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iKross 3.5mm Sport Loop Stereo Earbuds with Microphone for Apple iPhone 6 / 6 Plus, iPad Air, Samsung Galaxy S6...
Report Date: 01/02/2016
Based on 1255 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.8
Returned or considering to return: 2.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
Range5.0   above average
Value5.0   average
Comfortable4.6   average
Price4.6   average
Sound4.6   average
Fit4.5   average
Color4.4   average
Design4.4   above average
Quality4.4   average
Noise4.2   average
Microphone4.1   above average
Music4.1   average
Listening3.9   below average
Button3.8   above average
Cable3.8   above average
Audio3.6   below average
Control3.6   below average
Plug3.6   average
Voice3.4   below average
Volume3.4   below average
iPhone2.9   mediocre
Speaker2.5   below average


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Audio

Audio:
"Audio was good, my one complaint was that it started to hurt my ears after wearing them for a while."
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"It seems to help if I talk slower and enunciate, but the audio quality for them is not nearly as good as when I directly use my phone."
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"Very durable, solid audio quality, don't tangle easily."
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"After failing while using them, there is a crackly noise over the audio, and the left right channels go out intermittently."
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"The person on the other end gets a very annoying echo of themselves caused by some electrical problem causing the audio to the speakers being fed back into the mic."
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"Solid pair of headphones for morning walksPROS- doesn't tangle- has a mic and works with Android and iOSCONS- audio quality isn't that great- earbuds are a lil heavy"
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"Sound quality is great and the audio input is small enough to fit into everything I have."
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"The audio quality is good and the headphones are solidly built."
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"They work fine for phone calls but the audio quality is marginal (at best) for enjoying music."
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"They sometimes hurt my ears, but generally are great sound and the mic pics up audio excellently."
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"Audio was good, my one complaint was that it started to hurt my ears after wearing them for a while."
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Button

Button:
"The only little drawback is that the button cover thingy came out so that now I can see the wiring etc underneath, but it still works perfectly."
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"What I found most annoying was that because there was only the one button, I could only pause the song."
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"Problem is I use my Nexus 4 to listen to music and the button on the earphones that is meant to start Google voice search when held down starts to activate it constantly."
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"(+3) Great sound quality(+1) Flat cable helps prevent tangling(-1) Lacking comfort (the plastic piece connecting the bud and cable is too large, not very comfortable in the ear for long periods)(-1) Button not very functional (plus mine stopped working altogether after two months)"
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"The microphone worked better than expected (I had only one complaint from listeners), and I appreciated the pause button."
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"The best feature of the iKross ear buds (for me) is the easy to find and push button to answer phone calls."
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"I didnt really test the microphone because I didnt use it on my phone but base touching it, its a small silicone button and its easy to click."
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"These offer great sound quality, they fit well and the button works well to answer end calls and to play pause music."
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"The button control and mic function works just as well as the original M8 earbuds."
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"Microphone is awesome, button is useful as well."
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Cable

Cable:
"Before I enter the conference code it again, disconnects me; I notice now there is a faulty connection right where the cord goes into the phone the (3.5mm jack)."
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"Only problem I have with this product is that I purchased it previously and it only lasted for 1 year before I started experiencing a connection problem with the earpiece due to a somewhat flimsy cable construction."
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"The cord broke within a month of buying, not durable at all."
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"And while not perfectly tangle-free, they are much better than your average cord..."
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"It's my second pair because I wasn't careful enough with the first and it got caught on things, damaging the cord."
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"Unfortunately, I broke mine a week after purchasing it when the cord got caught in the refrigerator door and snapped."
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"good sound, and I love the flat linguine-style cord - makes it MUCH less likely to get tangled up (why don't other earbud manufacturers use this technique?"
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"Good noise isolation on mic, deep in-ear design limits background noise, tangle free cord is wonderful."
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"great sound, very comfortable - wish it had a volume control on the cord"
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"Sound quality is great, love the built-in microphone, and the cord is surprisingly tangle-resistant."
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"Length of the cord is great - long enough without being too long2."
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Color

