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SOL REPUBLIC 1132-31 Relays 1-Button In-Ear Headphones - Black by Review Summary ,  Sep 9, 2015

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SOL REPUBLIC 1132-31 Relays 1-Button In-Ear Headphones - Black
Report Date: 01/02/2016
Based on 331 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.1
Returned or considering to return: 9.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Comfortable4.6   average
Light4.6   average
Music4.6   above average
Design4.3   above average
Size4.3   above average
Price4.0   below average
Quality4.0   below average
Sound3.9   below average
Microphone3.8   average
Fit3.7   below average
Noise3.6   below average
Volume2.8   below average
Control2.7   mediocre
Cable2.3   mediocre
Button1.7   mediocre


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Button

Button:
"I loved them untill..............UNITILl...........After 6 months of just gym use and not abusing them the buttons started to fail, so bad that you couldn't use them as SIRI wouldn't stop asking you if you needed something (the middle button would short out to constantly depressed no matter what you would do)."
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"This is because the Volume Up (+) button is very easy to press, but the Volume Down (-) button and the Play Pause button are very, very hard to press."
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"My only problem is that the buttons are problematic on a Samsung S6."
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"First, the buttons are not easy to press."
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"And they really do get a grip (using the shape of your ear to keep them in place) - I'm actually more worried that now I'll have to get used to pushing my pause button, since it will not be at all easy to get these in and out of my ear for that quick how many sets ya got, bro or nope that rack is all yours."
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"By hard to press, I mean alot of pressure must be placed on the button for it to effectively work."
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"This is because the Volume Up (+) button is very easy to press, but the Volume Down (-) button and the Play Pause button are very, very hard to press."
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"The single button remote works great with controlling the music on Android phones and the mic is good enough to make calls with as well."
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"Well, here it is early December and the buttons on the remote have gone iffy (the advance reverse and volume controls don't always work as they should) and something's going on with the connector because sometimes the music will stutter."
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Cable

Cable:
"The left piece's strain relief on the cord has failed, causing the cord to tug on the electrical connection in the earphone during normal use."
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"I returned them because the sound was incredibly weak and the noise from the cable brushing against my shirt was obnoxious."
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"The other downside is that any tapping of the cord will transmit to your eardrum."
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"Not only that, but they sound great, fit great in my ear, and they have a remote on the cord so I don't have to pull my phone out to change track or volume."
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"OK fit, decent sound, TERRIBLE cord noise."
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"OK fit, decent sound, TERRIBLE cord noise."
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"And the cable is twisted well"
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"I also like the connector jack setup (a 90 degree bend), which makes using these headphones in an armband much easier and I think it helps the cord last a lot longer.5 26 2015 - reduced to 3 stars: the three button thing crapped out shortly after I posted the above review.. then a couple weeks ago the sound out of the left side quit (smacking the three button unit against the wall seemed to bring back the sound, which lasted another week, but now left side has no sound at all)."
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"So, after giving a second, less expensive pair a try, lowering to 2 stars: 1 for how well they fit into my ears and stayed there with minimal cord noise; 1 for very good sound quality."
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"Nice long cord, and the sound is good."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"The good part is that the headset fits extremely comfortable in the ears and doesn't easily fallout."
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"The Relays were comfortable enough but not nearly as easy to get into your ears as the Bose winged tips."
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"I think they look great and feel comfortable while running or just sitting at my desk."
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"the sound is quite good, they're quite comfortable."
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"The headphones worked well and were comfortable, but only lasted 4 months of going to the gym."
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"Very comfortable and easy to keep clean with the removable silicone sizing caps"
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"Comfortable and good sound."
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Control

Control:
"The fact that the volume control is located on the left ear string is annoying since all of my other sets are on the right side."
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"The volume control needs to be pressed really hard to get a response sometimes."
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"I use an android and was knowingly unable to take advantage of the volume controls but can fortunately change tracks with a double click of the center button between them."
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"But the remote control broke the first time I went for running with them, 30 minutes in."
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"Then the volume control buttons and play pause button just confused each other I guess, nothing worked as they are supposed to any more."
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"My only real complaint is the dang volume control."
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"Works well, but the remote control doesn't work with Android phones."
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"Controls are nice."
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"I use an android and was knowingly unable to take advantage of the volume controls but can fortunately change tracks with a double click of the center button between them."
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"The sound quality is great, the clip is great, the volume control is great."
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"Haven't had any problems on the control like others."
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Design

