56 of 56 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2010
I have a puppy. My Puppy ate my previous IPhone headphones, which were not perfect, but they sufficed. I went shopping, and they arrived yesterday.
These IDR655M earphone are perhaps the best sounding headphones I've ever owned, which include AKG K140, AKG K270, half a dozen senheiser sets, Audio Tecnica 2.1 and so forth..
At the volume I listen which is considerably below the "blow the eardrums", These guys sound very natural. But the bass is really solid. I keep looking for the subwoofer. There seems to be no muddiness when a bass note is hit, or tinny treble. It is very easy to listen to. I wore them straight for over 2 hours yesterday and my ears were not fatigued, which is rare.
I also got the Hearing Components Comply T-400 Foam Tips to go with them. I just prefer foam since I travel a lot and I like to not hear the plane's engine. The foam reduces the noise just a bit (maybe 3-6 Db), but the silicone ear tips were acceptable.
I have sampled this with everything from classical piano to Jazz, to lite rock to hard rock. It was weakest with the piano, though more than acceptable. It really shines with Jazz. Especially Stanley Clark, who I've never heard this well before.
Ok, in reality, it is weakest on the Beach Boys. Every flaw of recording in 1969 shows through. Is that a bad thing??? I don't know. Everything that was recorded in old analog has all the hiss and white noise from the original tapes showing up. When I compared to more recent recordings, the noise floor is barely audible, if at all.
On to the control: The control unit is great. I've never had this kind of control for my iphone before, and I really like it. I don't have to touch my iphone to bypass the next song or change the volume. It seems very well built.
The cord is not made of rubber. It is like a braided 1/12" nylon rope around the wires inside. It does not tangle like most headphone cords do. Best feature ever...
The plug is great quality as well, small head to fit into my otter box IPhone case (which is unforgiving for plugs)
All in all, I am very pleased with this product. Worth much more than the $42 I paid for it.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2010
First off I'm not an audio expert. I've purchased a a few headphones specifically for my iphone and these are the best so far in this price range.
Compared to skull candy and altec lansing backbeat pros, overall I'm content most with these.
Sound, build quality and price.
I got these on sale for less than $50 on amazon when I think they're normally $70-$100.
- Well rounded sound, bass, mids, highs
- Threaded cord so harder to tangle
- Full feature controls (volume, play/pause, ipod control compatible, mic)
- Several types of ear tips to choose from. The double tipped seem to be the most comfortable to me.
- Price. Less than $50 on sale.
- All black which means less of a target for thieves as opposed to the "rob me" white stock headphones.
- Great noise cancellation if that's what you're into.
- Can hear every rub the cords make. Due to the type of ear buds these are. Haven't tried these working out yet but I assume you'd get used to after a while.
- Bass could be slightly stronger. The bass is good but for my own personal taste I like bass level of the Dre Beats.
- Controls are a bit bulky compared to the stock headphones. Could get annoying while jogging.
If you do a little research on these style of headphones then you already know about the cords rubbing sound issue. The overall sound is well rounded and clear yet could use slightly more bass in my opinion. Although full iphone controls and the rubber buttons are comfortable, they're a bit bulkier than I'd like. Like I said I'm not an audio expert but I've read other reviews saying these contend with headphones almost twice the price. These have the best sound and feature set out of the several types of headsets I've tried. I recommend buying these.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2010
From a purely functional and musical standpoint, the IDR655M's are an excellent pair of headphones. The TapLine remote is easy to use and allows you to control your music device with ease. In my case, I was able to fully control my iPhone 4 and my Macbook Pro with the headphones. The microphone picked up my voice well on calls and nobody complained about background sound. As for music, even out of the box, the sound coming from these headphones is very warm and engaging. These are not meant to be analytical headphones. They are meant for pure fun and enjoyment of music. This means a heavy low end with bass quantity and impact. Anyone that enjoys feeling their music will enjoy these headphones.
The main issue that I had with these and the reason for my return is microphonics. Wearing these straight down cause a lot of noise on the cord when you moved around which made the headphones useless. Sitting still they were beautiful, but any movement killed that beauty. Hopefully Scosche can use a different material for their next iteration of this headphone.
As I said, the sound and functions are great, but the cord material kills these features.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2010
I just got my pair of earphones this AM. I usually don't take the time to write about a product, but in this case I'm making an exception.
