One of the best things about doing reviews here at Techaeris is discovering new companies. One of the most recent companies we ran across is Echobox and they gave us a pair of their Echobox Finder X1 in-ear headphones to check out. Read on for the full review and find out why the Echobox Finder X1 in-ear headphones earned a Top Pick award for 2017 and why they blew me away.
- Powerful and detailed sound stage
- Solid titanium housing
- Silver-plated copper cable
- AFT (Acoustic Filter Tuning) sound customization system
- 9.2mm PEEK (Polyether Ether Ketone) Dynamic Driver
- Impedance 22 OHMS
- Sensitivity 96DB/MW
- Frequency Response 15 HZ – 35 KHZ
- THD <1%
What’s In The Box
- Echobox Finder X1 in-ear headphones
- Hardshell carrying case
- 6 pair of earbud tips of differing size
- One pair of Comply premium earphone tips
- 3 pairs of AFT (Acoustic Filter Tuning) tips
The first thing you’ll notice about the Echobox Finder X1 in-ear headphones is how insanely light they are. Made from a solid titanium housing along with a silver-plated copper cable which is nicely sheathed in interesting opaque rubber material they feel very premium. The version we have for review include the inline mic which has your typical controls. Volume up, volume down, play/pause, Siri/Google Now and answer/reject calls are all on the control barrel. It’s important to note that there are versions for both Android and iOS so be sure to choose the correct version.
The shape of the Finder X1 headphones is also appealing to me visually and they are super small and lightweight making them melt away once in your ears. Overall the design is not only well built with premium materials but it is aesthetically pleasing.
This is the meat and potatoes. I’m generally a fan of over-ear headphones because I feel they give you the best sound of anything else. I like having my ears immersed in the sound while the cups block out ambient noise. There are many very good and high-quality in-ear headphones, of that I have no doubt. I have reviewed many in the past that are really good, but none of them have ever matched my over-ear experience.
The Echobox Finder X1 in-ear headphones are simply amazing in the sound department and they blew me away. The Finder X1s are the closest thing to over-ear headphones that I’ve used and the AFT sound customization is pretty awesome and very useful. AFT allows you to tune your Finder X1s to the sound you prefer to hear. The titanium tips under the rubber earbud tips are removable and Echobox gives you three options to customize.
The AFT tips are color coded: white gives you a balanced sound, black gives you more bass, and red gives you more treble. You just simply remove the earbud tips, unscrew the titanium tips and screw on the tips you want to use. The AFT system really works and I found that I actually love the black tips the best, which is a change for me since I usually prefer a balanced sound, but I didn’t find the bass here overbearing.
The main takeaway here is, these things produce some of the richest and most immersive sound I’ve ever heard from an in-ear headphone. I usually always take my over-ears with me just because I feel the sound quality is much better, but Echobox has given me a quality light-weight alternative. Overall the sound is stellar and the AFT system really works well, these suckers are among the best I’ve ever used.
Really great call quality here. I don’t use headphones for calls but I do test them when I have them for review. Callers sounded very crisp and clear and I had zero complaints about not being heard.
Price and value are always subjective things and it’s always much harder when a product runs into the hundreds of dollars. The Echobox Finder X1 in-ear headphones cost $229USD which is a hell of a lot for a pair of in-ear headphones. We get that not everyone wants to dump that much cash on these and that’s okay. What I will say is, these things are very comparable to a really awesome pair of over-ear headphones. If you want that over-ear quality with the portability and lightweight properties of in-ears, then the Finder X1s are totally worth it.
UPDATE 01/14/2017 17:35(EST): Echobox has reached out to us to let us know that the pricing on the Finder X1’s have changed and they retail for $159USD Apple version and $149USD Android version. Pricing will be adjusted shortly on their website and Amazon. This is an even more amazing price and we are adjusting the score to reflect that.
These should be on your short-list if you’re looking for light, portable, HQ sound in a pair of in-ear headphones.