Top 10 Best in-ear Headphones in 2020

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Klipsch T5M Wired Headphones

The Klipsch T5M wired earphones offer superior comfort and unparalleled acoustic quality on-the-go.

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Klipsch T5M Wired Headphones (Black)

The Klipsch T5M wired earphones offer superior comfort and unparalleled acoustic quality on-the-go.
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Sound quality is ok though not justifiable for the price range and not in line with the quality of other klipsch products. But while the sound is excusable, the cord is the real problem. It's not insulated well enough that the earbuds have some of the worst microphonics I've ever experienced. The cord is also too thin, so thin, that it's a genuine concern you'll kink the cord when simply pulling it straight. In fairness the build quality is great, but its design is god awful and can't even out preform earbuds in the $20 range.
Bought these based on an online review of ten best wired earbud headsets. NOT! To sum it up, these have virtually no base, or even midrange. The cheap, handout earbuds from my last airline flight sound better!
None of the included tips stay put. They constantly come out.

Features

  • Sweat-resistant, patented oval ear tips for ultimate comfort and an excellent seal for noise isolation
  • Works with any device, offering crystal-clear sound quality from a best-in-class, static-free microphone
  • Combining high output and full bass extension, the legendary acoustic clarity of Klipsch comes alive through the T5M’s dynamic driver.

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Sony WF-1000XM3

Freedom perfected in a truly wireless design, with industry leading noise canceling powered by Sony’s proprietary HD Noise Canceling Processor QN1e. Form meets function with up to 24 total hours of battery life with quick charging, touchpad controls, premium sound quality, and smart features like Wearing Detection and Quick Attention Mode.

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Freedom perfected in a truly wireless design, with industry leading noise canceling powered by Sony’s proprietary HD Noise Canceling Processor QN1e. Form meets function with up to 24 total hours of ...
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I've had these headphones in my possession for a couple days, and I have to say they live up to my expectations. I was looking at getting a WH-1000XM3 (the full-sized headphones) to use in my office, where I have both noisy neighbors and a loud HVAC system to deal with, but when I saw these come up for pre-order I thought they might work better for my use case (aka, not on an airplane).So far, here's the pros:Battery life is directly on the mark with what's advertised. I used it in my office with noise cancelling on, volume at mid-levels from 11-5 before the left earphone actually died. The right still had 20% - maybe using the touch controls for playback a lot causes quicker battery drain?Along with battery levels, charging from the case also seems on the mark. After the earbuds died, I threw them in the case and left for a quick walk. 20 minutes later, my right earbud went from 20%->100%, and the left from 0%->70%. Excellent imo, this more or less means I can just recharge my earbuds whenever I have a brief conversation with a coworker and never have to worry about the battery dying on me.Music quality is great. These sound excellent on the "Excited" EQ preset to me, and I rotate through all kinds of genres, from (electronic) hardcore, 80s city pop, 00's nu and death metal, pop and R&B and rap.The noise cancelling - honestly, on a first wear, I was slightly disappointed. I had read the pre-release reviews about how great it was, but when I started to use it out the box, I could still hear people talking to me. Really, these won't block out loud/direct conversations, but that doesn't diminish their usefulness. It completely eliminates the fairly loud HVAC noise in my office, and makes mouse clicks/non-mechanical keyboard usage fade out. And that's without music playing. Once you add music to the mix, these really do block out the world really effectively, even on low volumes. I actually had a coworker today try to get my attention for a minute, of which I noticed nothing, before they resorted to a loud knock on my desk, which I actually thought was a part of the ambient soundtrack I was listening to at first. Very impressed with the noise cancelling when combined with music, and even on its own with my tempered expectations. They're not earplugs, but they're pretty darn close.A quick note: Using full noise cancelling when walking outside results in some annoying wind noise, but there's a preset called "wind noise" one step below full noise cancelling in the app that will completely kill that wind noise and still block other noises very well.Connectivity is great. No issues connecting it to my TV, computer, Android phone, or iPad. Protip: Hold the touch sensitive button on both ears for 7 seconds to enter pairing mode for connecting to a computer or non-Android/IOS device easily.The cons (aka, why I'm saying 4.5 stars):No wireless charging. It's a shame with the bulky case, and would make things way more convenient.No volume controls/option for volume controls. Having to open use my device to change volume all the time is kind of more annoying than I originally thought it would be.No way to quickly change noise cancelling modes without the app.Those last two points are fairly understandable given the small(ish) size of the buds, but still would have been nice. The ambient pass-through mode does work perfectly once you enable it in the app though.Overall, I really like these things and I'm super satisfied with the risk I took ordering them before reviews came out. If you're on the fence, I'd buy these. I'll update this review in the future if I have any other complaints/issues, but I'm honestly really happy with these.EDIT 8-12-19: Two weeks have passed since I wrote this and I have a couple updates. One, you actually can quickly change the noise cancelling level by setting one of the touch controls to "ambient sound control" in the app. This lets you toggle between a couple different noise cancelling modes with a tap. I've also started to use the adaptive sound control option, which I've found to be pretty accurate and useful. I have mine set up so it's in full noise cancelling when I'm sitting still, wind noise reduction when walking, ambient sound level 10 when running and full noise cancelling when on transportation. I've only really tested the first two options since I don't run nor commute by public transit, but the app switches modes pretty quickly and it's convenient when I decide to go for a quick walk while working.I've also noticed that every so often I do lose sync between sounds/video when connected to my tv, but it often fixes itself pretty quickly, or a pause-play will fix it as well. I haven't noticed it on my phone, so it's likely a mix of distance and the Bluetooth chipset on the TV.
I want to love these. I want to hate these. I've spent the last 10 hours with them going back and forth between using them with a phone and trying to get them to work properly on my laptop paired with an intel AC9560 wireless card (BT 5.0). The major pros of these head phones are the sound quality when they are used properly. Listening to them with my iphone xs max has produced a quality experience I was lacking when I solely used my apple airpods. The noise isolation and ambient inclusion features are done well, by in large, tho some latency between activing and de-activating these does leave one to want to change it on off less and less. My biggest issue has been using them with a non-mobile device. Windows will not allow you to disable the microphone. The microphone stays hot the entire time its connecting to a laptop making the audio quality drop to 92kbps (tape quality). Not to mention the ambient noise that floods in from the hot mic. I went through every ounce of possible troubleshooting, even turning off the headset and microphone services. None of this works, it's simply not compatible with a windows PC. Mac users, rest better assured that you are able to turn off the mic independently and get your audio quality back, however, it seems that on mac once you do this, you are very limited by the amount of volume they put out. Something to know that has not been covered by any mainstream reviews.Connection to the iphone has been flawless and effortless. It paired immediately, and connects disconnects upon entrance and exit from the large charging case. The video latency is still an issue with iphones. This is more noticable if you are streaming any service. If you watch downloaded movies / music videos on the native player for iOS, it seems that it is, at the very least, compensated for and has less to now lag - no perceivable lag that is).All in all, I'm going to do some more testing to see how to bypass this microphone issue on windows. However, if it turns out to be a driver conflict issue with the bluetooth chipset used by the headphones, they will have to go back.
En general de los que probe (1.-Bose SoundSports Free 2.- Powerbeats pro) fueron los peores...De lo que revise, en teoria estos estaban en primer lugar para audio, sin embargo no los sentí superioresComodidad (3 Estrellas).- Probe diferentes gomas, pero siempre quedaba con la sensación de que se podían caer, nunca logre sentir que tapara de manera correcta el oido para aislar el sonido, y creo que eso tuvo un efecto en la comodidad del mismo.Seguridad (2 Estrellas).- Nunca logre sentirme seguro con ellos, haciendo diferentes pruebas de mover la cabeza se me aflojaron un par de ocasiones sin caer. Estos no están echos para ejercicio, intente salir a correr con ellos y los tuve que ajustar un par de ocasiones, definitivamente no los recomendaría para ejercicio.Sonido(3.5 Estrellas).- El sonido, esperaba que fuera superior a los Bose por mucho, sin embargo fue similar. Al no lograr cubrir de manera correcta el oido creo que afecto un poco la calidad, esto es en mi caso y con las gomas incluidas en el paquete.Batería (5 Estrellas).- No tuve problemas con la bateria durante las pruebas, y esto considerando que se utiliza el Noise Cancelling.Llamadas (1 Estrellas).- Para llamadas definitivamente no fue lo mejor, para escuchar el sonido es cómo básico (como el que esperas de cualquier manos libres de 500 pesos) y la voz en las pruebas que hice, se nota inmediatamente que estas hablando con manos libres, lo cual no esta mal, pero para la calidad de sony y el precio, esperaria algo mejor.Tiene una opción adicional para tocar el audífono y que deje pasar el ruido de afuera, es como si tuviera un pequeño microfono y te deja escuchar bien, sin pausar la música, ese feature me encanto la verdad, sin embargo al no sentirlos muy seguros y la mala calidad de la llamada fueron decisivos para dejarlos en ultimo lugar.La calidad de audio es importante para mi, considerando que es wireless no soy tan estricto y el sonido es bueno pero el simple hecho de tener que comprar si Bose o Sony se escuchaban mejor (el sonido es bastante similar) fue una decepción ya que es el punto de venta de estos y debería ser claramente superior

