The pairing was easy and I am happily listening to my music with very good sound quality. I have an iPhone 7 Plus and I also paired it to my iPad Air 2.
The tapping of the left bud starts and stops the music nicely. I guess "Restaurant" mode is the equivalent to a Pub, which is what I really wanted them for. I found that if I set it on "Home" mode, I can listen to my iPhone music and still hear someone talking to me. Their voice does sound a little trebly, but it is clear.
I phoned a friend and the buds came up on the iPhone screen with the tick against it. I could hear very clearly. It is easy to tap the left bud to answer the phone and a longer tap on the left bud to hang up.
I turned my stereo on really loud (to emulate a pub) and tapped the right bud to select "Restaurant," but found it wasn't that great at hearing my husband talking to me over the loud music. I then tapped until I was in "Driving" mode and I could hear him nicely. I don't know why this is so.
If you go outside, you can hear the wind through them if you're not playing any music, but once the music is on, my hearing is not acute enough to notice any background wind noise at all.
I've just been on my 5 km walk with the IQbuds, and as I don't have any pockets, I gave the phone to my husband who carried it in the front left pocket of his shorts. I listened to my music with no drops outs until he crossed the road and went to the public toilets, and I'm glad they dropped out at this point (lol). As soon as he was back in range (approximately 15 meters), my iPhone picked up the music again.
I still haven't worked out the best ear tip for me, and this has been the hardest thing so far. I'm not a jogger, just a walker, but I did find that I could hear my feet pounding on the pavement. I don't normally listen to music while I walk so I don't know if this is the case with wired headphones. If not, this could take some getting used to, or maybe I can adjust the background volume. I'll play with it some more.
I set it on "Street" mode and found that I could listen to my music and hear the traffic noises around me. I didn't fiddle with the volume for the background noise because I wasn't sure how to do it yet.
I also accidentally dropped the right pod on the concrete path and thought I had broken it as when I tapped it, it would not do anything, but when I got home, I paired it again and all was OK. So, I guess this proves that they are quite sturdy. My mum had hearing aids, and she dropped one when it was brand new, and that was that, stuffed!
I've sorted out that horrible pounding of the feet noise. I had the Round Medium tips in, and now I have the Round Extra Small. It's brilliant. I am feeling very good about them, but have yet to try the pub scene.
I just took my IQbuds to my 32-year-old son, who is a professional musician. He took to them like a horse to water. He liked them a lot but said there was too much treble. He tried adjusting this using the EQ attached to the IQbuds, but when fully tweaked, they were still too trebly for his liking. When I got home, I discovered that I could adjust this on the iPhone itself by going to Settings and then Music, and under Playback, there is an EQ setting, and I chose Bass Booster. There are other options such as Treble Reducer but I liked the Bass Booster, and it sounds great. I guess everyone will be different.
I am a 62-year-old female, and I'm managing very well considering I have only had them for 24 hours. My main problem is that I'm not used to having anything in my ears, but it's like anything new, my ears need to adjust to the fact that something is in them and stretching the skin.
I highly recommend the Nuheara IQbuds.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Well, I've had my IQbuds for ten days now, and I'm absolutely delighted! I have worked out the right sized tip for my ear canal. I've tried them at an outdoor music venue, and I use them while walking my dog.
I knew that with anything new like this, it would take time to work out how to use them, as well as to get used to these foreign things in my ears. I find them very comfortable now. I started by just wearing them for one hour per day while walking, but now find that I can leave them in indefinitely.
I leave them in the charge case when not in use, of course, and find I only need to charge them up every second day, but that depends on how long one uses them.
Because I walk with my husband, I don't set the buds to 'Music' mode; I select 'Home.' I know that seems strange, but I can listen to my music and still have his voice amplified, so I don't miss any conversation. If we are not talking, I switch to 'Music, ' and the sound is excellent. I did mention earlier that I increased the "Bass" on my iPhone in Settings, but everyone will have varying tastes for this.
At the outdoor music venue, which was the Brunswick Hotel, NSW, I was able to suppress the loud music and listen to the conversation around our table of seven. I found I could also eavesdrop on conversations at nearby tables (lol). I fiddled with the SINC until I was comfortable.
The only problem was that I could hear everyone else, and they were all talking very loudly to each other, but I was talking in my normal voice so they couldn't hear me over the music. I have to remember that I have to still speak up until everyone is wearing IQbuds. I would love to meet up with someone else who has the buds and engage in a conversation at a pub with music playing.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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