Thursday, March 14, 2013

Wicked Audio Deuce Ear Buds - Review

Continuing our Portable Audio Showdown series, we turn our attention to the Wicked Audio Deuce ear-buds.  These pint size headphones will break your eardrums before your budget.    Here's our breakdown...


Fit: the headphones come with 3 different earpiece slips to allow the wearer to customize the right fit to their ear.  I tried all three, and it is pretty easy to determine the right one: to large and you can't get them out of your ear fast enough, too small and they fall out.  I am not sure where I fit for ear size relative to the general population, but I found the smaller ones to be the best fit.
Look: in the ear, these headphones are nearly invisible.  I was impressed at the way these disappear in the ear.  This is convenient for Northerners (like me) who need to wear something on your head in the colder months.

Feel: the soft rubber slips make for a soft feel in the ear.  They expand enough that you feel them in place, and after a while you tend not to notice them anymore.

Sound: the range and volume on these is pretty good.  Being that these insert into the ear, you get a better delivery than a standard bud-style headphone.  You aren't going to get real deep base out of these, but then again you shouldn't expect to from a piece this small.  I listened to several guitar-based songs to get a sense of the highs, including jazz, rock and pop, and it met my expectations.  Vocals were a little distorted compared to some of my other options, including the standard iPhone headphones, but they were sufficient.
Voice problems persisted in movies, as well.  The voices were muted and imbalanced against any backtracks or sound effects.  You can't turn the volume up or you'll blow your ears out if a sound effect or some music plays, but turning it down makes it difficult to follow the conversation.
Volume-wise these were some of the best I've tried.  Again, because of the placement in the ear, these provide much better volume than an over-the-ear set or earbuds.  I used these on a couple of flights, and the first time I turned my music on I had to pull them out to prevent permanent deafness!  I set my volume at just over half, which is a volume I have only ever seen with my Bose QC15s.

Overall: a decent set of ear buds.  If your one that has trouble with earbuds, especially while active, then you can't go wrong with these.  I would use these for working out and feel confident that they will stay where they belong.  I would not use these as an all-around set; music is about the only thing you can use these for so if you are a mixed-use person who intends to do music, gaming and movies there are better options out there.

With an MSRP of about $20, and available all over the web for closer to $10, how can you go wrong?

7 comments:

  1. The sound quality is very poor compared to other cheaper brands. I don't understand why these companies charge more. I will admit that the box has it's appeal, which is partly why I bought them. The sell at the airport for 20 bucks. I purchased them on Ebay for 10. But they are not worth the buy as I have received the same quality out of a 3 dollar pair...

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  3. I'm quite pleased with the pair I just bought at Walmart in Canada for $9.xx. I listen to rock music and they gave me the full sound I was looking for. I found I even needed to turn the bass down some on the equalizer I use on my S5. Great fit in my ears too. I'd recommend them.

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  4. I'm quite pleased with the pair I just bought at Walmart in Canada for $9.xx. I listen to rock music and they gave me the full sound I was looking for. I found I even needed to turn the bass down some on the equalizer I use on my S5. Great fit in my ears too. I'd recommend them.

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  5. Terrible product, Terrible Company. DO NOT BUY!
    -Breaks within days.
    -Poor Sound Quality.
    -Uncomfortable.
    -Expensive for the quality.

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