New models combine comfort and isolation for better iPod sound

New from HiFI Headphones are two new in-ear models from Chinese manufacturer SoundMAGIC – and they claim superb sound and bargain prices.

The entry-level model is the PL11 (pictured), which sells for £19.95, and is said to give "ultra deep bass frequencies, not normally associated with such small in-ear earphones.

"In addition the PL11 delivers a smooth mid range and clarity of treble notes for a listening experience that is truly high-fidelity."

The PL11 is an isolating design, and comes with three sets of silicon ear-tips to suit different-sized ears. Also supplied are a shirt-clip, cable wrap and travel pouch, and the headphones use a 9mm neodymium magnet and a 1.2m cable. They weight 10g.

Sitting above them is the £29.95 PL30, described as 'in-ear monitor' earphones. The company says the PL30 "provides a professional fit with the cable running over the ear to keep the earphones well attached on the ears and reduce cable microphonic noise to an absolute minimum."

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The technical specification is much the same as the PL11, but the PL30 additionally comes with a choice of single- and bi-flange eartips in three sizes, and over-ear cable guides.

On the way from SoundMAGIC is an even higher-end in-ear monitor design, the PL-50, which uses 6.4mm balanced armature drivers and comes with a wider range of ear inserts, and an on-ear design, the P20. More details on them when we have them.