I bought a pair of these to replace my broken Apple earphones. They were on sale in a music shop so I thought I would give them a try.
They look fairly good but they do feel like they are made cheaply, they feel like cheap plastic. However, I have had these for a while and they haven't broken and both earphones still work. They have volume control on the wire which always seems to slip down to minimum volume when I'm wearing them, so quite often I have to keep turning the volume back up. I'm not sure whether this is just a fault with my pair or whether this is a widespread problem.
These work well with my iPod and produce a decent sound quality although they aren't as good as my Apple earphones. The wire is a good length, although perhaps a little too long but it can just be put in a pocket.
These earphones are quite big and they tend to fall out of my ears quite a bit. So I would say they aren't particularly good for people with small ears on the inside.
Like my food I'm picky with my headphones. I don't do the big ones or the trendy ones or the makers name ones. I don't need some rapper from the hood designing them either. Only certain cool cats can carry off wearing big headphones and that's not me. And if you're the wrong side of 40 they make you look like the two lunatic if you are out and about, 25 about the cut off age for those babies!. No, I like them very discrete for my walkman and keep them small and snug.
The big problem with the small head phones is getting them to stay in your ears, any sort of sweat or moisture and they wriggle out just enough to take away the sound quality, from bass to alto. Sadly, of late, the shops have stopped selling those little black foam covers that you could put over the top of them to fit them snug in your lug and stop them falling out and so bespoke to your ear for the better sound. If you do find them in a shop they are a really rip off, Maplins the only ones that do them in Northampton and charging four quid for just six! Fortunately for me Amazon Marketplace (the new Argos) is selling them for peanuts and I picked up 24 for of them for next to nothing. ACDC has to have the right level of sound and bass or it just doesn't work. Your music is a drug to you and so you decide how you take your fix.
The biggest irritant with anything electrical is why do the bloody cables twist and knot so easily? You only have to tuck your MP4 player in your bag for ten seconds and it comes out crocheted, looking like the rigging on the Cutty Sark. If anyone knows why that happens tips are welcome. Some of the knots seem impossible in such a short time. Maybe there are tiny mischievous elves in my rucksack ready to tie up the cable to annoy me.
As with most in ear wire phones one of them will quickly break, leaving you mono and in need of a new set, the cheaper you go the quicker that happens, the weather soon getting in. In fact it does'nt matter how much you spend on this type of earphone as the wire wil always be pulling on the phone to eventually ruin it. That's why I need my furry black foam protectors to help keep the wet and cold out that little bit longer to get that little more life out of them. Like most things electrical they are designed to not last forever so you keep buying new ones. Sony and Panasonic dominate this type of earphone range and the perfunctory brands if you are buying in places like Argos and PC World, prices ranging from 2.99 to 29.99. I buy around 10 bucks as I know the sound quality will be good enough for my needs, mostly rock music, modern dance and techno din requiring top of the range gear to avoid that tinny row on the Chavs IPods on the bus. I'm not indeed of seriously loud or deep bass at any point and so that selling point passes me by. I will admit I'm a bit of a dinosaur when it comes to listening to music and STILL use a tape player! Sadly the last generation of the Sony Walkman doesn't have a great amp in it and rather quiet sound quality and so I need certain earphones to boost things up some, which these do to some extent. I never liked CD's or CD players and so that all passed me bye, sticking with the good old durable tape, perfect for jogging and walking. By just touching a portable CD player it jumps.
Its early days but so far I have had no problems with these earphones and they haven't packed up. I have had them six months and I do pull them around and treat them badly but as yet no fatal Norman Collier (ask your dad) moments. They are not too brittle and clunky and those foam balaclavas fit snugly. They are as light as a feather and you get a little leather case to tuck them away for hibernation in the winter. They will work with most MP Three players with a standard Jack although you have to buy Apple ones for Apple things, the ONLY reason Apple are so bloody rich! The only negative here is I know one headphone will give up soon and so back to Argos.