iPod earbuds better than iPhone earbuds?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by spiderman0616, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    Came across a strange situation this week:

    A few months back I accidentally washed my stock earbuds that came with my iPhone. They were absolutely destroyed, so I bought a new pair from Apple. (I like the remote/mic combination and the sound is "good enough").

    In the last couple of weeks, I have noticed that my newer pair has lost a lot of volume. The highest volume level on my iPhone didn't seem to be very loud at all, and was barely loud enough for me to hear my music or watch TV shows on the train. I was also noticing that the right/left balance was completely off. Even when I went into the Accessibility settings and messed with the balance, the earbuds still were louder and clearer on the right side. I even switched ears to make sure I just wasn't going deaf in my left ear. :) I also wondered if maybe there was something wrong with my phone's headphone jack or something. Just in case anyone asks--EQ effects are turned off, and I don't have the volume limit locked.

    So when I got home, I tried my wife's iPod Touch earbuds. Instant results. The sound was much louder and richer on those earbuds (even without any EQ effects turned on). I convinced her to let me trade her since she never uses them anyway. Unfortunately that eliminates the mic/remote combo that I actually use quite often.

    So my question is:
    a) Did I just get crappy earbuds? (I think the Apple earbuds are pretty crappy anyway)
    b) Are the iPod earbuds just better?

    I tend to think I just got a bad pair or that maybe the remote mechanism went bad on the old pair and got stuck on a certain volume or something. Any opinions?
  2. Greg. macrumors 6502


    Sep 12, 2010
    London, UK
    I don't know how anyone uses stock Apple headphones :eek:

    Just get some cheap-ish Sennheiser's or something..they'll be miles better.
  3. spiderman0616 thread starter macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    I'm not buying more earbuds--these are fine. I was just wondering if one stock pair is better than the other.

    But I would LOVE to buy some nicer ones next time I have some spare cash.
  4. eclipse01 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2011
    Eau Claire, WI
    I use them when I need to hear things going on around me, but otherwise I agree completely with you.
  5. spiderman0616 thread starter macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    I work in the financial district of Chicago's loop area, and almost everyone I see on the way into work and on the way home is using the telltale white earbuds. I wasn't looking for suggestions on buying new earbuds--I acknowledge that the Apple ones are garbage. I'm just wondering if there is any evidence out there that they skimp on the iPhone versions.
  6. Rocko1 macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2011
    Your new ones are defective. I have many OEM with and without the mic/remote, all sound identical. Take them back, or contact Apple, etc.
  7. spiderman0616 thread starter macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    I figured that was the case. I don't feel like taking them back, but I'm glad someone commented that has compared new pairs to each other. I was just curious.

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