The in-ear model reviewed here, the Mythro, is named in honor of mithril, the fictional metal found in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. Silvery in appearance, mithril is stronger than steel but considerably lighter. It's not surprising then that Moshi's Mythro Stylish Personal Earbuds are nice and lightweight. They're also comfortable, and feature excellent sound for the money, as well as an integrated microphone, making them a bargain at their price of $30.
Design and features
The Mythro earbuds come in a variety of colors, all of which have a two-tone design highlighted by anodized aluminum casing (aluminum may not be mithril, but at least there's a bit of metal in the case).
The shape and size of the bud portion of the earbuds are just right -- not too big and not too small. That helps with the fit, and the Mythros come with three different sizes of eartips, one of which should fit your ear canal and enable you to get a tight seal.
As I say in all my reviews of in-ear headphones, that tight seal is crucial to the performance of the earphones. If you can't get a tight seal, you lose a lot of bass and the sound will be thin.
I liked how the Mythros fit in my ears and I also appreciate that Moshi color-coded the eartips (one has some red on the inside), which allows you to easily distinguish right from left without having to look for a tiny letter on the bud. All earphone manufacturers should take this color-coded approach.
The cord terminates in a straight plug. L-shaped plugs tend to be sturdier, and I can't say these earbuds appear incredibly rugged, but I used them for a couple of weeks without a problem. However, it is worth noting that they don't come with any sort of protective carrying case. To prolong their life, I'd suggest finding something to stow them in when you're not using them.