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Motörheadphönes Overkill earphones review

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The earpieces come with the inevitable set of three black rubbery sleeves - find the pair that fit you best. If you do, you’ll get a very good level of isolation from environmental noise, I found. In-canal earphones have fallen out of favour with me of late, largely because I find them growing uncomfortable after a short period. Maybe that’s a fitting issue, perhaps with the limited set of sizes this kind of product comes with, or I’ve just got weird ears. These boys, however, proved to be comfortable for a reasonable duration, and I’d certainly be happy wearing them in on the train, especially with the level of noise-isolation I experienced.

Motorheadphones Overkill earphones

Bite the bullet

The real test, I think: can you wear them throughout a ten-hour flight, not only as sound feeds but as de facto earplugs? That’s when I still use in-canal ‘phones. I’ll let you know how these ones perform after I’ve next been travelling. If you’ve already travelled afar with these ‘phones, let us know how they worked out.

Incidentally, the sleeves fit tightly onto the metal. Yes, this makes it harder to swap them for larger or smaller ones, but it makes it a lot less likely that you’ll pull out the earpieces and find you’ve left the sleeve behind. Been there, done that and have the A&E discharge note to prove it. Overkill’s tight-grip sleeve mount reassures me that this isn’t going to happen to me again as it did with a rival brand’s offering.

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Good fit, great noise isolation, even better sound quality

I’m even more impressed with the sound. In-canal phones inevitably deliver strong bass, especially with a good sleeve fit. Here it doesn’t dominate, though it’s beefier than it is with the Motörheadphönes cans. The mid-range and higher frequencies could be a little more clear, but treble hasn’t been as lifted as high as was the case with the Motörizer pair I review last week. But neither is the sound as flat as the firm’s Iron Fist pair.

For me, they’ve got the balance almost right. These are good rock ‘phones. Nice and clear for vocals and down-the-neck guitar riffery, and allowing the drums and bass guitar a drive a good, thumpy beat. Mainstream rock plays well on these, metal too. But so does pop, folk and electronic music. These are good all-rounders for folk with catholic tastes.

Verdict

Announcing your musical affiliation less flagrantly than Motörhead's headphones, these in-your-ear offerings deliver decent audio that plays well with rock and metal but not to the detriment of most other genres. Not at all bad for the price, especially if you don't need the remote control, which won't help you adjust the volume, in any case. ®

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Motorheadphones Overkill earphones

Motörheadphönes Overkill earphones review

Lemmy-approved in-canal earphones that deliver a good, rock-ready sound for a surprisingly low price.
Price: £50 (Overkill) £40 (Trigger) RRP

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