In­line fea­tures

How good are the lead con­trols?

Mac Format - - RATED | KIT -

The Au­diofly buds in­clude a sin­gle but­ton on the cord that of­fers the stan­dard iPod/iPhone com­pat­i­ble in­line con­trols, so that you can ac­cept and end calls, skip for­ward to the next track with two taps in quick suc­ces­sion and skip back to a pre­vi­ous track with three taps. There are no vol­ume con­trols, though. The same goes for the Sony but­ton re­mote, which feels oddly cheap and pla­s­ticky against its strong, ser­rated cord.

The Klip­sch re­mote sup­ports all the func­tions above but of­fers sub­stan­tially sep­a­rated vol­ume con­trols as well, while the same can be said of the AKG and RHA buds, with the lat­ter be­ing eas­i­est to con­trol in the dark thanks to its er­gonomic, moulded de­sign.

As noted, the Vibe ear­phones of­fer no in­line con­trols at all, so there’s no fa­cil­ity to change track or ac­cept/ de­cline a call with­out tak­ing your iPhone or iPod out of your pocket, let alone change vol­ume on the fly. This presents a par­tic­u­lar chal­lenge if your hand­set is tucked be­neath coat and scarf in cold sea­sons.

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