In ear headphones are being more and more sophisticated these days. The latest trend in earbud technology is the ability to talk using your mobile phone (iPhone, Android, etc.) using a microphone that is built into the headphones.
To be honest, this isn’t a totally novel innovation – microphones built into in ear headphones have been around for a while, but only until recently have they been good enough to provide a clear and crisp microphone which acts just like your’e talking directly into your mobile phone.
Previously, the mics would produce static sounds every once and a while, and in some models, when a person was talking, depending on what the person was doing, speech may have been cut out completely.
Nowadays, we have all types of high quality talk control headphones to choose from. Below are some of the most popular, ranging from the lowest price, to the highest:
1. MEElectronics Hi-Fi Sound-Isolating In-Ear Headphones with Microphone
They come in black, or a black and silver stripe, and are built specifically for mobile phones.
The sound quality is decent, both on the speaker end and on the receiving end of conversations from those using the microphone.
The actual earpieces themselves are very comfortable and tight, and are great at reducing outside sound.
The only downside is that a few customers have experienced a control button that does not work. Most people, however, have had an excellent experience.
2. elago E6M Control Talk In-Ear Earphones
They fit comfortably into any shaped ear as they are ergonomically designed to fit just outside the ear canal. Maybe a little too much information there, but the bottom line – they fit and they fit well.
Additionally, they are incredibly durable and have all of the controls you need to use as a mic and a remote for your mobile device and it’s music player.
Not much downside here, it’s just all good.
3. Beats by Dr. Dre Tour Mobile with Control Talk In-Ear Headphones
Anything having to do with Dr. Dre and hardware when it comes to music is going to be awesome. The regular non-control talk Beats by Dr. Dre in ear headphones are outstanding, but there was a lot of curiosity when the microphone functionality was going to be added onto them. Were they going to be good?
Of course, leave it to Monster Cable to impress the heck out of us. This set of control talk in ear headphones are top of the line and work really really well. The price, of course, is a bit on the high end, but they come with other features that some of the other microphoned headphones do not come with, such as:
Tangle free wires: This, by far, is one of the most innovative features because we all know how annoying those cables can get when we stuff them in our bags or pockets. I guess this is why the cord itself is patent pending…
Extremely awesome ear pieces: The sound quality is absolutely crazy, especially if you’re listening to any music (or talking to a person) with a lot of bass. It has Dr. Dre’s name on it, so of course the sound quality is going to be great.
Fits tight into the ear: The snug fit actually serves a double purpose. First, it allows the awesome sound to enter your brain, but secondly it cancels outside noise so you can fully experience whatever you’re listening to, whether it’s music, a podcast, or a conversation.
Bottom line, these are amazing headphones, but unless you listen to a lot of music it may be smarter to go with the mid-price to low-end models for chatting purposes.
No matter what kind you choose, it’s definitely much better than having to hold a phone to your ear for hours, especially when you’re up late talking to your girlfriend. You know what I mean!