Product Review – Munitio Billets
Manufacturer: Munitio / MSRP: $89.99 / Release Date: October 23
I’ve struggled with two big issues throughout my audio listening career: convenience and comfort. Since owning my first iPod, I’ve spent a long time with ear-buds. They’re either too big, bulky, or just sound like crap. Personally, I’ve always been a fan of headphones — you know, the ones that go over your ears instead of making unwanted love to your vestibule.
Since the dawn of the iPhone there has been a growing number of Apple ready audio headgear; somewhat bridging the gap between convenience and comfort. Sadly though these, in my experience, have usually come in two flavors: expensive, or they disintegrate if you so much as look at them.
Having to lug around giant headphones is a pain, so like most people, I’ve defaulted to whatever spare white ear-buds I have lying around… until this week when we received a happy medium, the Munitio “Billets.” Usually doing product reviews isn’t my thing, but for this particular instance, I felt my opinion might actually mean something.
The ear-buds are designed to look like empty 9mm casings made of aluminum. Keep in mind, these are aimed at the Call of Duty crowd. That thought aside, I actually found the design to be aesthetically pleasing. At first glance you can’t tell you have bullets in your head, granting Munitio a couple extra points for subtlety for the design. And, since you can adjust the tip (go ahead, laugh it up), I was able to find a good balance between comfort and stability.
I did something really stupid Friday night… something I don’t recommend you do, ever. I’m among the few in Los Angeles who don’t drive a car, at least not on a regular basis. I ride my bike daily from home to work with a trip on the Red Link in between. I usually listen to music or play my 3DS on the subway, but never when I ride; I have a strange fear of getting hit by a silent Toyota Prius or angry relative.
On the ride home at 9:30PM I thought I would give the new Billets a try since the streets of North Hollywood were rather empty. As I made my way home playing Kavinsky on Pandora, I could barely make out the sound of cars whizzing by be or even the giant bus that almost nicked me. It was neither the safest noise-cancellation test, nor the smartest, but I can safely proclaim that the dance party from my phone stayed inside my head while nothing else from the outside world could.
After I got home and escaped certain death, I realized something: the bass in Billets was really damn good. Keep in mind I was blasting electronicia all night where the “wub wub wub” was a bit more pronounced than your typical Enya track. But the recent bike ride of death led me to believe that I could squeeze in some game time with the same earphones.
Before jumping on my PC, I consulted the press release one more time, noticing the fine print, “Not Intended for Console Use”. Well peanut butter wasn’t intended to pleasure ones self with his or her favorite pet, but we do it anyway. After a couple minutes of deliberation, I started a couple games of the BF3 beta (the irony, amirite?). The game sounded great and the noise cancellation worked just as well at home. At one point my fiancée walked behind me, said something and walked away… or didn’t. I’m actually not sure since I couldn’t hear anything coming out of her mouth. *Man Five!*
As a traveler of the world constantly looking for things that go in and around my ears, I would have to rank the Munitio Billets pretty high. At about $90, they fall somewhere in the middle of my “cheap or expensive” list . If you’re like me and you’re in the market for some new military themed earphones or just want some slick sounding bullets in your head, I highly recommend giving the Munitio Billets a go.