expired World's Cheapest Balanced Armature Earphones: $54 ($11 off for OzBargainers) ! Free Shipping!

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Now back in stock! Last day for the discount, ends at midnight!

SOLD OUT! More are coming in today, when they arrive I'll update the site and you have one last chance to purchase it at the discounted price up to 12pm tonight

Hi Ozbargain!

This time we've got something new to share with you… A very cheap balanced armature earphone!
Balanced armature drivers are quite expensive and are usually reserved for professional In Ear Monitors that are priced at $100+
It's called the FEELS Pro900 and it's designed and made in Korea (usually better quality than China), the build quality is very impressive.

What's even more surprising is that it has a decent amount of bass, unlike most single armature earphones out there. To top it off the isolation and comfort is top notch!
It's brand new so not many reviews have come up yet… but a few people's tried it here:
http://forum.lowyat.net/topic/1986289

To use the coupon code go to your cart and there will be a coupon code field on the left hand side.

We're so confident in these that we're giving you a 14-day guarantee.
If you're unhappy with it for the price you paid, let us know and we'll refund your money minus a small fee.

How good is that?

P.S. These have a moderate amount of bass. If you love your bass the Hippo VB is back in stock now.
http://www.jaben.com.au/products/Hippo-VB.html
http://www.jaben.com.au/hippo-vb-hippo-box-introduction-spec...

Also join our facebook page, we're giving away a pair of VBs this weekend!
http://www.facebook.com/JabenAU

** Orders up to #245 has been shipped (Monday 15/08)! If you want them at this price, purchase them ASAP because there's only around 25pcs left in this batch as of 6pm. Next batch will be regular priced =( **
Delivery time is from 1-5 days. It's sent from Melbourne so VIC will get it within 1-2 days, NSW 2-3 days, QLD 2-4 days, WA 3-5 days. Those times are approximate but should be right 90% of the time!


Jaben Audio Australia

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  • -1 vote

    Does it work?

    • +1 vote

      yes, but not as well as profressional earphones.

    • +1 vote

      better than any I've heard at this price range.. try it and return it if you disagree

  •  

    Of course they work, and btw good deal Jaben, +ve from me.

  •  

    Why? Why do u do this to me?
    I just bought an in-ear headphone Phillips 9800!!
    Why dont u post this one earlier?!!
    :(

  •  

    http://mp4nation.net/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_inf...

    Not quite the cheapest. Maybe give an additional $1 discount?

    • +24 votes

      Haha hot damn… You know what, fine. I'll make it a 20% discount, bringing it to $54
      Plus you get the bonus of local warranty, made in Korea (vs China) AND fast shipping

      •  

        nice :))

        • +4 votes

          Whoops I can't count… 20% of 55 is $11, not 20% of $65.

          Either way the total is $54 now

      • +2 votes

        If I understand correctly (despite people's fear of Chinese products) SoundMAGIC has a pretty good reputation regarding durability and performance-per-price, while this FEELS brand… I've never heard of.

        Your advantage would likely be on the local warranty and shipping (as opposed to mp4nation's 2-4 weeks delivery).

        •  

          warranty on semi-quality earphones are always more for show than actual worth

      •  

        You know, that site was in USD, if you change it to AUD it becomes $52.86, so yours are still not the world's cheapest. Sorry :P

        • +4 votes

          Aw man, do I get a "close enough"?
          Haha damn I thought I'd be in the clear…
          Well considering locally the PL50 is closer to $100 than $50 we can easily claim "Australia's cheapest" but that doesn't have quite the same ring…

  •  

    arma.. what?

    • +3 votes

      http://homerecording.about.com/od/recordingglossary/g/glossa...

