I've never found a good compact headset. The default Apple ear buds that ship with the iPhone (and every iPod) just don't stay in my (must be mutant) ears. Likewise every other earbud I've tried had fallen out in the matter of seconds. Even the ones with over-ear hooks flop to the sides with annoying consistency. And Apple's original in-ear headset? Didn't quite fit in my ears so I gave them to my sister.
So it was with great and possible anticipointment that I decided to brave this world again and hope beyond hope that not only would Apple's new In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic work well and be convenient, but that it would work at all.
Did it? Find out after the break!
Not iPhone Compatible
No, that's not a typo. Apple clearly lists the new In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic as not iPhone compatible. However, I am using it with the iPhone and it does work, except for the volume controls (which double as the skip forward/back). Hopefully this will be addressed in the next iPhone OS update, as it's a pretty puzzling omission.
In the box are two plastic capsules. The first is a rounded triangle that contains the ear pieces in the center and the cord wrapped around the edge. With no indentation between the clear top and white plastic bottom, getting this capsule apart is tricky. If you intend to store your headphones in this handy container, the lack of an even more handy finger recess or other easy-opening point could prove consistently annoying.
The second capsule contains smaller and larger silicone ear tips in case the default ones don't fit you properly. While also seamless clear and white plastic, the cylindrical makes this container much easier to open -- ironic since you will likely need to open it much less frequently, if ever again.
Lastly, kudos to Apple for providing 2 extra replacement mesh caps for the headphones. Hopefully you'll never need them, but if you do, having them included is priceless (well, technically, worth the price of a new headset!)
The headphones themselves are quintessential Apple -- white, plastic, with that special firmness that resists tangling.
New to this model is a small control module attached. The center of the module has a recessed play/pause button. The outer outer sides provide the volume up and down buttons (which are NOT supported by the iPhone) and, if you double-click, track forward and back.
Over the last week, I've found Apple's new In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic to be quite good, and an excellent value for the price (something many joke is impossible for Apple). Sound quality is very good, mic quality acceptable given the type of device, and best of all -- they mostly stayed in my ears.
Not having used in-ear headphones before (because they never fit right for me), I did find the experience a little distracting at first. The sound of the cord being tapped, of eating, of everything going on in my head took me out of the experience. However, I've come to notice this less and less as time goes on.
I did find that, when walking around, I would typically take one earpiece out so I could hear and keep track of my surroundings. For people using them for outside, safety alone would make this a must.
Bonus for MacBook Users
When Apple introduced these near earphones, they were quick to point out that they're fully supported by the new (late 2008) MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro. In tests, I found them to work well for making Skype calls and recording audio. They supposedly allow iTunes control as well, but I could not get this functionality working on my late 2008 MacBook Air, however the internet seems to show many people having better luck with it (maybe my set has a problem with the volume control?). If they work for you, anyone owning a recent Apple laptop may consider these killer just for the multi-tasking functionality.
I finally found a compact headphones that I can use! Granted, there may be others towards the higher end, but for their price, especially with the added MacBook compatibility, these will become my new standard headphones. Now if only Apple would fix the iPhone compatibility...
Note: I haven't had a chance to try them with VoIP on an iPod touch, but I hope to in the near future.
- Excellent sound quality for the price
- Elegant remote control features
- MacBook compatibility for some
- Limited iPhone compatibility
TiPb Review Rating
Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.
These headphones sound great.
I just hope they fix the iPhone comparability issue soon.
Got em and love em the right one didn't stay in my ear but now it's good worth it!
From my understanding.... the iPhone 2g/3g have three-point/conductor jacks where as the new headsets require a four-point/conductor jack in order to use the volume controls.
This is also why the headsets work 100% on the new Macbook Pro since it now has the four-point/conductor jack
So.. if this is all true.. the the important bit to take is that no firmware/software update will fix this hardware limitation on the current iPhones.
I've been using the Zagg Z.buds for about a week and they are also awesome. Sound quality is great, they work fully with my iphone - including volume control, stop / start songs, forward and back. The sound quality on calls has been excellent, and the construction and cloth cable with little beads that allow you to adjust size and length are totally unique and genius. Plus, with the zagg discount on gift cards and their constant 30% off promotions, I got them for a fraction of the price of these apple in ears. For the same price or cheaper, I would definitely recommend them over the apple headphones - sorry apple.
This is an awesome design, I really liked it very much. Hope people will get more attention on it. Thanks for sharing.
Great headphones!!! I use them all the time, except while working out. A word of warning, the remote/mic doesn't like sweat. I shorted it out after a hard workout, but it has dried out and the mic has started working again. Kind of a shame because I bought them so I could answer the phone while working out. I tried to buy another pair and was going to seal off the mic for workouts but the local Apple store was out of them.
