Given the popularity of the iPhone and the iPod, it's no wonder we're seeing more and more earphones with integrated mics and controls for the devices. Of course, those who have recently purchased either one may not be eager to throw down even more cash to replace the earphones that come in the package. On the plus side, there are plenty of models available for $50 or less, which is relatively cheap in the scheme of headphones with integrated controls. The iLuv iEP515 earphones fall into this area with an MSRP of $49.99, though one can easily find them for less than $40 online. While we have no major complaints about this set of earphones, there's really nothing that makes them stand out as a great choice, either. It's simple: they'll do.
The iLuv iEP515 earphones have some of the largest earpieces we've come across in a while, measuring nearly 1 inch long and about a half-inch in diameter. The bulbous design makes it difficult--if not impossible--for a small-eared person to get a secure or comfortable fit, despite the array of silicone tips iLuv includes in the package. However, we are sort of keen on the fact that the earpieces are encased in clear plastic, allowing a glimpse of the inner design. Anyone with a bit of techie inside should appreciate this design feature.
Descending from the iEP515 earpieces are thin, black cables that join together in a staggered (or asymmetrical) Y design. That is, the right side is longer so as to be looped around the back of the head, a handy feature for active users. All in all, the cable is quite thin and appears to be fairly tangle-prone. Also, the cord terminates in a reinforced straight-plug, but the housing isn't flexible and it looks like the cable could easily be damaged at that connection. In other words, durability is a concern.