I am a fan of these in ear earphones. I have had quite a range of headphones/in ears and these surprised me. They may not be the best looking but in musical terms they are good when straight into an i-phone and seriously good when put through a good portable headphone amp (chord Mojo/Poly)a case in point. I have listened to them happily alongside much more expensive offerings and I go back to them. May be nice if the head unit could fix/detach onto the line like other high end earphones thereby giving flexibility of cable and also an option if the line gets damaged. Overall very happy.
Ordered these to replace my favourite Bose in ear phones which are now 10 years old. They were muched loved, comfortable, excellent sound quality but alas the plastic coating on the cable perished and they no longer make them. Spent a silly amount of time looking for a replacement and finally settled on the E-Prototype. Liked that they were made in the UK, liked that they had good reviews, and looked like they should be comfortable. Delivery was quick and well packaged. Started off with the medium ear buds and they are a great fit. Comfortable and not intrusive. The sound quality is as good (if not even better) than my old Bose ones which can at last be retired. Good base (as many comment on) and does a good job across a wide genre. Spoken voice clear and very live, classical picks up the dynamic range well and is immersive, modern rock gets those deep bass notes very well.
The criticisms? The first an easy fix for Flare - the QR code that tells you to see how to fit them does not work (from either set of instructions). However it doesn't take much to work out how to stick a pair of earphones in your ear and plug them in. The second is slightly more annoying. The cable hangs down and the style of the earpiece is such that if the cable rubs against a jumper or collar then you do get cable noise - maybe they were designed for nude use only? Fine if you are siting still but not if you are doing something else. I solve the problem by looping the cable back over my ear which isolates it from noise transmission. For the money these are still worth 5 stars.
Deeper , Clearer , Wider and can hear every detail.
Great for mixing and editing music.
David Arnold Composer
For me......the best I've heard
Stephen Fry Actor, Author, Broadcaster
Simply incredible. I think it’s the clarity that so stuns me, clarity without any hint of the coldness and loss of warmth that is the usual trade-off in achieving that level of precision… clarity + depth = joy.
Chris Kimsey Producer | Rolling Stones, Duran Duran, Yes
I cannot take these off! I am hypnotised by the sound coming from the E-Prototype. They have such a wide stereo image, much deeper bass and more depth of sound than I’ve heard before. They are light as a feather and sit perfectly - they float in my ears!
Dr Sadia Sadia MSc FRSA Installation artist
Having had a little time to experiment with Flare Audio’s new E-Prototype earphones I can only say that this is the closest I’ve come to hearing the pure transmission of the artists’s intention without any distortion or additional colouring, qualities or characteristics. The earphones are based on a ground-breaking design developed through original conceptualization and research and I predict that USQ will set a new standard in sound across the audio production chain.
Tony Visconti Producer | David Bowie, T-Rex, Sparks, Iggy Pop
I've been looking for earbuds like this ever since they were invented.Flare has always made great audio drivers, but the new system of delivery to your eardrums is a big game changer. Fidelity and imaging are the best I've ever heard.
Phill Brown Sound Engineer | Talk Talk, Bob Marley, Faithless
I have been a big fan of ‘Calmer’ and the ‘Noise-reduction Pods’ over the past two years, but for 50 years rarely used Headphones or Pods. I just never got on with them that well and never found any that were really comfortable or accurate. The Flare Audio E-Protype Pods have changed all that. The fit is perfect, the sound excellent (so real, with a beautiful Bass-end) and the stereo imaging is astounding. For me it’s like hearing the music as it was in the studio. Beautiful.
Mark Radcliffe Broadcaster, Musician, Author
These buds are unbelievable. So light and comfortable you kind of forget you’re wearing them except for the wonderfully full sound in your ears. Thanks Flare. A triumph.