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Scosche IEM856MD Reference In-Ear Monitors with TapLINE III Remote & Microphone Black

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Scosche IEM856MD Reference In-Ear Monitors with TapLINE III Remote & Microphone Black



The IEM856md embodies the absolute best of in-ear headphones. The source of power for the IEM856md begins with the quality of the drivers. Featuring both a dynamic driver designed to handle low frequencies and a precision balanced armature driver for treble ranges, the IEM856md captures both ends of the sound spectrum with dedicated accuracy and attention. Further enhancing the sound quality of the IEM856md are the digitally designed enclosures optimized to create the most airspace and allow for the free movement of the drivers and the air they push for a richly textured and realistic sound imaging. To ensure a flawless connection, the IEM856md is equipped with a 24k gold-platted mini stereo jack.

Apart from its remarkable sound reproduction the IEM856md is entirely at your command with the tapLINE III control and mic. Compatible with iPod and iPhones, the tapLINE III allows users to play and pause, skip through your playlist, adjust volume and even answer phone calls with the push of a button. Moreover, the tapLINE III is compatible with Siri.

Overall, very few in-ear monitors provide users with such a broad range of capabilities and tool.


  • Wired Lightweight Stereo Headphones
  • Two-Way Hybrid Driver Technology:

    • Large 10.7mm Dynamic Driver

      • Oversized Dynamic Driver achieves powerful, rumbling lows with eye opening punch
    • Precision Balanced Armature Driver

      • Armature delivers notoriously crisp, accurate and sharp high frequency reproduction
    • The Best of Both Worlds

      • Each driver technology by design is flawed, but when working together separating the designated frequency cut-off, the end result is perfect harmony with fuller, more detailed sound than ever achievable before
  • Ported enclosure allows for natural driver and air movement for a convincingly natural sound

    • Enclosures optimized for maximum airspace and superior acoustic performance
  • Flat cable design reduces tangles and simplifies storage
  • Features tapLINE III control and mic for track control, volume control, answering phone calls, and voice controls
  • Gold-plated, corrosion-resistant stereo jack
  • 1/8" (3.5mm) 24k gold-plated stereo mini jack for low contact resistance and immaculate signal transfer
  • Includes different size hypoallergenic silicone ear tips for added comfort and ambient noise attenuation up to 35dB
  • Manufacturer Model Number: Scosche (Realm) IEM856MD
  • Manufacturer Part Number: 026IEM856MD
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-Year Manufacturer's Warranty


  • Speaker Type: Two-Way Hybrid Driver

    • Balanced Armature Driver: 6.3mm
    • Dynamic Driver: 10.7mm
  • Frequency Response: 15 - 30,000Hz
  • Sensitivity: 106dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 5 Ohms
  • Rated Power Input: 15mW
  • Max Power Input: 25mW
  • Cord Length: 48-1/4 in. (122.7cm)
  • Cable Type: flat cable
  • Plug Size: 1/8" (3.5mm)
  • Plug Construction: 24k gold-plated

Headphone Design
Headphone Type Earbuds
Earpiece Design In-Ear
Specifically For Home / Portable
Lifestyle Music Lover
General Features
Headphone Connection Corded
1/4" Stereo Jack Adapter No
Volume Adjustment Yes
Built-In Microphone Yes
Frequency Response 15 - 30,000Hz
Sensitivity 106dB
Driver Size 10.7mm
Driver Type Hybrid - Balanced Armature & Dynamic Driver
Impedance 50 Ohms
Primary Color Black
Warranty and Return Policy
Parts Warranty Duration 1-year
Labor Warranty Duration 1-year
Warranty Provider Manufacturer


  1. Scosche IEM856MD Reference Class In-Ear Monitors
  2. PC Adapter for Gaming/voIP
  3. 1/8" Mini to 1/4" Adaptor Jack
  4. Standard Replacement Eartips (S/M/L) (x 2)
  5. Dual Flange Replacement Eartips (S/M/L) (x 2)
  6. Protective Carrying Case
  7. Cleaning Cloth
  8. Quick Start Guide
  9. Owners Manual

Learn more about the Scosche IEM856MD

Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 90 days
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 90 days
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Customer Reviews of the Scosche IEM856MD

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  • Godfrey M.
  • 1/27/2015 9:49:35 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood for certain devices

Pros: I bought these during a NewEgg sale a few months back. Although specified for iOS devices only, the earbuds worked great on my Samsung Droid Charge. These do really elevate the sound quality vs cheaper earbuds.

Cons: I recently upgraded my phone to a Motorola Droid Turbo, and it appears Scosche only produces mono sound.

