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Able Planet PS500MM Headphones Review

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Apple iPhone 3G S Headphones Comparison

 

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{{article.attachments['apple_iphone-3g-s.jpg']}}• PS500Ms have more

durable construction.

• PS500MMs have a more erratic

frequency response and tracking.

• Apple headphones have issues with

distortion.

• Neither set of headphones

isolate particularly well.

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Design


Both sets of headphones are a bit blah. The Apple headphones are

white and clean and were once chic. Now their charm has been laid to

waste by their rampant proliferation. The PS500MMs are decent enough,

but don't have any flair to them.

In terms of durability, the PS500MMs win this match-up by a long shot.

 

Aesthetics

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PS500MM

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Apple

iPhone 3G S Headphones

 

 

Sound Quality


 

The PS500MMs have a bit of an issue in their high end. The Apple

headphones have a much more even frequency response throughout the

whole frequency spectrum.

 

Frequency

Response

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PS500MM

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Apple

iPhone 3G S Headphones

 

The PS500MMs had very low distortion levels. The Apple headphones

had a bit of an issue with their low end.

 

Distortion

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PS500MM

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Apple

iPhone 3G S Headphones

 

The PS500MMs have a bit of a spike in their tracking towards the

high end. If they hadn't had that, the two headphones would've had

similar tracking scores.

 

Tracking

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PS500MM

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Apple

iPhone 3G S Headphones

 

Isolation


The PS500MMs have better isolation than the Apple headphones. Since

you're more likely to use the Apple headphones on the go, it's more

important that they have isolation (and they don't).

 

Isolation

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PS500MM

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Apple

iPhone 3G S Headphones

 

Comfort


Both sets of headphones are slightly uncomfortable. While the

PS500MMs get more comfortable over time, the Apple headphones pop

loose.

 

Wear
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Apple

iPhone 3G S Headphones

 

 

Verdict


In terms of being just headphones, we think the PS500MMs are better.

In terms of being a set of headphones with a mic, we think the PS500MMs

are better. The Apple headphones are better for portability, obviously.

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Sections

  1. Tour & Design
  2. Sound Quality
  3. Isolation
  4. Comfort
  5. Usability
  6. Apple iPhone 3G S Headphones Comparison
  7. Beyerdynamic DT 770 Comparison
  8. Shure SE115 Comparison
  9. Audio Technica ATH ESW9 Comparison
  10. Conclusion
  11. Ratings & Specs
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