I was excited to get my hands on moshi’s Keramo in-ear headphones because of their ceramic construction. The advantage of ceramic is its relatively neutral acoustic properties (as compared to the plastic or metal housing in other headphones), so I put the Keramo through its paces to see how much of a difference the material really makes.
I’ve been testing the Keramo for a few weeks now, and I’ve found the sound to be very clear for mids and highs, but probably just a little too crisp. Certain sounds (like hi-hats) felt just a little too sharp, which made a couple of my rock songs occasionally uncomfortable to listen to. Bass, on the other hand, is very nicely balanced – not overwhelming, but still a deep, satisfying thrum. I did have to try a few of the included earbuds before finally getting a satisfying seal, though.
Moshi products are usually very well made in my experience, and the Keramo is no exception. The ceramic housing is simultaneously angular and rounded and has an almost ominous black sheen. I’m also not sure if the ceramic construction makes these headphones more fragile than other headphones, but I’ve been using the included carrying case, just in, err, case.
The fabric cable is strong and doesn’t tend to rub up against my clothes nearly as much as rubber cables on other headphones. The only disappointment is that there aren’t any volume controls on this premium $100+ set of in-ear headphones – just a decent in-line mic and a large playback button. Kudos to moshi for placing the mic on the Y-splitter, though, so it’s always easy to pull it up to your mouth after answering calls.
Ultimately, I think the Keramo is well-made and beautifully designed, and I really like the crisp sound. I can’t listen to them all day long because certain sounds do feel a little sharp after a while, but for lying back and listening to every little corner of a song, the Keramo is hard to beat. If you’re looking or clear sound in a $120 pair of in-ear headphones (and you don’t mind the lack of in-line volume controls), take a look at the Keramo from moshi.
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