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"An Excellent Addition To The Musical Fidelity Roster"
Choosing a headphone is a very personal experience. Unlike conventional audio products, headphones lock listeners into their own world, allowing them to completely lose themselves in the music. The EB-50 headphones from Musical Fidelity offer top quality performance and comfort, making them a perfect fit for any headphone aficionado.
Unlike competitive 'off the shelf' designs, EB-50 has been completely developed and designed to offer the same level of performance as its high-end audio products. Specific performance characteristics include a ruler-flat frequency response, excellent dynamic range and a deep, clear and fast bass. Ultimately, no matter what music is played through them, EB-50 will faithfully reproduce music as the artist intended with a dynamic and inertia-free performance.
"I was impressed with the smoothness of this new earphone," reports England's Hi-fi Choice magazine for December 2012. "Overall, an excellent addition to the Musical Fidelity roster – the company has never done a headphone of any description, but it doesn't show."
"Rewarding and a Pleasure"
In his review for Scotland's The Daily Record and Sunday Mail newspaper for October 17, 2012, Scott Marley calls the EB-50 "a well balanced and stylish headphone that will have those other 'white' headphone disappearing into a top drawer never to be seen again."
"For hi-fi purists who would rather not cart around electrostatic headphones or high-end beryllium equivalents, these come in right where they are needed and hit the spot on so many levels," reports the ECM Plus blog for September 10, 2012. "The whole user experience with these ear plugs is rewarding and a pleasure."
"Great Value for Money"
"They represent great value for money," notes the Hi-fi Pig blog for September 20, 2012 They are flat across the frequency range as per the company’s aims and seem to be pretty much neutral… they play what is there and add very little in the way of their own sonic signature."
Extraordinary Build Quality
The build quality of EB-50 is extraordinary and features the same fastidious attention to detail and over-engineering you would expect from Musical Fidelity. The drivers use neodymium magnets for greater sound definition, which are encased in a multi-layer, anti-resonant material to eradicate any of the internal vibrations that leads to distortion in lesser designs. These are then housed in a non-resonant military-spec aluminum body.
The cable incorporates an in-line mic/mute control so that users with smartphones can take calls while listening to their music. The cable is terminated with a gold-platted 3.5mm right-angled stereo mini jack plug.
For perfect sealing within the ear canal, seven pairs of ear tips are included for personal preference. Also included are fittings for a tighter fit to the ear as well as a carry pouch for safe transportation.
A Studio Monitor in Your Ear
"Our design objective was to achieve genuine studio monitor sound quality with that certain Musical Fidelity touch of lightness and musicality," notes Antony Michaelson, founder of Musical Fidelity. "This has been no easy task. Many other companies go to an OEM supplier and buy something off the shelf. Not so with MF. We have been developing and refining the EB-50s for more than a year. The result is truly excellent and we are very excited to be launching our first headphone design."
"I was impressed with the smoothness of this new earphone; it's not dull or coloured as a middling valve amplifier would be, but instead throws a bright, sparkling light over everything in the recording…"
"Overall, an excellent addition to the Musical Fidelity roster – the company has never done a headphone of any description, but it doesn't show."
- Hi-fi Choice, December 2012
"The EB-50's from Musical Fidelity offers a great sound for all your music - even the ones you're embarrassed to admit listening to. A well balanced and stylish headphone that will have those other 'white' headphone disappearing into a top drawer never to be seen again."
- Scott Marley, The Daily Record and Sunday Mail, October 17, 2012
"For hi-fi purists who would rather not cart around electrostatic headphones or high-end beryllium equivalents, these come in right where they are needed and hit the spot on so many levels. Even feedback sounds good through these babies.
"Joking aside, the flat frequency response will be a boon to all users, whether they realise it or not, the transparency and lack of colouration will remain true to the source material, whether it be vinyl, tape, CD digital or mp3/FLAC formats etc. The whole user experience with these ear plugs is rewarding and a pleasure."
- ECM Plus blog, September 10, 2012
"When Musical Fidelity call the EB-50s 'monitors' I believe this is a very good description. They are flat across the frequency range as per the company’s aims and seem to be pretty much neutral… they play what is there and add very little in the way of their own sonic signature. They are however not a cheap headphone and retail at just shy of £150 in the UK. For that price my view is that if you care about the sound of your music whilst out and about and use either high bit-rate MP3s or Lossless files then they represent great value for money. If you think that they will enhance the quality of low bit-rate files then you need to think again…they won’t and you will come away disappointed!"
- Hi-fi Pig, September 20, 2012
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