TGWK’s Review – id America Spark In-Ear Headphones

I’ve done a few id America product reviews in the past so you might know them as the company that makes some pretty interesting and stylish iPhone cases. Well, a few months ago, they introduced their new line of in-ear headsets which they called, the Spark. It’s named this because they modeled the way it looks after the sparkplugs on a car. This is similar to what they did with the Gasket iPhone 4/4S case in which that was modeled after a head gasket.

Packaging

I know for the most part, most people might not even care about the packaging, but for me it’s the first thing I see and can sometimes influence my purchasing decisions. In the case of the Spark, it came in a really nice box. The front of the box is very minimalistic while the rear displays all the features you want to know about the Spark. The outer part of the box is actually a sleeve. You pull on the handle on top to slide it out and then the box itself opens up a bit like a book. The side flap is held in place with a magnet and it lifts up the “cover” to reveal it’s contents. Inside you’ll find a semi-padded interior that holds the Spark headphones and a very nice leather carrying case for it. This is in fact one of the nicer cases I’ve seen for in-ear headphones.

Features

The Spark is a high definition in-ear headphone that features high performance dynamic driver and special high definition acoustic filter built-in, resulting in full, explosive bass, intense mid-range and clear treble frequency response. The Spark also features an in-line control module that allows you to control most of your audio functions on your i-Device and also include a mic for use with Siri or audio chats. The only thing the control module does not do is adjust volume.

You’ll also appreciate the solid construction of the Spark as the entire outer casing is made of aluminum. There are actually 2 layers of aluminum and this is what gives the Spark it’s unique look and helps it mimic that of a sparkplug. It’s very nice looking and depending on the color you choose, gives it a very unique look.

Specs

  • Driver Unit : High Performance 8mm Dynamic Driver
  • Impedance : 16 Ohm +/-15 %
  • Sensitivity : 96 dB +/-3 dB at 1 kHz
  • Frequency Response : 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz
  • Rated Power Input : 1 mW
  • Maximum Input Power : 5 mW
  • Cord Length : 3.9 ft / 1.2 m
  • Plug : 3.5 mm Plug
  • Weight : 0.4 oz / 13 g

How It Sounds

These headphones sound really good. Audio is very clear and clean and not overly trebley like some other in-ear headphones can get. The Spark also has some pretty deep bass which is surprising for something so small. Overall, I love how these sound when used with my iPhone. The only problem you’ll run into with these that you run into with all in-ear headphones is that anything you rub the wires up against, you can hear. That means that if you’re walking, you can hear the wire rub up against your shirt. That’s no fault of the Spark though and just something that occurs with all in-ear headphones.

Conclusion

Overall, I’m very impressed with the whole presentation of the Spark. The packaging of the headphones themselves has a very nice “Apple” like feel to them, but I’m glad they didn’t go with the cliche white color like what other 3rd party venders do. I also like the face that the packaging is very easy to open up and doesn’t require a lot of effort to get at the Spark. The build quality on the Spark is top notch and the use of aluminum makes these headphones very light. I’m also very glad that these headphones came with its own carrying case as that is a problem I find with many of these in-ear headphones. They expect you to just roll them up and toss them anywhere, but I hate that. With a case, it keeps the wires all neatly wrapped and keeps them from getting tangled.

The Spark is also quite comfortable unlike the stock Apple headphones that come with the iPhone. I’ve used in-ear headphones before and they usually make my ears hurt after a while. These, not so much but I think it’s because they come with different sized ear buds that you can swap out to fit your ears. This helps a lot.

The Spark is available in nine different color combinations and retails for $59.95.

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