I have a plethora of earbuds lying around from my various testing over the years and I am always on the lookout for a good set of earbuds that allow for more functionality as well as better sound. Something that is ideal for when I am running on the treadmill or working out at the gym and reduces the amount of times I have to take out and touch my iPhone while working out is what I seek.
So I picked up a pair of the Scosche IDR305md tapLine II earbuds which come with a little remote built into the earbud cables as well as it has a microphone. This earbud set can be found for around $17 right now on Amazon.com and has quite amazing sound quality for the price. The bass is full and the earbuds lend themselves more to rock and heavy music than for audio books or comedy tracks though they play just fine and still sound better than the older default iPhone earbuds.
The earbuds are very comfortable in the ear with very flexible rubber tips, though my one big issue is that while running on a treadmill they kept slowly dislodging from my ear canal and falling out. Despite various efforts to get them to seat I made frequent stops to adjust my earbuds while running, this was a hindrance and annoyed me to no end. They should have had some rubberized behind the ear adapter so you can wear them in a configuration which better held them in place while engaged in physical activity.
My favorite feature however was the remote control built into the earbud, this allowed you to not only adjust the volume up or down from the cord, but also you can pause the track as well as skip the track to next track or previous track as well from the center button which is much nicer than most of the other headphone/earbuds which can only volume up, volume down, pause or play. The track skip helped me move past the tracks without having to pull out my phone and skip the track in Spotify so it was great to have this remote functionality.
The microphone was passable, I had several phone calls on the iPhone using the mic in the Scosche IDR305md and most people said my voice was clear but movement and any sort of wind breaks up your voice really bad. There is no noticeable noise cancellation and you pretty much have to be standing still indoors for the mic to work well, but it is passable for a quick call while indoors without having to remove the earbuds so you can get back to what you are doing.
Overall, for the price the earbuds are a really good deal and if you are looking for earbuds that sound better than the default iPhone earbuds, plus have the functionality of being able to control volume, pause, play and skip to next or previous track all from the earbud line itself then the Scosche IDR305md is a good bargain. If you plan on doing a lot of running, you will want to use a clip to hold the earbud cable with a little slack up on your shirt so it doesn’t slightly tug while running and dislodge them from your ears.