Summary: The Phonak Audeo PFE 232 aren't cheap, but critical listeners may well find their swappable Acoustic Filters (for fine-tuning the headphones' already excellent sound quality) to more than justify the $600 asking price.
Pros: The supremely comfortable Phonak Audeo PFE 232 earphones come with three "acoustic filters" that alter tonal balance for exceptional clarity and a wide-open soundstage.
Cons: The headphones lack the luxury look and feel we'd expect at this price, and they let in more external noise than they should.
Conclusion: The Phonak Aud?PFE 232 offers stunning audio quality with swappable filters to customize the sound signature, but the price feels too high.
Pros: Excellent audio performance with zero distortion on deep bass, even at maximum volumes. Comes with a removable, replaceable cable and a spare. Includes ear tips in various sizes and materials, along with acoustic filters for varying the frequency response. Built-in iPhone controls.
Cons: Incredibly expensive. Design is not visually striking.
Summary: Phonak covers all the basics and then some with the Audéo PFE232s. Phonak's implementation of customizable sound signatures is perfect. The filters can be swapped easily and they provide an audible change to the sound signature, without ruining the core qualities. The force of the PFE232s is that they have a delicate balanced sound signature without noticeable flaws.
Pros: Excellent sound quality, Well implemented user replaceable cable, Two cables included (one with microphone, one without), Incredible build quality, Good bundle, Customizable sound signature, Superb fit, also in small ears, Very small compared to other high-end offerings, Features one of the best cable constructions ever
Cons: Price! ($599!), No hard carrying case included in the bundle, Sound stage not on par with other similar priced offerings