I admit to being a little sceptical about these. I’m an audiophile and amateur musician so value my hearing immensely. I bought a pair of calmer and was impressed so I thought I’d give HD360 a go too. I put them in and it felt almost weird to hear such clarity in the music, everything is clearer, cleaner and I can pick out every single detail with such ease. Consider me blown away by the difference, thank you Flare.
I wear the Calmer all day (white version at night), even when listening to music. It helped my hearing recover from the constant loud barking from my dogs, but I didn't realize is that I am losing so much stuff from my music. When I used earHD 360, I could hear additional details I didn't know that was there. It's great to pair with a nice headphone playing in lossless. Now, I also wore it when I watch a movie and during those times I know my dogs will not be incessantly barking. So far, it only convinced me to pick up the 90º version next time I shop for another backup for Isolate and Calmer.
I did not know how much my dificulties in conversation came from differencing voice and background noise until I used it (and I bought it thinking of listening to music, which was also really good, but not as surprising as the first topic). Loved it, will sure buy the 90º as soon as possible!
I've been using these for a few days now, my hearing is very sensitive to higher pitch sounds when I don't have a good night's sleep and these help take that edge off
It allows sound to still be heard clearly so I'm not missing instructions from my wife
I've worn them in the car too and they really help with that unwanted noise to focus when you need to
I've not tried them at music venues yet but looking forward to it, really pleased with them so far
Immediately on inserting these into my ears I could hear a difference in the ambient noise but I struggled to place exactly what it was. So I left them in for a few hours each day to test.
From that testing I found that with the EarHD360 fitted:
• Sound is much less directional and it is very difficult to identify where it originates from in the environment.
• The mid range is clearer and sounded less cluttered.
• Voices were sharper but appeared quieter, so I found it more difficult to listen to people talking.
Based on the observations made whilst wearing the EarHD I believe that they are well suited to listening to stereo music but only that, this is due to the reduction in spatial awareness with sounds. Less important for music but very important for multi-channel films and daily life.
When listening to music the clearer mid range is beneficial to highlight details you have never heard before and the volume can be increased a little to resolve the overall reduction in perceived volume, which I believe is the reason they make voices more difficult to hear.
Overall it's a good product which makes a number of very clear changes to the way we hear sound, is it better than the human ear alone? The jury is out on that, we have been listening to sounds in the world for thousands of years with the ear as developed through natural selection. The EarHD changes the way we perceive that sound, and each person should judge the impacts based on their personal preferences.
Finally, the only niggle I had with these was comfort and this is the reason for dropping 1 star. I found they applied a little bit of pressure inside my ear canal which I found uncomfortable over long periods of use. I would typically remove them every hour or so for a few minutes, allowing my ears to settle, then refit them. I suspect this is due to the specific shape/size of my ear, so others may not experience this. However due to the hard plastic material I do think people with a smaller ear canal will struggle to use these.
Maybe multiple sizes could be manufactured or them made of a dual material, rubber/silicone outer and hard plastic inner.
Won't listen to my hi-fi without these now - they reveal slightly more detail while removing some harshness (which my own hearing is generating). This makes fatigue much less likely.
A small device that worn in the ear to increase sound quality.
TECHNOLOGYearHD 360 increases sound quality by using a tiny waveguide to reflect sound into our ear which bypasses the resonant effect of the Concha.
CORE SIZE• Length: 11.7mm
• Width: 12.6mm
MATERIALS Injection moulded ABS or Polycarbonate for a high gloss black or clear finish
PACKAGINGearHD 360 arrives in 100% recyclable packaging.
INCLUDED WITH EVERY SET OF earHD 360With every pair of earHD 360 you also receive a Flare carry pouch and user manual.