Design:
"Disappointing considering the great design."
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"again sound is excellent design is terrible."
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"Disappointing considering the great design."
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"The design is great, but design doesn't mean anything if they don't work!"
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"Great design."
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"The only nice features they sport are a slim earbud design and on-wire controls."
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Fit

Fit:
"Great sounding headphones for the slight compromise of good fit."
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"Pretty good sound quality and decent fit but there seems to be a problem with the headphone jack."
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"I have two iPod shuffles and the SOL's audibly fast-skipped on them both.2) could not get a good fit with the swappable 'plugs' on buds probably due to my ears, but couldn't get the left side to fit well."
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"Fit and quality of sound were great at first, worth at least 4 or 5 stars considering I have a horrible time purchasing headphones that actually fit."
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"The good part is that the headset fits extremely comfortable in the ears and doesn't easily fallout."
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"The worst part about this headphone is the fit."
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"They are the best fitting in-ear headphones."
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"As far as fit for strenuous exercise, these headphones are great."
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"Fit great but stopped working after about a month, after the time to return them had lapsed."
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"They fit so well I bought new ones anyway, and those stopped working too."
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"As far earbuds go, these are amazing, they sound espectacular, fit confortably in my ear, and best of all, will not fall when i am walking, jogging or running."
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Light

Light:
"Great sound, light weight, broke the first time I put them in my pocket."
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"Great sound, light weight, broke the first time I put them in my pocket."
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"I think headphones of this form (earbuds should be durable enough to withstand some light transportation."
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"They are light and fit perfectly when I am running or biking."
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"They sound much better than several more expensive options and are light and easy to use."
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"Nevertheless, I was reasonably happy with the product since it is light weight and claims to be sweat-resistant."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"Where these fall short: the microphone is terrible."
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"But eventually the controls stopped working entirely, and I suspect the mic failed as well."
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"The microphone hasn't been great, but again I bought these for the gym and exercise, not to make calls."
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"More often than not, people complain they can barely hear me and I have to hold the microphone directly in front of my mouth."
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"The $15 Panasonics with mic that came recommended by The Wirecutter sounded better."
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"But eventually the controls stopped working entirely, and I suspect the mic failed as well."
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"The single button remote works great with controlling the music on Android phones and the mic is good enough to make calls with as well."
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"Love the microphone when I'm skyping or biking."
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Music

Music:
"I mean very weak bass to the point that it wasn't enjoyable to listen to music."
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"I'm no audiophile but they sound great to me while listening to music or podcasts."
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"Overall, I enjoyed listening to music on this pair."
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"The single button remote works great with controlling the music on Android phones and the mic is good enough to make calls with as well."
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"Great company for music! "
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"Bought these because I have SOL Republic over the ear HD headphones and they are by far the best sound I have ever heard my music (I'm 40 and LOVE music) compared to all of the big names."
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Noise

Noise:
"The wire noise is slightly annoying, but something I can live with."
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"I returned them because the sound was incredibly weak and the noise from the cable brushing against my shirt was obnoxious."
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"OK fit, decent sound, TERRIBLE cord noise."
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"That said, the first time I used them I was struck by how much I disliked the tinny noise that was coming out of the earbuds!"
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"Let me go down the list of things that are not so great...Wire noise- There is A LOT of it."
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"They block out a lot of ambient noise, which might not be good if you are biking- it takes some getting used to."
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"Blocks out background noise very well."
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"When they were working perfectly there was also a lot of wire noise even just from wind or brushing against your clothes."
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"PROS:Great sound quality for small sport headphones that stay in your earEffective noise isolation...for planes, as effective as fancy noise canceling headphonesGREAT customer serviceCONS:A lot of wire noise."
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"they allow for a little bit of ambient noise to leak through as well so that you don't feel totally cut off from the world around you."
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Price

Price:
"These earbuds have very weak sound quality for the price."
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"For the price I got it for, I a very unsatisfied and would not get this again."
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"The durability however is not as good as you would hope for a product with this price tag."
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"Overall a very frustrating experience and a waste of money."
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"Very disappointing and waste of money."
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"Disappointing considering the price."
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"I bought these to replace some bose ear buds since they had good reviews in magazines and were half the price."
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"Not worth the hassle, or the money."
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"Thus, before you buy and get what seems to be a good price, make sure the seller is actually an AUTHORIZED dealer or you are out of luck! "
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"Well worth the price."
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"Pretty good but not worth the premium price."
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Quality

