id America Spark IDH 102 Headphones Review
Who says you have to pay big bucks for excellent performance?
Luckily for value shoppers everywhere, excellence doesn't always come at a huge cost. Consider the id America Spark IDH 102 in-ear headphones: For MSRP $59.95, buyers can enjoy sleek, pretty design, tastefully balanced sound, no audible distortion, and a very comfortable fit.
A snappy look and a portable build
The Spark IDH 102 headphones are essentially everything you need in a set of in-ears: portable, attractive, and accentuated with helpful extras. I snagged a set in white and silver to test out, but the company also offers them in a handsome black scheme.
My one complaint is the remote: The one-button affair takes calls and moves forward and backwards through songs, but it won't adjust volume. If you rely on volume controls and you're on the move as much as I am, you may want to consider other options.
The rest is just as it should be. These headphones include removable sleeves in small, medium, and large measurements to suit ears of all sizes. While the sturdy rubber cable seems durable enough, users are also supplied with a petite hard carry case. To round it out, id America topped these in-ears with a gold-plated jack.
A detailed, well-balanced soundscape
Proper balance, low distortion, adequate isolation, and detailed sound mean one thing: These Spark in-ears are great performers.
Bass notes get a modest boost, delivering just enough bump, bump, bump in the low end. Too often, a boost in the bass range can come at the expense of middle and high notes, but not here: A raspy singing voice, a piping piccolo, twinkling percussion—these middle and high notes are perfectly audible thanks to proper emphasis throughout. Whether it's pop, jazz, or opera, this is a very detailed soundscape.
As an additional bonus, we tested no audible distortion and proper balance in volume between the left and right speakers. Lastly, while we've certainly tested better isolation on other in-ear headphones this year, these Sparks still block a fair measure of middle and high-pitched disturbances. To learn more about the test results, just check out the Science Page.
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The Bottom Line
A worthy contender
The Spark IDH 102 headphones ($59.95) by id America deliver excellent sound quality for a reasonable price. Extras like the tiny hard carry case and the small/medium/large speaker sleeves dress the package up quite a bit, and the pretty design sweetens the deal even more.
The one-button remote is a letdown for the multitaskers of the world, but if you can live with that then these are worth serious consideration. They aren't without some low-priced, cutthroat competition, but the Spark IDH 102 in-ears are still an excellent, high-quality bet.
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