Originally Posted by scrypt
Thanks, Wleyraud, and congratulations on being the first to review the VTF order's extras as well as the M-100. I see you're a guitarist and I know you own a computer, so I have to ask: Have you tried out the mic yet? Have you attached it to anything just for fun? And what have you been doing with the dual inputs of the M-100s that causes you to call them useful?
Hi scrypt, I received my matte black M-100s and have had the chance to fiddle with both the included in-line mic and the boom mic. As a preface these are purely my subjective findings, I have no scientific evidence to support any of the comments I'm about to make. Additionally I used two pieces of hardware for these 'tests': MacbookPro Retina Display and iPhone 5. Having said that, let's get down to it...
I'll start with the boom mic, since that's what you asked about. In a word, excellent. I found that while making recordings using quicktime, overal representation of the input to be accurate and level. Additionally I used the boom mic to make a couple skype calls and regular phone calls and all parties agreed that the sound quality was exceptional (AT&T service in my area notwithstanding). The boom itself is very flexible and seems to stay where it's put (I've had boom mics in the past that like to 'drift'). The cable is noticeably longer than the 'stock' one-button/mic cable and has a relatively large volume wheel and mic mute switch a few inches below the connector to the ear-cup. All in all I could not be more satisfied with this accessory!
Now, moving on to the included 'in-line' microphone. First let me say that the orange color is simply amazing. Pictures do no do this cable justice at all. I was slightly disappointed to find that the included cable was of the one button variety as I do enjoy using the volume controls on the Apple-specific remotes. Even still I understand why Val included this cable as it has a wider market appeal and what it does, (pause/play, voice activation etc) it does very well. The microphone, at least my example is, simply put, not that great. The sound reproduction is overly muddy, and quiet. I compared this mic with the mic included on the stock Apple Ear Pods, the Bose QC15 and the Shure connection kit for the SE215s and far and away the M-100 in-line was the worst. Hoenestly, in the quicktime recordings it wasn't even close. It sounded as though there was something placed over the microphone as though maybe it had rotated in the housing. Granted it was usable, and with phone calls I never had anyone complain but with Siri I was getting about 30% accuracy where as with the Apple and Bose mics I would say I average about 90-95% voice recognition accuracy. I went ahead and sent a message to V-Moda about this asking if they think my problems might be a defective unit and if they have any of the orange cables as replacements.
All in all, with the inclusion of the boom mic, I think the M-100 will be a great all around 'headset' as well as a fantastic pair of headphones.
Edited by MisterEwing - 10/9/12 at 11:42am