V-Moda iPhone Vibe and Shure I2C-m-in-ear headset review

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G_O_vanni

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Aug 13, 2007
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There are really two options available from Apple and ATT for upgraded in-ear headphones for the iPhone. The Shure I2C-m-in-ear headphones and the V-Moda vibe iPhone headphones. I haven't been able to find reviews that were helpful on the internet so I decided to review them myself.

I am looking for a pair of headphones that will:
  • provide me with sound isolation on airplanes
  • Provide better sound quality than the stock Apple headphones
  • function as a "hands-free" device when calls come in
  • avoid adding difficulty to the use of my iPhone
SHURE I2C

I purchased a the shure set from the ATT store. I have been using the Shure E2C headphones with my ipod for about six months. From a technical standpoint the headphones on the I2C are identical, Shure has updated the jack to fit the iPhone and they have added a microphone to the right side cable.

Because I have owned the E2C I expected the I2C to be identical. Unfortunately the I2C felt cheaper, and less solid than the E2C. The cable that they used between the headphones and the splitter is thinner and more stiff, and the microphone felt bulky and awkward. Additionally when you make calls with an in-ear headphone design your own voice sounds like it is echoing.

The headphones fit well, but I still have an issue maintaining a seal in the ear canal. This is based more on the size of my ear canal than their design.

As always the sound quality of the Shure was superb. The notes were crisp and clear, and my music sounded great!

In the end I returned the Shure I2C headphones, because I was so disappointed in the quality difference from the other set of Shure headphones that I own.

V-Moda Vibe iPhone

I purchased the V-Modas from the Apple store. My first impression was that I was holding a beautiful piece of hardware. The aluminum housing and knurled finish feel weighty and refined in your hand. The fabric covered cables add a level of sophistication that turns the headphones into a borderline fashion accessory.

These features are great, but they aren't really why i purchase headphones. The first thing that I noticed when using the Vibes is that the level of bass seems to be higher than the Shure model. Unfortunately I feel that the overall sound quality suffers because of this increased level of bass. The clarity and definition just isn't there, and the bass can overpower at times.

The earpiece is smaller than that of the Shure, and I found it difficult to find a comfortable fit, once again may just be the shape of my head. I was disappointed that they would fall out on occasion, and I can recall a time when I felt like they were truly sealed in my ear canal. The last thing that I want is to be sitting on a plane listening to the engines roar over the sound of my music.

The Vibes were easier to wear in one ear while conducting calls, this is the only way that my voice sounded right to me, and the call quality on the other end was always crisp.

In the end I returned the Vibes to the Apple store, because of their poor fit, and less than stellar sound quality.

Overview

I would not recommend either of these headphones. I don't feel that either of them met the criteria that I look for in a set of headphones. Most importantly I don't feel that either set lives up to it's $110 price tag. I think that Apple did a fantastic job on the iPhone, and it would be a shame to take away from that with headphones that make you wish for a little bit more. The stock ear buds aren't that great when it comes to sound quality, comfort, and noise isolation. The fact remains that they came with the iPhone the sound isn't the worst thing that I have experienced and I don't feel like I have a really bad cold when someone calls me and I speak to them through the headphones.

I will be waiting until Shure and V-Moda have had time to create a headphone that is as beautiful to use as the iPhone.
 

garymooks

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Jul 18, 2007
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#2
Thanks for the review

I was planning on buying the shure i2c earphones..I am going to wait after reading your review..
Thanks
Gary:)
 

krossmusic

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Aug 29, 2007
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#3
Thank you!

I'm trying to still find the solution for these issues as stated in your post. As wonderful a product the iPhone is, the earphones given are awful, I'm glad I didn't waste time and effort now because of your reviews! So as of now I'm assuming there is nothing really great out there as a solution for hands free-great listening enjoyment...

UHG! :)

But I know that someday, somewhere, someway, SOMEONE will create a solution, and I await that day with open arms!

Always with love,

Kross
 

Beau

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Jul 31, 2007
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Shure sells an adapter with microphone/control button. The Apple store has it for $40. It can be used with any ear/headphone, but especially designed for use with shure's newer models with the modular cable system.

Combined with my Shure E500s the total length is about the same as the Apple ibuds. You can pick up new 500s on eBay for under $300. Perhaps more than you want to spend, but the sq of these is in another universe compared to the offerings in this review.

Final note - this being a dedicated forum for the iPhone is great to talk about ...the iPhone. From the little head/earphone advice I've read so far, much of it has been lacking. For headphones, do yourself a favor and check out this place

www.head-fi.org
 

C130

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Jun 5, 2007
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I just bought the Shure SE210's with the new modular cable. Now, I cannot find the Shure Music Phone Adapter anywhere. Apple's web site states it is on back order for 2-3 months and none of the Apple stores nearby have them in stock. Anyone else having trouble finding them?
 

Paul830

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Aug 13, 2007
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#7
Try calling the Apple Store in Legacy Village Beechwood, Ohio. They had some on this past Sunday. I think they ship products. I got one and they work Great! You can get their number on the Apple site. Hope this helps out...Paul
 

C130

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Jun 5, 2007
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Thanks, I'll give them a call tomorrow. I found one store in Texas that had some in stock and they wouldn't ship them to me.
 

HELPmepLox

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Jul 15, 2007
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#9
i know all that stuff $100+ i rather buy the moto s9 was about $50-80 and jsut a the icombi there many thread of successs but still not sure about the moto s9 it kinda sticks out in the back to much..
 

Ryukyu

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Jun 15, 2007
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Until someone comes out with something that I am satisfied with, I'm using the Rivet stereo headset.
It's not the greatest sound-wise, but it's very acceptable for the price ($20), and it doesn't fall out of my ears like the Apple buds did.
At that price, I won't feel too bad about replacing them once some company comes out with something that I really like.
 

