"Great value if you find them for the right price"4.0 starson by MikeyInTheD
-Great at all volumes
Cons: -Mic placement
Summary: I purchased 4 sets of earbuds in the past year (Klipsch S4i, Monster Jamz, Monster Lil' Jamz w/ voice-control, and DiddyBeats white version). I am trying to find the perfect earbud to listen to a variety of music from country to hip-hop. I will focus on the Monster Lil' Jamz w/ voicecontrol here but have reviewed all 4 on CNET.
I purchased these from 3 main reasons. First, they were $24.95 from Monster's eBay storefront including shipping. Can't beat buying directly from the manufacturer at 80% off MSRP. Monster runs their stuff 50-80% off on eBay all the time. If you get these under $25 shipped they are the best earbuds in the world! Second, I had a pair of S4i's that fell apart after 10 months of light usage, so I wanted something with solid construction like the Lil' Jamz. Third, the voice-control w/ mic and volume control is something I wanted to use with my iPhone 5. I purchased the DiddyBeats (white version) without realizing the in-line mic does not feature volume control. I use the volume control 10 times more than the mic feature so I liked that on the Lil' Jamz.
The clarity is great given the fact these are designed to be bass heavy. I have tested at every level from 10% to 100% on my iPhone 5 and don't have a complaint. There is enough bass at low levels (a complaint against some earbuds) and the clarity is still there at max volume (unlike some earbuds as well).
My only possible complaint is the placement of the in-line mic. It seems like it could benefit from being a couple inches lower on the cord. It works well for phone calls, but changing volume sometimes results in my pulling the left earbud out partially. Minor complaint but any review that has no negatives is not honest (I think the iPhone 5 is the greatest technology ever created, but I could still find one or two things to improve).
To review - find these under $50 for best value. Sound is great at all volumes and music types. Comfortable for hours of listening with small housing and multiple sizes/shapes of eartips. Voicecontrol is a huge benefit.