Moshi Mythro Stylish Personal Earbuds review:

Quality earphones at an affordable price

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.

The right eartip has a red interior to distinguish it from the left. Sarah Tew/CNET

As noted, there's an integrated microphone with a single-button remote (no volume controls). That button is a call answer/end button when making cell-phone calls; when playing music, you tap it once to pause or play, twice to skip a track forward, and three times to skip a track back. The microphone should work with all phones but the "remote" functionality won't work with every or tablet, though it should work with all Apple iOS products.

When I reviewed Moshi's Keramo earphones, which feature ceramic housings, I remarked that they were a well-balanced, pretty accurate pair that didn't push the bass too hard. Well, a couple of Moshi's inexpensive earphone models, the Moonrock and this model, definitely deliver a lot of bass -- and it's pretty decent bass.

The one-button in-line remote. Sarah Tew/CNET

The Mythro earbuds may not offer quite as much bass and detail as the V-Moda Remix Remote earphones, nor the same build quality, but they're pretty close and cost around $50 less. I also thought their sound was a little more dynamic and they had bigger bass than the Sennheiser CX 215 headphones, which also sound decent for around $30, though that model doesn't have an integrated microphone. And there's the Klipsch S4i II model at around $90, with a more neutral sound and a flat-cord design. (For a complete list of our top in-ear headphones, go here).

Naturally, the Mythro earbuds' sound profile won't appeal to everyone. It's fairly aggressive, so if you like a more laid-back, smoother headphone, you may find these a little fatiguing over longer listening sessions. But for a lot of today's music -- and today's listeners -- the meaty bass will be an appealing trait. To reiterate, a tight seal is essential to maximizing bass response.

Close-up of the plug. Sarah Tew/CNET

It's interesting to see how Moshi started out making stylish midrange earphones and has now moved into the entry-level market with a pair of well-designed earphones with quality sound. The Mythro's sound profile may not be for everybody, but it's a lightweight, attractively model with earbuds that fit comfortably and a built-in microphone and one-button remote. There are some other budget earphones out there, such as the $17 Panasonic RP-HJE355, that are more balanced and bit more laid-back. But if you're a fan of big bass -- and small prices -- you should like the Mythros.

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