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Great sound inbound, but not the case outbound.
on February 17, 2012
Ordered these buds after searching through 15-20 similar styles from various manufacturers in the $40-$75 range at both brick&mortar and online stores. I was impressed by some of the reviews citing the great build quality, higher-end sound quality, iPhone control/voice compatibility, and extensive list of accessories, and figured for an Amazon price around $45 it was a pretty decent value. After using them daily for the past month or so, I can say that they are, indeed, very good for their primary purpose of isolating outside noise while providing clear sound at all registers, especially after a week or two of break-in. They have also held up well so far, with no quality defects or irritating usability issues. Well, except for one major one: the microphone placement and quality renders its use for phone calls useless except in perfectly quiet areas while you hold it directly in front of your face. Here, it's acceptable, though listeners complain it sounds like I'm on my car's bluetooth. In any sort of public space with ambiant noise, they complain that I'm completely unintelligible. The issue seems to be that the mic/control dongle is located at the connection point for both earpieces, as opposed to the Apple method of placing it mid-way up the right earpiece cord-this may be a patent issue, but regardless, it doesn't work because it's too low and far away from the mouth to use a standard-gain mic like Apple, forcing a high-gain one which picks up all the noise. This is my absolutely non-professional observation, so take it for what it's worth.
To summarize: Great build quality for a (hopefully) long life, great sound for music, but don't expect to use it to make phone calls unless you tend to lock yourself in a closet when doing so...enjoy!