To verify the right earbud was not damaged, I plugged the Scosche back into my laptop and got stereo sound. To verify my new Droid Charge didn't have a bad headphone jack, I plugged an old pair of Sony's headphones and verified that the device produced stereo sound.

Just like the reviewer below with the MotoX issue, this issue still persists across the Motorola smartphone line.. in my case, Droid Turbo. So in summary, don't buy if you have a Motorola smartphone!

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  • FENG Q.
  • 11/1/2014 2:28:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsScosche in ear headphones

Pros: It has a box for carrying the earphones with you.

Cons: The earbuds won't stay in ears. Tried all the cushions provided, and it didn't work. Also, there's no bass, and the quality of sound is not good.

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  • Danny K.
  • 10/31/2014 11:16:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBROKEN!!!

Pros: I guess the only pro's are the left monitor works and Scoche has nice packaging.

Cons: Right out of the box the right monitor did not work. My excitement turned to frustration. I am happy to say that I only dropped $39.00 on these IEM's. But I guess you get what you pay for. I would really think twice before ordering these IEM's. Now I have to go the frustration of returning the broken product. I enjoy shopping at Newegg, and hope that they resolve this inconvenience.

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  • Michael F.
  • 10/28/2014 12:15:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsUncomfortable

Pros: These headphones definitely sound good when fitted properly and you are stationary. The build quality is ok.

Cons: I'm very disappointed by these headphones. Not only are the ear buds heavy (fall out of ear if you're walking) but the silicone inserts are awful. I did not successfully find a size that fits and I feel its absurd to buy the foam upgraded ones just so fits better. The cord is crazy long, I thought these were built for an iphone/ipod? To really properly use them, you must use the clip that is included so the buds won't pull on your ears (hurts) and upgrade to the foam type inserts. All points that you should look elsewhere for headphones.

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  • Charles Y.
  • 10/7/2014 8:29:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat headphones

Pros: Great sounds and quality. Very Affordable.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: These sounds great. Are they worth the msrp... No but got it on sale and they are worth very bit.
Had the Bose IE2 and we're horrible. These blows them away. Highly recommend.

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  • Bryan T.
  • 10/5/2014 8:31:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner


Pros: AMAZING Fit. AMAZING Sound. Love the packaging and the overall fit and finish

Cons: WILL NOT WORK WITH MOTOROLA DEVICES. I have a Moto X (Gen 1). My wife has a Moto X (Gen 1) and we have an old Motorola RAZR. With all three of the devices, the headphone jack does not go in all the way. Went to the Verizon store to test other devices. Tested iPad/iPhone/Samsung/LG and a non smartphone. All of the other devices worked great but ALL the Motorola devices failed to output sound into the right ear.

Other Thoughts: I'll be talking with Scosche about the issue and I don't know if there are other hardware having the same issue but every Motorola device I tried failed.

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  • Jerrod P.
  • 9/6/2014 4:31:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMore Than Earbuds

Pros: Superb sound definition.
Superior design.
Rugged construction.
Excellent accessories.
Outstanding packaging presentation.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I was lucky enough to get these on new egg for a great price. They are hands down the best in ear monitors I've ever used. I highly recommend these to anyone who loves great sound reproduction. You will be pleased.

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  • Dalton M.
  • 9/1/2014 9:19:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsVolume controls stop working

Pros: Design is modern. The number and sizes of air adapters provided is also good. They feel solid and well made. Didn't know anything about this manufacturer but the price was right so I took a chance. I liked these headphones, for the first two weeks.

Cons: Then the volume control stopped working, for no reason. They were not stepped on or driven over with the family car. Nor did they go through the wash. They were working one day then the next day they weren't. I just don't understand what happened.

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  • Jerrod P.
  • 8/24/2014 5:26:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Ear Buds Ever

Pros: Loud, crisp, precise sound. Very sturdy construction. Well equipped with accessories. Free app available from Scosche.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: New egg saved me at least $50 on these great monitors. They sell for $95 -$200. I got a great deal on excellent ear buds.

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  • Kwangsun Y.
  • 8/17/2014 1:42:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood, but not stellar.

Pros: Multiple driver setup at a very reasonable price. Lots of great accessories.

Cons: Heavy, especially the cable. Not built as well as expected. Sound frequencies feel somewhat unevenly represented and lack the proper tuning to resolve the weaknesses in both drivers.

Other Thoughts: The dynamic drivers in these are not good enough to handle deep bass, and the BA are tuned for mids and highs, but come off as being somewhat overdone. The sound isn't exactly bright despite that. Some frequencies feel under represented. Seems like the drivers are not as good as hoped and the tuning and crossover is also wanting.

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