Understandably, these earphones are specifically designed for Samsung, Windows and Blackberry devices, so when we next tried them out on an iPhone 5S, we were less than satisfied. Actually, incredibly dissatisfied. It is important to point out though, this is not their marketed or designed purpose. When we listened to the same playlist on both the Galaxy Note 4 and compared it to our iPhone 5s, we noticed a significant difference, obviously favouring the Samsung smartphone, almost like it was a different set of earphones.
While the design may appear near flawless, for us we think there could have been more placed into the design. For $69.95 we expected more, why the earphones can’t be compatible with multiple devices (including iPhone), is an excellent question. The eartips, while very comfortable, could have been designed to push the sound out more effectively.
If you are just looking for a solid set of earphones for listening to some tunes at the gym, and don’t want to worry about sweat or the ruggedness of the earphones, as long as you have a Samsung/Windows/Blackberry, these are a great set of earphones. Otherwise, it might not be a bad idea to keep looking, especially if you use an iPhone or want crisper sound.
While we were not overly impressed with the Sennheiser MX 686G Sport Earphones, we are still awarding it with our Bronze Seal of Approval. Outside of our recommendations, these earphones are probably the most rugged, durable, and ‘gym-proof’ earphones we have seen to date.