Scosche IDR650m earphones review

The stylish IDR650m earphones from Scosche are an attractive alternative to the iconic white buds supplied with every iPhone and iPod. Sold with a range of S/M/L single and dual flanged silicone inserts, six pairs in all, they are also a comfortable fit. Once you find a pair that fit, the IDR650m earphones do a fair job of keeping the daily din from distracting from the music although aren't completely soundproof.

The earphones come with Scosche's own tapLINE control along the cable and in easy reach of most listeners. This gives users the ability to control volume by pressing the + and - buttons and control music and video playback, including play/pause and next/previous by pressing the centre button. It works well as is due to its prominence and is less fiddly than some controls we've tried.

Listeners can also activate Apple's Voice Over feature, introduced with the third-generation iPod Shuffle, which should guarantee you keep yours eyes on the road and tasks at hand on your travels. An integrated microphone for hands free conversations is another useful addition.

According to Scosche, the audiophile grade earphones have been designed by audio enthusiasts for audio enthusiasts that want to get the most out of their music. A little disappointing then to discover playback is never less than decent but hardly outstanding. It's hard to pin down what's missing, a lack of focus and detail perhaps, but for this price we hoped for a bit more of a "wow" factor.

Cable length at 52-inches is good, fitted comfortably in a variety of pockets and is fitted with a quality 24K gold plated 3.5mm audio jack. A soft leatherette carrying pouch is included but is also useful for storing those spare silicone inserts should you loose one or more of those you are using.

The Scosche IDR650m earphones are compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPod shuffle (3rd generation), iPod touch (2nd and 3rd generation), iPod nano (4th generation), iPod classic (120 GB) and Mac desktop or MacBook purchased after October 2008.

OUR VERDICT

While looks and features are just fine, these earphones aren't quite the sound investment the retail price might suggest. At half the price, and they can be found significantly discounted online, the Scosche IDR650m earphones are a decent buy, but we suspect at the suggested £60 retail price there are better deals to be had.

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