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I listen to music on my Apple iPhone all the time when I am on my own. I love the music and it's my own time when I can just relax into the sound and not worry about anything around me. I generally listen to it when I am out walking the dog or exercising and of course to do that I need some headphones. I remember when the iPod first came out, I thought the headphones were so expensive but now, if you want just the little in ear headphones and not these massive DJ ones then they are very well priced and fairly cheap. I think I purchased this pair for less than £10 which to me is an absolute bargain.
I decided to purchase the headphones with a remote and mic as this way I don't always need to have my phone in my hand or handy if I want to skip a track or turn the volume up and down and also I thought the mic would be really handy if I wanted to make calls and this has been really good actually because I tend to call friends when I am out walking the dog, it's the only time I get to myself without the kids so I can talk freely which is nice.
The headphones are fairly basic looking but then thats all you really want from them and I don't need them to look fancy or be fancy, I just need them to listen to my music. These apple earphones are coloured white with a white wire and a grey ring around the part that you put in your ear.
The headphones are the ones you fit into your ear and I find this pair fit well, they do fall out now and again but this is only if I haven't wedged them in properly. The rest of the time they fit pretty well and stay in. They slot into the eardrum and then you just need to move them slightly to sort of wedge them in there so they don't move. They are pretty secure although if you move your head too much I find they sometimes fall out although overall I can achieve a nice snug fit.
THe remote on the wire is really handy as it lets me change the track I am listening to and I can also stop and start the music too. When I am walking the dog I will have my phone in my pocket so to be able to do all this on just the wire and technically hands free is really handy. The phone call option with these headphones is great too and I find it works well. On the wire there are a little + and - buttons half way down the wires which makes it really easy to just quickly change the volume as its positioned in a really good place. There is a button in the middle that then lets you play and pause, another good feature or go to the next track that you want to listen to.What I like is that I can achieve really good sound quality from the headphones too. The sound is really crisp and clear and I don't get much interference from the outside world either which is nice.
The headphones came in a little plastic box which although quite handy, I don't think I have used since as I either just twist them around my phone when I am not using it or I pop them in my bag, ready to pull out when I need them again.
All in all, an easy pair of headphones to listen to music and talk on the go.
After buying these ear phones for an honestly shameful amount (around £60) I was expecting something reasonably impressive from Apple, as is usually the case with their products. I bought these earphones as a replacement for a broken pair of Sennheiser earphones which were extremely good in my opinion, for some reason I decided to try something different and these are the result of that risk.
Honestly, if you are familiar with the iPod earphones Apple give out free with their products you will know what these feel like in terms of quality. Plastic, very plastic. They aren't especially impressive on the build quality front but ultimately you want your earphones to be as light as possible, which these certainly are. This is where the problems begin, the ear buds on these earphones are awful. The design is terrible and I have lost over five of them from general daily use! They appear to be too smooth with no prevention inside the buds themselves to stop them from simply falling off, this is a massive irritant as the earphones themselves are quite good. Unfortunately they only come packaged with 3 sets of different sized earphones, which simply isn't enough when they fall off constantly. This has led me to buying a small bag of replacements from Amazon leading me to believe this is a common problem with these earphones especially.
The sound quality from these earphones is top notch, there is almost no noise (crackling and white noise type sound) when playing loud music and every type of music I have thrown at them has been dealt with magnificently. The bass provided by these earphones is also quite impressive which is something which is not normally found in earphones generally (of course, maybe I just buy the cheap ones) but I am always confident that these earphones will deliver in terms of bass especially. These earphones also have a small volume control panel on the wire itself, this is a very useful feature for when you're commuting to work and your phone is in your pocket. This small panel also contains a microphone which can be used when you receive a phone call, this means you don't have to suffer the inconvenience of removing the earphones from your device. The microphone also appears to be fairly effective in practice, with many a call having been successful while on the bus home from University. Of course these earphones are also in ear, meaning many will be expecting some form of noise cancellation, and they are decent in this regard too. Sometimes with this addition, the sound from the earphones escapes in to the open ear (causing some annoyed looks from other people). I can say that these earphones manage to remain free of that problem.