Quality:
"When they're working, the sound quality of Sol Republic products is very good, but they don't hold up or have quality issues, and a terrible customer service policy."
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"The quality is HORRIBLE."
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"The sound quality is okay - nothing horrible, but definitely not great."
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"Terrible quality and I would not recommend this product."
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"Pretty good sound quality and decent fit but there seems to be a problem with the headphone jack."
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"These earbuds have very weak sound quality for the price."
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"For the entire time that I have used them, their sound quality has been fantastic, at our above my previous Sennheiser running headphones that I had used for four years previous."
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"I would recommend looking elsewhere for a better quality product."
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"I bought these upon the recommendation of Wirecutter as the best sports headphones, and for the most part they have worked as advertised: they can deal with abuse and sweat, they are adequate in sound quality, and they work well with my Apple device."
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"Great audio quality - and they stay in place as well as keeping the sweat out."
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"When they're working, the sound quality of Sol Republic products is very good, but they don't hold up or have quality issues, and a terrible customer service policy."
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Size

Size:
"Had that problem too and then I put in the next size ear cushions, which made a huge difference as they blocked out all external noise."
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"These are really uncomfortable, no matter what tip size I tried, and they constantly slipped out of my ears while running."
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"Did not like this it is my second pair each time there would be a small rip in the wire andyou would be able to hear just one side."
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"PROS:Great sound quality for small sport headphones that stay in your earEffective noise isolation...for planes, as effective as fancy noise canceling headphonesGREAT customer serviceCONS:A lot of wire noise."
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"(I had to step up to the largest tips; normally the medium size works best for me.)"
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"Packaging: These come well packaged in a box with four sizes of rubber buds to choose from."
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"I have small ears and these fit perfectly, with no discomfort or pain after using them for a while."
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Sound

Sound:
"Sounds great until sound in one of the ear buds fails then you only have sound in one ear."
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"Sound is decent, not great."
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"The sound quality is okay - nothing horrible, but definitely not great."
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"Great sound, light weight, broke the first time I put them in my pocket."
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"Great sounding headphones for the slight compromise of good fit."
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"Sounds great until sound in one of the ear buds fails then you only have sound in one ear."
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"For the entire time that I have used them, their sound quality has been fantastic, at our above my previous Sennheiser running headphones that I had used for four years previous."
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"I'm no audiophile but they sound great to me while listening to music or podcasts."
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"the sound is quite good, they're quite comfortable."
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Sport

Sport:
"I think these failed in one of the two most important departments for the sports earbuds."
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"I bought these upon the recommendation of Wirecutter as the best sports headphones, and for the most part they have worked as advertised: they can deal with abuse and sweat, they are adequate in sound quality, and they work well with my Apple device."
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"IMHO, BOSE are the best overall if you are looking for sport headphones that last longer than a month."
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"PROS:Great sound quality for small sport headphones that stay in your earEffective noise isolation...for planes, as effective as fancy noise canceling headphonesGREAT customer serviceCONS:A lot of wire noise."
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"Best sound for any sports headphones I have ever used! "
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"After burning through numerous sets of headphones, dealing with dangling wires, and having experiences as described above I decided to start over and find a new type of product and am now very happy with Sports MP3 Player NWZ-W274SBLK - this $%#@ is revolutionary."
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Volume

Volume:
"This is because the Volume Up (+) button is very easy to press, but the Volume Down (-) button and the Play Pause button are very, very hard to press."
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"The volume control needs to be pressed really hard to get a response sometimes."
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"The second set just started exhibiting the random volume change problem."
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"The volume problem was intermittent, it tended to come back when exercising."
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"I use an android and was knowingly unable to take advantage of the volume controls but can fortunately change tracks with a double click of the center button between them."
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"The volume is inconsistent."
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"This is because the Volume Up (+) button is very easy to press, but the Volume Down (-) button and the Play Pause button are very, very hard to press."
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"Having a minus sign for volume down certainly looks nice in product photos, but in real life, the touch target is minuscule, and even harder to press because there's just a patch of area to press down on."
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"Excellent headphones for fit and sound quality but the volume controls on the cord never worked for me."
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"I use an android and was knowingly unable to take advantage of the volume controls but can fortunately change tracks with a double click of the center button between them."
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