- Poor bass levels, Inaccurate mid tones, No seal achieved
While they do have an attractively low price tag, you'd be better off spending a little more and getting a pair of headphones that offer better sound quality.
Price$ 14.90 (AUD)
Olin has recently released a slew of products into the already saturated portable audio space. Resembling the Cygnett Groove Bassbudz headphones we looked at before, the OE102 headphones are a hybrid, falling somewhere between earbuds and canalphones. While their design is reasonably comfortable, it fails to achieve a proper seal, and the sound quality is somewhat of a let down.
Sporting a cone shaped design, with a small plastic tip that rests close to the ear canal, the OE102s can't quite make up their mind exactly what sort of headphone they want to be. While they do sit in the ear canal, close to the ear drum, they don't go as deep as some In Ear Monitors (IEMs), and don't achieve a proper seal, which has an adverse impact on the sound quality. They are reasonably comfortable however, and look quite good in with their blue silver colour scheme and slightly off kilter shape.
We found the sound lacking in several areas. The lower registers were the worst, with the OE102s exhibiting almost no bass impact at all. Furthermore, the lower mid range was quite poorly rendered, sounding highly inaccurate at times. This was exacerbated by the rather dark sounding treble notes, which didn't sparkle nearly as much as we've heard on other units.
That said, the OE102s did exhibit some impressive detail and had quite a reasonable sound stage for a budget product. Instruments were well placed and all the little elements of our music that are obscured on many other headphones were evident on these.
Overall the sound quality is a little lacking, and won't impress most people, but the price tag is extremely low, making these a decent but not outstanding unit for those looking to replace their default iPod or other earbuds.
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 BlackBerry Passport review: A smartphone going nowhere
- 2 Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review: A flagship at 4.6-inches
- 3 Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Windows 8.1 tablet
- 4 Samsung Galaxy Tab S (10.5) 4G review
- 5 TomTom Runner Cardio GPS watch
Best Deals on GoodGearGuide
Latest News Articles
- Citrix's ShareFile gets document signing thanks to acquisition
- Alibaba's mobile OS in China boosted by Meizu partnership
- Your online TV watching is now being tracked across devices
- Samsung Knox devices approved for government use by NSA
- Apple's Yosemite OS shares Spotlight search terms by default
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- CCConsumer Product Marketing ManagerNSW
- FTPartner Marketing Communications Manager - Leading Global Tech BrandNSW
- FTBusiness development manager - retargettingNSW
- FTBusiness ManagerNSW
- FTAccount ExecutiveNSW
- FTBusiness Development Manager | Sales ManagerNSW
- FTDigital Account ExecutiveNSW
- FTMarketing Communications Operations Manager - Global Tech Market leaderNSW
- FTTechnical Marketing ManagerNSW
- FTSales Account ExecutiveNSW