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Ultimate Ears MetroFi 220 Noise Isolating Headphones

Released on 21 May 2009

Manufacturer: Ultimate Ears

4.0 out of 5 (33 customer reviews) | Write a review

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MetroFi 220 Noise-Isolating Earphones

More than just a pretty package; the MetroFi 220 earphones give you clarity, smooth range, and a clean thump in a sleek design. The 220 keeps you in touch with the world around you while letting you hear your music clearly. The comfortable, compact design sits securely in your ears while you go about your day.

Further features of the Ultimate Ears MetroFi 220

Fits your life
These Ultimate Ears MetroFi 220 headphones come with three different-sized silicone ear-cushions. These changeable ear-cushions mean that you can find the perfect fit for your ears, resulting in a more comofortable listening experience. Whatever size you choose, the earbuts are designed to have a secure fit, meaning that they are durable enough to stay in place and keep up with you on the go.

Great SoundThe Metrofi 220s deliver and authentic sound quality which means you can hear your music clearly and cleanly. The high performance dynamic speaker will make your favourite tunes sound great, and with 16dB noise isolation you'll notice the difference.

Details that matter
The Ultimate Ears MetroFi 220 headphones come with a pocket-sized carrying case to protect your earphones. It's also light enough that it doesn't add bulk so you can comfortably carry it wherever you go. Plus, each earbud is colour coded, making it easy to see which ear is which at a glance. Remember- right = red! And the gold plated 3.5mm jack means these handy headphones are perfect for all your listening needs.

  • Product Tour

  • Learn more about the Ultimate Ears MetroFi 220 headphones.
  • Key Features:
  • For iPod and MP3 players with a 3.5 mm jack.
  • Great sounding in-ear earphones
  • Speaker type: Single, high performance, UE-designed, dynamic speaker
  • Input sensitivity: 103 dB SPL/mW at 1 kHz
  • Impedance: 18 ohms at 1 kHz
  • Cable length: 116.8 cm (46 inches)
  • Weight: 12.4 g (0.44 ounces)
  • Input connector: 3.5 mm (1/8 inch) gold plated
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Noise isolation: 16 dB
  • Package Contents
  • MetroFi 220 earphones
  • Pocket-ready hard case
  • Silicone ear-cushions (S, M, L)
  • Instruction manual
  • 2-year limited hardware warranty.

customer Reviews

 Average rating (33 reviews)

 Quality Earphones for under £100

| | See all Renegade0721's reviews (2)

These earphones are actually pretty good I was sceptical at first considering that I had heard of some people saying that it lacks in bass however after using them my doubts are now gone! They have a quite a lot of bass maybe not as much as the Shure SE310 which I previously owned before they completely lost all their sound after just 10 months but anyway those cost almost four times as much as these ultimate Ears so I guess I can't complain. The sound quality that comes out is very good and clear and I was surprised at the quality of them they are not as good as the Shures I owned but you can't tell the difference in most songs and one advantage that they have over the Shures I previously owned is that they are so much easier to insert into your ears and get a comfortable fit. With the Shures I had to keep re-adjusting so that they would fit properly. Any way they do their job when it comes to sound isolation you can barely hear anything outside but they do allow you to hear some ambience noise so you're not walking around deaf and unaware of what is going on in the world around you.

I've managed to get a good fit with the Silicone ear-cushions however I have realised that it does start to hurt a little after long term use but hopefully as my ears get used to them this should not be a problem. The wires are designed so that they don't get tangled and I have to say that I've had no problems with them so far. As for the carry case its plastic and has a kind of cheap weak looking latch that looks like it will break with constant use I have heard of that happening with another user but I should have no worries as I intend on using the carry case that came with my previous Shure SE310 earphones which is of a much higher quality and has a zip close. So if you're looking for a good pair of earphones for under 100 these are a very good buy I highly recommend.

 Brilliant sound but MASSIVE earbuds!

| | See all Aman01's reviews (1)

I usually wear Sennheiser or Sony earphones and after my CX-300's broke a few weeks ago, I thought i'd try out a different brand to see if I was missing out on anything.

Firstly, the sound clarity is brilliant, great responsiveness over different types of music and decent bass. There are, however, a number of gripes that have made me less than impressed overall with this product.

