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These are Scosche’s most expensive headphones at $99.99, but don’t let that list price scare you away--we found them at Amazon for closer to $50. The sound quality is excellent, and the 11mm drivers pump out full, accurate sound with strong enough bass to keep us from scrambling for our EQ settings.
The IDR655m feature a tiny microphone on the right earbud’s cable, plus a three-button control called the tapLINE II with buttons for Play/Pause, Volume Up, and Volume Down. It works for using Voice Control, answering the phone, and controlling iPod playback and volume with our iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS. Fully VoiceOver-compatible, these earbuds also work with the iPad, second- through fourth-gen iPod touch, fourth- through sixth-gen iPod nano, third- and fourth-gen iPod shuffle, and the 120GB and 160GB iPod classic, as well as Macs bought after October 2008. But they aren’t compatible with the iPhone 3G or the original iPhone.
Comfy, convenient, and bumpin'.
The tapLINE II controller’s three rubberized buttons are even easy to tell apart just by feeling them with your fingers. Volume Up, on the top, has a raised bump, Volume Down has a depression, and the center button has a rubber Scosche logo. Click and hold the center button for Voice Control (iPhone/iPod touch) or VoiceOver (nano and shuffle). Single clicks of the center button play and pause your music, and you can double-click to go forward and triple-click to go back. We loved controlling the iPhone without having to dig it out of a pocket or bag, and the Voice Control features are especially handy. Our conversation partners couldn’t tell we were talking to them on a headset, either, even in moderate wind, and they support audio-in apps like Skype and Voice Memos like a champ.
The IDR655m earbuds come with six pairs of silicone tips so you can get a tight seal. We found they block outside noise well—as with all in-ear buds, be very, very careful when wearing these outdoors so you don’t get hit by a car. We’d never cycle in them, for example.
The bottom line. Scosche stepped up its line to audiophile quality with the IDR655m. The braided headphone cable does transfer some noise up to your ears when it rubs against your clothing, but that happens with all the earbuds we test. The sturdy tapLINE II control and sparkling sound make these ’buds worth your money.
IDR655M INCREASED DYNAMIC RANGE EARPHONES
Audio device with headphone jack, tapLINE II control requires iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPod touch (second- through fourth-gen), iPod nano (fourth- through sixth-gen), iPod shufle (third- and fourth-gen), 120GB and 160GB iPod classic, and Macs bought after October 2008.
Pricey but can be found cheaper online. Good sound quality. Easy-to-use controls on the headphone cable. Carrying case included.
Cable transfers some sound when it comes into contact with clothing or objects.