These came in a package that looked like it was designed by Apple. Black matte finish, clear windows, even magnets to hold it shut. However, when I tried to open it, I found it nearly impossible to remove the headphones, and I had to completely destroy the packaging in the process. Make sure you have a strong light and a good pair of kitchen shears for that one. (Hint: If something isn't coming out, look for tiny, almost hair-thin ties that hold things into the plastic. )
After they are removed from the packaging, they look like a nice, high-end product. I was concerned about the appearance because the picture makes them look like big earrings, but luckily they are pretty unobtrusive when tucked into the ear canals. I have the black ones, so if you want them to show more there is a red version available that is more eye catching.
They come with four different sizes of ear cushions in both black and clear, but I found the default medium size ones seem to fit me just fine. Everyone is different though, so it is nice to see a wide range of sizes. I do think it is interesting that they provided two colors, as they really don't show once they are in the ear, and otherwise seem to be the same. I suppose they are really just backups, which is nice because they are small and easy to lose.
A simple leather case with a snap closure is included, which is important to store the extra ear tips in. It has a mesh divider, so the ear tips can go on one side and the phones on the other, though it is a tight fit. The leather is soft and feels good in the hand.
The microphone is separated from the push to talk button, which surprised me at first, but I think it is a good idea. By separating the two, the mike can be placed near your mouth, while the button is further down for easier reach. The cable is thin, and wrapped in fabric which keeps it from getting tangled. All my other headphones seem to form balls of twine pretty quickly, so this is a good feature. There is some cable noise, as with all noise-isolating phones, but there is a small clip provided that helps steady the cable and minimize the effect. The plug is very different from that of the first version of the Vibe headphones, which had many reports of wire shorts. That problem seems to have been fixed, and now the wire comes out at an angle, with a fairly long strain relief.
So how do they sound? Good! I have three sets of headphones: the one that came with my iPhone, the new premium in-ear Apple pair, and now this one. The one that came with the phone is great for taking calls because the phones don't cut off too much sound from the outside world. That makes talking more natural, but hurts the sound quality for music. The premium Apple phones are noise isolating, so they aren't as good for calls, but have a nice, flat response for music. The Vibe II phones are also noise-isolating, so they are better for music. The music has an emphasis on the lower mid-bass, but not so much that it sounds boomy. While not as accurate as the Apple in-ears, it is a very pleasant sound.
Overall, these are a very nice alternative to the Apple in-ear phones. They have a fabric-wrapped cable to keep them tangle-free, a nice simple carry case, and good sound isolation. On the other hand, they typically run for about 40-50 dollars more money than the Apple phones, which I'm not convinced is worth it. So, I'll recommend them, provided you can get them for a decent price compared to the Apple equivalent.
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