I’m a fairly picky person when it comes to my earphones. I’m no expert, but It’s my personal opinion that you should always have a decent pair of earphones, whether you’re listening to the Dead Pixels podcast on the go, or you really just want to have a late night gaming marathon without disrupting your roommates. Finding me without an earbud in at least one ear is rare, and I’m always on the hunt for the best the audio world has to offer. After doing a little hunting, I think I’ve found a pair that will satisfy the most difficult to please Audiophiles, and the best part is they look insanely cool.
Do you consider yourself to be a tough individual? Rough around the edges, as they say? Do you find the current selection of small and colorful earbuds and headphones to be lacking in the manly department? If you answered yes to any of those questions then I have a pair for you. If cutesy, colorful earbuds aren’t your thing, maybe it’s time for you to shove some bullets in your ears.
UPDATE: The contest is now closed, thanks for participating! Now, I’m the type of person who sees something shiny in a store and I immediately need it. That’s why I stay clear of Apple stores, because literally everything is shiny there, even the Geniuses. Earphones shaped like bullets falls into the category of things I’d very much like to have five of, and while I tend to hate myself after most of my impulse buys, these actually sound as great as they look.
For starters, they’re crafted from aircraft grade aluminum, and the rubber cable has been reinforced with Kevlar. In other words, if you ever find yourself in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, these are the earphones you need to be sporting, because they’re almost definitely going to last longer than you.
Obviously, the most important thing about a pair of earphones is how they sound, and thanks to some things I’m sure no one but the most dedicated of audiophiles will understand, these earphones really pack a punch.
I have a pretty eclectic taste in music, so I was able to hear the way many different flavors of music sound as they’re being fired into my ears. Everything sounds clear, much like you’d expect a pair of higher end earphones to sound. The best part of all this is the noise-isolating earbuds mean you can enjoy your music without the hassle of hearing other people’s annoying voices. The only downside to this for me was using the earphones for hands-free calling. It’s a nifty feature, but it was difficult getting used to hearing my voice while I talked on the phone.
I really put these guys to the test, bringing them with me on my jogs, to work, on the bus, and even on a plane. After all that I learned a few things. First off, these earphones stay remarkably comfortable, even after they’ve been stuck in your ear for 4-5 hours. They’re also snug enough to really stay in there, even if you’re moving around a lot. They also do a pretty decent job of cancelling out surrounding noise, so if you spend a good amount of time on public transportation, at airports, etc., this will definitely come in handy.
You might be saying aloud to your computer, Why Adam, how will I know if these splendid earphones are compatible with my current selection of music players? to which I’ll reply, Dear reader, why are you talking to your computer? I was able to use these for my computers (Mac and PC), and iPhone, and according to the Billets website they’re compatible with the “industry-leading smartphones, MP3 players, laptops, and tablets.” So more than likely, these earphones will work with whatever it is you need them for.
Overall, I love these things. Like, if I could and people wouldn’t think it was strange, I would totally take them out for a nice dinner and a night on the town. I wouldn’t even care if they put out, because I love them that much. If you’re in the market for a sleek and sexy pair of earphones that are stylish and sound great, these won’t disappoint.
For the hardcore audio enthusiasts, here’s a full list of specs:
Anodized machined drivers
9mm neodymium drivers
Noise isolating SiliconeHollowPoints™
Kevlar reinforced cable with cloth cover
24K gold plated 3.5mm plug
This particular pair of earphones brings with it a Battle Gray finish, two earhooks, 6 sets of earbuds (3 in clear/black, and 3 in smokey/red, in 3 different sizes), and an in-line mic for hands-free calling, and finally, a two-year limited warranty. They retail for $69.99 USD.
If you’d like to win a pair of these stylish earphones, what I need you to do is comment on this review telling me where you plan on using them, if you won a pair. On a plane? Bus? Car? Walking? Sexing? Reading? Showering? I’d like to know.
Full disclosure: A pair of Billets 9mm earphones were made available to me for the purposes of this review.
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