Features

  • Industry leading noise canceling with HD Noise Canceling Processor QN1e
  • 24bit Audio signal processing delivers dramatically improved sound quality
  • Battery life up to 24 hours with carrying case (with 10min quick charge for 90min of play time)

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SoundMAGIC E11C

After the success of the multi-award-winning test winner E10C, SoundMAGIC elevates the listening experience with the new E11C to a higher level. With new components such as the specially developed driver, the high-resolution silver-coated cable and the housing made of a high-quality aluminium alloy, the E11C ensures improved audio performance and maximum stability.

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Ok, I confess I'm definitely not an audiophile. What I am is someone who up until I got these had been using the $5-10 earbuds you find in grocery stores and bodegas, or for a few months the iPhone earbuds, and had no idea what I was missing. It was like going straight from VHS to Bluray.-Audio quality is great; no distortion in the highs and more bass than I thought earbuds could provide. Hear details of music I never knew were there.-Controls that actually fully work on Android! Let me be clear because I was confused on this before purchase and couldn't really find a straight answer: All three buttons work. Volume up, volume down, and the middle button for pause/skip/etc (depending on times clicked). Normally controls are set up like the iPhone earbuds and only the single center button works on Android, so it's nice to have volume adjustment too.-The mic in the control group works well; with the iPhone earbud mic and the cheapo ones people always had trouble understanding or hearing me, but with this I'm coming through clear even while on the subway.-Speaking of the subway, the noise cancellation is pretty good for passive types-- with that and music on medium volume, it very nearly completely drowns out all the bumping, screeching, and panhandlers. What really helps is the different sized tips so the fit is better. However I understand they include fewer of those than the previous model (the E10C's), these include 3 different sizes, but the seller I bought from was nice enough to include an extra set with 5 more sizes. Find a seller that does that and you'll almost certainly find a size that stays in, minimizes noise, and really boosts bass.-It's purely a matter of taste but I love the aluminum design; its a look that really reflects the overall quality.So to wrap things up, I can't tell you how these compare to other similarly priced or fancier earbuds (but also have absolutely no reason to doubt all the other reviews I read that single these out as the best there is under $75 or so). But what I can say is that if you were like me and just used to listening through whatever junk was cheapest, and were wondering if it was really worth it to step up to $50 earbuds, the answer is absolutely Yes. iPhone earbuds are better than the really cheap ones, but not by much, so if you're replacing a pair of those like I was, it's still absolutely worth it to spring for these instead.
No me considero un "Audiofilo" por qué hay muchas cosas de sonido que desconozco pero si me gusta escuchar la música bien y en calidad.Y la verdad es que estoy muy sorprendido con la calidad de estos audiconos, el sonido es diferente a otros que he tenido o tengo (beats, Sennheiser, Sony, Bosse y Marshalls) siento que estos resaltan más ciertos sonidos que los anteriores mencionados y le da importancia a pequeñas notas, no son como los Sennheiser Momentum que te dan un sonido uniforme, estos resaltan otras sonidos y notas cómo lo mencioné anteriormente.Los botones funcionaron perfecto en mi teléfono Huawei pero si diría que son un poco difícil de tocar y alcanzar.El cable es un poco delgado, siento que en cualquier momento se puede romper o hechar a perder.La verdad valieron la pena por el precio y sin duda comprare otros en un futuro.
The good news: my last pair, the E10C lasted at least 4 years with daily use (phone calls, music listening). The less than good news: I HATE the material used to line the cables on the E11C. Before buying I read a review in the trades, claiming the E11C cables were less "clingy," which encouraged me to buy. Same reviewer mentioned improved sound quality. My E11C's knot like crazy and grab onto literally anything that comes even remotely into contact--causing me to curse a lot more than my usual generous amount.I can't say that my music sounds any better, or my calls.Woohoo, they've added pause/volume controls on the cable for 11C that feel too diminutive for long fingers/large hands--what a "giant" leap forward. I needed new earphones, because my previous pair simply crapped out after an unusually long service life. The E11C were the "best" I could find in this crowded price bracket. I hope they last as long as my previous pair/model, because longevity seems to be the best feature mentionable. If only people did mind the profound difference between "change" and "progress."6 month-update: it's unofficially official: the E11C's cables are made of silly-string. In a less imperfect world swift and exacting retribution would be meted out to the manufacturer and their "R&D" in particular for choosing such a miserable plastic concoction. Middle fingers and toes-UP to you, Sound Magic.

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  • NEW SoundMAGIC E11C earphones is a smart stylish design in brushed aluminum with great audio performance for an affordable price
  • Delivers a balanced full-range sound performance with precise bass, clear mid-range and detailed treble for the finest musical listening experience
  • Comfortable fit with efficient noise isolation. Solid built in precision machined aluminum. New upgraded 10mm neodymium driver and silver plated copper cable with angled plug. Has protective bend/stress relief for cable connections

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Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2

Sennheiser’s MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 delivers exceptional sound quality with superior comfort and craftsmanship. Now you can enjoy Sennheiser’s outstanding stereo sound anywhere and all day thanks to Active Noise Cancellation and an exceptional 7-hour battery life which can be extended to up to 28 hours via the charging case.

