We take a quick look at Creative’s latest EP-430 set of earphones with an In-ear design to block out external noises. That’s the reason why Creative tags them as “Noise-Isolating” earphones. Packaged in a small box with a cut through in the middle to allow you to see the product, the EP-430 is available in [...]
We take a quick look at Creative’s latest EP-430 set of earphones with an In-ear design to block out external noises. That’s the reason why Creative tags them as “Noise-Isolating” earphones. Packaged in a small box with a cut through in the middle to allow you to see the product, the EP-430 is available in a choice of six colors. Following is a list of sepcifications as put forth by Creative.
Driver Units: 10mm Neodymium magnet
Frequency Response: 10Hz ~ 22kHz
Sensitivity (1kHz): 103dB/mW
Cord Length: 1.2m Oxygen-Free Copper cable
Net Weight: 11g (without packaging)
I chose the blue one, but you have the option of red, grey, yellow pink and black. Inside the package, you find the earphones along with two additional sets of silicone tips to fit different ear types. The standard ones felt a little big for my odd shaped ears and thus I replaced them with the smaller sized ones. Replacing the tips is quite easy- you just have to wiggle them a bit until they fit nicely. From my limited use, they didn’t seem like they’d come off easily which is a good thing.
The Silicon tips are comfortable but I prefer a larger design that clips around your ear- a bit like Creative’s Bluetooth powered SE2300. The cord, white in color (hmmm…) is 1.2m long and has an iPod/iPhone compatible 3.5mm connector at the other end. There isnt any sign of cable management but then again, these earphones are priced more towards the budget end than the high-end.
I tested three songs with these earphones plugged into my iPhone as well as my notebook- In The End by Linkin Park, The Scientist by Coldplay and Irreplaceable by Beyonce. Between these three songs, I feel that you can test a variety of music such as heavy, vocals, pop and easy going. The EP-430 sounded OK in all three- definitely better than a budget set. The treble levels felt a bit understated using these earphones so if you prefer less treble than you might really like them. the noise isolation was like any reasonable set of in-ear earphones blocking a decent level of environmental noise.
Priced at AED 69 (US$20), the EP-430 are good for someone who doesnt want to spend much but wants a better sound quality than a no-name brand. It wont find room in an audiophile’s collection but Creative ever intended it to.