I am a bass freak and didn't like them when I first tried them, but they have grown on me. They seamed to have loosened up and the bass is definitly acceptable. They are the best balance of highs and lows I have found so far. I have used two kinds of V-Moda's, three kinds of Skullcandy's, the second level Shure's, and Bose's in-ear headphones. The Apple in-ear headphones are my favorite so far. I'm just hoping that Comply will come out with a foam tip for them. It's hard to beat the size of the remote/mic, they make my Skullcandy FMJ's feel real bulky.
These are a great pair of headphones that will help you really enjoy your music thoroughly and still let you answer the phone when it rings.
These headphones look great
Can you double/triple click on the play/pause button to get track next/prev like you can with the iPhone pack-in earbuds?
Whew! I was nervous when I saw this review pop up as I just ordered these headphones 2 days ago. I'm quite relieved that the review is quite positive!
@Jed or anyone.
Do the Zagg Z buds work with the 3G? Does that extra around the neck cause any tangling issues or is it annoying? When and where do I find out about the 30% off discount?
I've always replaced my iPods/iPhones earbuds with anything not apple since my first iPod and what i view as the generally shoddy quality of the included earbuds. I suppose these new in-ear buds are bound to be much better as they're an optional extra, but still I will stick with the Sennheiser MM50 iP in-ear buds that i use with my iPhone currently. No funky remote, but it does work with the button presses on the mic and the sound quality is excellent, including from the mic. People have no problem hearing me even if I'm walking along a busy street
50% off Zagg Z Buds :
visit zaggs website.. zagg.com
add to basket, promo code: SHOWSP09
Black are on backorder right now until february though!
p.s. that offer expires the 19th I believe...
if you read this after the 19th, shoot me an email :email@example.com I ordered a pair and they sent me an email offering two more 20% off coupon codes.. I'm not going to use them
first two people to email me get 'em, as they are "one time only" coupons
Thanks Justin. 50% off that is a deal. I just ordered the red set. I'll post back with my thoughts. Thanks again for saving me $40.
Thanks Justin. I just used your code for 50% off the Z buds. Sounds like a good deal and appreciate you saving me $$$
Just like JNHohol on post 6 said when I first put these headphones on I was a little disappointed in the level of bass but after a few days of use the bass seemed to improve a bit. Maybe I just got used to the lighter bass. I was using a pair of Skullcandy Full Metal Jackets which are defiantly more bass heavy then Apple's headphones. I got these because I was sick of the FMJ's mic always getting stuck on the collar of my jacket and pulling the bud out of my ear.
To clear up some of the confusion, here is what I have found while using these headphones with my iPhone (first gen 2G) and my iPod Nano (4th gen).
Mic: Works with no issues.
Play/Pause: Works with no issues.
Answer Call: Works with no issues.
Skip to Next Track (press twice quickly): Works with no issues.
Skip to Previous Track (press three times quickly): Works with no issues.
Volume Up: Does not work.
Volume Down: Does not work
iPod Nano (4th gen)
All features work as expected.
I think it sucks there not for iphone. But they are awsom
I have found them to work as described by H0g4n with a 3G iphone also. Only the volume control is an issue.
They look superb!
The controls work with my iTunes 8 on a unibody Macbook Pro
Why would anyone want to use the remote on their macbook? Is the keyboard ever really that far out of reach? I just want a little better bass and for the buttons to work on my iPhone.
Actually, they do work with the new iphone 3gs and I've found that using them with my mac is awesome too. You get accustomed to being able to control stuff by the push of the button when u are listening to your tunes on the new shuffle and 3gs, so it's natural when u r using them with the macbook too. Love these things. Had them since they came out!
Brand new product to protect your iphone remote/mic from sweat and other moisture. no more running to Apple store after every workout to replace your headphone! Check it Out! i-Sweat protector on ebay
I made this product for myself after not finding any solutions online! i test my different ideas before find this solution. now i can jog, spin and even sit in the steam room with no problems!
This product is actually full compatible with the iphone 3g S⃣
Ik heb de in ear oordopje bijna 1 jaar al :) en ik ben zeer blij ermee. Normaal gaat bij mij binnen 3maanden mee maar nu bijna 1 jaar. ik heb gekocht bij playgadets.nl kijk zelf maar eens op: http://www.playgadgets.nl/ipod-accessories.html
These earphones are great but the triangle container box is impossible to open without fiddling with it for ages. Any tips on how to open this thing easily?
Nice web site. Wonderful on the net affiliate plan. Thank you.
No headphones will eliminate all noise. But the Bose technologies in Bose quietcomfort3 headphones work together to make almost any listening experience more rewarding.
I bought the in-ear buds about 6 months ago (+/-) and I have loved them. However, after the iOS 4 update, they have not been working. Before, I could use all the functions - up, down, skip, replay, mic - now nothing works. Can anyone please tell me what they think?
zmaviaocbdlrmyuwbpxt, delo, apqAWpF.
dont know why but it doesnt work at all with my iphone 3g. any suggestion ?