      Most "high end" earphones use BA drivers… including thousands of dollar custom made ones

    • +7 votes

      The term 'armature' (in electrical engineering) is given to the freely rotating section of an electric motor or electric generator (sometimes called a dynamo). The main significance of the term is to distinguish between the part of the component that is free to rotate as opposed to the 'stator' which is - you guessed it - stationary. In essence, the armature consists of anything from the coils (which further consist of multiple windings of insulated wire, or loops), brushes (most often conducting carbon which sit up against copper slip rings in AC generators or a copper commutator in DC generators) and the tension providing devices (think springs) to ensure said brushes maintain contact on the slip rings/commutator at all points of rotation.

      Now without having investigated the particular details of this earphone model, I assume that a well balanced armature ensures a signal that more closely resembles a perfect sinusoidal function, as opposed to an imbalanced armature (this could mean an imperfect circular motion of the rotating loops/coils, perhaps leading to a dilated elliptical motion or something similar). An imbalanced armature would then, in turn, correspond to a slightly skewed output signal). In the case of the output, as in headphones, earphones, speakers and the like, an imbalanced armature would produce an irregular motion even when a crisp signal was fed into the device. The result would be distortion, slight variations of force acting on the vibrating and sound producing filament that were not intended, nor encoded in the signal.

      Further research supports that indeed a balanced armature will correspond to an increase in electrical efficiency. Upon reflection this seems logical to me, and I expect that an irregular motion of the armature would lead to more complicated vectorial forces (perhaps with increased outwards force components). In turn this could lead to friction and a general loss of energy in the form of heat, light and perhaps most importantly SOUND (something quite important in a listening device as any external sounds not intended could disrupt the final listening fidelity of the signal). Further to this point, any loss in energy in the system itself is essentially a loss of final output energy acting on the diaphragm. A generalised conclusion to draw at this point would be that the overall amplitude of the output sound wave would be decreased, perceived as a decrease in volume (I presume by an amount insignificant to the hearing capabilities of the human ear). However, this general conclusion does not account for any transformations of sound content as well as sound volume. This is a topic of much interest and could very well make a great investigation. I hope my explanation has intrigued you to further broaden your understanding of electric motors, generators and how these apply to speakers, earphones etc.

      For further information, I encourage you to refer to the following sources of explanation (of which many hours can be spent studying!)
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_motor
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_generator
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armature_%28electrical_engineer...
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Headphones#Balanced_armature

      As always, enjoy!

      • +2 votes

        Woah, thank YOU for the thoughtful post.
        All I knew was things like efficiency and sound quality. In terms of how it operates, all I knew was that it had something to do with magnets.
        And magnets are magic =D

        This will enhance my understanding greatly, as I'm sure many others here would agree.

        • +1 vote

          And magnets are magic =D

          Damn straight! Warning: coarse language

  •  

    How much is the small fee if we're unhappy with them?

    • +18 votes

      $5. Just to cover shipping. I hope that's fair enough…

  •  

    Just bought a pair.

  •  

    how is this compare to re0 and re-Zero Op?

    •  

      I think they're at the same level in terms of overall sound quality…
      Considering how highly peeps think of the RE0, it's quite an accomplishment at a lower price.
      However this has more quantity of bass compared to the slightly lean RE0

      The RE-0 might have the edge on detail, will have to have a longer listen.
      It's more comfortable and has a normal sized plug compared to the massive one on the RE-0.
      That was the main reason I personally stopped using the RE0, my iphone favourite case didn't work with it =(

      Don't have an RE-zero to compare at the moment, sorry bud

  •  

    I'm curious - how do these compare to Soundmagic MP21 and PL30?

    • +1 vote

      I've only compared it to the PL50 and it's at least at the same level.
      Half the size though…

      •  

        so in essence, most likely better. i have a pair of pl-50s and despite the beating i've put it through it's still holding its own. if these phones are as good as pl-50s i'd say it's good value

      •  

        thanks, will give it a go.

    • +19 votes

      Find me a cheaper BA delivered to Australia for under $54.
      In the very unlikely event that you do, add to that the value of quick delivery (1-4 days as opposed to 2-4 weeks) and local warranty…

      Truthfully, we have to pay 7% import duty and GST on the way in and pay 10% GST when we sell it.
      Therefore we should charge at least 17% MORE than what overseas folks are charging, but we're cutting most of our profits because I thought Australia deserved to not be ripped off for once.

