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Griffin TuneBuds 'a Vast Improvement' Over Apple's Earbuds

- 2007.03.23

Rating: 3 out of 4

Last time in The Review Vault, I reviewed the Griffin disko nano, a polycarbonate case for the iPod nano.

The iPod has fast become a big part of the Macintosh experience, and as such, I feel it should be covered. I'm starting a new series called The iPod Files that will focus on reviews on iPod gear.

This time, we're looking at Griffin's TuneBuds (formerly known as EarThumps), in-the-ear sound buds that come in your choice of white or black. To be honest, I'm not crazy about in-the-ear earphones at all - I'd much rather have regular headphones. But there are times when in-the-ear 'phones have their place.

The only pair of in-the-ear 'phones I had prior to receiving the EarThumps were the white Apple earbuds that ship with every iPod. I think the Apple-supplied earphones just barely do the job. They lack one thing: adequate bass response. While I'm not an audiophile by any stretch, I do appreciate good sound.

TuneBuds packagingSo how do the Griffin TuneBuds stand up?

The first thing you will notice is the packaging - very elegantly packaged. Everything clearly and neatly laid out, as you'll notice in these pictures.

There are three sets of silicone fittings included to fit the shape of your ear. A nice touch is the enclosed zipper casing. Think about it: how many times have you lost track of your earphones? This zipper case is a handy addition.

TuneBuds packagingThe cord is of adequate length, perhaps a little longer than the Apple earphones. As for the meat in the sandwich - which in this case is the sound - the TuneBuds do a better job than Apple's earphones. It has a pleasing bass response. However, I found it lacking some treble response. I felt there should have been more of a balance.

While I would've liked to see more of a balance between bass and treble response, I have to say that the TuneBuds are a vast improvement over the Apple earphones. For the $29.99, I'd wholeheartedly recommend the TuneBuds if you want something better than the standard Apple issued earphones.

I give them a 3 out of 4 rating. Another great product Griffin! LEM

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