iPhone Accessory Reviews: headphones
Maximo iP-HS1 iPhone Stereo Headset
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Reviewed August, 2008 by Jacob Spindel, Chief iPod Correspondent
Most categories of the iPhone accessory market are tremendously supersaturated; so many different types of cases, speaker docks, and screen protectors are available that, by now, you’re probably starting to feel a bit like WALL-e just from trying to shovel them all into a tidy little pile. However, wired iPhone headsets have been a notable exception to this trend, and in fact, only a few alternatives to Apple’s own headset, such as the V-Moda Vibe Duo, were available when the iPhone first debuted. Nonetheless, additional products in this category are finally beginning to trickle into the marketplace, such as Maximo’s iMetal iP-HS1 wired headset for iPhone. If you are looking for a wired iPhone headset, and you listen to music more often than you make phone calls, then the iP-HS1 is a good choice.
(Piano) Pedals To The Metal
The iP-HS1 consists of two aluminum alloy earbuds that connect to an iPhone or iPhone 3G via white cables that resemble those of Apple’s own headset. The left earbud also has a condenser microphone about four inches below the bud, and at the point where the left and right cables meet, a small button is present that enables you to connect and disconnect phone calls, as well as pausing and resuming music. Unlike Apple’s own headset, the button is separate from the microphone, which is likely to be many easier to understand and more comfortable to use for many customers than the combined solution. The cable length is four feet, with an additional two-foot extension cable included in the package.
The earbuds are the “external” type (they don’t enter your ear canal), with each bud using a 15 mm neodymium driver to provide a frequency response range of 18 Hz-22 kHz. The earbuds come with ring-shaped foam covers, although unlike most in-ear buds, there is only one pair of covers to choose from. A carrying pouch is also included.
Once you put on the foam covers, the iP-HS1’s earbuds were just slightly larger than those of Apple’s iPhone headset. If you are hypersensitive (or just have really small ears), you may find the iP-HS1 to be a little bit uncomfortable to wear, but in our tests, we found that most people who don’t have a problem with wearing an average pair of regular earphones probably won’t have any difficulty with the iP-HS1 either. You actually can plug the headset into a standard headphone jack as well, without using any adaptor, and they will function as standard earphones, but iPhone owners are clearly the iP-HS1’s primary target audience.