Our Verdict Unbalanced sound means that these buds are just not worth the money For Dig up reasonable detail Against Lack weight and drive bass sounds lightweight Reviewed on 12th August 2010 Besides the likes of Apple, Creative is another MP3 player manufacturer that comes under criticism for the quality of its packaged headphones. Will the company's £40 in-ears show us they're capable of better? Although they're able to dig up more detail than some, the bass sounds lightweight and lacks drive. Instead of gracefully flowing along to Lily Allen's Smile the EP-830s sound rather ponderous, and don't put enough effort into pushing the track along. The lack of weight and drive means that these headphones tend to overemphasise the upper-midrange and treble – and this proves distracting. See all our headphone Best Buys More after the break Follow whathifi.com on Twitter Related News The AH-C160Ws are Denon's sporty new wireless earphones Thu, 16 Feb 2017, 12:00am The best What Hi-Fi? deals of the month - February Fri, 10 Feb 2017, 04:55pm Headroom show returns to Metropolis in March Thu, 09 Feb 2017, 10:55am The best headphone deals - in-ear, over-ear, wireless and more Mon, 06 Feb 2017, 12:05pm The 10 most popular reviews on What Hi-Fi? Wed, 01 Feb 2017, 01:07pm Creative EP-830 Headphones Stay on top of your sound with What Hi-Fi? in your inbox every week Thank you for registering for our Newsletter We will send you relevant emails and updates.