iPod Accessory Reviews: earbud headphones
Flamingo Music Earphones
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Reviewed August, 2008 by Jacob Spindel, Chief iPod Correspondent
The six species of flamingo found in the modern world are famous for standing on one-leg, eating shrimp, and having oddly shaped beaks. These characteristics are also related to music earphones, because… well, actually, I have no idea why, but Cell Point’s latest pair of earphones is indeed called the Flamingo Music. The Flamingo earphones provide audio output of strong quality, but their own most famous “trait” is probably Cell Point’s unique “EarClick” system of headphone design. Your overall reaction to the earphones will probably depend ultimately on how you feel about wearing, and listening to, this unusual style of design.
The Flamingo does consist of two earbuds whose cables join and plug into a standard headphone jack, but that is pretty much the only part of their design that is similar to other earbuds on the market. The 32-inch cable (with each earbud connected via an additional 14-inch cable) is shielded and features what Cell Point calls a “sports-grade finish.” In other words, rather than having the standard plastic feel found in the cables of most earbuds, the cables of the Flamingo have a fabric-like cover, available in four colors, that makes them look almost more like the cords you might find attached to a jacket or backpack than electronic cables. This covering gives the earphones a unique appearance that is aesthetically pleasing (and may also come in handy if the cables become entangled with other headsets or wires), as well as improving the durability of the cables, although it doesn’t otherwise have an effect on the day-to-day operation of the earphones.
However, the most important design innovation on the Flamingo is, of course, what Cell Point calls the EarClick system. What this means is that the Flamingo earbuds are larger than most other earbuds, with a large rubberized ridge at the top edge and an enlarged ear pad incorporated into the speaker at the bottom edge. The result is that the speakers are held in place a few millimeters away from your ear, which can be safer than regular earphones because it has a lower risk of damaging your hearing or getting stuck inside your ear canal (don’t ask!). The speakers themselves have a 9 mm neodymium driver with a frequency response range rating of 12 Hz – 22kHz.
In our tests, we were pleased with the quality of the sound generated by the Flamingo. Some of its features felt a little imbalanced, but overall, the Flamingo’s audio works well for many different types of music and recordings. Here are the specifics:
Bass: Possibly due to their increased size, the Flamingo has strong bass output. It works well with music that is bass-intensive, such as most hip-hop and rap. 4.5/5.0
Treble: The Flamingo’s treble output is also strong, but it is not as strong as the bass output, and as a result some treble tones can become slightly overshadowed by the bass. 4.0/5.0