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 best What Hi-Fi? deals of the month Fri, 21 Jul 2017, 12:38pm Meters Music collaborates with U2's Adam Clayton for new in-ear headphones Tue, 18 Jul 2017, 05:39pm The best Amazon Prime Day headphones deals Tue, 11 Jul 2017, 02:52pm Amazon Prime Day 2017: best UK deals Tue, 11 Jul 2017, 12:36pm New Apple AirPod patents reveal more health-tracking capabilities Thu, 06 Jul 2017, 12:03pm 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.