What Hi Fi Sound and Vision Thu, 12 Aug 2010, 12:00pm

Creative EP-830

Tested at £40
60100
3

Unbalanced sound means that these buds are just not worth the money

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For

  • Dig up reasonable detail

Against

  • Lack weight and drive
  • bass sounds lightweight

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.

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