Testing Arctic Sound E361-WM
Since Arctic Sound E361-WM can perform both as a regular earphone and a smartphone headset, we conducted different tests. First, we used it with our own iPod Touch (tested here) and enjoyed a variety of musical selections, even podcasts. The earphone worked great with bass, giving a powerful response without any distortions when we selected drum-heavy electronic music and hip-hop. When we listened to the Forcecast (a Star Wars podcast), the presenters seemed to be right by our side so crisp were their voices. Being an earphone with three different silicone caps choices, the E361-WM provided great sound immersion, leaving the exterior noise well behind. Be aware of the volume because you can get a little stunned after some hours of listening. Although being useless on a regular iPod, the microphone can control some rudimentary pause/play function, which is good when you have to pause the music to hear something else (like a cellphone or another person calling out).To test the E361-WM as a headset, we asked a friend for his iPhone. In this case, the microphone control can toggle between calls. To use with Skype on a laptop, you have to use the audio/microphone splitter. In both cases the calls sounded great according to the people we called, and we never had to hold the microphone closer to our mouth to be heard.In a final analysis, we rather liked the strong bass response and the crisp sound that comes from an earphone that doesn’t have any pretentions of being a high-end audiophile product. The microphone makes it a very useful headset for smartphones and laptop. The neat casing and overall design just add to the final value. The E361-WM is already a faithful companion to our iPod.