What's Hot: Very effective noise canceling, loud volume and very good clarity.
What's Not: Sounds tinny on certain non-Apple devices.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Moshi Audio makes several in-ear headphone models in different price range, and the Moshi Mythro earphone is the most affordable model in their line-up. The Moshi Mythro is an in-ear headset with built-in mic and it works with any device with a 3.5mm audio jack for audio output and voice calls and voice command. It offers clear audio, good bass and comes in 6 colors including Burgundy Red, Satin Gold, Gunmetal, Tyrian Purple, Rose Pink and Jet Silver.
The Moshi Mythro earbuds have a simple yet very functional design. The neodymium drivers sit in anodized aluminum casing that comes in six colors with "moshi audio" branding in white. The end of the earbuds has a sharp slide cut-out to make it easier to push them into your ear canal. Like with the RHA MA450i in-ear headphones, the Moshi Mythro prefers in canal position. The headset comes with three pairs of injected earbuds in different sizes, and they do make a big difference in presenting bass and other audio properties when they fit in your ear canals. So be sure to find the best fitting size for your ears. These earbuds feel comfortable and they're great at noise cancelling. We tested them on the airplane, and found they almost blocked out the engine noise. If you're in a quiet environment, like a quiet office or home, you won't hear people talking loudly around you when wearing the Moshi Mythro.
The Moshi Mythro comes with a standard cable at standard length. The built-in mic has a low position, near you chest, compared to headphones like the Apple's EarPods on which the mic is near your face. But the outgoing voice gets picked up quite nicely on the Moshi. The built-in mic has a control button that can pick up calls and control music playback, but it doesn't offer any volume control. The Moshi Mythro also offers a Velcro style cable organizer called HandyStrap for you to tie the cable up when you're not using the headset.
The Moshi Mythro has 8mm DR8 neodymium drivers that have frequency response of 15-20,000Hz (-10dB @ 1kHz) range. The driver size is on par with stereo earbuds such as the Wicked Pure Sound but it's smaller than the RHA MA450i which has 10mm drivers. But the Moshi Mythro headset offers pretty big sound with surprising clarity and good bass. We tested the Moshi Mythro on several smartphones including the iPhone 5, the Samsung Galaxy S4, the HTC One, the BlackBerry Z10 and with gaming laptops, and the headset performed well on all devices. It does add something extra for the iPhone 5 with clearer treble tracks, more pronounced bass and better range. Perhaps the headset was tuned to the iPhone's audio. It's particularly noticeable in treble sounds in tracks featuring female vocals: the vocals sounds super clear and full on the iPhone 5 compared to on other devices. Audio range is also good on most devices. We tested symphonies with different instrumental tracks and found each coming through nicely. On the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S4, the tracks had more range than on the BlackBerry Z10, but the difference was not very noticeable.
The Moshi Mythro has loud volume and with the help of the silicone earbuds, it offers good bass. The bass was better on the Moshi than on the Apple EarPods in most tracks we tested. One thing to remember though, try different size silicone tips that come with the headset to find the best sounding pair. Since the Moshi Mythro sits in the ear canals, it offers strong noise canceling. The built-in mic can take incoming calls including call waiting feature support and play/pause and skip tracks for music playback. Moshi says not all music control features work on a non-Apple device, but in our testes, they worked on the Samsung, the HTC and the BlackBerry.
For $30 MSRP, the Moshi Mythro in-ear headset is a great choice at this price range. It's much better than the included headset with the Samsung Galaxy S4 and it's also a little better than the Apple EarPods when it comes to audio clarity and stronger bass. Its range is a little lacking compared to the RHA MA450i which costs $15 more, but for most day-to-day tasks such as music or video playback when you travel or on your daily commute, and making and taking phone calls, the Moshi Mythro beats many headsets that are included with your phone.