Sunday, March 29, 2009

My review – Sonic Gear Ear Pump & Spark Plug (Earphones)

Sonic Gear Spark Plug Earphone

Specifications:

Speaker dimension: 15 mm

Input power: 105 mW (max)

Impedance: 32Ω

Sensitivity: 105 dB/ mW

Frequency response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz

Cord length: 1.8 m

Operational temperature: -20 ° C – 55 ° C

Storage temperature: -30 ° C - 70 ° C

Colours available: Gun Metallic LB, Metallic Deep blue, Metallic red Rose, Turquoise, orange, Apple green.

Features:

  • Highly effective noise isolation
  • 3 pairs of silicon ear gel included
  • Clear strong and deep bass audio
  • Space-age rubber plug material for superlative audio isolation and comfort

My COMPLAINS:

It cost me RM 29.00 for Sonic Gear Spark Plug Earphone in All IT Hypermarket, Low Yat Plaza, KL. The price in PC Depot, Ipoh was RM 33.00.

“High Quality” Soft “Leather” Pouch included.



I was totally regretted and disappointed with this earphone. It stated “Super BASS” on its packing. However, once I tried it out. The bass was not as powerful. The sound produce was like a hall effect. At first I was thinking to have this earphone for listening to music because of its “Super BASS” feature. But it turned out to be ideal for watching movie instead.

I recommend NOT to get this earphone for yourself!

Sonic Gear Ear Pump Earphone

Specifications:

Speaker dimension: 11 mm

Input power: 100 mW (max)

Impedance: 16 ohms (Ω) +/- 15% (1k Hz/1mW 0.179V)

Sensitivity: 102 App. 4dB SPL/0.179 V at 1k Hz

Frequency response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz

Cord length: 1.3 m

Operational temperature: -20 ° C – 55 ° C

Storage temperature: -30 ° C - 70 ° C

Colours available: Apple green, Glossy black, Glossy white, Metallic blue, Metallic grey, Metallic maroon, Pastel blue, Pastel purple, Red rose, Nano yellow, Nano orange.

Features:

  • Hi-fidelity, highly effective noise isolation
  • 3 pairs of silicon ear gel included
  • Clear strong and deep bass audio
  • Space-age rubber plug material for superlative audio isolation and comfort

My COMPLAINS:

In PC Depot, Ipoh, the price for this Sonic Gear Ear Pump was RM 42.00 where as in All IT Hypermarket, Low Yat Plaza, KL, it cost RM 49.00. I thought KL supposes to sell much more cheaply compared to Ipoh?

High Quality Travel Case included.



Overall, thumbs up for this earphone! I can’t say the sound quality produced by this earphone is the same as Sony’s walkman phones earplugs. But to me, it was certainly almost the same. You can trust its packing stated “Not Your Ordinary Earplug”.

59 comments:

Anonymous said...

is the sound produced by the spark plug is that bad...becaise i have decided to get a pair for me...

Adrian Foo (符显杨) said...

Yes. No BASS at all can be heard. I suggest you get yourself a pair of Sonic Gear Ear Pump.

Anonymous said...

how long is the warranty???for earpump

Adrian Foo (符显杨) said...

No warranty details stated on its packing. But try to retain your receipt as a proof of purchase when if your items bought were faulty.

Anonymous said...

hey dude i finally bought my earpump...ya it fells really cool....thanks...

Adrian Foo (符显杨) said...

Congratulations!

Where you bought it?
How much you bought it?

Mind to introduce yourself?

Anonymous said...

i bought it in pc depot ipoh....rm 42..

im 4rm taiping...17....

Adrian Foo (符显杨) said...

OIC. Nice to meet you then. I'm glad enough that you paid a visit to my blog. Thanks!

jimbo76 said...

hi.. me too bought a ear pump for my ipod touch yesterday.. sound not bad even new from the box.. just that the directional of sound still not very clear.. will try to run-in (warm up) for maybe a 100 hours to see will it improve.

reason i started with a cheap cost in-ear earphone rather than throw large sum of of $$$ for a expensive pair, is because i want to experience or compare the end result between a cheap and expensive model. if directly go for a high end one.. then i wouldn't feel the big difference.

but anyway, let hope the 'earpump' do gives a miracle!!

Adrian Foo (符显杨) said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. My course mate was the one recommended me this earpump. He even taught me to warm it up to for improvement.

I hope it eels better than your original Ipod Touch earphone. Hahaha...

Anonymous said...

can i know the price for sonic gear ear gel...

Adrian Foo (符显杨) said...

Sorry, I'm not sure about that.

NaughtyOne said...

don't get the spark plug..
i regret buying it..
super bass my ass.. lol

Adrian Foo (符显杨) said...

You're right! I also regret buying it. Totally no bass at all.

Anonymous said...

hey i really love the earpump...it's really good...i have also compared with a sony walkman's ear-canal earphone...and guess what the earpump was better...

