What’s in a name?
About an extra $100-$300, at least in the headphones world.
We love Status Audio not because they consider themselves an “anti-branding headphone,” but because they use the money they save by foregoing marketing, logos and celeb endorsements to deliver quality cans for a fraction of the price.
Their best-seller, the CB-1 Closed Back Studio Monitors (with 50mm drivers), are headphones geared toward music biz professionals that retail for just $79. If you give ‘em your email, you can save 30%, too.
While we’ve been patiently waiting for Status’s BT One under-$100 on-ear wireless sets — the promised November release date came and went — the NY-based company did just release the IEM 2X earbuds, which combines a 9mm dynamic driver with a balanced armature driver (something you’d see in a professional in-ear monitor and/or hearing aids). As well, Status markets itself as providing a “neutral” sound signature ... meaning they’re not pumping up the bass to trick you on audio quality.
If you’re still into wired buds, this is your set — the cord has a mic for hands-free calling and a three-button remote that works with both iOS and Android, Plus, they’re crafted from machined aluminum, so they look and feel a lot better than the plastic crap that came with your phone.
The IEM 2X is now on sale for just $49.