      I thought we were doing well, I suppose some people are never happy…

      •  

        actually there is a cheaper BA from mymemory, plus a better brand
        klipsch custom 1 around 29.99 pounds plus 1.95 pounds postage
        no point buying low end BA earphones, but i would go for the klipsch
        heres the link to the earphone
        http://www.mymemory.co.uk/In-ear-Headphones/Klipsch/Klipsch-...

        • +1 vote

          Sheesh… I thought I explored every corner of the internet…
          Mixed reviews on those on the web (haven't heard it personally and it's discontinued now so I can't comment).
          If you have a pair how would you like to compare them? We have a demo unit floating around somewhere

        •  

          yea would love to but im not good at writing reviews lol
          have u compared FEELS Pro900 with the w1, um1, se315?
          i would really appreciate if you guys could do a special on tf10, drop price to around $250

        • +4 votes

          You don't have to be good.. Just write what you hear!
          I've compared it to the UM1 with favourable results considering the price.
          Send me an e-mail with your address to josh@jaben.com.au and I'll pass along the demo unit when one of the guys are done with it.

          Ah TF10, such a fickle business. Our cost is higher than 250, plus GST we'd be losing a fair bit amount of money =(

        •  

          sure thanks

  •  

    Are there any foam on comply tips included? If not will the regular comply ones fit?
    Silicone pieces don't fit in my weird shaped ears, so If there is,i'll definitely get one.

    • +5 votes

      No complies included unfortunately… We just got the whole range of comply in stock though.
      Give me a few minutes to rip them all open and I'll let you know if any fits!

      • +1 vote

        you are one awesome guy

        • +2 votes

          aw shucks… but I understand your pain. I have a problem with some eartips out there, especially those thick clear shure ones from ages ago.
          Anyway, the comply T500 and Tx500 (usually for UE TF10 etc) fits perfectly.

          We have them in stock in small and large but I'd give it a try without the complies first, those things aren't cheap!
          The combination of the rotating head and the very soft silicone might make it okay…

        •  

          after ripping up your comply bags i feel like i should get one mate. I can't find it in your store tho?

        • +8 votes

          Not in the store yet, just opened them!
          They're $5 for each pair, just send the money to josh@jaben.com.au through paypal and add a note saying what size you'd like.

          Seriously no pressure though, I had to open them up anyway… For science!

        • +1 vote

          Ordering now, great customer service, Jaben.
          Hope you can send it all quickly :)

          I'll send the the note in paypal as well

        • +2 votes

          is $5 a pair normal price? That's damn cheap.

        • +1 vote

          totally agree this is an awesome customer service i have ever seen !!

        •  

          Hey Jaben, looking at getting some comply tips size medium, when would you be looking at getting some in?

        •  

          theguyrules, it should be the regular price. Maybe $6-$6.50 for seperate orders because I'll have to add shipping =(.

          bjorncyz, we have the medium in T100, T200, T400 just not T500.
          We do have the Tx500 though, which is the version with the wax filter but it's a tad more expensive.

          Why don't you send me an e-mail at josh@jaben.com.au? This replying system is getting a bit confusing!

        •  

          @Jaben Australia, I'd normally order in sets of 3 of the TX400's.

  •  

    I have bought the Hippo VB's from Jaben (Singapore) before - really really good company to deal with, am very impressed with them. And the Hippos are the best of their kind I've ever had, I thoroughly recommend this firm.

  •  

    Hi Jaben, can you please tell us about the cord length? In particular, is the left shorter than the right (like typical Sonys) or are they equal length?

    •  

      Hi bud, the cable is 1.2m which should be enough for anyone under 7ft.
      And it's symmetrical so you can wear it over ear like shure/westone/earsonics if you choose to

  •  

    Hi mate, how do these compare to VSONIC R02 pro's?