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Tl;dr — these are worth the money if you prioritize audio and build quality over everything else. For those who prioritize ease of use or finding the best value, these likely aren't for you. Apple users - get AirPods. Android users - get Jabra Elite 75t.UPDATE 4/7/20: I'd like to clarify to anyone reading this that 4 stars is a bit harsh; I would give these a 4.5 or even a 4.6 out of 5, but Amazon doesn't let you do that and they just aren't deserving of a full 5 stars IMHO :)With that said, 4 days later and 10 hours of burn-in time...- No real change in audio performance. Again, these sound great, but just not quite as sharp as the originals.- Some weird quirks I've discovered: - Battery life, with Transparent Hearing on, is around 5 hours for me (same as ANC) - Surprising amount of wind noise when jogging/running with Transparent Hearing on - Cannot toggle Sidetone during a phone call (will effectively mute you) - Still have to turn the volume up more than preferred to get to a subjectively "enjoyable" level of soundORIGINAL REVIEW:Over the course of the past year, I've tried out just about every true wireless earbud on the market — from the Jabra Elite models, Bose SoundSport Free, Master & Dynamic MW07 (including the new Plus version), Apple AirPods Pro, etc. — including the original Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless. Needless to say, I've done my homework and I hope to give you my honest opinion and feedback on this latest version. I'll update as I have a bit more time with these buds; the following are my initial impressions based on my personal experience.SOUND - 4/5The sound is awesome. It's better than anything else out there. But somehow, it leaves me wanting a bit more. I'm not sure exactly what happened, but the original Momentum True Wireless earbuds sounded better. The difference isn't significant, but it definitely leaves something to be desired. My best description is that it sounds less ... edgy? Crisp? I'm no audiophile. It's almost there, but compared to the original MTWs, it's just not QUITE as good. Another knock here is that I seem to have to turn my volume up a level or two more to be satisfied. With that said, you'll very likely be happy with these, don't worry. I'll be doing longer burn-in and update if needed here.BUILD/DESIGN - 5/5These earbuds are exquisite. Both the earbuds themselves and the case are clearly crafted with premium materials. The buds are light, a bit smaller than the originals (thank god!) but feel sturdy and are quite comfortable. I would highly recommend investing in Comply foam ear tips [True Grip Pro should work just fine] to squeeze extra comfort and a better seal for the active noise cancellation. These aren't AirPods level comfy, but they don't put as much pressure on the ears during longer sessions than the original MTWs did. The ear plug design is still phenomenal for passive noise cancellation.BATTERY - 4.5/5Excellent. I get around 5.5-6 hours with ANC on. Case charges earbuds quickly and can get 3 more full charges easily with perhaps some extra to spare. Battery life drain issues with case are no longer present (thank god!). Only knock is that it isn't as long as the MW07 Plus.FEATURES (ACTIVE NOISE CANCELLATION) - 4.5/5The new ANC feature works really, really well. It will rival that of any competitor (Sony WH1000XM3 or AirPods Pro) and destroys the MW07 Plus. It isn't perfect, but is likely the best out there in the True Wireless world. Transparent Hearing is still glorious and the most natural version available on the market. You can now customize the touch controls to your liking and they are more accurate this time around. No latency on YouTube, etc. SideTone (where you can hear your voice while on a call) works great. Only real knock is that call quality is slightly worse this time around but still solid IMHO.OVERALL - 4.5/5The sound, while still the best you can find out there except for the original MTWs, is just a bit disappointing. I'm hoping some burn-in will help out here. Otherwise, these are the best true wireless earbuds you can buy right now if you have room in your budget. Worth every penny. Hope this helps you out!
I currently own the AirPods Pro, Sony WF-1000XM3, and the Powerbeats Pro. The sound quality of these TW2's was good, and the build quality and finish felt up to par as well. It sat in my ears comfortably, with no fatigue. Soundstage felt large, and I could pick out details better than on my AirPods Pro. Bass was acceptable but nothing to write home about (the Powerbeats Pro and Sony's were punchier and you could "feel" the rumble better, especially the PBP). I should also note that there was a light "white noise" when nothing was playing (the AirPods Pro and Sony's also have active ANC, but no such white noise), but this did not bother me too much (your milage may vary).However, there is a *significant* delay in audio. When watching a YouTube video, the speaker and the audio are visibly out of sync. Using an audio delay test, these earbuds seem to have almost 300 ms (3/10ths of a second) of delay. My AirPods Pro, Sony WF-1000XM3, and Powerbeats Pro all had unnoticable levels of delay (to my ears). This was tested on a 2019 Macbook Pro running Catalina. For the staggering $300 price tag, this is completely unacceptable.I believe the main reason behind this is that these TW2's are still on a master-slave setup, whereas the other 3 wireless earbuds all maintain 2 separate Bluetooth connections to the source. With any of the other 3, I can put my right earbud back into its case and continue to listen from only the left. However, with these TW2's, the left earbud (slave) will lose connection once the right earbud (master) is put into the case. This type of pairing is inferior, and leads to a much larger delay (presumably because the slave has to wait for the master to transmit data to it).
I have used the earbuds for 1 week now. MT 2 is still my main go to earbuds and I am definitely keeping it. The new firmware update has made up for a lot of the initial short comings such as the white noise on the back ground and the humming noise during transparency mode most people complained about. These are still there, but much less noticeable In fact, you have to focus now to pick them up. Music on the higher frequency was a little dull on the initial release. This has been fixed through the patch as well. There are still a few points which any future firmware updates would not fix though. Let's get on with these first.Cons:1. There is a noticeable audio delay while playing games on PC or watching Youtube video on the phone. I have done the Youtube bluetooth audio delay testing and it is about 3/10th of a second, or 300 ms. This is most likely due to the TW 2 STILL having the master and slave design. Added to that, it also doesn't support APTX HD. If you are looking to use these earbuds for a comfortable gaming sessions, look elsewhere. Samsung galaxy buds are much more responsive. Because of the master and slave design, you also cannot use left earbud separately.2. The ANC does work, but the effect is pretty disappointing. I was expecting the ANC to be at least on par with my BOSE quietcomfort wired earbuds that I bought 8 years ago (It's the series before quietcomfort 20). Unfortunately, there was not much difference noted with the ANC on or off. You only notice the ANC when you turn on the transparency mode.3. Call quality is the worst out of all my earbuds (I have bose sound sport, jabra elite 65t, samsung galaxy bud, sony wf-1000xm3, and Powerbeats Pro). I was hoping to use this as dictation device for Dragon in epic to replace plantronic wireless. Dragon cannot make out what I am saying. When I make calls with MT2, the other person on the phone would ask if I am in a swimming pool or worse, in the toilet.4. The lack of hearing your own voice makes you look like a fool. Whether you have ANC on/off or transparency mode on/off, you have this ear plug in your ears. There's no feed back on your voice so you cannot tell if you are yelling or not.PROS:1. The sound quality is amazing especially after the firmware update! After trying on a couple of dozen earbuds and owning 5 of them, these are the best sounds I have ever heard on a bluetooth earbuds. Of course if you are an audiophile, you would avoid bluetooth and earbuds in general.2. Great comfort level considering these are ANC earbuds. A lot of ANC earbuds hurt my ears after long use, but not TW 2. Despite providing tight seal in the ear, they are not painful and I have had moments where I forgot I was wearing them. They do stick out of your ears so everyone else knows you have them on.3. The best natural sounding transparency mode I have ever heard. They feel so natural especially now that humming background noise has died down and the white noise is quieter. One draw back is if you go out for running with them, you get a lot of wind blowing on mic. You can turn on ANC to cut this off completely, but then you'd be at danger of approaching cars/people/animal etc...Let's face it guys. If you are buying TW 2, you are buying it because you want the best sounding earbuds out there and you got some money to burn. There is no other reason to get this other than to have the best sound without going to headsets. If you want the best call quality without audio delay, go for Jabra elite 75t. If you want the best ANC, get the sony wf-1000xm3. If you want the best Bass, get Powerbeats Pro. If you want the best sounding earbuds and you are not an audiophile, get the Momentum True Wireless 2.