Color:
"Also, the blue and purple colors were both pretty at first, but they got dirty pretty quickly and didn't look nearly as nice."
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"I'll start by saying I received the wrong color."
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"i love the color, but the mic does not work well."
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"One of the earbuds fall apart for no reason they are a pretty color but quality its terrible"
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"I love the color and the cord doesn't tangle as easily."
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"Love the color!"
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"nice sound and color."
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"Metallic Blue color really looks wonderful."
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"Love the electric blue color."
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"Love the color!"
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"They don't come off easily, they're comfortable, and the sound produced is very good."
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"These don't fall out and are pretty comfortable, although i don't wear them for long periods of time."
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"Sound quality not as good as described but the fit and comfort is nice."
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"The comfort is not as good as the Apple stereo earphones with the rubber buds."
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"The ear buds are shaped weird, but are really comfortable."
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"great sound, very comfortable - wish it had a volume control on the cord"
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"but once you find a good position theyre comfortable."
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"They are comfortable, easy to use and sound great."
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"The sound is incredible, comfort is amazing and...When I speak to people on the phone, they have no idea, they'retalking with me on headphones."
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"The bass is good and the earbuds are comfortable."
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Connector

Connector:
"Also, they won't work well in all headphone jacks."
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"The only downside is that the mic sometimes rubs against my jacket or shirt causing noise on the other end."
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"Broke two times in a row within 1 month; the mic connector is way too flimsy."
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"Typically the earbuds get crappy when the connector wears out after about 6-12 months of use but with this pair the hardened assembly where the Right and Left channels split (not shown in any of the pictures) wore out after 5 weeks."
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"The only slight criticism is that I have a Nokia phone and the fit between the jack and the phone is very slightly loose."
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"I think the wiring near the jack has been damaged."
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"The flat cable helps reduce tangling, which I appreciate, and the connector fits snugly in my phone (LG G3.)"
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"The great thing about these iKross earbuds is that the jack fits perfectly through the earphone socket of the Mophie case."
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"These also work with all of our cell phones that have 3.5mm jack, all our grandkids tried them and they all liked them alot."
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"Great sound and comfortable - has a longer jack to accomodate the extended battery on the i-phonewould recommend these strongly"
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Control

Control:
"These are horrible they randomly turn on voice control on my iphone to the point where they are just unusable."
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"Nice fit with the 3 different size ear buds,decent sound, very clear sound while on the phone, the only thing missing is the volume control where the mic is."
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"the only downside is that there doesn't seem to be a volume control on the attached remote, it only pauses and plays for me at least."
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"Only downside it that there is no volume control on the ear buds themselves."
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"No volume control is my only complaint."
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"great sound, very comfortable - wish it had a volume control on the cord"
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"I love these earbuds - but there isn't a way to control the volume with the earbud remote? "
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"they had good sound and quality push control, though they did kind of hurt my ears at first when i put them in."
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"I did not realize the was no volume control, other than that good product."
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"The button control and mic function works just as well as the original M8 earbuds."
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Design

Design:
"Not a good design."
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"Very disappointing because the iKross In-Ear has a great design, better than any others I have used."
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"The only problem I've found is with the design."
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"This seems like a type of product designed to fail in my experience."
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"The design is perfect for my work"
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"good design - like being able to grab the earpieces with this cone design to put into ears."
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"great sounds quality, great mic and great design to keep them in your ears."
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"Very disappointing because the iKross In-Ear has a great design, better than any others I have used."
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Fit

Fit:
"I was looking for buds that had the same sound as the original iPhone earbuds--the ones that don't fit very well."
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"These are great for the price, but not comfortable and difficult to find a fit for them."
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"My ears are hard to fit (small), but they work fine."
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"ears dont fit well"
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"I have always had trouble with ear buds fitting my ears, and unfortunately these are no exception."
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"Disappointed, because I really liked the fit."
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"These do fit well and have three different soft cups to choose from."
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"Sound quality is great and the audio input is small enough to fit into everything I have."
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"I've been looking for cost effective alternatives and these seem to fit the bill."
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"It fits perfectly around and in my ears and the sound is good."
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"sound is so clear it didn't make my ears hurt fit perfect ears and it doesn't tangle"
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Listening

