with a small pouch which is much more useful than i thought at first – now that i pack them away they hardly ever get tangled like they used to. They also come with a volume control on the cord which is useful, and three sets of earbuds at different sizes. However, for a casual user like me (i primarily use earphones to listen to podcasts and music on my commute, and occasionally when using my laptop), i am not sure the improved sound quality and pouch warrant the price. I have previously had earphones with similar noise-cancelling buds and they were perfectly sufficient for my purposes, but at a fraction of the cost. Also, none of the earbuds that come with these are quite right – the earphones occasionally fall out of my ears or come loose. In their own right, then, these are near-perfect for a casual user like me; but if looking again i would want to take a close look at the competition before settling for these.
Creative HS-930i2 Premium Noise-isolating in-ear Headset with in-line Remote and Microphone for iPhone/iPad/iPod
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- Convenient control over your music and voice calls via the slim in-line remote controls
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- High noise-isolation capability
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- Made for iPhone, iPad and iPod
For sound quality these are the best lightweight headphones i have ever tried, not that i’ve ever sampled all that many. My listening largely consists of renaissance polyphony, for which these ‘phones deliver crisp, clear and distinct lines of the vocals with a well balanced range, thankfully none of the obligatory accentuated bass targetted at yoof with their 50 pence, scooby scooby dog dog, dr tree and all that. The buds are noticeably more comfortable than others i have used, and noticeably better at blocking external noise, though perhaps not as good as claimed. However they still suffer from a problem which i guess is unavoidable with in-ear headphones, namely that if you move about the buds generate an irritating rustling noise. This means that as a general rule i would only really want to use these headphones when forced to carry compact headphones such as on a plane when going on holiday. If i was sitting still if possible i would use full-sized over the ear ‘phones. So, would i prepared to pay the asking for these?. A decent storage bag is supplied. It’s worth noting perhaps that not all ipod models support the controller buttons – for nano only 4th generation onwards, so with my 3rd gen i have been unable to ascertain how well these function.
Fantastic sound quality and very comfortable.
I am a musician and i am very specific about hi-fi quality as i enjoy music in my home, car and travels. What i don’t love are the ear buds that cam with my iphone 4. What i preferred, though marginally was the ear pods that came with my iphone 5. These buds carry on in the genre with integrated microphone, volume and music stop play facility, which is conveniently positioned at the right place for your finger and thumb, on the headphone lead. These are partially noise cancelling too which is pretty good. They are not fully noise cancelling though so whilst they are an improvement (imo) on standard buds in this regards there are better noise cancelling devices. For the sake of comparison, i would like to review against the standard headphones that came with my iphone 5. Build / robustness ip5 7 i2: 8length of lead ip5: 3 i2: 4 (neither very long leads)noise cancelling /reduction ip5: 2 i2: 8bass response: ip5:6 i2: 7mids: ip5:6 i2:7high: ip5: 5 i2:7mic ip5: 8 i2:8controls ip5:8 i2:8so as you can see, the i2’s are slightly better in quality and music reproduction, though not dramatically. They are an improvement on the ip5 standard, but not a leap ahead.
Creative HS-930i2 Premium Noise-isolating in-ear Headset with in-line Remote and Microphone for iPhone/iPad/iPod : I use these headphones with myapple ipod nano 16gb 7th generation – silver (latest model – launched sept 2012)and they give a much better sound than the headphones which come with the ipod. Just click in and you’re good to go. The lead is 10cm longer than the apple one, you get a selection of 3 size earpiece covers to get a good fit and the ipod can be controlled in a play/pause and sound up/down from a tiny, clicky switch high up on the right headphone cable so if it’s tucked away in a pocket you still have some control. I didn’t think the sound difference would be that pronounced but these are definitely superior. The only problem i’ve found so far are that on opening the box the spare earpieces aren’t secured so they fly to all 4 corners of the room. Being clear/ almost transparent i had to spend 20 mins looking for them and told the dog of for presumably eating them which he hadn’t. They are easy to get on and off the headphones though once you locate them.
Do you have a problem with earphones dropping out?. You start enjoying your listening and it goes a little quieter, a bit more and then they drop out. This continues for a bit and you just leave it then. This kit comes with a different size covers for the ear bits. One pair worked perfectly, never moved at all. The sound quality is really good. They pack away easily into a small cloth bag which is convenient to pocket away.
In ear headphones are usually a bug bear of mine, they are often too flimsy with not enough depth of sound and just aren’t comfortable enough. We tolerate them as the best alternative to god awful ipod headphones and frankly that isn’t good enoughi personally use on ear b&w p3 headphones so for these creatives to get even close they are up against some stiff competition and all told i am pretty impressed, they have a nice feel to them in the ear and offer some good base and nice overall depth. I do have a concern with them as a set of headphones for gym use or running as i don’t think they’d stay in but as an all round commuting headphone they’re hard to fault.
Headphones are very personal things – the question of comfort and fit is very important – and that is before we get on to the subject of sound quality. I have tried these out for some time to fully get to know these – as they are, for me, a very considered purchase. I can’t fault the sound quality – but then i am not an audiophile by any means. They worked fine for classical music of various genres as well as a lot of spoken word stuff. I must have unusual ears as i never get on well with this sort of ear bud – they tend to slip out more frequently than i would like. But that is just me, i guess. Could i thoroughly recommend these?. Ideally you would want to try them before committing. I wouldn’t buy them for myself – but that is more for the issue of the design not working with my anatomy than for the quality of the audio experience.
The cabling is strong, light and thin. I am not a big fun of this type of headphones as they are usually difficult to keep in the ears. But these are different in that they hold and i am able to wear them while jogging. I have a pair of street by sms audio street by 50 cents, which are great but i struggle to keep them in the ears , as they just fall off even when i am seated. These ones are angled in such a way that the ear bud rests above the ear lobe and the cable exits the ear at the end of the ear lobe so they are held in place. I tried running, shaking my head (i really looked like goofy in mickey mouse) vigorously but they stayed put, unabatedsound quality is great, comparable to the sms street by 50 cents which are of the same form factor and within the same price range. You wont get thunderous bass. What you will get is adquate bass, overall balanced. They are very clear and confortable in the ear, thanks to the soft ear buds, which are in two different sizes.