WOW! That says it all in a word. These have GREAT sound, they are sturdily built, the earpieces fit perfectly, the sound isolation is fantastic (I wear earbuds listening to my iPhone tunes to mow the lawn). The Mic is perfectly placed. My only worry was that the pics of the buds showed no clip for the cord. Well to my surprise, voilá, there it sat in the dark recesses of the little leather pouch.
I have been on the search for my "ultimate earbuds" and I have found nirvana.
Nice work, Scosche!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2010
I like everything about the earphones. The sound is great and the tapline is very nice for the iPhone. The only problem is the cord. If the cord is completely motionless, ie you are not moving, everything is fantastic. Every time the cord brushes up against something it sounds like you are in a thunderstorm with music in the background. Some cord noise can be expected but the cord on this is horrible. The cord is very limber, flexible and appears as a braided fabric. I would return these if I could. Off to the Apple store, at least they take earphones back, within 14 days.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2010
I picked these up on eBay for about $46 after my V-Moda phones failed to work properly with the iPhone 4. The V-Modas would not advance tracks properly using the control button.
The IDR655m includes a very nice tapLINE controller. It's conveniently placed at the "Y" intersection of the cable. The controls are easy to operate without looking, and offer a positive "click" with good feel and plenty of travel. I have been able to control my iPhone 4 perfectly and consistently, using all the available control capabilities, including volume up/down, next tune, pause, play, repeat tune, and iPhone voice control.
The unit comes with a good assortment of ear cushions. I picked the largest single-cone type and they fit perfectly. The ear cushions offer excellent noise isolation. The cable is cloth-sheathed, which tends to reduce acoustic noise transmission associated with cable movement. Also included is a very nice, padded, spring-loaded pouch which holds the phones easily. The cable tends not to tangle, probably because of the cloth sheath. Scosche also thoughtfully includes a well made cable clip that you'll need to attach yourself; it helps to keep the cable in place and optimizes the mic position. (I placed mine on the right cable, where the mic resides, and clip it to my collar.) Nice.
Sonically, these sound fantastic. Clean, powerful bass, precise mids, and extended high-end without any hint of shrillness. If anything, these tend to sound a bit bass-heavy.
I tested the built in microphone by making a phone call (Voice Command initiated, of course) to another iPhone. The call was crystal clear. The other end heard me perfectly, and there appears to be somewhat of a "feedback" loop that helps mitigate the "occlusion effect" - that quality of sound you hear when you talk and plug your ears. In short, I don't feel I need to pull out the earphones to hear myself talk. Very well done. Also, the tapLINE controller volume controls work during a call, as well as the central control button.
Build quality is very good. The earpieces have a generous rubber strain relief which should help keep the cable from breaking internally. The mini-plug cable strain relief is less pronounced, so I'm going to add a bit of shrink-wrap to that end.
All in all, I am exceptionally pleased. I am a musician and recording engineer, and find these an excellent value that hold up to phones several times their price. Bravo!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2010
I bought these headphones for three reasons.
1. I'd previously purchased a pair of different Scoshce tapline ear phones for my Ihpone as an inexpensive temporary replacement for my Ultimate buds that were sent in for warranty work. I was taken with the sound quality & the tapine remote being superior to that of both my Ultimate Buds & of course, Apples's.
2. While using the original pair, I found only one pair of the silicone inserts fit my ears comfortably while still sealing off outside noise. With my Isolater Eri's I was able to order additional inserts from their website and later, third party venders. I didn't see any listed on Scosche's website, so I contacted their customer service to inquire if I could purchase some. Within hours, I received an email from their vice president, explaining they don't offer any for sale, however, he'd be happy to send me a set for no charge, or shipping. Customer service like that deserves to be commended, rewarded & shared. I was very happy with the company.
3. Macexpo listed the new ear buds as a best of show. Listing among other things, an increase in sound clarity, setting the tapline remote in a different location,and what might be it's best feature, the wire casing had been changed. All of the prior pairs of ear buds, noise isolators, and over the ear head phones I've purchased throughout the years have plastic or vinyl covered thin wires. These new buds come with non-tangling nylon braided jackets. They reduce the interference of sound created by movement, are sturdier than any wires I've had before, and the tangle free is for real.