Listening:
"Sound is good for listening to music, but it does not work well for phone conversations."
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"It's good for listening to music, not so great as a microphone."
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"Unless you can sit perfectly still in one position you won't enjoy the listening experience at all."
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"The earbuds are comfortable (also included are other sizes if you need them) & work just like any other silicone-based noise isolation buds --- they definitely block out sound but moving the cord over things conducts the sound of the movement just like a stethoscope (every silicone earbud noise iso does that though).The sound is clear and balanced through lows mids highs, bass is pretty good for earbuds, and overall it's a nice experience for listening to music --- nothing extremely spectacular, but you won't be listening and think wow these are not very good -- I'd say better than an old set of iphone earbuds I have & some other earbuds that I spent $20-30 on."
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"I love using these earphones whether I am just listening to music or during a phone call."
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"I suffer from severe hearing loss and found them to be very good with the volume of my iPad turned up at the max for listening to movies."
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"As I was listening to them I figured that for $50 or $60 they are a pretty good value."
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"For extended music listening, I prefer a more expensive set of buds (more comfortable, better quality, etc)."
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"I love them.. You can hear clear with Great Bass when listening to music."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"But I also mainly bought these mainly so I can use the microphone feature at work for calls when I am on the move, as I misplaced my Apple-supplied headphones for my iPhone 6 and wanted a replacement w o paying Apple's $40 retail price."
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"The microphone is not that great and the person on the other end complains a bit."
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"Nice fit with the 3 different size ear buds,decent sound, very clear sound while on the phone, the only thing missing is the volume control where the mic is."
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"It's good for listening to music, not so great as a microphone."
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"The only downside is that the mic sometimes rubs against my jacket or shirt causing noise on the other end."
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"These things never sound great but in my tests I sounded as good as with any headphone mic in the < $100 price class."
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"Good noise isolation on mic, deep in-ear design limits background noise, tangle free cord is wonderful."
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"it works very well with mic and earphone."
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"The mic picks up well, too."
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"The mic works perfectly and I can use it to access cortana which is a big plus."
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"The phone mic works great too."
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Music

Music:
"Sound is good for listening to music, but it does not work well for phone conversations."
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"At first before I turned on the music, I thought the noise blocking ear tips didn't work too well, until I turned the music on, they worked as expected!"
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"It's good for listening to music, not so great as a microphone."
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"The function button works well with my Nexus 4 and feels like it will last (while in call: press once to mute, hold to hang up; while on home screen: hold for Google Now; listening to music: press to pause play, double tap to skip forward [very inconsistent], holding will also pause your music and start Google Now)."
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"Sound quality for music is good, not great."
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"Purchased these for my teenager and she loves them no more arguing about being able to hear her music through her old earbuds."
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"the price was good and i love my earphones clear for music and talking on the phone, will buy additional one just in case."
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"I love using these earphones whether I am just listening to music or during a phone call."
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"The sound is exceptional, I have used it for both calls and music with no problems."
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"I received this, listened to it for 1 minute at home with music and thought sounded decent for a $~15 pair of headphones."
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"Great sound for both calls and music but they just don't last, but then again, what last these days?"
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Noise

Noise:
"Furthermore, when I used these headphones for phone calls, people complained that they picked up more background noise than my own voice!"
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"nothing special and didn't feel the noise isolation , I don't recommend this item , the regular in ear coming with iPhone ais much better in quality than this one"
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"Sound quality is decent and noise isolation is OK, but the static they produce is just unacceptable."
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"No tangle, good sound, noise isolation from all the weights, but don't use the control in the cord so I can't confirm its operation."
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"The only thing that requires getting used to is that the microphone is on the left side instead of the right, which means that, if you are driving and have your window slightly open, the person on the other end of the line does hear the wind noise...but not enough to be a real problem You will not be disappointed if you buy these."
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"Good sound, seal out noise well (although that's not always a good thing), mic seems good when I make calls."
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"Good noise isolation on mic, deep in-ear design limits background noise, tangle free cord is wonderful."
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"They actually stay in my ears, sound great, and do some noise canceling."
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"He is very happy with them, they do a great job of blocking out the noise on crowded trains and subways, and if he calls me while on the train I can hear him clearly."
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"They sound great and do a wonderful job cancelling out other noises too."
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Plug

