Within a hobby dedicated to the pursuit of sonic perfection, the importance of protecting one’s own hearing is sorely underappreciated. And beyond finding sound quality, sometimes it’s just as important to find some peace and quiet. QuietOn caught my attention with their Kick-started earplugs that boasted unrivalled silence through a combination of passive isolation and active noise cancellation. However on the flipside, I was also cautious, the earplugs come with a whopping $200 USD asking price and effective noise cancelling within their minute form factor seemed unrealistic; it wouldn’t be the first time a product has failed to meet the manufacturer’s claims on Kickstarter. With that said, I contacted QuietOn with an apprehensive excitement, keen to hear whether their new earplugs deliver.
I would like to thank Annie from QuietON very much for her quick communication and for providing me with the company’s new earplugs for the purpose of review. All words are my own and there is no monetary incentive for a positive review. Despite receiving the earplugs free of cost, I will attempt to be as objective as possible in my evaluation.
The QuietOn’s come within a small box that is well presenting nonetheless. Peeling back some sealing tape allows the internal tray containing the earplugs and accessories to slide out.
QuietOn provide buyers with a micro-usb charging cable and three pairs of tips; 1 set of T200 Comply foams and 2 pairs of dual flange silicone tips. I usually prefer silicone tips due to their convenience and longevity though the included tips were of terrible quality, collapsing in my ear and failing to provide an adequate seal; I would posit that a lot of the negative reviews for these earplugs are due to the quality of the included tips, fit and seal are imperative when achieving any kind of isolation.
Luckily, the earplugs use a pretty common bore size, accepting Spinfit CP100’s and Sony Hybrids which both provided a flawless experience in my testing. The earplugs come within a nice charging case that also functions to power on and off the earplugs. It is of pleasing quality with a nice look and finish.
The whole package is also incredibly compact, easily pocketable without being too losable. Of note, the rubber compartment within the case can be removed, the bottom has two holders to store a pair of extra ear tips.
I found this to be a really handy feature, allowing me to keep silicone tips on the earplugs for convenience while keeping a set of Comply foams on standby for longer trips and air travel.
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