Now, some people have complained about problems with the tapline remote. I experienced a similar problem. However, as I'd stated earlier, one of the reasons I purchased this brand was the excellent customer service I'd received on the less expensive pair. I contacted Brian the vp via email, let him know I was within the time to return them to Amazon for an exchange or refund. I asked if the problem I was experiencing was something that others had experienced, as I'd just get a refund and wait for them to work out the bugs. My problem was at times, the remote wouldn't work unless I unplugged them, then reinserted the plug.
Brian said I was the first one to have this problem, (I expect I might have been since I got them before they were widely available) and asked if I would return them directly to him so they could test out the problem. He also sent me a replacement pair that day with no charge. I had them within two working days from the email. He even included a prepaid envelope for return of the first set.
The second pair has been trouble free. I took them for a trans Continental flight from the west coast to the UK to Italy and back. No problems at all.
I did take someone else's advice and purchased a different set of tips for long term use, the Comply Tx-400 Foam Tips w/ Integrated Wax-Guard (Black) 3-Pair Pack. I'm glad I did. They were not only more comfortable, but completely drowned out that irritating screeching child with the parent who refuses to quite them down, that one frequently finds sitting behind you on a plane.
I'm so pleased with these that I'm going to go ahead and purchase a second pair. I've learned that whenever I find a product I like, and if it's at a great price, to stock up for when my first pair dies or I lose it, I'll have a back up pair that I know I like.
I strongly recommend these for the reasons I've stated, and at their current discounted price, of just $40.00, I can't think of anything out there for less than $150.00 bucks that comes close with the same sound, features, and quality.
Brian, if you guys monitor the reviews of your products, thanks again for being a company that cares about customer satisfaction.
One caveat, everyone's hearing range is different. I don't consider myself an audiophile however, I've found that with each generation of new buds I've purchased from quality companies, I hear subtle differences in songs I've been listening to for ever, like hearing a bongo drum or triangle.
Your hearing experience could be different. However, most of the prior ear buds I've reviewed & recommended before (check them out if you're interested) have been met with wide spread approval.
21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on May 7, 2010
Now let me preface this review by saying that I can be hard on headphones. Whether they be earbuds, bluetooth headsets or traditional in-the-ear/over-the-head items, I do a considerable amount of exercising; and I expect both quality of sound as well as durability of product. I purchased these approximately two to three weeks ago, and they managed about 20 miles of running on a treadmill and outside before they started going haywire. It was either the remote apparatus that dangles down the front of the wire, or the connections of the wire, but now they are almost completely useless. I am planning on wrapping the remote in some plastic wrap on my next run to see if keeping the sweat off will make them function better, but I was truly shocked the last time that I was running outside that they simply stopped working altogether. This made me think of a bad connection in the wires rather than the remote, but it is very difficult to tell. When I have had other cloth-bound cables in the past, that is what has happened. I will certainly admit that the sound quality and the functionality were relatively good when I first got them, and if you are not planning on a lot of activity with them then they might suit you just fine. For me, I certainly am going to try to get my money back for them. Hope that this has been the least bit helpful.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2010
these headphones are amazingly have more bass than the sennheiser cx300 but only if u have your bass eq up....
it has more "boom" at louder dbs but the clarity of the voice and the music is with the cx300
THATS NOT TO SAY that these dont sound great because they do but the cx300 sound better a little bit....
the bass on these is pretty good lol.....first time i actually thought the bass was strong LOL.....the cx 300 has a punchy bass but at higher eqs the schosche beat em ....
i listen to hiphop/rap .....the underground stuff not the radio crap....
i use the droid incredible with mixzing app with a modified bass eq....
trust me if you want more bass than the cx300's these are your choice
AND THEY HAVE A MIC AND THEM CLICKLY BUTTONS TO CHANGE THE SONG......i will buy these again if they can withstand the test of time....
test of time....left ear bud died in 2 months and returned for a replacement and its been about 2 more months and got nothing.....yet
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2010
I love these. The earbud that come on the unit fit my ears perfect, right out of the box. I went bike riding and they never moved or fell out in the least. The sound is great. I got some BOSE for Christmas for $80, these are just as good sound-wise. The volume buttons work, the pause buttons work, the mic works and sound real nice. I can SKYPE from my iTouch. We use SKYPE at work ( I work for TV NEWS) and I can check the SKYPE feed from my iTouch. This unit is the "APPLE" of earbuds with a microphone. It just plain works exactly the way you would want them to. $40.............unbelievable. Did I mention I love these and they sound great.
To be fair...........I hope they are still kickin' butt a year from now.