Conan

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Jul 19, 2007
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There are really two options available from Apple and ATT for upgraded in-ear headphones for the iPhone. The Shure I2C-m-in-ear headphones and the V-Moda vibe iPhone headphones. I haven't been able to find reviews that were helpful on the internet so I decided to review them myself.

I am looking for a pair of headphones that will:
  • provide me with sound isolation on airplanes
  • Provide better sound quality than the stock Apple headphones
  • function as a "hands-free" device when calls come in
  • avoid adding difficulty to the use of my iPhone
SHURE I2C

I purchased a the shure set from the ATT store. I have been using the Shure E2C headphones with my ipod for about six months. From a technical standpoint the headphones on the I2C are identical, Shure has updated the jack to fit the iPhone and they have added a microphone to the right side cable.

Because I have owned the E2C I expected the I2C to be identical. Unfortunately the I2C felt cheaper, and less solid than the E2C. The cable that they used between the headphones and the splitter is thinner and more stiff, and the microphone felt bulky and awkward. Additionally when you make calls with an in-ear headphone design your own voice sounds like it is echoing.

The headphones fit well, but I still have an issue maintaining a seal in the ear canal. This is based more on the size of my ear canal than their design.

As always the sound quality of the Shure was superb. The notes were crisp and clear, and my music sounded great!

In the end I returned the Shure I2C headphones, because I was so disappointed in the quality difference from the other set of Shure headphones that I own.

V-Moda Vibe iPhone

I purchased the V-Modas from the Apple store. My first impression was that I was holding a beautiful piece of hardware. The aluminum housing and knurled finish feel weighty and refined in your hand. The fabric covered cables add a level of sophistication that turns the headphones into a borderline fashion accessory.

These features are great, but they aren't really why i purchase headphones. The first thing that I noticed when using the Vibes is that the level of bass seems to be higher than the Shure model. Unfortunately I feel that the overall sound quality suffers because of this increased level of bass. The clarity and definition just isn't there, and the bass can overpower at times.

The earpiece is smaller than that of the Shure, and I found it difficult to find a comfortable fit, once again may just be the shape of my head. I was disappointed that they would fall out on occasion, and I can recall a time when I felt like they were truly sealed in my ear canal. The last thing that I want is to be sitting on a plane listening to the engines roar over the sound of my music.

The Vibes were easier to wear in one ear while conducting calls, this is the only way that my voice sounded right to me, and the call quality on the other end was always crisp.

In the end I returned the Vibes to the Apple store, because of their poor fit, and less than stellar sound quality.

Overview

I would not recommend either of these headphones. I don't feel that either of them met the criteria that I look for in a set of headphones. Most importantly I don't feel that either set lives up to it's $110 price tag. I think that Apple did a fantastic job on the iPhone, and it would be a shame to take away from that with headphones that make you wish for a little bit more. The stock ear buds aren't that great when it comes to sound quality, comfort, and noise isolation. The fact remains that they came with the iPhone the sound isn't the worst thing that I have experienced and I don't feel like I have a really bad cold when someone calls me and I speak to them through the headphones.

I will be waiting until Shure and V-Moda have had time to create a headphone that is as beautiful to use as the iPhone.
Thanks a bunch man, I was planning on buying the V-moda, but will reconsider now.. was wanting a thorough review, but I could not find it anywhere.
 
Jul 1, 2007
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Same here...using the iRivet for now. It does its job a bit better than the stock Apple headphones. I do hope Ultimate Ears or Shure comes out with better headphones for the iPhone.
 

Ivanova

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Sep 9, 2007
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Ihave both of these earbuds, and both are not that good. Being a musician, I bought a Shure wireless in-ear monitor system that came with the 2e's, but the store recommended the M-Audio series earbuds, and I bought the IE-10. These are far better than ANY earbuds I have heard, and are more efficient, so that they are louder at lower volumes than either the Shure's or V-modas. Now they don't have the mic or switch that the Apple buds have, but the cable, which is pretty heavy duty (for us clumsy musicians!) is replaceable and plugs into the ear buds. I am buying a replacement cable and taking the pack-in buds and soldering the wires to the plugs on the M-Audio plugs, giving me a fully operational, excellent sounding ear bud set!
 

Velodog2

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Jul 19, 2007
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quick reminder to not forget to consider the Ultimate Buds option. Finally got some last week and have absolutely no complaints. Very flat balanced response that's nice and crisp with noise isolation and good comfort. So glad to be rid of those muddy sounding uncomfortable stock phones. I cant believe how many people i see happily using those things.
 

Ryukyu

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Jun 15, 2007
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Ihave both of these earbuds, and both are not that good. Being a musician, I bought a Shure wireless in-ear monitor system that came with the 2e's, but the store recommended the M-Audio series earbuds, and I bought the IE-10. These are far better than ANY earbuds I have heard, and are more efficient, so that they are louder at lower volumes than either the Shure's or V-modas. Now they don't have the mic or switch that the Apple buds have, but the cable, which is pretty heavy duty (for us clumsy musicians!) is replaceable and plugs into the ear buds. I am buying a replacement cable and taking the pack-in buds and soldering the wires to the plugs on the M-Audio plugs, giving me a fully operational, excellent sounding ear bud set!
Off topic, but would that be the Shure PSM 200?
I've been looking at that one for a while. Can you PM me and let me know what you think about it?
I've also heard good things about the M-Audio earbuds. I've been told that they handle the dynamics (particularly bass) of live music much better than the Shures, although if you get the $600 Shure model, it's supposed to be OK with that.