Overall I would certainly recommend these earphones, as long as you're willing to deal with the run away earbuds packaged with them!
One of the things I like when I listen to music using my iphone is being able to take calls simultaneously while my song pauses only until I hang up. I also like keeping the style that I get with my iphone, because it includes the white earphones however I find they have really bad quality. That is why I figured the best would be to get the in-ear ones they offer, also because I assumed they would have great quality as they claim on their adverts.
I got them on Amazon for around £45 - this is not cheap for earphones, but the price for these varies around 50 pounds. The presentation is quite impressive like with most apple products. They come in a small see-through box including a capsule with some spare ear tips in different sizes to fit to your ear in the best way. Naturally it included the manuals, an apple sticker and spare metal nuts to replace the ones that are attached to the earphones in case they brake. Those are very good details, which make you feel good about your purchase.
Then you try them, expecting a sound quality that you think you won't have never come across, but that is not the case at all. The sound is good, but I have to say I was a bit disappointed to know that I have experienced a better sound in way cheaper earphones. In spite of that downside, I kept using them, and I kind of got used to that quality and I was liking them very much. Especially because of the feature they have got of having a remote control with microphone, giving the possibility to skip tracks, or go back, control the volume, as well as take calls at any moment without having to get your phone out.
One of the best things I genuinely loved, was the ability to use the voice control on the iphone, so you just have to hold the play/pause button for a while enabling it to say what artist or album you want to listen to. It also works for calls, just saying "call mum", and it will do it straight away.
With almost two years of using them, I noticed how the rubber that covers the tips which go from the earbuds to the cable started to deteriorate and also how the buttons from the remote control were not responding. So now I have just some regular earphones with no control. A disappointment since that was one of the main reasons why I bought them. These obviously aren't very durable.
As a recommendation, I would say they are good, but I think it is better to save up a bit more and get some better ones.
I have had a pair of Apple In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic for the past year or so and I have to say that I really don't think they live up to what I've come to expect from an Apple product. They cost me £55.00 from Amazon - although I have seen them in the Apple shop for £66. I feel that the cost of the earphones is certainly very expensive and I think, as most Apple products, that are priced higher than they really should be. Having said that, they get away with it because of the Apple name and the fact that the products usually are superior - but unfortunately not in this case.
From an aesthetics point of view I have to say that they look sleek and neat - and while they may not stand out as jazzy or unique, they do look very professional. They are white aluminium and plastic and are almost entirely white, except for a silver band around the earbuds.
They have neat little earbuds that do fit well into the ear - although as far as I'm aware, they only come in one size. However, I do have to say that the earbuds are not entirely comfortable once they've been in my ears for a little while and so this is really not ideal. There is no padding and I feel they exert pressure in my ear which I don't really want when I'm wearing earphones. Having said that, I do have to say that the earphones don't fall out when I'm wearing them, even if I'm wearing them when jogging.
However, where the earphones really fall down is in the quality of the sound they deliver. I found the music sounds tinny and a little echoey - although it does sound clear, even if the volume is low. But I really don't like the tinniness because it seems to make the richness of the music somewhat diminished and makes me feel detached from the experience.
I wouldn't recommend these earphones because I just feel you can buy better for half the price.
Hi everyone i have had an iphone for more than a year now and i had bought the apple In-ear microphone with a remote and mic as i did not like the standard earphones that came with phone in the box. I use them everyday when i travel to work/University and i found that after using it a couple of times the remote stopped working it was unresponsive and then after 2 week of not using the earphones at all the it started to work again i took the earphones back to apple and got replacements and this problem repeated itself after a couple weeks of continued usage i don't know anyone who has had this problem but it seems to be happening to me. The sound quality is pretty impressive compared to the standard earphones i also found that my standard earphones had a problem where one earphone stopped working after 3 weeks of me buying my iphone the reliability on that is very poor however the in-ear headphones did seem to give me a problem in terms of the headphones themselves. The mic quality is very impressive as it doesn't give the background gustling noises that you find in other mic's
Like most, these Apple In-Ear Headphones came to be in my possession when I purchased an Apple product with music playing capability. In my case it was the Iphone 3GS.
