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Ultimate Ears MetroFi 170vi review

If you like your bass deep, then these buds may just be for you - but be warned, they lack control and need some attack Tested at £30.00

Our Verdict

Incredibly comfortable, but lacking in attack and some control

For

  • Very comfortable
  • impressive bass

Against

  • Treble lacks control
  • need more attack

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

Incredibly comfortable, but lacking in attack and some control

Pros

  • + Very comfortable
  • + impressive bass

Cons

  • - Treble lacks control
  • - need more attack

The Ultimate Ears MetroFi 170vi earphones have a mic of reasonable but unspectacular quality sitting at cheek level on the right-hand cable, and a one-button control just below the Y-section.

You get three pairs of buds, and, despite the chunky design, these are among the most comfortable and secure-fitting earphones we've seen for a while.

They produce impressively deep bass, but it's also a bit ponderous and over-bearing, while treble frequencies lack a degree of control. Vocals are warm and clear, but the overall lack of attack is a shame.

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