As part of my continued quest to find the best earbuds, I've been putting the Phiaton PS 210 earbuds to the test over the past month. At $99, I was certainly intrigued, as many of Phiaton's competitors offer similar features that start upwards of $200. So how did they perform?
Initial impressions of the Phiaton PS 210 earbuds
When I opened the package, I was excited to give the PS 210 a try. Phiaton had excellent packaging and attention to detail, whether it be the convenient leather carrying case, or the protective cover on the cord tip to protect your investment. I must admit when I looked at the earbuds, I was confused about how to wear them. This was my first pair of half in-ear phones, and they aren't clearly marked left and right. Once I figured it out though, I was comfortably on my way to enjoying my music.
Key features of the Phiaton PS 210 earbuds
- High quality dynamic speakers
- Frequency range: 10 Hz ~ 27,000 Hz
- Impedance: 32 Ohm
- THD: Less than 1% at 1 kHz
- Sensitivity: 98dB at 1 kHz
- Maximum input power: 30 mW
- Weight: 0.29 oz / 8.2 g without cord
How do they perform?
One word - amazing. I was floored by the bass that the PS 210 could provide in an earbud. I'm still debating if it is healthy to deliver that much bass straight in my ear drum, but it is impressive. The highs and mids delivered audio joy as well. By the end of my listening session, I really had forgotten that I was listening to lower priced earbuds and was wondering where my new speakers were playing from.
The sound isolation was impressive as well. While not a true active noise cancelling headphone, the fit and design provide a great block to outside interfering noise. I wore the PS 210's through the Atlanta Zoo and on MARTA and barely heard the sounds around me.
Summary of the Phiaton PS210 earbuds
If you are looking for a lower cost earbud that can deliver the quality of it's more expensive competitors, the Phiaton PS210 is a great contender. For $99, you are certainly getting your money's worth with this purchase. The PS210 delivers balanced highs, mids, and lows, and the half in-ear design provides a comfortable way to enjoy your music all day long.