ID America Spark review: ID America Spark

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Id America Spark (Silver)

(Part #: CNETIDH101-SIL)
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3.5 stars

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The Good The Id America Spark earphones are lightweight, comfortable, have a unique, appealing design, and sound quite good for their price point. They also include an inline remote for making cell phone calls, and they come with a protective carrying case.

The Bad The build quality of the inline microphone button is suspect. There are no volume controls in the inline remote. The microphone works with the iPhone but may not work with other smartphones.

The Bottom Line Though they have some small shortcomings, Id America's Spark earphones look sharp, are comfortable to wear, and sound good for the money.

7.3 Overall
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 8.0

You probably haven't heard of Id America, but it's a New York company that's best known for its Cushi foam back covers for the iPhone. But like just about every other company these days, it's gotten into the headphones game, and the eye-catching Spark is one of its debut models.

Although I was impressed by the Spark's design -- yes, it's inspired by a spark plug and comes in several different colors -- I can't say I expected too much in terms of sound quality, particularly considering how lightweight they are. But lo and behold these are very pleasant-sounding in-ear headphones for the price.

The company says the Sparks are "machined with precision" and "wrapped in two layers of aluminum casing." As I said, they're light, and fit comfortably and securely in my ears. They come with the usual assortment of different-size silicon eartips, as well as a protective carrying case. That hard case is certainly protective, but I thought it could be a little flatter, so it would fit more easily in a bag or pocket.

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The earphones come with a few different-size silicon eartips as well as a protective carrying case. Sarah Tew/CNET

This model features an inline microphone with a play/pause button that doubles as an answer/end button when making cell phone calls. There's no volume control on the button and Spark says the microphone isn't compatible with all smartphones (it works with the iPhone but is more miss than hit with Android models). My quibble with that inline mic button is that it seems cheaply made and could fall apart over time. Also, it has a rectangular design and the edges are a little bit sharp; the button ended up snagging on my clothing from time to time, which was mildly irritating. It's not a huge deal but Id America should have gone with a design that rounded off the corners.

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The Spark has a straight plug rather than a more durable L-shaped plug. Sarah Tew/CNET

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