• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Break-in period required

    • Written by from ENUMCLAW

    Physical issues;
    First thing I noticed with these earbuds, it takes trial and error to make sure you have the right fit for your ears. It should be snug enough so the buds stay in your ear and that outside noises are muffled. The ear tips are easy to remove but hard to reinstall. That's actually good because it means it won't fall off in your pocket when you deploy the 'buds as you're running for the bus. The cloth covered cord seems to work OK. I don't think it is any more tangle-free than conventional cords. I do like the tactile feel of them so far. The 3-button remote is a little more difficult to operate because of it's oval shape and larger diameter as compared to the flat, slim, rectangular profile of the Apple earbud control. The length of the cord is great and the plastic alligator clip works well. I like the right-angle audio plug that connects to my iPhone. I did have to use a knife to carefully expand the hole of my iPhone case in order to accept the plug. The base of the plug is larger (fatter) than the Apple earbud plug. Some cases may have a problem with this.
    Audio quality:
    The sound was incredibly harsh in the beginning, with the 's' sounds cutting through, very distracting. It also depends a lot on the type of music or voice you are listening to. However after about 20 hours of listening, the harshness has reduced a lot. Not sure how that works out. It's quite possible some of that might be that I've just grown accustomed to it. I'm no expert audiophile, but I can usually hear differences in audio quality and these sound better than what I had. I did adjust the iPhone's EQ in Settings-->Music-->EQ to Bass Booster though for the type of podcasts and music I listen to.
    Summary:
    Coming from the original Apple earbuds, I'm pretty happy so far with this purchase and would buy again.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Regarding the noisy cords...

    • Written by from New York

    I also found the "rustling" cords very annoying. I think I got around this problem by switching the rubber tips (i.e., the parts that stick in your ear) to smaller ones. They're less tight in my ear and this seems to reduce the noise. Note that the earphones come with a set of ~12 rubber tips and they're not all the same size.

    Having gotten around this problem, the sound is really good and deep, and the sound insulation is quite good.

    8 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great!

    • Written by from Tobyhanna

    I received as present. Love them. Do not agree they are not good for working out. Work out every other day- weights and elliptical without any problems. Do not get feedback touching cable. My guess is the one with the problem is a one off and not typical.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Decent value and sound- cord to noisy for working out.

    • Written by from Seattle

    I found those headphones to have good sound quality for the price with great mid tones and decent treble and bass (not overpowering).
    The build quality is nice too.
    However, the fabric covered tangle resistant cord that comes with these transfers friction/impact sound to your ears very efficiently. If you tap on the cord with your finger tip it sounds like a bass drum. If your slide your finger along the cord it sounds like a snare drum. If you run with the cord moving about your apparel it will generate muted bass and snare drum sounds constantly. They have no clip to secure the cord that might help in this regard, but not enough I think.
    I have observed cord generated sound in other headphones, but never as severe as with these ones. I need to take them back as they just won't do for me using them to workout. Others using them for more static listening might totally appreciate them.

    147 of 152 people found this useful