Gadgetell Review: Maximo iMetal iM-590 earphones

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Gadgetell Review: Maximo iMetal iM-590 earphones

What is it?

The Maximo iMetal iM-590 earphones are “enhanced definition isolation earphones” with a MSRP of $59.99.

What’s in the box?

  • Earbuds
  • 4 pairs of eartips
  • 2.5-mm stereo plug adapter
  • Airline dual-plug adapter
  • 2 foot extension cable
  • Shirt clip
  • Carrying case
  • User guide

The Good

One of the first things you notice about the headphones is a tag that says that you should “burn in” the earphones by playing music for 8-10 hours. I have not seen that before on a set of headphones. The audio quality out of the box was good and was a little better after the burn in period. Generally, audio quality was very good. Compared to the standard iPod earbuds, you get much better bass response and clearer sound all around. The style of the earbuds allows for you to listen to your audio without needing to crank up the volume all the way. The eartips act as earplugs so you can hear your audio source and not somebody sitting next to you.

The headphones are quite versatile with multiple eartips so you can find your perfect fit. A quick tip, your ears may not require the same sized eartip in each ear. Don’t be afraid to admit your ears are not perfectly symmetrical.

The Maximo iMetal iM-590 earphones are very light, so you won’t have to worry about them falling out of your ears due to their own weight.

For a $59.99 MSRP, you get lots of accessories to go with your headphones. Simple things like a shirt clip and carrying case can be helpful if you wear your headphones on the go (like most everyone does). I’ve torn up several headphone wires in my bag, but with an included carrying case, that’s less likely to happen with the iM-590. The addition of an airline adapter, 2.5-mm adapter, and extension cable is also helpful because it can be used with any pair of headphones.

The Bad

Many headphone cables are covered in plastic, the iMetal iM-590 wires are covered in nylon. The nylon cable is water resistant, but not waterproof, so it might not be the best for the gym. The cable won’t be damaged because the internal wires are coated, but the nylon could get wet.

The Crux

The Maximo iMetal iM-590 earphones provide a very good listening experience for a reasonable price. If you are the type of person who bristles at the idea of $99+ headphones but wants good audio quality, the iMetal iM-590 may be the earbuds for you.

Product Page: [Maximo]

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