In the past I'd always used Gumy headphones with my Ipod for a number of reasons but I decided I'd give these headphones a try when I purchased my phone as Apple are charging £66 for these on their website so they must be decent, right?
Well at first, yes they were very decent. The sound quality was excellent, all little details in the music I was listening to were perfectly clear and I found myself enjoying certain songs a whole lot more due to just being able to clearly hear a whole lot more of the song.
The earpieces also fitted comfortably in my ear, if I'm listening to music via headphones for long periods of time (which I often am as I walk the hour journey to and from work four days+ a week) I sometimes find that my ears start to hurt due to the hardness of the earpiece which is resting in my ear. These headphones, however, have soft silicone tips which provide comfort. The headphones also come with three different sizes of these silicone tips which will enable you to get the perfect fit providing an even more comfortable feel and reducing the chance of the headphones continuously falling out, something which annoys me immensely.
These headphones also have a 'control capsule' which allows you to adjust the volume of the music and play, pause and skip songs without having to have any contact with the music playing device at all. If you're using these headphones with a Iphone you can also answer and end calls using this control capsule. All, in theory, very useful features.
The glory is, unfortunately, short lived. It only took a couple of months of regular, often daily, use before any bass in any music I was listening to simply turned into a crackling noise which completely ruined the listening experience.
I don't often need to use my phone 'hands free' but on the occasions that I do I don't find these headphones to be that useful. The sound quality is fine, I can clearly hear what the person on the other end of the phone is saying to me no problem but I find I have to hold the microphone on these headphones right up to my mouth for that person to be able to hear me. This defeats the object of 'hands free' really as I do end up having to use my hands!
I don't believe the control capsule has ever worked correctly either. I've been able to answer and end calls using it with no problems however I can't recall a time I've ever been able to control the volume or the songs playing using this feature. I've simply been pressing the buttons to find nothing is actually happening.
In terms of sound quality these headphones are great when they're working correctly. They're just not very long lasting at all and don't work correctly for a great deal of time. I don't believe this was simply a rare bad experience either as I am aware of many people who have said the same thing about this product.
In terms of comfort these definitely get five stars from me. I don't think I've ever used a set of headphones which have provided as much comfort as these ones have but of course, this is pretty useless if the sound the headphones are producing is rubbish.
Cosmetically these seem to stand the test of time and I've never had a problem with their physical appearance.
All other features, the control pad and the microphone? Well they're pretty useless as well. The microphone doesn't pick sound up very well at all and half of the features of the control capsule don't work, nor have they ever worked.
I feel you're paying for the name rather than quality where these headphones are concerned and I can't say I felt the need to replace them with another pair when the sound quality started to deteriorate. Much more reliable headphones with decent sound quality are available for a great deal less then these Apple headphones. They're worth using if you receive a pair with an Ipod/Iphone/Ipad, just make sure you have another pair for backup and I definitely wouldn't recommend going out and buying a pair of these headphones individually.
I bought these because i found that the normal pair of headphones apple provides with their devices were very poor. Even at just half volume other people can hear what you are listening too and so i thought these might solve the problem.
Just like any other Apple product, the design of the headphones is perfect. They look cool, clean and sophisticated, meaning your quite proud to wear them. They did solve the problem off other people being able to hear my music; even on full volume no-one can hear a peep, which is great!
However, there are many downfalls to this product. Firstly, just like the old ones the sound quality on these headphones is very poor. For the price you would expect to be very good, but it is not. You never get a good quality base on the music you are listening too. Secondly, they are fine for use walking around, but not suitable for running with because they keep falling out of your ears. Finally, they do not last! My old ones started falling apart within two or three weeks. I use them alot, but still, i expected them to last over a year.
One thing that is good about them however, is the microphone. I have had no trouble using it with my iphone and people always say that they can hear me clearly.
Overall , i would not recommend buying these. There are much better headphones on the market which do a better job and our a lot cheaper!