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  • Enjoy unrivalled stereo sound created by Sennheiser’s unique 7mm dynamic audio drivers
  • Switch off your surroundings and focus on the deep bass the natural mids and the clear treble thanks to Active Noise Cancellation
  • Experience uninterrupted play time with the new 7-hour battery life that can be extended up to 28 hours with the charging case

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Jabra Elite 75t Earbuds

Jabra Elite 75t offer a great call and music experience, engineered to last longer and tested for a secure fit. You can be confident that these true wireless earbuds will stay put thanks to the new smaller design that provides the ideal fit for every type of ear while the ergonomic shape makes them exceptionally comfortable.

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Pros:__________• Very small, compact, and a sleek design compare too many out there. Wearing these Jabra provides a minimalistic look that doesn’t draw any attention. This is something that Apple will never get back.• They have a secure tight fit. From my experience, there is no way that these earbuds will leave your ear unless you use your hands. I ran, went on a trampoline, and bobbled my head up and down when listening to Jimi Hendrix. Very sturdy, no wobble whatsoever.• They are comfortable to wear. The 75t rest on your ears, rather than relying on all the stability near the speaker end. Secure and comfort.• Excellent connection. No hiccups using them as a phone or just for music. Bluetooth 5.0, the 75t allows you to connect to your phone and another device if you want.• The case can go up to 28 hours. I didn’t test to see if this number is correct, but I did need to charge it after a week of use.• The case itself is super small and can be stood upright. Think Apple’s noise-canceling Airpods charging case, but a little smaller. My wallet and keys both can be fit in one pants pocket with this.• Magnetic seal on the case makes it to opens easily, and stays shut when you want it. The strength of the magnet can hold the earbuds upside down with them falling off.• The case has USB-C fast charging. A 10-minute charge gave the case 40 minutes more battery life.• You can check the battery levels for the case and the earbuds with the app (more details about the app later on).• The microphone layout is excellent. The 75t has a 4 microphone setup, making a conversation very clear on their end. I walked through the wind and there was little to none wind distortion on the other end. These microphones help isolate the outside noises so your voice is the only one that is focused. They work and they work well.• They put in a built-in mute button on the earbuds. Small perks go a long way Jabra, thanks.• One-touch on the earbuds and you got Alexa, Google, or Siri on your end, if you’re connected to your phone.• Sweat and dust resistant. Sweat all you like, these buds will keep going.• One of the best features is the app for these. With the 75t’s app, you can personalize your sound take that fits your comfort. The layout is very user-friendly as you are given a visual graphic display of how much you want to the sound quality to either your right, left or both earbuds. I’m a firm believer in enabling the use of custom sound profiles because only you know what’s best for your hearing. With a lot of customization with this, I’m very happy.• Another cool feature of the app is if you apply your personal sound settings, the earbuds will automatically adapt to what you’re changing in the app. No delay or restarting them.• Sound-wise: One of the best bass levels on the market. If you’re a bass person, you’ll love this in every way. If you’re not then you can just go in the app and reduce it.• The mids and highs are crisp, while the Passive Noise reduction does a respectable job blocking out those outside noises.• Pulling out my earbuds, they automatically stop whatever music I was playing. Quick sensors.• The tap controls are very simple and accurate. The best part for me with this is that you have the option to control the volume controls on the earbuds themselves. No need to go on the phone.Cons and Oks:__________• The bass. It’s really good but too good. It overpowers the highs and lows of the music to a point it’s always boom, boom, boom. I immediately went to the app and cut down the bass. Sadly the bass power is still there, but defiantly not that significant. For bass needed songs, this an upside, but I’m not a bass person myself.• No built-in noise-canceling software. The Passive Noise reduction works well when the wind is blowing in your face. It does reduce a significant amount of wind resistance but other than that a loud environment will still be a loud environment in the earbuds.• Low water rating. Only sweat resistance so you have to be extra careful when the rain or snow comes into your world. These are great for running, but it’s a turn off knowing that you have to be careful not the get these buds wet.• Bulky in the ear. They are small but I felt these buds look like they’re going to pop out of my ear. Extend the earbuds as Apple did so they can be thin and not look like large jelly beans.• No wireless charging for the case.• You get on average a less full day of battery life. This isn’t the greatest as other reviewers have had worse, so be warned.• There is a tight deal suction with these buds. I have no issue but I know some aren’t a fan of the suction feeling and would like some air coming in. This is especially a must if you’re a runner.• The left earbud can be used independently. The right can but not the left. Jabra states for a software update in 2020, so it’s a wait and sees.• Changing your setting with these buds are not automatic. A couple of times I had to wait for the buds to adapt to the settings I made on the app. This only occurs when they’re significant changes.• I used an iPhone and you can’t call up Siri with these. You have to go to the phone.• Those with large hands may have difficulty using these, because of the size.• I tried connecting my computer and phone at the same time and the buds got a glitch. It’s trying to find what primary use is, and when your phone goes off when you’re watching a YouTube video, it has a hard time to choose which one to give you.• With a small bulky size, numerous times I accidentally press the wrong buttons on the buds. There is a learning curve on where to press.Bottom Line:__________For the active lifestyle for working out, these are quite good. I couldn’t get them out of my ears unless I physically took them out. Also, I was most impressed with the customization you can do for sound when using the app. To be able to configure the sound experience that fits your needs is spot on, and is something that every headphone needs to provide. With a small design, and great microphone setup, and an excellent battery case, I felt these are earbuds that I can be taken on the go while not making people staring at me (unlike Apple).But still that bass. It’s really good when the music matches it, but very annoying when there is bass in songs that don’t need it. The app does help, but with the price you’re paying you to expect the default sound to be neutral. Also the pricing is up with the big guys (Apple, Samsung, etc) so I expected to get some form of noise-canceling software, but sadly no. In the end, there are decent earbuds but with a mediocre battery life, my expectations were higher given the price.Overall: A decent sound with a strong bass but a battery life nothing to brag about.Hope I was a help to you.Love,Honest Reviewer
I don't write many reviews unless I feel something really deserves it, so here we go!First off I moved from the Jabra Active 65t's and most of the issues/gripes I had with the 65t's look to be resolved with the 75t's. I'll cover the gripes/improvements, then some pros and cons.Gripe Number 1: The charging caseThe charging case on the 65t's was this weird type of case where you had to squeeze the side or the center to open them, not a pain, just different. The 75t's have that fixed, it's an easy open magnetic case, love the fact it's magnetic and a strong one at that.Gripe Number 2: Earbuds in the caseThe 65t's just kind of sat in the case, there was no positive engagement and you had to rely on a light to tell you if they were connected, sometimes if I was in a hurry and I didn't confirm the buds were properly inserted they wouldn't charge, same goes if I needed to open them in a hurry the buds would sometimes pop out and fall on the ground. The 75t's are magnetically connected, this is friggin fantastic! Such an improvement, can't say how much I love this as they stay in there, in fact the magnet is so strong that you have to be intentional to get them out.Gripe Number 3: The on earbud buttonsI found the 65t's button on the earbuds themselves to be a bit stiff/hard to press and having additional pressure on my ear was a tad uncomfortable. The 75t's have much more sensitive buttons, and I love that they are single buttons, yes there are different combinations to remember but I feel having softer buttons is a huge plus.On to the PRO's!The sound:I think the sound on these is definitely a tad better that the 65t's, there is a lot more bass, and I do mean A LOT. In fact I need to turn down the bass a little through the Jabra app, I guess you could say too much bass is a negative, but I enjoy hearing the lower end on all my songs.Battery life:I am getting an average 7.25 hours using middle volume, if I keep the volume high, the run time is a little lower, roughly 6.75 hours. One thing I haven't tested is run time without using the EQ in the app, I'm sure if I left the EQ as default or flat I could squeeze a tad more out? Also the case packs a lot more backup charge than the 65t's, overall a huge jump from the 65t's.Hear through:One of my favorite features is hear through...I can't rave enough about it as I use these primarily in an office setting and not having to take them out to hear co-workers or have conversations is a huge plus for me.The Case:Fantastic improvements on the case, love that it's magnetic, magnetic earbuds and strong ones at that, no more lost earbuds.Charge port:USB-C! Being that the industry is making a change to USB-C it's nice to have one less cable to support.To the CON's!The Bass:One could say the bass is a tad to strong? However I rather enjoy it, I'm a big over the head, can wearing guy so getting a little more bass out of my on the go headphones is a rather nice plus, but some could be turned away.Ear bud magnets:The magnets holding these little guys in are strong, and with the ear buds being tiny they can be difficult to get them out. The other side of this is they won't be easily lost, so again choose your battles.Overall thoughts:I love the fact you get so much better battery life (and case battery too), strong bass, and great sound in such a tiny profile. Not to smash on the Air-pods, but these 75t's stay in my ears, I don't have a fear of them falling out during workouts, and they fit just as snugly (heck if not better) as the 65t's. I'm excited to use these in the warmer months on my longer bike rides. I think just the extra battery life these things pack to last me the work day and not need to do a mid day charge is a huge win and a reason to purchase and or upgrade.
Good: They are indeed smaller and lighter, and USB-C is a welcome addition. I love my 65t earbuds, so I was eager for the next revision!Bad: The earbuds sounded alright, but I don't appreciate how they got rid of the rocker switch on the left earbud. Now, instead of being able to quickly adjust volume and tracks with an up/down motion, it's a weird triple-press that didn't seem to work for me. Turning HearThrough on and off wasn't intuitive for me either and I couldn't figure it out. Maybe if I'd had more time, but then ...Worse: They lasted less than a day. The earbuds won't charge at all and Jabra support (via both email and phone) haven't been able to help. They havent' even offered an RMA, and I'm done waiting so I'm just returning them to Amazon.The earbuds arrived with a 70% charge and didn't seem to charge the first day. I used them till they died (quicker than my 65t would have). The charging case glows green to indicate it's 100%, but the earbuds don't seem to have an indicator to show their current status. I'm not sure if Jabra foolishly removed the LED from the inside of the case, or whether the LED is just more subtle now and my unit is broken. Either way, I'm returning these and sticking with my trusty 65t earbuds.

