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QUARKIE: A NEW LINE OF HIGH-PERFORMANCE EARPHONES

Quarkie is a new earphone brand that just arrived in Hong Kong. The funky earphones are designed by a group of British and Asian-Pacific artists, music lovers and electronic engineers.

We tested the Quarkie in-ear earphones for a few days. The earphones performed best when we were listening to electronic dance music, especially DnB. The sounds were top-notch - clear audio performance with low distortion as we were walking up and down the stairs of Lan Kwai Fong.

The noise isolation feature is just magic. Our neighbor was doing construction work on one of the days we were trying the product. Once we put the earphones on we couldn’t hear any of the drilling noise!

Each pair of in-ear earphones is packaged with four sets of ear buds (XS, S, M and L) so you can pick the ones that fit you best. A pair costs HKD$799 each. Each in-ear set is individually handcrafted. There are seven models: a yellow viper snakeheads, green viper snakeheads, snake eyes, cat eyes, chameleon eyes, purple gemstones and rusty bolts. All of them are compatible with iPhones and Android phones.

You can purchase them from the following places:

Universal Audio & Video Centre (Shop 135, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty)

HMV (3-4/F., Entertainment Building, 30 Queen’s Road Central)

True Sound Company Limited (M/F., Jim’s Comm’l Bldg., 102-104 Des Voeux Rd., Central)

A & A Audio & Video Center Limited (Shop 135, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty)

Sogo (10/F., 555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay)

LCX (X-Plus, Level 3, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui/ Tel: 3102 3668)

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