By Louis Senecal on Thu, 08/16/2012
I have been using Scosches’ new REALM On-Ear Headphones with tap LINE III (model # RH656md) for a few weeks. This model (along with a few others) came out last month and Scosche sent me a review sample to play with. This accessory is packaged and protected very well for shipment. With the headphones, you also receive a carry/protective pouch as well as an instruction booklet. (My pictures will be at the end)
This headphone and it’s built in features are primarily designed for iPod touch (2nd, 3rd and 4th generation), iPod classic, iPod Nano (4th, 5th and 6th generation), iPod shuffle (3rd and 4th generation), iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad (3rd generation), iPad 2, iPad and Apple computers released October 2009 and later. I gave it a good workout with an iPod Touch 3rdgeneration so I could use the remote features that I will list below. I did use the headphones with my Android Tablet and they sounded fine (especially when I was playing Dead Trigger) but the remote was not designed for that.
“All four models feature viscoelastic memory foam that softens in reaction to body heat, allowing it to conform to the listener’s unique ear shaped. The adjustable headband and 2 axis gimbal system ensures a flawless fit every time (source: press release)” This is a very accurate statement by Scosche. There was very minimal adjusting that I needed to do and these headphones were a beautiful fit and very comfortable. I also used them when I was mowing lawns on my tractor so I could enjoy some music and podcasts.
The tapLINE III remote and mic provides additional features and functionality that I will just go ahead of list them out. You can find this information in the included booklet or download the manual online. There are three buttons on the remote which represent volume up/down and a multifunction button (referred to as MFB). There is also a built in Mic on this unit as well.
- Activate voice control
- Answer/End a call
- Ignore a call
- Answer a 2nd call and place the 1stone on hold
- Answer a 2ndcall and end the 1stcall
- Swap calls
- Track/Chapter forward or back
- Volume up/Volume Down
- Activate Voiceover (if you have voiceover on your compatible device)
- Navigate Music via Voiceover (if you have voiceover on your compatible device)
If you want to download it, Scosche has a companion app called “Scosche tuneQ App” for an enhanced listening experience. This is compatible on a range of headphones they offer and is available in the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store. The direct links are at the bottom of the product web page link that I reference below.
Note that I was not able to try out any of the calling functionality of the remote as I don’t own an iPhone. In my past head and earphone reviews, I state that I am not a diehard audiophile. A lot of things sound really good to me that would probably push a true audiophile over the edge if they listened to it. With that said though, I am pretty good at determining if a product is crap based on my criteria and likes and dislikes. I don’t find any faults or issues here. There were no physical imperfections, or shoddy workmanship found. The headphones were comfortable and seem to be very high quality. The sounds that it transferred were very pleasing to me. No hissing and no interference. I had an excellent overall experience and have nothing bad to grumble about. You can find additional information on the link below.
Specs and Features:
-Precision wound copper voice coil
-Ported sound chamber
-Rare-Earth neodymium magnets
-40mm REALM drivers
-Viscoelastic memory foam
-Stereo 3.5mm connector
-Conforms to ROHS, EN-71 and WEEE standards
-Driver size: Φ40mm
-Robust Strain Reliefs