Scosche has released the reference grade RG656m headphones that include the tapLINE III control and mic, and the product is awesome.
Scosche RG656m Headphones
The headphones present a balanced sound and have been equalized to create highs, mids, and lows that compliment each other.
The RH656m is only available in white. Rather than position over your entire ear, the ear pieces rest a smaller cushioned speaker atop your outer ear. The ear pieces are constructed of viscoelastic memory foam which is said to soften in reaction to body heat, and each ear cushion is wrapped for comfort. The padded ear cushions are made from faux leather as is the rubber-lined headband. The headphones are lightweight.
The mic system, the tapLINE III places the remote mic close to your mouth with a larger, three button remote control further down at the Y-split of the headphone cable where it is easy to see.
These headphones work with 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.
The headphones do not fold for travel, but a carry bag is included for protection.
Using the product
The sound on the headphones is really nice. As always when I test earphones or headphones, I start out with some of my really old Willie Nelson recordings and work my way up to some more modern stuff. They all sounded good. I felt like I was hearing Willie in 3D if that makes any sense.
Ah, but the mic system. It is amazing. It hangs near your mouth. In my case on my shoulder.
Mic is comfortable and in convenient location
You don’t have to hold it near your mouth to get an even sound. You don’t have to touch it at all. The three button controls allow you to adjust volume, active voice control, and even ignore calls.
I tested the mic using SIRI and dictating on my iPhone 4S, doing the same thing on my iPad 3rd generation, and my MacBook Pro. The dictation was particularly fine, much better than my experiences dictating without use of a mic and headphones. The dictated words were almost all correct all the time because there was no ambient noise competing. One funny thing, the iPad did not pick up any of the “i” words like iPhone, but on the iPhone itself, the dictation was perfect.
I also used the microphone to instruct SIRI and to make a Skype call. Again, on both ends of the call the reception was excellent.
My last test was to dictate a podcast. It was perfect. Well, the podcast wasn’t perfect, but the recording exercise was.
Do I recommend it?
Obviously I do. These aren’t designed for the commercial user, but for the rest of us, they are very fine indeed.