Plug:
"The only problems I found was there was only one set of ear plug adapters, not three as advertised."
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"They don't work as good as real ear plugs but they work pretty nice."
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"I love tangle-free wires that are rubber made and the sound is exceptional comparable to $60 beats ear plugs, The only complaint I have is the micro-phone attached is not very clear as to substitute it for my handsfree plugs off my cell phone."
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"Most ear buds don't last long because they tend to get damaged with the connecting plug."
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"The makers of these iKross must have researched how earbuds are damaged by using a different type of plug."
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"I like the construction of the ear piece as well as the way the cord is attached to the plug end."
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"Plug does not fit in cell phone very well, some metal sticks out, not sure this is safe to use this way."
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"The sound isolation (i. g. the earpiece fits nicely into your ear, forming an ear plug) works quite well too."
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"If the wiring holds up near the plug, I'll be happy."
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"When they are plug in, you're good for the gym."
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Price

Price:
"Not the best and not worth the money"
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"Not sure I would recommend, definitely a good deal for the price."
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"The fidelity of the sound is not as good as another headphones I have had but for the price, it is ok, I just do not know how much they will last, I have used them for less than a month and they work good so far."
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"I can't believe how durable they are or the sound quality for the money."
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"These are great for the price, but not comfortable and difficult to find a fit for them."
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"And even though they're cheap, I also don't think that I should be able to go through two pairs of these in less than half a year."
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"Great product for the price."
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"the price was good and i love my earphones clear for music and talking on the phone, will buy additional one just in case."
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"Really does not tangle, and it's one of the best quality earphones you can get at this reasonable price."
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"very nice...it works well and at a good price"
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"I'd recommend for someone who wants a great pair at a great price."
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Quality

Quality:
"Terrible quality!"
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"The quality of the second pair was not as good and they only lasted about 2 months before they stopped working."
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"Sound quality was adequate, but not as clear as compared to the Apple or Skullcandy headphones."
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"Sound quality was terrible."
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"The sound quality is not that great and it cuts in and out some."
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"I can't believe how durable they are or the sound quality for the money."
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"Sound quality is great and the audio input is small enough to fit into everything I have."
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"Really does not tangle, and it's one of the best quality earphones you can get at this reasonable price."
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"Great quality, no tangle, work great for phone calls."
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"Excellent Quality."
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"Excellent quality and great fit."
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Range

Range:
"Great bass range and mic quality."
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"10 10 would recommend for this price range."
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"Reasonable dynamic range, good construction, well built and comfortable."
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"The entire range is clear and warm."
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"These ear buds have a pretty decent bass response, but they do seem to lack pretty significantly in the upper-middle range."
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Rubber

Rubber:
"The comfort is not as good as the Apple stereo earphones with the rubber buds."
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"Before they came apart, the worked pretty well, but were not very comfortable because of how they fit in my ears...admittedly, I have small ears and always switch to the smallest rubber ear piece...but the rounded bit in back of the rubber cushion was painful when used for more than 10-15 minutes."
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"Excellent sound, pleasing fit to the ear with the 3 sizes of rubber buds, too."
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"The rubber bit is pretty easy to lose."
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"The best part are the small rubber attachments, since headphones are typically too large for my ears."
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"The headphones come with 3 rubber S M L inserts and are pretty standard."
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"Pros:Decent price.3 sizes of bud rubber adapters."
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Sound

Sound:
"Sound quality was adequate, but not as clear as compared to the Apple or Skullcandy headphones."
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"Nice fit with the 3 different size ear buds,decent sound, very clear sound while on the phone, the only thing missing is the volume control where the mic is."
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"Sound quality was terrible."
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"Okay sound and build, not great sound but really good."
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"They feel solid and sound great."
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"good sound, and I love the flat linguine-style cord - makes it MUCH less likely to get tangled up (why don't other earbud manufacturers use this technique?"
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"Great earphones, clear sound."
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"Sound quality is great and the audio input is small enough to fit into everything I have."
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"They actually stay in my ears, sound great, and do some noise canceling."
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Speaker

