Cygnett GroovePlatinum earphones review
The GroovePlatinum earphones fall in the middle of a new range of affordable iPod in-ear headphones from Cygnett. Priced between £10 and £20 they represent value for money, particularly if you break or lose the ones supplied out of the box from Apple. While cheap they don't look like they came from your nearest pound shop and have a solid feel considering the price. Stylish without overdoing the bling they perform well enough but lack the clear benefits of more expensive choices and traditional over the ear headphones.
The GroovePlatinum earphones come with a selection of different sized ear tips, in three sizes, which cup the bits that go in your ears. Not a perfect fit, but close, they also help keep some extraneous noise from spoiling your listening pleasure. Over time the earphones proved a comfortable fit. Sound wise, reproduction is bright and clear and fairly detailed, bass is a little lacking and occasionally unfocused but we’ve heard worse. One minor gripe was the clear plastic box the earphones come in was a little fiddly to open thanks to some rather persistent sticky tape. The GroovePlatinum earphones are available in a choice of iPod white and black. Additionally, £19.99 gets you the same earphones but with a mic for iPhone use and those iPod touch users who make calls across the Internet.
A stylish and above all affordable alternative to Apple's own iconic earphones, the Cygnett GroovePlatinum earphones are a worthy option, particularly for those on a budget. Sound reproduction is good to fair, which probably reflects the competitive pricing, and for everyday use prove just fine.