    • +2 votes

      Hi mate,

      I haven't compared them directly so this is going to be a bit confusing, but bare with me.

      I distinctly remember the RE0 as clearly superior to the R02 when I compared them.
      I also compared the RE0 to the Pro900 and I can say that the FEELS is at about the same level of overall sound quality.
      Mind you, they sound quite different but if I were to give them a score they'd be pretty close.

      Therefore R02<RE0 but because RE0=Pro900 it kind of becomes R02<Pro900?

      Of course this contains a lot of guesswork since I didn't compare them directly so take it with a grain of salt!

  •  

    just bought 1 :)
    p/s: was thinking about this and klisp custom 1 from mymemory but after reading some reviews on head-fi i will give this a try :)

  •  

    Hi Jaben, awesome work, I love the reps who do respond here like champs! Just wondering, I'm looking to get a pair of in-ears in the next month or so, how to go about getting a best price from you?

    •  

      Not these earphones unfortunately, but I'll be looking at those in the $80-100 price range.

    • +1 vote

      reps? just me unfortunately… those other clowns are having a weekend off. Just shoot me an e-mail or give me a call (number is on the website) when you're ready!

  • -1 vote

    I have Shure SE215 that I purchased a while ago and to be honest @ $99 nothing else comes close to these ones. Do a search for SE215 reviews in Google and see for your self. Here's the link to the web http://bit.ly/eDnWvO

    Never heard of FEELS, everyone knows Shure, take your pick :)

    • +1 vote

      Everyone's heard of Bose as well and they suck balls. Monster's Beats by Dre also suck balls in terms of highs (VERY nice aesthetics, and noise isolation [although it's active noise cancellation/ battery powered so that's cheating], roaring base).
      Sennheisers are quite good depending on which ones you get, they might look expensive in Australia but if you know where to look, you can get them for a very affordable price, there are a few lemons as well, and some of the products' naming systems don't go too well.. for e.g. HD218s and HD238s don't sound good but the HD228s blow the beats by dre headphones out of the water (trading beats by dre's roaring bass for sennheiser's punchy and balanced bass + clarity).
      There are a few brands that I always steer clear from. But just because you've heard of a brand doesn't mean it's neccessarily good.
      Haven't had a chance to listen to SHURE, only seen the massive price tags on each IEM.

      • +2 votes

        Firstly, I did not wanted to sound like a rude snob or anything like that :) I have set of Sennheiser HD 270 that I have purchased about 7 years ago. I still use them and enjoy the crisp sound. The reason as to why I mentioned the SE215's is because they have been rated by so many audiophiles and they are the best bang for a buck at this time. I do agree that if you haven't heard of a brand doesn't mean that it is not good, I just expressed my personal opinion :) From experience, I stay away from unknown Korean, Chinese, Japanese brands. On the end of the day, the dude that is selling them sounds pretty down to earth, so get them, test them and judge for yourself. However it is, this deal is very good :)

  •  

    I used the Etymotic ER4P before ditching it for the made-in-China RE0 (great value for money…85% of the ER4P quality at a 1/4 of the price) until one side stopped working. I'll need to open it up to see if the connections are shot. It lasted about 15 months?

    Finally picked up the Triple Fi 10 (http://www.jaben.com.au/products/Ultimate-Ears-Triple.Fi-10....). There are three balanced armatures in these IEMs! I find it a tad large for my ear but Amazon has listed them in their last two Black Friday sales for an incredibly cheap price of US$95 or so. Bargain. If you can wait, I'd recommend picking these up or trawling Head-Fi and other forums for people who are flipping the Black Friday bargains. Best-value IEMs in my opinion.

    But these Jaben-listed IEMs look to be great value for money.

  •  

    Can anyone shed some light on whether the FEELS would be a significant upgrade from the Sennheiser CX300-II?

    Also, any chance of getting a discount code for the hippo VBs? There's too many good reviews out there for them and I'll definitely grab a pair if there's a discount.

