Reviews
Dual Driver Earphones
Degauss Labs

By Jorge Figueiredo - December 26th, 2014

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Most of the headsets with three-button remote controls that I have seen on the market are geared more for iOS devices than for Android ones. While it may not sound like it is inconvenient, until you have used a three-button remote to control your hand-held device you don’t know what you are missing. Degauss Labs, makers of the Pocket Couture, have created a set of decent-sounding earbuds that have a three-button remote that can be used with Android devices. It is called the Dual Driver, and it is a pretty slick set of earphones.

The box that contains the Dual Driver headphones will strike most people as unnecessarily‎ bulky – until the package is opened to reveal the contents inside. Within the box are the earbuds themselves, two different adapter plugs (one is a splitter, the other is an adapter for in-flight audio jacks in some aircraft), several sets of earbud tips of varying size and materials, a small carrying bag, two wire clips, and an owner’s manual. All of these different components in the package are separated by thick, laser-cut foam, keeping each object safe and snug during transport.

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There is a lot in the box.

The earbuds, like all of Degauss’ products, look sleek; they are mostly black with a small amount of gold trim. Not only do they ‎look good, they are also tough. The casings for the earpieces are constructed out of aluminum alloy, giving them some resistance to the rigors of commuter life. The flat ribbon cable is composed of TPE and is quite durable, resisting a small amount of force (the amount that would typically occur whilst one pulls on a set of headphones stuck in a backpack) that would normally break lesser earbud cords; it is also quite tangle-resistant. The cord ends with an L-shaped, gold-plated 3.5mm connector, which decreases the risk of breakage by reducing the profile of the plug. Each earbud also houses dual speakers (6mm and 10mm; both are dynamic), which is what gives them their signature sound.

The headphones are heavier than one would expect just by looking at them. Even with this weight, they are still comfortable – the rubber earbud covers fit nicely, creating a seal that is not too pervasive. I was quite happy with the fit using the default covers; but I suspect that anyone would love the snugness, which is a variable state thanks to the spare earpiece covers of varying sizes. The in-line remote is also comfortable to use. Buttons are of decent size and are also solidly constructed; they feel durable, and are very responsive.

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Sexeh.

Sound quality is very impressive, and the headphones do a good job covering a wide range of sound very effectively. Clarity is very good, with individual sounds ‎being easy to distinguish from one another when the mix is laid down properly. While not the most bassy-sounding headphones (mids and highs are well represented), the Dual Driver is capable of reaching quite low – low enough to please most people. They do suffer from some mild distortion at high volumes, though that’s not an uncommon occurrence with many in-ear headphones (and, to be fair, it would be a silly idea to listen to any set of earphones at this level of loudness anyway). Audio tests with music (various genres – from acoustic jazz to metal and electronica) yield the same results as tests performed with games: everything sounds great – you’re definitely getting your money’s worth.

The biggest draw of these headphones, aside from the sound quality, is the ability ‎to use Degauss’ own home-grown Headset Control Center app. When I plugged them into my LG G2, everything seemed to work without any issues. However, the Headset Control Center allows for the customization of buttons, catering to the individual needs of each listener. Even better – this process is not very difficult at all, and it gives people the chance to tie their headphones to their music player of choice (though some phones actually do this all ready). In addition, these headphones are also compatible (basic functionality) with iOS-based hand-helds.

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The magic buttons.

At $80 USD, these might seem to be a bit on the expensive side. However, sound quality is up there with other headphones in a similar price range, and better than other headphones that are slightly more expensive (whose moniker may or may not rhyme with “streets”). Add on the durability of the headphones and the various accessories that come in the box and you have yourself great value for the money.

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