Ik heb de in ear oordopje bijna 1 jaar al en ik ben zeer blij ermee. Normaal gaat bij mij binnen 3maanden mee maar nu bijna 1 jaar. ik heb gekocht bij playgadets.nl kijk zelf maar eens op:
People are complaining that it's $10/month, and ad-supported? Have you never heard of Cable or satellite television, that has far more ads than Hulu, and I can't just turn my television to channel x' and watch season 1 of Arrested Development?
I bought my iphone4 two years ago and paid $600 cash from Best Buy! Will they unlock mine too?
What a revolting development! I planned to get this card next, after I finish my Amex 10K spend requirement.
The first headphones we are going to talk about are the Monster Beats by Dr. Dre Studio High Definition Headphones. When you first see the product packages you know you are going to be getting a high quality product, the packaging is absolute stunning. The quality of the headphones themselves is also top-notch, you can see why these headphones are used widely across the globe thanks to their stunning looks, it is usually rare to find a set of headphones that not perform really well but also look great. The actual quality of the headphones is also very good, the headphones have built-in noise cancellation that basically cancels out the surrounding sound so that you are endorse only in the music. This feature of the wireless beats headphones headphones work really well. A slight problem that we and many other people have experienced when using this headphones is the fact that the sound leakage that come from the cheap beats by dre headphones while use is quite loud, for example if you were sitting on a bus then you bet that at least half of the bus will hear your music.Open monster beats by dre headphones, such as foam ear-pad models and several sports designs, are acoustically transparent and enable outside sound being heard with the monster beats studio headphones wearer, however, many from your sound will likely be audible to anyone near to well. They work effectively with portable devices, minus the worry of pulling or damaging thin wires, or getting tangled within them. Sealed models are ideal for private listening, in which you don wish the sound to get heard by others, as well as which means you don annoy others in quiet environments!
That is only of course if you decide to play your headphones on full blast, if you lower the volume of the sound then this issue is less a problem, it is only at high volume that you may have a problem with the issue of sound leakage.The beats wireless headphones while on are also extremely comfortable, you hardly notice that you are wearing them. The headphones come with various accessories and included the batteries that are required for them to work, make sure you keep spare batteries just in case you run out, as obviously what is the point in having a pair of headphones if you travelling and do not have any batteries for them to work, this can be a problem if you don take spares or the ability to recharge your existing batteries.Overall from this product we have seen these beats by dre studio headphones are a very high quality in not only design but also their performance they put out, they really do set a benchmark when it comes to music and the headphone industry. Dr Dre Monster Beats headphones gets a thumbs up from us.Exactly how Preferred Monster Beats by Dr. Dre Studio Is actuallyStudio, a sort of Monster earphone which has certainly high coverage, whereby can you notice? In sports activities channel and amusement channel, Monster studio headphones is very well-defined. Earlier Entire planet Cup, any time athletes from all of from the nations around the world from the planet got from the chartering, Monster Beats by Dr. Dre Studio earphones were almost their necks. Basketball celeb Kobe is a person associated with Monster Beats by Dr. Dre Studio.
Apart from obvious sounds, the complete packaging from the dr dre headphone is eyesight catching so anybody that sees it could certainly appreciate the design. beats studio lamborghini take place to think about it! it could be an extraordinary offer greater than just eyesight catching since the design and design is certainly pleasing in the direction of eye balls as well as an extraordinary offer greater than how the seems is amazing, which means you obtain a headphones that is attractive within and out.
Great goods from you, man. I've take into account your stuff prior to and you are just extremely fantastic. I really like what you've obtained right here, certainly like what you are stating and the way in which by which you assert it. You're making it entertaining and you still take care of to stay it smart. I can not wait to learn much more from you. This is actually a tremendous website.
Monster Turbine Master Headphones Proverbs of copper is not a medium degree of personal want to hear some mp3 is actually biased just serious audiophiles in addition to audio professionals. Certainly, we will not depart from those who appreciate a good sounding music. It helps you hear the audio story in the end. Its lower quality recordings that is certainly what you is certain to get what. They must not blame the headset when it does give you the precise content you'll want to listen. The design of these headphones in such a way to pass that accuracy and transparency in the musicians are looking forward to hear. Unlike additional headphones, monster is truly the packaging wind turbine Proverbs copper in such a way, it reflects the truth value of the product. This is not contained in the cheap plastic as well as small soft container, these headphones are a large container packed neatly, and should make anyone smile.
I also like Flash, however I am not a good designer to design a Flash, except I have software by witch a Flash is automatically produced and no more to hard working.
Get the best of iMore in in your inbox, every day!
Thank you for signing up to iMore. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.