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  • WIRELESS EARBUDS – The Jabra Elite 75t is engineered to fit. Making and taking calls is always a great experience, wherever you are, thanks to enhanced 4-microphone call technology which filters out wind and other disruptive noises around you
  • COMPACT COMFORT – Designed and tested for a secure fit, the Jabra Elite 75t features a new smaller design that provides an ideal fit for every type of ear while the ergonomic shape makes them exceptionally comfortable
  • NO AUDIO DROPOUTS – With Jabra 4th generation true wireless connection, your music and calls will be stable, with no wires to get in the way.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Plus

Samsung Galaxy Buds+ are versatile earbuds that harmonize warm, satisfying bass tones with crisp high notes delivering addictively rich tracks. With the ability to selectively tune in or out environmental noise, you can stay in the zone on a phone call or get lost in your favorite playlist, all without hitting pause.

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The "Find" feature is simple. All it has to do is beep the earbuds so you can find them. But that's hidden inside the Galaxy Wearable app.In order to beep your earbuds, you have to grant it access to *always on* location, storage on your device, your calendar, call logs, your contacts, the ability to make phone calls, and to send SMS messages. I also had to give it permission to INSTALL APPS on my phone, but since I couldn't find a way to take it back in settings, I assume it went to some Samsung system app somewhere, who knows where.I didn't want to give it these things so I said deny. You know what the app does when you press deny? It just crashes. No graceful handling, they will not let you use the app unless they get your data.I was desperate to find the earbuds, so I said whatever, and pressed OK to the mind numbing number of permissions dialogs. But that's not enough, it STILL won't let you beep your headphones unless you agree to the global Samsung privacy policy. Allow me to paste one small part of what you'e agreeing to:*Sale of Personal Information*We may allow certain third parties (such as advertising partners) to collect your personal information.So I gave up at this point, I had no idea it was even possible that buying earbuds could turn into a privacy nightmare, but Samsung made it possible. I just wanted to make the headphones beep, but I'll find them myself instead and return them.
I'M LOVING IT!!!! NO REGRETS!!! For starters, 2 way speakers.... I'm loving it!! More "tugs!" You can really tell the difference. Okay, it has gotten more responsive touchwise and no delays at all. Games, music, or movies.. no problem. The magnets and hinge in the case has gotten tighter. You will now have no problem loosing your buds by falling off from the case when opened. This is not a complete review. So far I don't have anything bad to say. I haven't checked the mics, but watched a review on yt and it was crystal clear even outside. So, I will give these buds 5 stars!! I recommend!!! I'm loving it so much! It's not like "meh" feeling when you put them in.. it's like "wooooah". Another feauture they added is the volume control. Double tap the edge of the right bud and the volume turns up. Left bud, volume turns down. Make suke to go to labs settings and turn it on.
I already had the buds and now own the buds+I've made different test with music and recording the microphone and so far they both have the same sound quality.I even played the same song on different devices at the same time using the new ones and the old ones at the same time on on alternate ears.... I must say its the same thing... so if you already have the old ones and dont care about battery life, its seems like it's the same thing to keep the old ones... I might return the new ones, I just want to test both of them on phone calls, that will be the factor that will make me choose if I should keep or return the new ones....4 stars because it seems like they are the same as the old ones, will give 5 if they pass the phone call test later on this week.... will keep you posted... So I tested them out for a couple days now,These have better connectivity, now I can watch movies on my laptop using the headphones and the sound works perfect, battery lasts much longer and now I can finally do phonecalls with them and people can actually hear me.These are great, better than the last ones 10/10 would recommend.Happy shopping!

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  • Exactly what you want to hear. Galaxy Buds+ are the perfect fitting earbuds to isolate you from distracting noises, so you can stay focused on what you want.
  • 22 hours of serious sound. Get up to 11 hours of nonstop music on a single charge, then pop your Galaxy Buds+ in the wireless charging case and get nearly 11 more.
  • Your voice, loud and clear. Ensure you’re heard clearly. A dedicated internal and two external microphones pick up your voice and isolate it from outside noises. 

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Shure SE425-CL

The SE425 Sound Isolating Earphones feature dual high-definition drivers for accurate, natural sound in a secure, over–the-ear design with innovative detachable cable system.