    •  

      What sort of upgrade are you looking to get? If it's more bass then the answer's probably no.
      The FEELS is more accurate and detailed, if that's what you're looking for then I suppose it's an upgrade.

      Hippo VBs are already discounted! If you're looking for deep and punchy bass (and not just "punchy", it feels like someone's kicking you in the brain at times) they're the best I've tried under $100. Next step up would probably be the Radius TWF11 at close to $200…
      Send me an e-mail at josh@jaben.com.au and I'll see if I can do anything for you…

      •  

        Thanks for the fast reply! Email has been sent.

        The upgrade i'm looking for is not just bass related but soundstage, clarity etc.

        •  

          The CX300iis are a great entry level IEM - you won't feel what other people experience as "Overpowering bass" until you use another audio product and switch back to the CX300iis.
          I would like to know how the FEELS compares to the CX300iis :p

  •  

    how does it compare to MEElectronics A151?

    •  

      No idea sorry, I don't have one on hand to compare…

  •  

    My favourite feature on them: the red and blue bits so I can tell which side of which without fumbling (R=Right=Red)
    And the tiny size of course…
    http://i.imgur.com/Q3PLp.jpg

  •  

    whats the best you can do for "Klipsch S4i"?

    so far best i found them for $88 on
    http://www.addictedtoaudio.com.au/product_info.php?products_...

    •  

      We can't, sorry =( Either our supplier is screwing us or those are grey imports.
      Either way if we sell it at that we'll be losing money

  •  

    Does FEELS PRO900 needs amp to perform better? If so, will you be able to do a bundle with Hippo BOX+?

    •  

      It sounds fine without an amp, but like everything else out there it will be better with one…
      Send me an e-mail at josh@jaben.com.au for a bundle =)

  • +1 vote

    Damnit, my headphone allowance for this year was blown when I bought the MS-Pros :(

    Buying it anyway >.> YOU CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH

    EDIT: When are you guys getting those AluMod's for the alessandro MS-1? I'm considering buying an MS-1 solely so I can do the AluMod on it…

    • +1 vote

      Haha good man…
      The Alumods are on order, I nabbed the last pair for myself =P. Did you have a look at the picture of it on our facebook page?

      •  

        are you going to sell the alumods for ms1 ?? i also want 1 T__T

        •  

          When we get stock! Should only be a couple of weeks, I'll post on facebook when we get them in…

      •  

        Yeah saw them on facebook, can't wait for the alumods to come back in…

        Saw taht they are in stock here:
        http://jaben.net/shopping2/Aluminium-Mod-for-Alessandro-Grad...

        But don't know whether it would hurt your profits if I bought from there instead of you guys…

        •  

          we're all connected =) they've run out (I know because I nabbed the last "clean" one, the other ones had defects eg. scratches)
          but more will come soon, no worries

  • +1 vote

    Wow can't believe that Ozbargain is going so crazy over some random canalphones no one has heard of.

    Will be funny if they're actually shit >.<

    •  

      if so you can return it

    •  

      that's what reviews for. :)

    • +2 votes

      Haha that's certainly a fair point…
      We're fairly well known for introducing great value stuff though (eg. VBs, mylarones etc) and I think this one is one of our better finds.

      If you'd like to try the demo unit send me an e-mail!

  •  

    I don't like too much bass so these seems a good deal to me especially for detail. How's the sound? Slightly warm sounding? I lean towards audio technica for my earphones and I love the way some of them allow for me to extend the cord with a longer cord. What cord length is this and does it seem really thin to you? Is it one of those Y shape ones or is it around the neck loop? Yeah the cord is pretty important to me :p

    •  

      Hi mate, its got a fairly typical single armature sound (detailed, great clarity etc) with slightly more bass which I suppose makes it a tad warmer overall.
      Compared to the general AT sound I'd say it's fairly similar sound signature with perhaps a bit less "sparkle" on the highs.