Adrian Foo (符显杨) said...

I certainly have no regrets buying EarPump for my phone. Thanks for dropping your comments here.

Anonymous said...

is sonic gear good as the price?
but it's so cheeaaap! Compared to Sony,Philips,Sennheisen,Grado,AkG n sleek audio, which ones the best yet affordable?

Adrian Foo (符显杨) said...

For me, Sonic Gear is more than enough to me.

xiaoGege said...

did anyone try the earpump 2???i bought it and it was great!!!better than the previous earpump cos it is 105mW now!

Adrian Foo (符显杨) said...

No.

S. Q. said...
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S. Q. said...

I just bought it. SGD29.90. Sound-wise, it is good. Deep bass, high treble.

However, some problems, based on my experience with ear-plug style earphones since 2004 Dec. Panasonic, and then a few Sonys.

Putting on Sonic gear ear pump, you'll first hear a metal foil crumpling sound. Plugging into notebook and FM receiver, strong hissing sound. Plugged into iPod, slightly less hissing.

By paying SGD10 to SGD15, can probably get something similar from Panasonic or Sony. But for SGD29.90, it's value for money, if you don't mind the hissing and metal foil crumpling sound, and slight discomfort.

Adrian Foo (符显杨) said...

I don't think I experience the hissing sound you've mentioned. Overall, I'm satisfied with my Sonic Gear EarPump.

S. Q. said...

Hello, would like to add something with regards to the hissing sound.

It is only audible when the music isn't on, but volume is at least level one and above. Same for notebook and FM receiver.

Seems like it could be sound card (but FM receiver too?) or earphones? Let me know if anyone of you experienced it too. thanks!

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/247223-28-eliminating-hiss-headphones

Adrian Foo (符显杨) said...

;-)

jerz said...

I've been using Sonic Gear Ear pump. I'm really satisfied with it until I needed to buy a new one.

I'm planning to buy the new version of ear pump which is Sonic Gear Ear pump 2. Anyone using it? Any review?

As i can see the only different aside from design is the impedance with 30ohms, slightly higher input Power with 105mW and Sensitivity of 105 at 1k Hz.

Price is S$29.90

Adrian Foo (符显杨) said...

I'm too satisfied with my ordinary EarPump. Don't need the new ones yet. Hahaha...

Anonymous said...

Just brought the Ear-Pump 2 and straight from the box I can tell the bass do BOOOM!!! but same as other reviewer at SG stated the mid/hi-range not really stand out so some minor adjustment might needed on the mid-range using the EQ. This thingie seem put some boost at the low-range where if you set your EQ to flat the bass still quite groommy... good to ppl who wanna fried their ears :P
I got it from pc-depot Penang for RM55 (original aiming to get the Panasonic HJE300 but no more stock)

Adrian Foo (符显杨) said...

Thanks for giving your review on Sonic Gear's EarPump II here.

Anonymous said...

adrian actually there was 2 version of earpump 1..i think u got the later version which has 15mm speaker..check at the back of the box..

Adrian Foo (符显杨) said...

I'm not aware about this. But I can judge the colour of my earpump is significant to the latest version of earpump 1.

I left the box at the other house of mine. Thanks for informing me regarding this.

Anonymous said...

adrian if u can..when u go to ur other house,please check ur earpump 1 specification and post it here..because i think the latest version of earpump 1 is the same as earpump 2..the plastic box is the same size,the pouch is the same and mybe the spec is the same 2..i'm just skeptical about it..

Adrian Foo (符显杨) said...

I'll be back to the other house maybe on 7 January next year. Hahaha...

Hopefully I remember.

Anonymous said...

opps..u dun need to check la..i already found the spec in a website..hahaha

em..apparently the spec is the same..i think earpump 2 is sonic gear 's ways of rebranding the earpump 1(15mm)

looking forward to buy earpump pro..hahaha

Adrian Foo (符显杨) said...

OIC. Thanks for checking it out. Hahaha...

Anyway, I have no intention to buy SonicGear Earpump Pro yet. LoL!

Anonymous said...

yay... its true that sonic gear spark plug is very bad. but i just buy sonic gear XANADU1000. very good quality..... and amazing cool design

Adrian Foo (符显杨) said...

Thanks for your comment. I love the design of Xanadu too...

Anonymous said...

Planning to get a Hippo Pearl for around RM100...In fact i did use Earpumps before but it failed me twice.....so hopefully the hippos are gonna be a major improvement!

Will keep u updated haha

Adrian Foo (符显杨) said...

Thanks!!!

Anonymous said...

As one of the unlucky ones who bought the spark plug, I found out that the "hall effect" can be reduced by covering the small hole at the back of the earphone (where the wire goes in). The wire also seems like it can come off very easily (as it's not secured) so you have to be very careful with it (i.e. no sharp tugs!).

Adrian Foo (符显杨) said...

Thanks for the tips and advice from you. Would try it someday.