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Shure SE425-CL Sound Isolating Earphones with Dual High Definition MicroDrivers
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In short, these are the best IEM's I've ever tried, but I'm not 100% convinced that they're worth $300.I'm not really an audiophile, but I did a lot of research on IEMs (earbuds that sit deep in the ear), and I thoroughly tested a few of my finalists. So, in this review I'm going to compare the Shure SE215's ($99), Shure SE425's ($299), and Etymotic Research ER-4PT's ($299). My main selection criteria were comfort, sound quality, and ability to block out outside noise (note that for this reason I first tried the Bose QuietComfort 20i's, but the active noise canceling pressure made my ears hurt).SHORT SUMMARY: I easily recommend the SE215's in terms of price-performance; but, if you have more to spend then get the SE425's. The ER-4PT's are very crisp, but they have some significant physical downsides.LONGER REVIEW:First of all, I hear that it's important to choose headphones based on the kind of music that you listen to. So, for my tests, I used ten songs representing my favorite genres of EDM (house/trance), synthpop, and pop rock. Songs included Instant Crush (Daft Punk), Good Morning Kaia (BT), Crush (Dave Matthews Band), and A Sky Full of Stars (Coldplay).Overall, the SE215's are excellent, especially for the price. When switching back and forth between them and the 425's, I could notice a clear difference, but not necessarily a $200 difference. If $200 isn't a huge deal to you, definitely get the 425's; but, I think you'd have to be a very discerning listener to really appreciate the increase in quality.So what's better about them? Everything is clearer. After listening to the 425's, the 215's feel almost like a light blanket was thrown over the speaker -- everything is just a little muddier and the individual instruments are less clear. There's less separation between the layers. But again, this wasn't a dramatic difference, so you'd still be very safe with the 215's (and I understand that $300 is an insane amount of money for most people to spend on earbuds).What about the ER-4PT's? They were even clearer, but almost clinically so. It felt a bit like I was in a perfectly empty room listening to every little nuance of the sound, but that sound was less warm than that of the Shures. To be honest, though, this difference was minimal -- in most cases, there wasn't a hugely noticeable difference between the ER-4PT's and the SE425's. I most preferred the Etymotics in songs involving crisp cymbals and complex background noises; but again, it wasn't a huge difference, and overall I slightly preferred the warmer bass of the Shures.More importantly, I found two dealbreakers that meant I couldn't keep the Etymotics: (1) That crisp clarity of sound sadly translated to the wire as well; every time I moved my head I could powerfully feel/hear the wire moving, to the point that it was quite distracting. I believe that this is called microphonics. (2) The plastic piece connecting the wire going to each ear was surprisingly heavy, to the point that its weight very quickly became annoying compared to the other earbuds.The other nice thing about the Shures is how easily they slip into your ears. Fair warning that it took me a while to figure out how to get them in right -- I was about to return them because it was so confusing at first, but I watched a youtube video and realized you have to actually significantly bend the rubbery part. Once you get the hang of it, it's extremely fast and easy to fit them in compared to the Etymotics that I really had to work in every time while holding my ear open with my other hand.So, like I said, I recommend either one of the Shures depending on how much money you can spare on headphones. One other tip, by the way: Be very careful about trying all the different types of tips that are included. I noticed a dramatic difference when I finally found the right set that made a truly tight seal in my ear canal -- the bass became significantly stronger and the overall sound became tighter and cleaner.Overall, I definitely recommend IEMs over regular earbuds (unless you're riding a bike or something that demands attention), but keep in mind that none of these will fully block out nearby voices on their own -- I needed to play white noise or music to achieve the true isolation I was looking for.UPDATE AFTER ANOTHER WEEK:After going back and forth some more between these and the 215's, I can safely say that the 425's are clearly better for anything but casual background listening. For certain songs especially, the 215's now sound like they're covered in a blanket when immediately compared to the 425's -- they're just much duller, muted, and bass-heavy. I'd still certainly recommend them for the price, but I've decided to spend a little more and keep the 425's.
I have now owned these, the 215 and 315. I still have and use the 315's as my work headphones. I noticed a difference between the 215 and 315, but honestly, I can't tell the difference between the 315 and 425, except that I paid an extra $100 for them.That said, the 315 sounds great and is all-day comfortable. I wore them for 8+ hours a day on multiple weekends last summer while working on a project in the backyard. I was running a table, mitre or circular saw all day long, and not only did they effectively block the noise from my saws, I could clearly hear the music above the noise of those saws without ever having to increase the volume of my music beyond what was comfortable without the saws running.In short, the 425 is a nice earbud, but I can't say it's a dramatic leap in build or sound quality over the 315. As a tip, the black cable is less durable than the clear cable. Go for the clear.
I'm a drummer who uses these IEM's primarily for band gigs and occasionally to listen to iPad movies and music. While these are some fantastic sounding IEM's, I need to hold back a star simply because I haven't found them to be worth the hefty price tag. I purchased a set of SE 215's a year ago -- along with some custom molds -- and was very impressed with the clarity and bass; in a quest to achieve an even better listening experience, I shelled out another $300 for the 425's. As I said, they sound great, but I'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the 215's and the 425's in a blinded test. My advice? For the money, get the SE215's -- you won't be disappointed.

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  • Shure CBL-M-+K Music Phone Cable with Remote + Mic for iPone, iPod and iPad available as an additional accessory..Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Accurate and Balanced Sound and frequency range is 20 Hertz – 19 Kilo Hertz
  • Speaker Type: Dual High-Definition MicroDrivers

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Jaybird Tarah Bluetooth Wireless Sport

Streamlined Bluetooth wireless headphones that offer the essential features you need for daily gym training, workouts and fitness performance, The sweat- and waterproof Tara opens the door to the freedom of wireless sound for under $100.

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Let me start off by saying that i really like Jaybird as a company and i wish i could rate these better.I'm a triathlete that lives in Florida... as everyone knows it is hot and humid in FL and i sweat a TON when when i train so i require a sweatproof product ...First the Good------------------They look goodI think they really sound good. Best i've had for working outThey Fit Great for my awkward ears ( very few fit well for me )They don't fall out ever when running or bikingThe Battery is decentNow the Bad-------------------Requires a proprietary dongle to charged up .... Cmon Jaybird!!!!The are flat out not sweatproof ( died a few weeks in from sweat ), at least not someone who sweats a lot... maybe good for powerwalking soccer momsThe review ( My experience ) :I loved these when i got them but in FL it rains a lot and it is crazy hot and humid... I ride wiht these on 2 or 3 times a week for 3-5 hours at a time.... They started out perfect then in week 3 or so i noticed they wouldn't allow me skip songs and the buttons would act up.... So out came teh bag of rice to help them dry out... that works for a week or two and then eventually they would go nuts again until they eventuallly died altogether....I wish i could say that hasn't happenned before but it has wiht a lot of different brands in these conditions... but i've had good luck wiht the X series in teh past so thought these would work...they didn'tTo add insult to injury i decided that maybe i should get the Tarah Pro's given that presumablyt they would be built better.... and they kind of are.... but after a month or so those started dying on me too... at this point my Tara Pro battery only last about an hour on a full charge...So all-in-all i'm super dissapointed and 250$ poorer for this experiment... I'd recommend you stick wiht the X series and wait for them to make these really Pro... not just colorful..JPS: If you don't sweat much definitely give these a try !!
I mainly use these headphones at the gym, but I also spend a decent amount of time with them on at home after the gym.Sound quality is amazing. Huge difference from these to other earbuds I've tried. Battery life isn't going to get you through a work day, but you'll need charging breaks for your ears throughout the day anyway. Which leads into my only complaint: they are not very comfortable for long term listening. I can only get a couple hours of them before my ears are hurting and I need to take them out for a break. With that being said, they are good in the gym because they don't move around or pop out while I'm working out.Low battery warning is non-intrusive and not at 1000% volume which is surprisingly difficult to find in bluetooth earbuds. The controls are easy to use and I can tell the buttons apart just by feeling them which makes it easier.There is a specific charger for these that is provided. It works pretty well, but you need to have a USB->Wall adapter (but who doesn't have one lying around?) as that is not included. While I'm not a fan of having a separate charging cable for every device, I do like not having to fiddle with the rubber door that covers most bluetooth headphones' chargers. I haven't scientifically tested the charge time but it is pretty fast.If you like customizing things, the app does let you change the EQ and what the buttons do. The defaults without using the app are not bad though! You could use these headphones without ever installing the app.
So I tried the X3’s and they were refurbished and then the Tarahs and they were faulty. I got contacted by Jaybird’s awesome customer service. They sent be a replacement pair and oh wow what a difference I am so glad I gave them another shot. I am now a true believer in Jaybirds. The sound is amazing and since my original review would say they are amazing.

