Promac PRO One Earphones, surprisingly good for a budget earphone

Wait Promac? Earphones? Yep! Same brand that makes those TVs I often associate as “raffle prizes”. Now they’re venturing in the world of headphones and what we have here is their PRO One (they also have PRO2 and PRO3). The PRO does not stand for professional-grade by the way.

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The Promac PRO One earphones is advertised as having a detailed and bass-driven sound signature. For the curious ones, the PRO2 is said to give you warm and bright sound while the PRO3 has an in-line mic. That’s their lineup and they’re taking it slowly by introducing these affordable ones first.

Anyway, back to the Promac PRO One. At first, it looks like your typical in-ear earphones with a high gloss finish. But when you pull it out from its plain-looking packaging, you would see an angled driver design (not meant for over-ear wearing) for a comfort fit and a flat tangle-free cable with a cinch to keep those buds together when not in use.

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Comfort fit you say? Yes, the angled design works and it’s one of the most comfortable and “just right fit for my ears” earphone I’ve used. It’s snug, not too tight and not loose either and they have two extra silicon tips too in case the default one doesn’t feel right on your ear.

Performance

To test this Promac PRO One, I have a couple of entry-level buds in the form of the Philips SHE800 and the Superlux HD381 to compare it with and a Nokia phone as my music player.

According to the packaging, the Pro ONE has a detailed and bass-driven sound signature. Well one thing’s for sure, the bass is not that strong. It’s there but the sound is not necessarily bass-driven as they claim. After using it to listen to Kanye West’s Niggas in Paris, it felt that bass was weak compared to the Philips SHE800 which has the same driver size. It’s not that bad though especially if you don’t need those powerful bass. Let’s just say there’s not much bang in T-Pain’s Bang Bang Pow Pow.

Its strength would be in the details. Despite having a not-so big soundstage, you can still clearly hear the details of your music. The mids and the highs are well reproduced and surprisingly crisp for an earphone of this caliber. Wale’s Lotus Flower Bomb sounded rich and vibrant with the synths smoothly flowing from left to right without muddying the treble. Piano and the string instruments on the Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years were spot on although I’m sure it will sound better on a bigger soundstage.

Because of the snug fit, sound isolation is better than your typical entry-level earphones and there’s only a little bit of sound leakage coming from this when worn. I’ve used this at the gym and it does a good job muting the gym’s own music. Although it’s less powerful than the Superlux HD381, the Promac PRO One can keep the music in your ears instead of broadcasting it to the people around you.

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Coming from an untested brand with an affordable price, it’s easy to doubt its build quality. Unfortunately, I can’t help you there as I’ve only been using this earphone for two weeks during commutes and workouts. What you’ll get from Promac is a one-year warranty for these and they will even replace it if it’s unrepairable and still falls under warranty terms.

Verdict

What you would like with the Promac PRO One is its snug fit, flat cable and excellent sound details for an earphone that costs only Php499. Yes, it’s costs just half a grand. I’m not going to recommend this to those into hip-hop or rap music or those who don’t want to be seen with the Promac brand on their ears but for other genres and those who don’t care about brands, the Promac PRO One is my new top pick for a budget earphone.

You can get these in Astrovision/Astroplus branches and also Egghead where you can also audition it.


23 Comments

  1. Meron ba silang headphones sir Calvin?

  2. JmBalicano /

    Motherf***.. I just bought a pair of Sennheizers for 3k last night.. The MM50 headset from Digital Walker. Then a friend pointed out that Widget City had it for half that on their website. HALF THAT!!! Granted, I get a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty.. but at 1.5k I could’ve just risked it getting broke and then just buy another pair of MM50s from Widget City again with what I saved from the first pair! Now Promac comes out with a headset with in-line mic that could potentially go for sub-1k?!! I think this is the worst case of buyer’s remorse I’ve ever experienced..

    • always check widget city hehehe. they really have the lowest prices when it comes to gadgets.

    • JmBalicano /

      I’ll just find a way to magically get my headset broke in a year and 11 months. That way I can capitalize on the warranty.. Muhahahahaahah! Damn you Digital Walker!!

  3. buhay pa pala promac hahahah

  4. moracajay /

    Sir Calvin, bass aside, which is better in details and treble, 381 or Promac?

  5. sir calvin, how about these vs. soundmagic pl11′s? is it possible for you to post a long term update for the items that you review? :)

  6. Griswold /

    wow! im not into bass so i guess this would be my next commute phones pag nasira na soundmagics ko. :P thanks for the review sir calvin.

  7. San nbibili yn?hehe, gawang pinoy yan, tangkilikin, mganda din ang a4tech n earbuds, 2x nq bumibli nun

  8. Stumbled upon your blog sir while researching for earphones. Actually bought this just a while ago and was quite impressed for its price, especially since this will be replacing my SHE8000.

    How’s your pair holding up now?

    • still holding. loving the flat cables. i also have the SHE800 and now use it solely for my office laptop. this pro one is for my commutes. glad you like it!

  9. Jumz /

    Makabili nga nito… 2 weeks pa lang monster beats ko nginatngat ng aso namin.. eeerrrr…. Eto na lang, at least kung nguyain ulit ng aso namin, di masakit sa bulsa… ahahahahaha… Okey po ba ito sa iPod…??? I’m an iPod user maniac kasi… hehehehe…

  10. henry /

    san po nkakabili ng ganito sir?? sa mga malls po b meron??

  11. Nice review. I’ll certainly grab one of these!
    A full review of the ProTWO and Pro3 would be awesome.

  12. Bought mine at Trinoma Astrovision. All in all, I think they’re great. Best value for the money talaga.
    Cons:
    - Angled Drivers. It goes inside your ear with a tight seal.Sound isolation is better than most IEM’s.
    -Flat durable cables. Better cable than those 500-1000 php Philips and Sony’s. It’s also noticibly more durable than those cheap “bang for the buck earphones” like the AweiESxxx and the KanenKM92 (this two are a tad cheaper though).BTW, 1 year of warranty is provided for this item.
    -Great sound. I auditioned this IEM together with the Jays Three.I was shocked when I noticed that they sounded almost the same! It definitely sounds better than most cheap IEMs.

    Cons
    -No pouch. Ung tips lang ang included.
    -Limited availability. Sa Astrovision and kay Sir Egghead lang cya available AFAIK.
    -Brand concious pips would probably stay away from this brand.

    If you’re looking for cheap earphones with great sound, I suggest you grab a pair of these. The earphones market is flooded with fake beats and unrealible Chinese brands (not including Superlux and SoundMagic, they’re good), I think it would be awesome if we support our own local brand. =)

  13. sir, which is better, promac or sync & charge in-ear headphones? they basically have the same price and i’ve already tested both. but i would like others point of view in which item would be money-well-spent. thanks

  14. Ricbert Ped /

    I bought mine a week ago and for normal everyday usage, the left earphone wont work anymore. Poor quality, but its ok I just got mine for 499 at Lazada :D

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