Review: iHarmonix makes iPhone tunes more harmonious

A Platinum i-Series headset for the iPhone makes listening to music a new experience.

The Platinum i-Series from iHarmonix produces better sounds than the headset Apple includes with the iPhone. Dong Ngo/CBS Interactive

Once in a while you get something and like it so much you wonder why you hadn't gotten it a long time ago. Or, as in my case, why you didn't use it.

This happened back during CES. I was given a headset from iHarmonix, the Platinum i-Series, as a freebie. I didn't have a chance to really use it until just now and asked myself why I waited so long.

The headset's sound is much better than that of Apple's OEM included with the iPhone. For the first time, I can enjoy the bass and really control the multifunction button (that ends calls as well as controls music playback), thanks to its round shape and larger size. The iPhone's included headset has a very tiny button that's hard to press on. It was almost impossible for me to make a successful jump to a previous track.

What I like best, however, is the fact that the Platinum i-Series is black instead of having the same white color as Apple's headset. Now I can blend in without people looking at me and thinking, "Oh I know, you got an iPhone, all right."

Other than the iPhone, the iHarmonix Platinum i-Series headset is compatible with any 3.5mm-equipped mobile music device. Its in-line mic and multifunction button work with the iPhone, iPhone 3G, and BlackBerry.

Technically, the headset's earphones feature 11mm drivers and neodymium magnets for dynamic sound and bass. They also have brushed stainless steel front housing and a polished metal alloy rear casing to provide a cool-looking appearance.

The headset also sports a gold-plated 3.5mm audio jack and comes with soft ear gels in three sizes for a comfortable fit.

I got the headset for free and you can get it for $60, which I think is a good price. iHarmonix also makes other types of headsets that are more affordable.

About the author

CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews networking and storage products, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.

 

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