Moshi Audio Keramo In-Ear Headphones

TECH TEST LAB REVIEW

Product: Moshi Audio Keramo In-Ear Headphones
Price: $119.95
Rating: Recommend*

For many of us, streaming music services/apps like Pandora and Spotify are the new radio stations, while phones and laptops have replaced the stereo at both at home and work. But no matter which phone or laptop you listen with, it still isn't the same as listening through a dedicated audio system with quality speakers. If you're an avid streaming audio listener, investing in a good set of earphones can be a worthy investment. We put the Moshi Keramo in-ear headphones to the test to see whether they fit the bill (and our ears)...

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Unboxing the Keramo in-ear headphones, I was surprised to be greeted with quite a few options beyond the headphones themselves. Moshi provides five additional sets of silicone eartips for a comfortable fit for a wide arrange of ear canals (3 seems to be the norm). The wide selection is convenient if you share headphones with someone, as you can each use your specific eartip size. I had to switch mine out for smaller ones for a more snug and comfortable fit.

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The set also comes with a custom carrying case that allows you to tuck the Keramo's cable into a slit in the case and store the buds in the cavity space inside. The carrying case is small and simple and can fit inside a small purse or pocket.

I listened to music on my laptop with the Keramo headphones and really enjoyed the way music flowed smoothly through my ears. While at work, I tend to use cheap earbuds from Daiso or heart-shaped ones that look pretty but aren't exactly the best quality. Keramo offers the same sound quality has a full headphone set, but is lighter and more portable.

The headphones are made out of sintered ceramic, a higher quality choice compared to the usual plastic earbuds. This results in a more substantial, heavier in-ear sensation, as I'm used to light, plastic earphones. However, it made a difference in the sound quality. I'm prone to feel headaches after listening to music through my earbuds for extended periods, but an hour with Keramo was headache-free. The Keramo have "ultra-high definition XR9 drivers" with an extended audio range well-suited for a variety of music. The bass wasn't overbearing, and instead the sounds flowed through in a velvety and smooth manner.

Keramo is designed to be compatible with most iOS mobile devices (iPod, iPhone, iPad), the Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy Exhilarate, Sony Xperia ion and HTC One X. There is also an iOS Burn-in Tool application that expedites the process of breaking in your headphones for the best performance.

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Overall, I liked the Keramo in-ear headphones for its superior audio performance and finish, albeit with some reservations about the weight and one-color choice. Moshi's earbuds would make a great gift for someone who appreciates excellent quality in the craftsmanship of products and really great sound quality.

Pros:
  • High quality sound
  • Smooth, velvety listening experience
  • Customized carrying case with wire management
  • Made with high quality sintered ceramic
  • In-line control, perfect with mobile phones

Cons:

  • High price point

  • Only available in black

  • Ceramic material can take a little while to get used to due to weight

Our Rating:
Strong Recommend
Recommend*
Weak Recommend
Don't Recommend

(Images: Julienne Lin)

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