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Arctic Cooling E361-WM Earphones - Performance Testing

Arctic Cooling is a company we've all heard lots about with a solid reputation in PC cooling products. Now they try dabbling in the world of sound.

| In-Ear Headphones in Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 19, 2010 5:44 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Arctic Cooling

Performance Testing

 

It's time now to find out how these things sound in the real world.

 

- High End

 

Whether you're a gamer, music lover or movie buff, it's important that the high frequencies are kept intact as much as possible.

 

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During my testing of the E361-WM I found the high-end reproduction to be an exact thing indeed. Another way I might say it would be truly enjoyable and not the least bit fatiguing like just about every other earphone I've tested.

 

The '361's' high end sort of sits there in the background where it needs to be and refuses to cause a commotion, no matter how much it's stirred.

 

I have no idea how Arctic Cooling pulled it off, because I could quite easily compare the high-end here to that of the very expensive Razor Megalodon, which uses a whole 'headphone' design to achieve this.

 

They just contradict every conception I have of earphones being an instant recipe for a headache.

 

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And I am not even up to the best part yet.

 

- Middle of the road

 

The mid-range frequencies are important in the roles that they play when reproducing drums and other percussion instruments and also the human voice largely.

 

Again we have another strong point of the '361's' when discussing the mid range frequencies. And again, I make the comparison closely to the Razer unit in performance. There's that lovely warm timbre to the sound that just surprises me frankly... a lot. Not in the $400 Razor's, but in the tiny little '361's'.

 

- Low-end

 

Bass is an all-important factor with any sound system, whether it's being for a dedicated music system or multi-purpose home theater.

 

I like to save the best until last, and let me assure you this was worth waiting for.

 

Now, I have been known to get excited sometimes, perhaps even a little bit too excited, but you will simply not believe the low end that is achievable with these earphones. I have studied sound production and I have studied sound reproduction and frankly, I'm stumped by the low-end that's possible here; unless there is some sort of acoustic trickery going on behind the scenes, fooling the ear so to speak. But even so, it works and works fantastically.

 

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Now, I have tested quite a few different headphones, headsets and earphones over the years and the bass these little things I have here is capable of equaling them all, and I'm dead serious.

 

The best way of describing the low end is by saying it's akin to building an 8" subwoofer around your cranium.

 

A great effort by the Swiss 'techno boffin's'; how I do like surprises.

 

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