So on the 21st of December I received my EARIN headphones, over a year after I paid for them. Let’s get this out of the way first as I don’t want it to colour my review, the delivery of the kickstarter product has been perhaps predictably terrible with delay after delays with not enough information from the company, it has left many people with a bad taste in there mouth so now rant over on with as they are are starting to become available for normal purchase.
I paid 225 pounds for my EARIN which I as a non phonophile consider a premium price. It’s clear that’s what they wanted to convey with the packaging the compressed cardboard box is held together with magnets and certainly makes it feel like a quality product.
Inside the box are the EARIN themselves the charging case, a short USB to USB mini cable 3 sets of foam ear buds and a set of restraing clips. First thing you have to do is put the buds in the case to charge, it would have been nice if they came charged but it’s a good chance master this at first this feels weird and you feel you might break it but you soon get the hang of it. When the buds are in the case a red light shows charging which goes out once fully charged, at the top of the case is a micro USB which shows red when first connected but goes green when the case has a full charge.
Once the light went out I pulled out the EARN to begin paring this wasn’t as easy as I hopped, it took a couple of tries to connect my phone to the left ear bud but once I’d done this I was off and running and haven’t had a problem since.
Out in the wild
I used my EARIN in two main environments the first was on train journeys round the UK. For this task they are perfect as I sat with my phone out in front of me, I popped them out of the case they sat really comfortably in my ear (I would of forgotten they were there but for the music) I used the middle size ear buds and they blocked all the train noise but allowed announcements to be just about heard. I found I could leave my volume set to about 60% and listen comfortably, to my untrained ears the sound was good and rich if not very bass you. If this is how you use your earphones then I would definitely recommend the EARIN to you.
My second use case is walking about town, for this there are definitely pros and cons. The pros are the fact they are convenient to have in your pocket and are always fully charged and the sound and volume are still good for me. The cons which I’ve found with all Bluetooth earphones are due to one or both ear buds temporary disconnecting, if you are prone to looking around or walking in areas with heavy traffic (or possibly only in the case with my phone Sony Z3 going places with strong WiFi) this can happen about once a minute and can become maddening.
You can download an a companion app for the EARIN in which you input the serial number printed on the case and when the EARIN are on the front page will display the battery level of each bud and an option to switch the Bass boost on (something your probably want to do). Deeper in the settings you can play with the gain control something I was scared off doing by the displayed warning, and to be fair I have not felt like I really needed to .
The fact you have to store the earbuds in the battery case is brilliant because it means the battery is always fully charged , due to the size of earbuds the battery is necessarily small but I managed to get 1 hour 25 mins out of them before the small bleep told me I had 25% battery left. If you really need to you can use one earbud while charging the other which is nice touch.
Overall I’m pleased with my EARIN they definitely feel like a quality product, the case feel and looks great the battery and sound quality are good. The only downside really is the disconnecting and this is something I’ve found with all the bluetooth headphones I’ve had but I think its worse in this case