Published on December 15th, 2015 | by Greg0
Kicker’s Inexpensive EB300 Bluetooth Earbuds
With audio gear constantly changing, it can be tough to keep up with all of the latest advances- there’s always some new brand with usually overpriced, marketing-driven headphones or speakers. And keeping track of the different specifications can be enough to make someone turn back to their stock earbuds. Don’t do it! It doesn’t have to be complicated, and this holiday you can pick up a set of in-earphones at a reasonable price, that will work with just about any mobile device, and that come from a company with a long history.
Kicker was founded 43 years ago to sell aftermarket car audio solutions, but has long since diversified into home and portable audio products. Their new EB300 Bluetooth Sport Earbuds are built for outdoor use, intended for workouts, so are sweat and water resistant. They are lightweight, and like any good wireless earbuds, offer about eight hours of battery life and use a wire that wraps around the front or back of your neck connecting the two earbuds. Released recently, they were not available at press time on the official site, but should be listed shortly.
We’ve seen plenty of other Kicker gear in the past- like the Tabor headphones earlier this year and their tubular, cylindrical wireless speaker about a year ago. The EB300s come with a nice carrying case, and included are three different sized pairs of silicone tips for optimal comfort and noise isolation, each of which includes a rigid internal piece that offers better bass response than your typical set. And bass is definitely part of the Kicker tradition, with the low-end being pretty powerful. The flipside of that is that the buds themselves are fairly large, and they will stick out a bit from your ears. Despite the bulk, though, they stayed nicely in place in our ears even during jogs.
The black matte finish is pretty nice, and the recharging slot is well hidden, protected by a little flap. There is a microphone and in-line volume controls as well, though call quality was only so-so. And we did miss apt-X technology for higher-quality audio. But the EB300s are well-priced for the sports audio market, and though they don’t offer any extra fitness features, they do perform well. Available now, online and in stores, expect to spend around $100 for the Kicker EB300 Wireless Earbuds.