Spider Real Voice
Spider RealVoice in-ear headphones offer complete iPhone features along with some of the best sound we've heard in a headset at this price. Compatible with Apple sources and iChat/Skype ready, the RealVoice delivers precise musical definition and satisfying bass response with seamless transitions into open mids & highs. Big 12.5mm neodymium drivers are tuned for impressive detail at vocal frequencies. Exciting stuff for music lovers intent on spending as little as possible for tremendous performance plus call/chat + remote versatility.
- 3-button control + mic for iPhone, iPad and Apple players
- Large aperature 12.5mm drivers deliver expert clarity across all frequencies
- Very comfortable unique vertical transducer fit
- Copper-Clad Aluminum Wire (CCAW) voice coils for accurate linear response
- Thorough noise-blocking/isolation ability for maximum listening privacy in any environment
- Best 'vocals' iPhone earphone under $100!
What's In The Box:
- 4 pair silicone eartips ~ S/M/L + double-flange
- Premium Spider storage / travel pouch
- Exclusive music CD by Nik & Sam
- Spider owner's manual
Spider RealVoice in-ear headphones might be relative newcomers to the headphone world but, boy, are they ever perfectly poised to wow listeners seeking top-of-category sound quality and easy 'universal-fit' ergonomics without deep wallet damage. Featuring built-in mic + 3-button control for Apple sources, the RealVoice in-ear headset design sits vertically in the ear canal which Spider says offers an improved fit for differing types of ears along with a more expansive soundstage and clearer timbral definition than typically heard with in-ears at this price. The lovely sound signature of the Spider RealVoice comes as a welcome revelation with beautifully rendered vocals and uncolored midranges standing out as its unique acoustic strengths. Large 12.5mm drivers with copper-clad aluminum wire (CCAW) voice coils present an extra-accurate linear response and defined bass response that's expertly balanced with singing upper highs just a hair rolled-off at the top-most edges of the frequency range, but still with natural articulation of recording details and musical dynamics. The cheerful yet wholly accurate presentation offers a rhythmic ease and deeply pleasurable engagement with your music that many other in-ear headsets we've tried -- often at 2x and 3x the Spider's price -- can often lack. Given that RealVoice's stated mission is to capture the singer's "real voice" without distortion or tint, HeadRoom verdict is Spider rates amongst the best iPhone-ready, vocals-oriented headset earphones under $99.
The Spider RealVoice chrome-like cosmetics is only slightly chi-chi and integrates with the vertical earpiece engineering creating a distinct look that avoids too-flashy over-bling. The Spider headphone cord is a Y-type cable extending about 4.5 ft to the slim-profile stereo mini 3.5mm (1/8") jack and it contains the mic housing plus 3-button controller near the right earpiece's cord yoke. The silicon eartip array provided with the RealVoice headset delivers solid noise-blocking/isolation even in very noisy environs, so the Spider is recommended for frequent flyers and daily commuters. The RealVoice package includes three pairs of single-flange tips in S/M/L sizes and a medium pair of double-flange tips. Remember to try them all for the very best in-ear fit and best sound quality. Spider Headphones also offers an additional single-flange eartip size in between their medium & large sizings, but it does not ship with the headphone. If needed, please call or email Spider and they will mail a set to you at absolutely no charge anywhere in the USA. Thanks to Ronny Tsai & Spider!
- Driver Type: Dynamic
- Microphone: Yes
- Connector Type: 1/8
- Isolation: -14dB ~ -23dB
- Impedance @ 1kHz: 18 Ohms
- Detachable Cable: No
- Cord Length: 4.5ft
- Cord Type: Straight Y
- Coupler Size: Small
- Ear Coupler Type: IEM
- Headphone Type: In-Ear
- Manufacturer Warranty: 1 Year
- Sensitivity: 107 dB
Posted by Roger Huston from Lake Tahoe, NV on 2013-01-14
Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Great sound, both musically and voice chat
Cons: They stick out from the ear so you can't lay on your side with them.
I also travel a lot and enjoy the increased sound dampening of in-ear monitors vs the noise cancelling effect. The in-ear reduces noise more and gives you a much more intimate listening environment. The case they give you is also the best little case I have had, they really protect it well.
The only negative I have about the headphones is that they stick out of the ear quite a bit. I understand this design, it helps give more space to the speaker with a back end opening to allow movement. Nothing wrong with it, however, if you like laying down and listening to music or watching a movie on a tablet, you can't roll over on your side with these headphones.
Lastly, I can't speak well enough about the company. Exactly 1-year and 1-week after I bought them the left side crapped out. I contacted Spider and Tiffany talked to her boss and was able to replace them for me!! I love customer service like this and will buy from them again.
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Posted by Sam Hughes from Orlando, FL on 2012-02-09
Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Just that, superb sound
Cons: Ergonomics, eartips
The pro, it's sound, is very definitely a pro. They have a fairly linear signature, which is definitely tipped down towards the treble. They seem to keep excellent control over the sound, and they seem to be quite transparent. As far as the <$200 market goes, these guys are a great deal.
Compared to the Etymotic signature, it initially sounded a bit too wet. After a bit of acclimation, though, I think that was only from the very dry reference-point of the Etymotic signature. There are few songs where I've had the itch to pull that "stale" reference out, and "Oh, boy", they can shine on some songs. With artists like Modest Mouse and Blue Foundation, though, where the low-end is very prominent in the musical style, the Spiders very clearly are the better suited 'phones. The times when I miss some of the extra energy of the "eties" is significantly less, now that I've gotten used to the Spiders.
The problem: this is a huge problem. It's one of those things that I've laughed off before, so I feel a bit ridiculous making a fuss about it, but it actually is a big deal. They are incompatible with third-party eartips, let alone tri-flange eartips.
This matters because, first, the construction is pretty awkward; and, second, because the included tips all suck. They have transversely mounted drivers, which lend to them fitting poorly into the outer ear. This means that they fall out easily, and are very poor for use when you're moving around. Meanwhile, the "eties" introduced me to tri-flanges done right. They just stuck in your ear until you pulled them out. You could catch the cable on something, and they would stay in.
Now, the Spiders are incompatible with other tips because of the size of their nozzle. It forces other eartips off in your ear-canal. It's not fun to have to dig it out with a q-tip, tell you what. The headset almost falls out with the normal eartips, and it forces more retentative tips off. You lose either way.
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Posted by jonny on 2011-12-15
Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: sound, value, remote/mic
Buy these if you want great sound partnered with iphone/ipod functionality at under $100. If you're thinking of spending more, you could look at Shure SE315 or 425 with their replacement cord that has the built in mic.
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