I made my purchase at my local Apple retail store. I was assured that these headphones would be of superior sound quality and an upgrade from the standard ones that are issued free with the iPhone. I must say I was very disappointed with the sound quality I was expecting some very superior sound with a nice bass and it to be crystal clear. However what I really got was a lot distortion if I put the volume onto full blast and also found the bass to be of a very low standard when compared to the very expensive price that was paid. I did like the design it was white and looks very sophisticated, cool and modern. I did not like the fact that they kept falling out when I was just walking along at normal pace. Even when I changed the headphone tips to a smaller more suitable one there was a few to choose from small, medium and large I still experienced this exact same problem. I would therefore not recommend this to anybody that is thinking of using it to go to the gym or for doing a lot of physical exercise because they will come lose very easy with very little effort, which as you can imagine can be quite annoying. Overall I would say that these are not worth the money and to save up and possibly buy an alternative option. Apple have not delivered on this product and this is no different from my original headphones apart from a small improvement to the sound, which I do not feel justifies the high price tag.
The standard Apple ear plugs have long been the bane of many iPod user, with me being no exception. So I decided to invest in some better quality earphones. I thought buying the Apple earphones would make sense as they would then come with the remote on the mic as well, which would be useful as I also have an iPod shuffle.
The earphones are very good, for the size that they are they provide very clear notes and as much bass as I guess is possible from such small speakers. Included with your purchase are 3 different sizes of silicone ear plugs, so you should be able to find the right size to fit your ear.
I've had the earphones for some time now and they still sound excellent, the only problem is that they seem to have worn quite quickly. It seems a common recurrence with Apple earphones, I was hoping to avoid the rubber wearing away around the headphone jack and individual earphones. However the rubber is very soft, and so splits relatively easily, meaning the wires are now more exposed at their connections and more likely to fray.
Other than this issue, I have no qualms with the earphones, they have provided many hours of excellent music quality to my ears. I just wish for around £65 Apple would make a product that is slightly more hard wearing.
These were my first in-ear headphone purchase, and I think they are also going to be the last - and not for a good reason.
They have a very similar design to the original apple headphones that come with most of their portable products. They are typically apple in design, clean and simple, that may or may not be your idea of a good design, but in my eyes headphones should not really be a fashion accessory.
Where it is granted, these headphones do produce good sound, considerably better than the standard headphones apple offer. Also, because they go right into your ear, they block out a lot of sound which I liked, and did not really expect.
However, where these headphones really fall short, comes down to two things. The first being: THEY DO NOT STAY IN MY EARS!? I do not know it is just me, but for the life of me I just could not get these to stay in my ears, I was lucky if they would stay in for a minute, and I would have to sit completely still. So I did not have a chance using these out and about as they just keep falling out. They come with a variety of ear buds in different shapes and sizes, I tried them all with no luck - they just don't stay in. Keep putting them back in my ears brought about another problem, they are so weak! The wire protection has come out of the socket and the ear buds have torn.
So unfortunately, what seemed like a good purchase turned into a very bad purchase. I paid around £50 for these and I feel extremely hard done by - yes the sound is fairly good quality but they just are not at all practical. So to sum up I would suggest looking for another pair of headphones, as I had a bad experience with these.
I got the Apple in-ear headphones to replace the ones supplied with my iPhone, which were useless in my opinion. The only good thing about them was the fact they had a very useful remote control attached, and that they looked quite cool (although I appreciate this is pretty subjective!).
So, given the good points about the supplied headphones, it seemed logical to purchase their big brother.
I was very impressed with the sound quality. Admittedly I am in no way an audiophile, but the sound is rich, and the bass decent, and the snug fit in the ear means it seems louder (as well as other sounds around you being drowned out - a big positive on a London bus). It is certainly leagues above the headphones supplied with the iPhone.
3 different sized 'attachments' are provided, to make sure they fit comfortably in your ear, which also ensures they don't fall out as easily.
Also provided are spare 'dust covers' for the earphones. This confused me at first, as surely you can just blow a dust cover to get excess dust off, negating the need for spares. However, last month (4 months after purchase), the volume levels started to drop, and eventually sound stopped coming out of one ear. I blew into the (tiny) dust covers, expecting that to sort it out, but it didn't. I was on the verge of making the trip to the Apple Store, when I remembered the spares. Sure enough, this sorted the problem.