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  • 6 HOURS OF PLAYTIME: Rechargeable battery provides 6 hours of bluetooth wireless play time on a single charge. 10 minutes of fast charging provides a full hour of play time
  • SWEAT & WATERPROOF: Sweatproof and waterproof (IPX7) protection for gym and fitness workouts and running in all weather conditions
  • SPORT FIT: The Jaybird Tarah includes ultra-soft and flexible silicone ear gels, which provide incredible comfort and a secure fit, permitting you to enjoy your music without distractions from your earbuds

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1MORE Quad Driver in-Ear Earphones

1MORE’s Quad Driver In-Ear Headphones feature Four drivers which is equivalent to having Four speakers in each ear exclusively dedicated to silky highs, detailed mids, and deep bass. A diamond-like-carbon driver plus 3 balanced armatures deliver unsurpassed dynamic power, creating a spacious feeling like having nothing between you and your music.

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I just bought these Quad drivers from 1More based on the quite exceptional reviews (Please Google "1More Quad driver earphones reviews") for these earbuds. At $149 they are right up there in price with the Sennheiser, Beats, Bowers & Wilkins and Bose that lead the market. I had researched the 1More "Triples" and the "Quads" quite thoroughly before going with a brand that I was not familiar with. The "Triples" are, by all accounts, less expensive and just as good in their price bracket and I almost bought them based on PCMags recommendation this year. Since I was not phased at $149 for the Quads I decided to go with their flagship device. So here's the impression after just a day of use.Quality - wow - from the packaging to the look and feel of the components, everything oozes "first class". Think Apple packaging and design. The metal buds are machined to tight tolerances and the dark-bronze metal parts all look and feel like they will last. The whole ensemble is a little weightier than the typical plastic parts you'll find from other well-known brands, but not disturbing once in your ear. The heft makes them feel somehow more worthy and tangibly well-made. These are built to a substantial design and manufacturing quality standard. The right-angle connector for the phone end is also metal and includes a strain relief on the first 1/2" of cable that runs towards the buds. There's nothing plasticky about these except the nice non-sticky cable itself with the metal in-built remote on the right side, and the foam cushions.The earphones arrived in a very high-end looking (and feeling) hard case. Inside the box was an machined metal and logo'd airline adaptor for those twin-pin entertainment ports in armrests as well a a full size 6.3mm amplifier connector (1/4") that snaps cleanly into the standard 3.5mm connector. Also included was a pocket sized hard-shell carrying case for the earphones and an array of small to XL sized silicon and foam rubber cushions to optimize ear seal from 14mm down to 10mm. Although I have quite large ears, I found that the small 10mm foam seals allowed me to secure the L/R ear speakers snugly and with maximum seal. Not having the buds securely placed will leak the bass range out. Having them sit properly provides the precise opposite. Pick your favorite track and be prepared to inhale at any volume. These things can drive. At normal listening volumes thus placed there is little sound leakage. At about 85db, the upper limit for me on earbuds, there is the likelihood of other people's awareness of music leaking out at about 6', but it's faint to the people around me I asked and not disturbing. At more subdued levels, there is little evidence of the music you are playin to the outside world. I will try them in the gym tomorrow but already feel these are secure enough for my routine of cross-trainer and weights.I have only made a couple of calls on them so far, but the sound quality is clean and clear with good sound isolation. The remote hangs up cleanly and when playing music controls volume (but not as I expected fwd/reverse on tracks). On the phone calls I asked if the other party could hear cleanly and without distortion and two reports out of two said the received audio quality was excellent. My end of the line was perfect. So much for the right-side in line mic. No complaint there.Playing music! These plug into my iPhone XS with the official white Apple dongle/DAC to start (the usual "lightning to 3.5mm jack adaptor). Then I played music with two different portable DAC set ups- a Dragonfly Red and my iFi Nano Black before adding the 6.3mm connector to try on my home amp (Peachtree Audio Nova 300 with its own very sophisticated internal DAC). And while it might not be a totally fair comparison to match these 1More earbuds at $149 to my 4x to 5x more expensive headphones (Sennheiser HD700 open back and Oppo-PM-3 planar magnetic closed back), the 1More earbuds stayed with it - I would say effortlessly - across a variety of my favorite listening tracks.I played Talking Heads "Speaking in Tongues" to kick off. Then Muddy Waters "Folk Singer" and Miles Davis "Kind of Blue" all in FLAC/MQA format (hi-res audio files). Frankly, with the Dragonfly Red in line and a high quality source, these earbuds are about the best sounding in-ear speakers I have ever owned. But even playing Apple Music at 256kbs, the sound was brighter, more detailed and warmer than any other buds that I have tried in this price bracket. I have Rebecca Pidgeon's version of "Spanish Harlem" in FLAC and in iTunes and listened to both. Should I confess that the Apple version was pretty darned good and Im not sure I would be able separate it from the hi-res edition in a blind test? Bear in mind, I used an external DAC with my phone to listen to all the tracks. The DragonFly Red does a great job presenting even relatively lo-res files in this set up but even with the Apple Dongle (about $10 from Apple) things were very very good.The bass is an area that won't disappoint. I doubt this is a flat EQ tuned set up, but if you like to feel the pace and punch off a good kick-drum, these bring it on in spades. I'm not a metal fan but listening to some simple old reggae (Burning Spear, "Marcus Garvey" and "Dry & Heavy") bass is swinging, tight and punchy with no boom or muddiness. Voices across the mids stand out with a real sound-stage of their own - even without the BS2B filter I use on headphones (this is an EQ setting within the music app (like Vox) that cleverly meshes the sound output with some fancy filters/algorithms to compensate for overly Left-Right channel separation that is more evident in headphones listening to music mixed by the sound-engineers to play on speakers). This is where the company's bragged about sound-engineer consulting looks like it has paid off. Muddy Waters remastered "Folk Singer" album jumps out, sliding on a 6-string, hand slapping the wood and the singer's breaths and grunts clearly evident with the full range of string vibration spanning highs to lows without any stress. Talking Heads classic remastered album (from 1984 originally, bought then on CD now playing MQA) driving and swinging with synth drum and regular electric bass and David Byrne's crazy vocals as real and cuckoo as we love him to be. Miles' trumpet, even the high notes, never shrill or piercing. Nice roll-off at the upper reaches testifying to an excellent frequency response well beyond my ears all the while letting snare and upright bass occupy their own distinct place in the sound-stage. The overall impression is neither 3D nor plain L-R ...maybe above the head or a little forward...no mean feat when listening to music that may have been recorded on a four track or an eight track.I cannot think of any real downside to these earbuds, especially at this price. For this sound quality in regular headphones you might expect to pay at least twice a much. I've paid much more for much less. So these are going everywhere with me and when I can't be bothered to hook up the big cans will not be subjected to the torture that cheap earbuds inflict on music, especially the 256 kbs variety. These earbuds WILL show up poor quality recordings or lossy files. If that's a beef, stick with lo-resolution cans. (Just joking, who wants that?). If you like detail, taught low-end bass, detailed and warm-forward mids and treble then buy these with confidence. I gave my old Beats (similar price) to my daughter before buying these and have owned the Bose and Sennheiser earbuds prior to these. 1More is the new king. And is not even that close at this price point. I am not a paid reviewer and not connected to the company - or any audio firm - , just a serious music lover with audiophile tastes in equipment - even if I can't afford it. I rarely post reviews of this length and am doing this one because these guys have earned the accolades. Cheap sound is like bad wine. Why bother at all? This is a set of earphones you will enjoy without reservation.
I originally wanted to get a decent Bluetooth headset for my I Phone 7 Plus and purchased one on recommendation from a friend. Needless to say I was less than impressed by the sound quality and people were complaining that they could not hear me clearly. Given the fact that I spent over $100 on this headset I decided to return it and try something else.While reading reviews I came across 1More. Having never heard of the company before I did a little more research and in reading it appeared that most people that owned them loved them. Now for the record I am a Shure commercial dealer and can purchase their in ear monitors for my dealer cost which is still pretty expensive considering they are something that get carried around day to day on the job and while taking and placing orders on the road. I wanted decent sound and quality but just couldn't justify spending so much on something that could easily get lost or damaged during my day to day routine. So I gave 1More a second look.After considerable research I decided to spend the money and go with the 1More quad driver models. No, they aren't cheap but considering all the options out in the market they are by no means the most expensive option either. The package arrived in a timely manner and upon opening it I discovered a very nice looking retail style box with a magnetic catch. The box is this nice because inside in a very well laid out design are the in ear monitors, leather case, various size silicone and foam earbuds, airplane adapter, 1/4" adapter, and a clip for the wire. Right away I noticed that the wiring and connectors appeared to be very well made with a very smooth silicone type cabling. The In Ears themselves are nicely crafted and heavier than I expected but not uncomfortable at all to wear.After fitting the correct earbuds to them I plugged them in to my I Phone and got the shock of my life! These things sound incredible!!! No, I'm not joking, they are insane! Coming from someone that has listened to $500 a pair Shure In Ears I just couldn't believe these thing performed as well as they did. The bass response is tight and strong but not over bearing by any means. The mids and highs are clear and crisp with incredible detail and accuracy. Even at maximum volume and playing hard rock these things kept going strong maintaining incredible accuracy without any break up or distortion at any time. I also found them to be comfortable to wear and even considering their weight they stayed in place while I was using them.I could go on and on praising these things but I think you get the idea. All I can say is that I would not hesitate to purchase these again. In fact I am pretty sure after my wife gets home and listens to them that is probably what I will be doing!
I have used Sennheiser over-the-ear headphones for over 20 years. I've owned many different kinds and nothing gives me as good sound as my Senn's, whether it's the 570s, 580s, 600s, or 650s, I've enjoyed them all and liked them far better than any other brand. So when it came to buying a pair of in-ear headphones I originally went with Sennheiser. I chose the HD1's, around 100 bucks, because I just wanted to use them to listen to music at work where I can't have sound escaping out of my over the ear open design ones. I got them, though, and just wasn't that thrilled with the sound. The bass was very weak and tinny and the overall soundscape just wasn't what I was used to. I didn't expect as good of sound as compared to my 3x the price over the ears, but I still expected more than I got. So I looked around and did some research and found these. I decided to try them, and despite costing ~40 bucks more than the Sennheisers, these are a far better value. First is the presentation and what you get. It comes in a beautiful box that contains the headphones, a formed leather carrying case, 8 different sizes of earbuds, a 1/8 to 1/4 adapter, a shirt clip, and a few other things. The build quality seems excellent as well, although I've only had these for a day so far. I've spent a few hours listening to all different kinds of music on them and they are wonderful! Nice deep bass, crisp highs, clear mid-range. I am thoroughly impressed with these, they sound almost as good as my HD650's. If anyone is looking at entering into the beginning of the higher end of headphones and need an in-ear pair definitely give these a try. You will not be disappointed.