Anonymous said...

Good choice for going to hippo. Now hippo are a very good low cost entry earphone Better than sennheiser entry level. Hippo shroom + hippo amp a very good choice for detailed and clear sound. Spark plug really is a very terrible earphone, even earpump can beat it easily. Go for low or mid level earpump already enough the most expensive one got no difference. If for headphone i would suggest HS2000 pro instead, they are the best in sonic gear even beat the expensive sounds like crap xanadu x1000 and the very good sounding "HP600" (My second choice from Sonic Gear). As for the hissing sound is the problem from the earphone even very expensive one will have it, so don't worry. (I wont explain and bored you, Just google it)(Advice from an entry level Audiophile, I'm quite picky with sound)(Another word of advice just remember expensive don't means sounds good)

Alex said...

Hi,

Just to share with you guys. I just bought this sonicgear earphone from AllIT hypermart for RM22.
http://www.sonicgear.com.sg/?id=2&bcid=3&pcid=29&pid=218

What can i say? This is rubbish!
It states there 'Super Bass'..but don't know where is the super and where is the bass..
There is also like cracking sound if you on a little louder.

Please avoid this model.

I'm having Blue Thunder II V at home and I love it. But this earphone quality from sonicgear really sucks. Damaging the company image.

Adrian Foo (符显杨) said...

Thanks for your review there. I hope your comment on that earpiece can advice to others.

Anonymous said...

anyone tried the earpump pro???

Adrian Foo (符显杨) said...

Sorry to say, NO.

Ananais G. said...

I know this post is a bit old.

But, in my opinion, yes. You are right. SonicGear's Sparkplug is complete rubbish. The right-side (the one with the longer cord), is always stronger with bass and slightly louder than compared to the left.

I completely agree as you said it would be ideal for home cinematic use. But it is too small. I recommend Behringer Headphones for Home Theater use.

As for the Ear Pump series, the prices do vary in different places. Prices fly everywhere. In IT Hyperstore, E@Curve, they have the Ear Pump 2 and Ear Pump PRO at RM59.90 and RM139.90 respectively. The Ear Pump model and Ear Pump 3 are not sold. In another store, not mentioning the name of the outlet, have both Ear Pump 2, and PRO at the price of RM55.00 and RM128.00 respectively.

In my case, I have tried both Sparkplug and Ear Pump series. I use these ear-phones for my iPod Touch. I use Ear Pump 2, as I feel it is the best in terms of Sound Isolation. I use these ear-phones wherever, and whenever. Since plucking the audio jack in and out too many times might spoil the channels, I just stick with one pair, which is the Ear Pump 2. I play the drums, and the sound produced by my drum set is quite loud. Houses 4 doors away can hear me. So I have the superb Sound Isolation feature to protect my ear drums from being damaged.

Overall, the Ear Pump series dominates.

Ananais G. said...

Oh, to the guy who asked about the Ear Pump PRO;

I think not many people would willingly buy Ear Pump PRO is simply because it is too pricey. All my 3 years of living in Malaysia, the Ear Pump PRO is definitely one of the most expensive ear phones I've come across.

Ear phones like the Ear Pump PRO are cheaper, and sometimes better, back in the US.

However, I am sure Sonicgear promises good sound as it comes with a high price.

Ananais G. said...

Aw, sorry for the spam.

But I just realized that my earphones has something wrong with it. I don't know if it's considered bad or whatnot, but the Right gel piece has the Skullcandy print on it. It's the first thing I noticed when I removed it from the box about 5 minutes ago.

Strange as it may seem, I think it's good luck! I've been wanting to get Skullcandy for a very long time now.

Adrian Foo (符显杨) said...

Thanks for your comments and reviews there! Appreciate them.

Anonymous said...

hey adrian i am planning to buy a earhpnes would u recomend the earpump pro to me ?? i am a bass lover ! i need some good quality earphones do u think the earpump is good ??

Adrian Foo (符显杨) said...

Sorry to tell you that I haven't try EarPump Pro before.

But, till today, I can say that 1st EarPump which I reviewed in this post is quite good for a bass lover like me as well.

I've lost this Earpump and still I went to get the same Earpump again.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Anonymous said...

so its worth the money rite?

Adrian Foo (符显杨) said...

yes.

Anonymous said...

hey listen sso i need to chose between the SONY MDR-EX50LP EX and the sonicgear earpump pro which one would u suggest

Adrian Foo (符显杨) said...

Sadly I also haven't get to try the Sony you mentioned. But for me, SonicGear is more than enough for me.

Anonymous said...

User of earpump pro here. Had use it for 2 years and more. Like the steel construction and it really change the thought of sonic gear quality, they do change alot but some series just simply disappoint. Bass is nice, voices are clearly heard noise isolation are good too. The downside is that it maybe kind of heavy and uncomfortable to wear.

I'm Death said...

Hello, do you still recommend this? Or there's better earphone with cheap price? :O

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