Now, this means it is good that they include spares, but does beg the question what will I do in another four months, assuming this happens again?!
So, overall these are a very good pair of headphones, especially as a replacement to the original iPhone headphones. However, the fact the dust covers gets blocked so easily, and as such most likely will reduce the longevity of the product, I have to knock off at least 2 stars.
If you're not bothered about having a pair of earphones that make it obvious you're using an iPhone, maybe look elsewhere.
Apple in ear headphones:
I purchased these headphones just over a month ago now, and to be completely honest the only reason I purchased these in particular was because one they looked fantastic but also because I presumed due to the fact they are apple they would be excellent quality.
--Aesthetics and my first opinion of them--
As I am sure most people would agree the Apple in ear headphones, like most of Apple's products, look like a well-crafted piece of beauty, as if they were a sculpture. The smooth white 'plugs' lusciously hug the aluminium drums and the sleek, minimalistic white seems to flow downwards until it reaches the Ipod- they are honestly beautiful to look at. I personally like the fact these headphones appear to look well made, sleek and as if someone has spent time designing them not just slapped them together (as the previous Ipod standard headphones looked like), I also like the fact all the metal casing is concealed - creating a professional appearance that looks neither brash nor garish, though saying that the simplistic design is still extremely stylish and fashionable.
Hmm, the sound quality, it is difficult to make a decisive decision on whether these headphones have a good sound quality or have an excellent sound quality. Of course the fact they have in-ear technologies mean that the sound quality is noticeably better compared to cheaper alternatives without ear plugs with improved acoustic accuracy. The ear plugs also mean that one can listen to the music quieter (which is hugely better for your health - something I will elaborate on later). The Apple headphones can also cope very well with high volumes, without too much distortion - even at top notes at top volume.
The problem is however compared to similar products for the price (£52 from Amazon.co.uk) I would have to argue the sound quality is not something which would make it stand out from the crowd, especially when you have manufactures such as Beats Audio who design and make absolutely fantastic headphones for similar prices (£79.99). I personally believe the sound limitation is the lack of bass. To explain, these headphones take good quality music in one end and play it out the other at the same quality, they don't however improve or enhance you music experience - something that other headphones can offer.
Other positives: The reliability of these headphones is also good, and so far I have had absolutely no problems either with the build or the sound quality. The build quality is also commendable.
Health positives: Due to the fact these are in ear headphones there are two health benefits. Firstly as mentioned early, the in-ear functionality allows you to listen to your music at a lower volume that other headphones cannot provide. Likewise the functionality also means the vibrations are more direct enhancing sound whilst reducing damage.
Overall they are really nice headphones, I like the fact they look exceptional and it is an added bonus they are better for your ears compared to standard headphones, however this bonus is not unique to Apple in ear headphones there are many headphones that can offer this bonus. Furthermore I still believe that you pay the premium price because they are Apple, this is a shame because If these headphones cost around £30 they would be perfect, however at just over £50 Apple have entered a sector of the market that these headphones cannot compete well in.
This review is also on my ciao account: BazzaBoyT
Since buying my Ipod about 6 months ago for £115 (from apple's online store), I've had to replace my headphones about 3 times, the first two included a replacement pair of the original standard Apple headphones and my latest pair being the new Apple In-ear headphones with remote and mic.
After admitting defeat and taking out my frustration on my last pair, (...and a long calm down period) I realized I had some shopping to do. This time to save myself the misery of yet another psychotic episode, I thought it best to opt for Apple's new and improved headphones. They were considerably more actually at £50 pound a pair they were far-cry from the usual price for a pair of standard earphones at £20.
The headphones promise crystal clarity, pro audio, performance and impressive sound isolation and with the added option of the remote, the convenient array of buttons allow you adjust the volume, control music and video playback as well as also answer or end calls on your iPhone.
So having cleared out my sister's kindly donated savings (from her piggy bank that is...), I eagerly awaited their arrival, with the lack of music roaring in my ears slowly beginning to eat away at whatever was left of my sanity.