Speaker:
"But then, the bud on the speaker side broke."
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"For example, when I use this with my phone (Samsung Galaxy 3), callers complain they feel like I am far away, or have them on a weak speaker phone."
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"So as in-line phone speakers, these would NOT be a good primary pair."
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"My husband was one of them and asked if I had our call on speaker; looking forward to these earbuds, it really disappointed him that his clients anyone he talked to would hear echos of themselves."
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"The person on the other end gets a very annoying echo of themselves caused by some electrical problem causing the audio to the speakers being fed back into the mic."
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"After 1 week started hearing low static in the buds and people complained they were not able to hear me though the speaker."
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"They sound amazing but the left speaker went out after a weeks use."
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"Pros - Nice looking, Amazing sound compare to the other speakers at the same rang, good noise isolating and so comfortable."
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"The design is sleek and stylish, but, maybe my ears are too small, the speaker cylinder is too large, even with the smallest gummy attachment available."
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"Good rich sound from a small speaker."
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"they fit very well in the ears, the speaker is really good and the cable looks very durable, thick and you don't think that it will break easily"
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Value

Value:
"A great value for the price."
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"The iKoss in-Ear buds are a great value."
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"Good sound, good value."
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"I lose mine here and there so I appreciate the value here."
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"Terrific value for the money."
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Voice

Voice:
"These are horrible they randomly turn on voice control on my iphone to the point where they are just unusable."
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"Furthermore, when I used these headphones for phone calls, people complained that they picked up more background noise than my own voice!"
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"Not brilliant sound or voice quality, but very reasonable given the price."
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"The sound is amazing, the microphone picks up my weak voice very well, and the always-listening feature of Touchless Controls works fine using this headset."
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"There is a bit of a loud echo in your ears, of your own voice when speaking, which is a bit annoying."
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"* low tangle* crisp treble and firm bass with clear voice* stay in ears well* low ambient sound feedthru"
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"The sound is amazing, the microphone picks up my weak voice very well, and the always-listening feature of Touchless Controls works fine using this headset."
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"Works well with good sound for voice and music, noise isolation and connectivity to phone and MP3 player."
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"Also, the sound clarity is excellent and the microphone easily picks up my voice even when I speak in a low tone."
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"The form and function is good, the mic seems to isolate voice pretty well, and the pause button on the mic is nice."
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Volume

Volume:
"horrible phones, the wire is very sensitive and volume fades away and goes away I have to jiggle wire for it to work."
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"Nice fit with the 3 different size ear buds,decent sound, very clear sound while on the phone, the only thing missing is the volume control where the mic is."
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"The only thing I didn't like is not able to change volume on my iPhone with these."
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"the only downside is that there doesn't seem to be a volume control on the attached remote, it only pauses and plays for me at least."
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"* Right earbud is normal volume but with terrible fidelity, considerable buzzing at lower frequencies."
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"The earbuds after the failure act as such:* About half volume on the left ear bud."
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"great sound, very comfortable - wish it had a volume control on the cord"
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"I suffer from severe hearing loss and found them to be very good with the volume of my iPad turned up at the max for listening to movies."
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"I love these earbuds - but there isn't a way to control the volume with the earbud remote? "
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"Nice fit with the 3 different size ear buds,decent sound, very clear sound while on the phone, the only thing missing is the volume control where the mic is."
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"The volume is great."
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iPhone

iPhone:
"These are horrible they randomly turn on voice control on my iphone to the point where they are just unusable."
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"I was looking for buds that had the same sound as the original iPhone earbuds--the ones that don't fit very well."
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"But I also mainly bought these mainly so I can use the microphone feature at work for calls when I am on the move, as I misplaced my Apple-supplied headphones for my iPhone 6 and wanted a replacement w o paying Apple's $40 retail price."
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"If I am just bending the wire a little bit, then it will stop the current song play, jump to the next song on the playlist, or even the voice control will come up ( I am using an iPhone 6 now).To be more specific, things got weird when I touch the part showed in the attached pic."
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"nothing special and didn't feel the noise isolation , I don't recommend this item , the regular in ear coming with iPhone ais much better in quality than this one"
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"The only thing I didn't like is not able to change volume on my iPhone with these."
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"bought 3 of those after lost the first pair... my wife started using those as well dropping her original iphone set."
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"It works well with my iPad and iPhone 5.It feels comfortable too."
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"Great sound on my iPhone and iPad."
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"Excellent sound for the price, great value, very pleased, works great with my iphone."
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"Go for the earbuds that are similar to what you get with the iPhone... can't go wrong with those."
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