Come next Monday, I have to make a decision between the Pure 700 BTEs and the zon.7 BTEs. I would be intersted in hearing what others would choose as between these HAs.
The Pures have a lot of features I find very desirable, including volume control, and the ability to turn them off without opening the battery doors. Noise reduction is excellent, and the “noisy” program works superbly in restaurants, malls, on the street, and even on the subway. However, feedback cancellation is poor to just adequate, even with large closed domes, and even with the sound brilliance turned off, I still get what appears to be entrailment. As for the sound of voices, to my ears, voices are more mechanical and metallic than with the zons and more “tinny.” Music doesn’t sound as clear and pleasant with the Pures as it does with the zons (in the universal program for both).
The zons produce NO feedback to speak of. That and the sound quality of voices (natural, soft, not too “bright”) are their best features. On the negative side, noise reduction is just adequate to poor, and there’s some, but not enough, difference in NR between the universial and “noisy” programs. I can’t happily listen to music in a car with zons, which I can do with ease with the Pures. The zons have 4 programs, compared to 5 for the Pures, no volume control, no remote, and the only way to shut them off is by opening the battery doors. My audie tried to overcome the “no volume control” issue by creating a program in which there was more than usual gain (for use in large meetings), but there’s so noise in that program that I have trouble hearing the louder voices.
The main reason I wear HAs is for work; I can live quite adequately without them on the weekends and at home. But I need HAs for both conversing with people one-to-one in my quiet office AND for the several large meetings I attend every week. The price for each pair is the same, and the warranties are comparable.
If you were in my shoes, do you think that you would go with the zons or the Pures? Thanks for any views, comments, and suggestions.