Thankfully my package arrived a few days later - so what was in the box? The contents included the Apple In-ear headphones themselves (with remote and Mic), a plush carry case, an assortment of ear tips and 2 replacement mesh caps.
The length and weight of the headphones are similar to the standard ones, with the cable measuring 136.9 cm in length and about 10 grams in weight. The silicone ear tips included consist of 3 variations which I thought to be quite handy in options small, medium and large that will cater to every individual ear shape as well as offer maximum comfort and isolation from external noise interference.
I've never received replacement mesh caps when I've bought headphones in the past which is strange as they're usually the first part that goes bust. But then again when you're paying £50 for headphones - I'd expect a replacement set of headphones also :) Silliness aside - with the two added (stainless steel) back-ups you can be sure that the precision acoustic components will be protected fully from dust and debris. The caps are also easily 'popped-off' in case you'd want to clean or replace them.
It says on the box that each earpiece contains two separate high-performance drivers -- a woofer and a tweeter -- resulting in rich, detailed, and accurate sound reproduction and amazing bass response for all types of music.
After putting the headphones to the test, I admit they were maybe a slight improvement to the standard lower priced headphones but were nothing special. I liked the fitting of the headphones as they felt comfortable and sealed out most external noise - all except my bawling mum. Despite this in terms of sound quality the double drivers definitely did not deliver the promised 'substantially better bass' in fact I'd find it difficult to tell them apart from a cheap pair. As for the 'remote control' located on the cable of the right earpiece, the unit features a microphone and three buttons. Basically the remote allows you to adjust volume with the - and + keys, control music and video playback and on some compatible devices you can also record voice memos and answer/end calls.
I wouldn't necessarily recommend you buy these, I for one plan to return mine shortly, they aren't worth £50 of my (sister's :D) money and certainly don't live up to their promises. You can buy cheaper pairs else where that offer double the quality and have an added control also - shop elsewhere!
If you're shopping for Apple, you are most certainly expecting quality. With the development of such iconic things like the iPod, the Apple Mac and the iPhone, how could a company deliver anything less than full scale efficiency and style?
Well, these headphones are a bit of a mixed bag. The expected style and elegance is present but durability certainly is not. After having these headphones a month, and paying a hefty price for them, the left headphone just came apart! I had been neither particularly rough with them nor over used them. For a pair of headphones with such a large price tag, you would expect to be paying for quite extensive durability.
However, whilst they were intact, they did the job astonishingly well.
The buds were comfortable, and efficiently cut out background noise to allow the music to be clearer and to be played quieter (a lot of people worry about hearing damage, in-ear headphones are the most efficient way to combat this other than not listening with ear phones).
The real deal breaker is the remote and mic. Most iPods now come with a voice recorder function, and I can't stress how impressed I was with the sound quality picked up by the tiny mic. As a musician it's a nifty little gadget to record makeshift improvs on, and can be used subtly in meetings or lectures.
It also acts as a remote for your iPod, and you can lower/raise the volume, pause your music, and even change tracks without having to reach into your pockets.
For the job that they do, they are an impressive set, but the durability is just dire, and it's an insult to the consumer who has paid such a high price for it to break in a month of standard use. In opinion the price is far too high, and cheaper (and more durable) alternatives are available, just without the flashy Apple logo.
Apple. A brand which is known for selling high quality tech products. That's why I made such a large purchase on these headphones.
But be warned, they are not what you would expect. I've been using these headphones for about a year now, and I'm on my third pair. With the first two; the small rubber tube which connects the headphone with the cable cam loose... both left and right. Aforementioned, I'm on my third pair, and the same has happened again. But these are by far the worst, as the left headphone is much quieter than the right, and there's a clear cracking noise in the left too.The earbuds break very easily; all I have left are the large buds, which for me, don't fit very well.
So that's my experience, but that aside, the headphones have both a sub and a tweet in them, meaning there is much more depth to the music you listen to, and less chance of distortion if you like your music loud.
With reference to compatability... They make fuzzy noises in my mobile phone - Nokia N95 8gb, and the equaliser goes flat when plugged into my desktop computer - Acer.
So as a final summation, I would not recommend this product to anyone who's looking for a sound investment.