1) My ears fit the small Sennheiser earbuds like a glove, never had a problem with them at all. Ultimate Ears seem to have gone half a size up with their 'small' which has consequently meant they fall out of my ears 10 seconds after I mash them in. I bought these just before a few 26 hour coach journeys so had to frantically swap the buds from my CX-300's which aren't a great fit on the actually product, but manage to fit in my ear regardless.

2) The wire is shocking. Yes, it's rubbery and bound to last ages, but the kinks in the wire from packing and from storage won't go away whatsoever. You look like a an idiot with cable bending around in different directions coming from your ears. It also makes them more prone to hitting things like coat collars and falling out.

3) The plug is straight. Now, most earphones have this design, but once you start using them regularly and wrapping them around your player I have no doubt the wire in that part will start to loosen and break. Sennheiser do a much better angled plug that lasts ages.

So, finally, the sound that comes from these things is really good. Design flaws mar this quite a bit however, so I'd be a little more wary of the brilliant ratings on here.

 Who gives you extra? Ultimate Ears, not just the Halifax.

| | See all DiscsForPennies's reviews (11)

Having been quite happy with my Sony mdr-ex71's for almost five years, it was time for something new.

I've always preferred in-ear 'head'phones due to their portability and sound quality.

Having never paid much attention to the Ultimate Ears brand, I was glad to see that these MetroFi 220's were available for significantly less than their $80 price tag.

The most important part is the sound and having read just about every review and scrap of information about them I wasn't sure what to expect!

In my opinion the sound is fantastic - regardless of the price. If you want to bring the price into it then for the money, these are an absolute steal when it comes to sound clarity and quality.

If you pick the correct sized ear cushions to get a nice tight fit, you will get solid bass and wonderfully clear highs and midrange sound.

The best way to describe the sound difference in terms of clarity compared to other earphones I've had is simple:

You hear 'MORE' of the music.
One of my favourite albums, Depeche Mode's Violator, is around 20 years old. I've listened to that album hundreds if not thousands of times and with these Ultimate Ears I have heard details that I've never noticed before when listening on any of the audio equipment I've ever had (that includes some fairly expensive home Hi-Fi gear).

On top of this, they do give some isolation to external noise but this very much depends on you choosing the correct silicone ear cushions.

Design/Build quality:

Shiny shiny shiny. The earphones look pretty classy with their chrome appearance. I find that the fit is great when you've picked the correct size silicone cushions and they aren't as heavy as they look. You'll see what I mean!

The cable is really my only dislike. It's much better than the one on my Sony earphones as the 220's have got a rubber/plastic feel. This helps stop them getting tangled up compared to the likes of more rubbery ones (iPod for example). It does mean that the cable naturally doesn't want to stay curled up so keeping them in a pouch or the supplied case (we'll get to that in a minute!) is best.

Further up the Ultimate Ears range you do get better quality cable but of course that all comes at a price. The cable covering is fine and the cable within it has to be of a reasonable quality to provide that clear sound.

The plug/jack is a straight type like iPod/iPhone earphones. I've generally never been a fan of this type and preferred the right-angled plug. However, the straight connector means that having a case or shell on your phone or mp3 player should still allow this connector to have a smooth fit. It's certainly the case with my HTC Hero fitted with a rubber case. The straight jack fits better than the right-angled one.

As previously mentioned, the cable has a mind of its own and isn't easy to keep neat without putting it in a pouch or case. A case is included and it does the job but it's not going to last with regular use. The case itself is a great size and shape but the hinge will definitely wear out over time regardless of how careful you are. It'll do for a while but I'm using the case that came with my Sony's.

So let's sum up.

The Good:
Incredibly detailed sound
Stylish/expensive looking earphones
Exceptional value

The Bad:
Cable appearance/feel

The Ugly:
Cheap case won't last

At 17.79 they are an absolute steal.

 Excellent Earphones for the price range

| | See all Muckerville's reviews (2)

These earphones are excellent. They give you a good quality sound and bass. They are a very comfortable, the first time I put them on they were a perfect fit. Also, for anyone who travels a lot and looking for earphones that block out external noise I would recommend these. I travel to work daily via public transport and these do a great job blocking out radios or people talking. For the price range I think these earphones are very good value for your money.

 Superb Headphones

| | See all Newmie's reviews (1)

I bought these to replace a set of Philips in ear headphones that had broken. All I can say is that so far these headphones are in a different league. They almost completely block out any background noise (no mean feet considering I commute by train) and the sound quality is amazing.
These would be good quality headphones at full price but at the price play is selling them at then they are a must have.

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