Conclusion: XTZ has almost exclusively tied the EarPhone-12 to DSP, which makes any subtle audio improvements a bit disappointing. However, the EarPhone-12 can compete with others in its price range – without DSP.
Pros: Sound is good with or without app, Cool looking, Priced right
Cons: Chrome is plastic, App audio improvement is minimal, App only compatible with iOS
Summary: The XTZ Earphone Sports was sent to me by XTZ in Sweden in exchange for my honest opinion on them. I’d like to take the opportunity to say thank you to Olle (the CEO of XTZ) for giving me the chance to check them out, TACK!
Pros: Fantastic sound, very comfortable, intersting concept with a custom made app
Cons: Only 3 pair of tips included, not waterproof, needs an app to perform their best
I've had the JCV Victor FX500 / FX1000 earphones for several years now, and been very happy with the sound. The plug is now hanging on by a thread and I wanted something new before it breaks.
Pros: Great sound with DSP processing on, good sound with it off. Split chord length and an in-line microphone
Cons: App only available on iOS devices, music has to be stored locally (no iTunes Match)