      In regards to cord length, do you mean those ones where the plug stops around at your chest and you'll have to use an extension?
      The Pro900 has a normal symmetrical ones (Y shape) and it's 1.2m long. So enough to go to your pocket with a spare 5-10cm depending on how tall you are. From there you can use an extension cord if you'd like!

      The cord from the plug is a flat type cord (not ridiculously wide like the beats however), then when it splits it's fairly standard sized cables. Not thick but not super thin either.

  • +2 votes

    ordered 1 !!!
    Your customer service just sold me :)
    How long will it take for the normal shipping?

    • +1 vote

      Thanks! Shipping will take anywhere from 1 to 5 days depending on how far you are.
      Melbourne should only take one day (so will arrive Tuesday), NSW 2-3 days and QLD 3-4 days and NT 4-5 days.

      It's basically up to the postman/woman how long it'll take. Be especially nice next week!

  •  

    Was about to buy sennheiser cx300 II. Anyone know how these would compare?

    • +1 vote

      I answered this question in regards to an upgrade from cx300 above but in short the Pro900 is better in most ways except for the amount of bass it contains.
      If you like a fair bit of bass, you might be better off going to a Hippo VB instead.

      That said the cx300 are definitely not bad, just not as good as the two I mentioned

      P.S. Careful with the cx300, there are lots of fakes around!

    •  

      I don't have FEELS Pro however if you are a basshead I would assume CX300 is the way to go. But CX300 II was only around 35AUD, so obviously the 2 are different in terms of price.

      EDIT: beaten by the OP! LOL but nevertheless we share same opinion. :P

      •  

        Ah my bad, didn't see that earlier comment.
        Warming to see good customer service, have added jaben to my bookmarks.

        Ps- where have you seen cx300 II for 35au? Cheapest ive seen is 68 at jb.

        • +2 votes

          Never buy from JB mate. Most of the times they are overpriced.

          They were on sale at mymemory few weeks back (just checked, apparently all sold out ouch) for GBP20.99 (GBP1.95 for shipping), so around 35AUD shipped.

          Depending on your budget there are alternatives out there (vs JB). Just need to look around.

          PS: I got nothing against JB. :)

        •  

          Do you know any other places selling the Sennheiser CX 300-II for that price? Seems like a real bargain at $35!

  •  

    just wondering…will these work on a Samsung Galaxy S2?

    • +1 vote

      They will work on anything with a 3.5mm jack.
      Includes ipods, iphones, laptops, BBs etc.

      •  

        its not …thats why i asked

        e.g when i hook up the old S1 's headset it sounds like underwater on the S2…
        even a normal earphones will sound like underwater…can hear music but not the actual vocal..
        just wondering if you folks will have one around to test out.

        •  
        • +2 votes

          Oh no! So headphones that usually work doesn't on your phone?
          Does the plug actually fit in the jack?

          And if it does, does any headphone work with it? If so does that headphone have three black lines on the silver/gold plug?

          It's like a riddle, but it might be that the phone only accepts earphones with the three black lines (longer plug) which usually contain a mic as well.
          If it's not this, your phone's jack might be busted =(

      •  

        yea..looks like same 3.5 and length

        but is a gold with 3 white lines…so i guess only accepts headphones with a mic like you said…

        you guys have anything like that ?

        •  

          i assume you can probably get a 3.5mm (2 section) to 3.5mm (3 section) adapter. if not, you could make it if you can solder (the parts are easily bought from dick smith).

          i would rather buy an adapter and use whatever earphones i want, rather than buying earphones specific to device.

        •  

          Yep, the shroom-i sounds like it'll work perfectly.
          The sound is pretty darn good too. During the sale, the FEELS is probably slightly better value but at the original prices they're both fantastic.

          Difference of sound in a few words: the shroom will be a bit more punchy but less detailed.

          Or as the person above said, you can make/buy an adapter!

        •  

          You might also want to check that you don't have TV OUT enabled. TV Out uses the 3.5mm socket and will cause distortion on some regular headphones.

    • +3 votes

      don't see why not.
      edit : Jaben, you are fast =))

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