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  • FOUR DRIVERS – Diamond-like carbon dynamic driver (like mini speakers) + 3 balanced armatures (like mini tweeters) deliver unsurpassed dynamic power and definition.
  • METICULOUS DESIGN – Streamlined aluminum sound chamber with perfected ergonomics ensures exceptional comfort and noise isolation.
  • INTELLIGENT CONTROLS WITH MICROPHONE – Conveniently located in-line controls allow you to effortlessly change volume, skip songs, and make crystal clear calls.

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Etymotic Research ER4SR

The Etymotic Research ER4SR is the new reference standard in-ear monitor for those who demand nothing less than the highest fidelity. The next generation of our long revered flagship in-ear earphone, the ER4S, the ER4SR delivers increased accuracy with greater sensitivity.

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Etymotic Research ER4SR Studio Reference Precision Matched In-Ear Earphones (Detachable Balanced Armature...

The Etymotic Research ER4SR is the new reference standard in-ear monitor for those who demand nothing less than the highest fidelity. The next generation of our long revered flagship in-ear earphone, ...
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I’ve had these for about two years, after owning the original 4PTs for around 5 years. These are marginally better in sound quality, and definitely louder. I do like them better than the old ones, except for one thing: the old ones are still working and the cable (left ear only) failed after only 2 years. I’ve taken incredibly good care of them, and on top of that, hardly wear them at all except for on planes or at the gym, where I need noise isolation. A year ago I switched over to the Audeze isine 20s for most other listening sessions, including hiking where hearing a little natural ambience doesn’t bother me.So these have had very minimal use.That being said, I still like my Etys and I’m bummed I have to purchase a replacement cable already. On top of that, they are out of stock, even on Etymotic’s website. I’ve got a long plane trip coming up and at this point I’m not sure I can even get a replacement cable in time. Bummer.(Update- a tech at Etymotics was able to scrounge up a cable and sent it to me gratis. Made my long plane trip a lot nicer!)
Ok put these on and I can hear everything in my mix. It's like someone took the filter off my music. These are not flattering they are very flat and not enhanced in any way. Exactly what I wanted.I usually use AKG 240 open back headphones for a basic mix before I go to external monitors for final mix.Not any more these show you exactly what your mix sounds like without enhancements. After doing a quick mix with these I tested the mix with my AKS's and a set of Bose and the mix sounded great.Perfect for me.
Etymotic makes some of the best earbuds in the market. The great thing about them is they fit tight in your ear and, to me, work far better than any noise cancelling earphones I've seen. At the same time, no one can hear what you're listening to, and since the sound is so good, you can keep the volume lower so as not to damage your ears.I've owned Etymotic's for a good 10 years. The company has been fantastic to me, always replacing the cords free of charge when they break (and after owning a pair for nearly two years and brining back and forth to work in a bag, eventually they get a short). I bought the ER4SR, just released, because for the first time you can buy replacement cords for these. What an awesome idea! Even better, I haven't seen confirmation of this, but I'm fairly confident they'll offer an iPhone lightening connector version as an accessory (they'll have to with Apple's recent stupid move to get rid of the earphone hole).These earbuds are quite pricy to be sure, but they're worth it, whether you're an "audiophile" or just an average music listener, you'll feel like you're hearing your music for the first time.I cannot recommend Etymotic's enough. Highest quality, best sound, best noise reducing (pretty much passive cancelling, like ear plugs), and brand you can buy.

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  • High performance balanced Armature drivers are precision matched to within 1 dB
  • Sleek, anodized, laser-etched aluminum body
  • Braided, reinforced 5ft detachable MMCX cables

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