When it comes to audio, I will be the first to admit that I’m a bit of an audio snob. I absolutely love to listen to music and it seems that I am always on the lookout for really good audio whether it’s home or car audio speakers, headphones or earbuds. Give me good sound and I’m all ears! So I have to admit, I’ve gone through many a pair of earbud headphones and I was a bit skeptical of the Zagg ZR-SIX Earbud Headphones I was sent to review. My general experience has been that a tiny pair of earbuds can’t possibly compare to the sound you can get from a really good set of headphones. Throw in the fact that these are so reasonably priced compared to high end earbuds such as Beats by Dre and you can understand my initial trepidation as I was expecting sound that matched the low price.
That being said, I was pleasantly surprised by the audio quality of the Zagg ZR-SIX Earbud Headphones. Ok, MORE THAN pleasantly surprised. Seriously- these little guys deliver beautifully clear, clean audio with just enough bass to make you want to drown out the world forever. I was listening to a live performance of one of my favorite artists with the ZR-SIX Earbuds and I felt like I could have been sitting in the audience. Every little nuance of percussion and each breath of the lyrics was impressively delivered to my very happy ears! While I think the bass sound could be a wee bit stronger, the overall quality of these earbuds was notable.
I have a tendency to find earbuds a bit uncomfortable and usually prefer over-the-ear devices, however the Zagg ZR-SIX Earbuds were pretty comfortable once you have them seated firmly in your ears. I think they only popped out once and that was only because I accidentally tugged the cord a bit (oops). They come in a nifty little black zippered carrying case along with a three different sizes of earbud tips so you can find the perfect fit. I love that there is a carrying case included because I tend to just toss my earbuds into whatever bag I am carrying which means they either get lost, get tangled into knots or break because I’m a bit too rough on them. The sturdy little carrying case that comes with the ZR-SIX Earbuds is great for keeping me from doing any of those things, plus it keeps everything nice and neat in one place. I love the flat cord on these-as advertised, they don’t kink, twist or get tied up in knots. I find myself grateful for the fact that I don’t have to spend time untwisting the earbuds for 5 minutes before I can put them on. While it would be cool if these came in other colors- the contrasting yellow and black looked edgy and bright enough to make it pretty obvious that I had headphones on.
Now, the only criticism I have for them is that when I used them to have a conversation on my smartphone, the audio was good but the people on the other end said I sounded a little “fuzzy” vs when I talked straight into the phone. I have never had an amazing experience with headphone microphones but the Zagg ZR-SIX performed better than most plus the fuzzy audio could have been attributed somewhat to my phone service. Either way, in my opinion they work fine with calls and are awesome when it comes to listening to music which is probably a bigger concern for most people.
Last but not least, we get down to the nitty-gritty…price. I was stunned when I saw these are priced at under $60. I waited until after I gave them a good listen before I looked at pricing just to be fair and I think you could easily pay over $100 for a pair of earbuds of this quality. On top of that, Zagg offers a satisfaction guarantee on these. Seriously, if you’ve ever heard of a win-win situation, this is definitely it. They claim the ZR-SIX Earbud Headphones are the “best sounding earbuds you’ve ever experienced” or they will give you your money back! (see the Zagg website for details) While I don’t know that I’d agree that these are the BEST sounding earbuds ever (kind of a tall order), I will say that they are pretty freakin’ amazing and when you factor in the affordable price, it’s a no-brainer for someone who wants great sounding audio on a budget.
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