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Appletell Review: Maximo iMetal Isolation headphones, iMetal Stereo headphones for the iPhone

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Maximo iMetal Isolation headphones for the iPhone

Developer: Maximo
Price: iP-HS2 iMetal Isolation Headset: $69.99, iMetal Stereo Headphones: $69.99
Availability: Out now
Pros: Both models offered great sound quality and comfort.
Cons: The mic picked up some extra background noise. Otherwise the iMetal Isolation headphones rubber ear pieces felt a little thin.
Overall: Quality headsets at a decent price, would not hesitate to recommend.

I recently had the opportunity to check out a couple sets of iPhone headphones from Maximo, and yes they fit (without an adapter) in the recessed jack on the original iPhone without any problems. I was sent two sets of headphones to review, the iMetal IP-HS2 Isolation headphones and the iMetal IP-HS1 Stereo headphones.

Both sets of headphones shipped with a carrying case, 2-foot extension cable and user guide. The iMetal IP-HS2 Isolation headphones shipped with three sets of rubber tips to allow for a little more of a custom fit, and the iMetal IP-HS1 Stereo headphones shipped with just a basic set of foam covers.

Maximo iMetal IP-HS1 Stereo headphones:
First up are the non-isolating headphones. These are just your standard earbud style headphones, but offer good sound quality and are comfortable in-ear, even for an extended duration. When I first unboxed this set, I was initially taken aback because they seemed a little large; not the earbud portion, but the metal connector coming off the earbud that attaches to the cable itself. I initially thought that it was going to feel a little awkward, but this set was actually pleasant to wear—maybe the little extra weight balanced them out a little bit.

Maximo iMetal IP-HS2 Isolation headphones:
Next up we have the sound-isolating headphones, and I was a little more excited to review these. I prefer sound-isolating headphones and regularly use them, but while these offered a good sound quality, I am not sure they are the best at isolating. These headphones shipped with three sets of rubber ear pieces, and they felt a little thin. They did a decent job of keeping outside noise away, but it was hard for me to get a really solid feeling fit. These also felt slightly uncomfortable after an extended period of wear, something I typically do not experience with sound-isolating headphones. I think with a better set of tips, these headphones would be much improved.

Common Features:
As for the microphone, I had just about the same experience with both models. The mic was at a good level; not too high up, but not low enough to make speaking at a normal level hard. The calls I made were all of an acceptable level. I had a few issues with the person I was calling complaining of background noise, but that is somewhat expected when wearing a mic on your chest. The call quality seemed good, and, for the most part, the people I called were able to hear me without any issue.

Both headsets also feature a button which hung a little below the microphone that could be used to play your music, pause it, and skip tracks, as well as answer and end a call. I liked the way the button is set up; a decent size overall that added a little weight to the headphones. It’s not enough to be heavy, but enough to keep it from swinging to much. The button is metal on the one side with a rubber piece where you are able to click. This is a nice touch, because it makes it easy to work without having to think about which side to click on.

Also, as previously mentioned, they both work with the recessed jack on the original iPhone, which means you don’t have to spend any extra money on an adapter cable.

Bottom Line:
Out of the two pairs, I was happier with the iMetal IP-HS1 Stereo headphones and found myself using them more often because of the comfort level.

I already have recommended the iMetal IP-HS2 Isolation headphones to a good friend, who was impressed with them once he started using them. My friend was also a little concerned about the thin feeling of the rubber tips, but mentioned he was still able to get a comfortable fit.


iP-HS2 iMetal Isolation Headset Rating:
iP-HS2 iMetal Isolation Headset Rating
Buy iP-HS2 iMetal Isolation Headset

iP-HS1 iMetal Stereo Headphones Rating:
iP-HS1 iMetal Stereo Headphones Rating
Buy iP-HS1 iMetal Stereo Headphones

Keep reading for a few more “real-world” pics of the Maximo iMetal headphones…


Maximo iMetal Isolation headphones for the iPhone

Maximo iMetal Isolation headphones for the iPhone

Maximo iMetal Isolation headphones for the iPhone

Maximo iMetal Isolation headphones for the iPhone

Maximo iMetal Stereo headphones for the iPhone

Maximo iMetal Stereo headphones for the iPhone

Maximo iMetal Stereo headphones for the iPhone

Maximo iMetal Stereo headphones for the iPhone

Maximo iMetal Stereo headphones for the iPhone

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