Note: this is a compensated review, in that I received the pair of ear buds.
So, I got offered the chance to review ear buds and I agreed, because ear buds are one of my essential tools.
Why does a writer need ear buds? The main ways I use ear buds are to talk to clients and to teach classes. I also use them to listen to teleseminars. When I first got my smart phone, I was a dedicated hold-the-phone-up-to-my-ear-and-talk type. Headsets and ear buds seemed unwieldy to me, awkward to don when the phone rings--"Wait, wait, let me put my earphones on!"
But then I started listening to teleclasses through the phone, and soon it became clear that I needed my hands free to do other things while I listened. And then I started getting more clients, and talking to them on the phone, and I wanted to be able to take notes. The clincher was when Oregon passed a hands-free law. If I wanted to talk on the phone while in the car (I really don't all that often) I needed ear buds.
And now I'm totally hooked on them. I can barely stand to talk on the phone in the traditional way. So getting a really cool pair of ear buds to review seemed like an excellent idea.
And the Bassbuds are really cool. They come in a snazzy box that contains all kinds of goodies--like extra rubber rings for the actual buds. And they are gorgeous. Mine are white (though multiple colors are available), with a Swaroski crystal decorating them and a silver, anti-twist cord. They are comfortable, too, resting delicately in the ears.
The problem is, I can't hear very well through them.
Yeah, I know.
The times I've used them, I've been dissatisfied. I talked on the phone for a few minutes this morning and the call seemed muffled and distant. The person on the other end could barely hear me. When I switched to the cheap original ear buds, the clarity was fine.
I have a feeling that the issue has something to do with me, because if you go google Bassbud Ear Bud Reviews, you'll find glowing testimonials to how wonderful they are. Also I noticed that most of these people were using their ear buds to listen to music, so that might make a difference.
I'll try them again. In the meantime, call me befuddled.