If you use an iPod or need to listen to music or calls on your portable device, you probably use earbud headphones to provide the audio feed. They are convenient and minimize the inconvenience to those around you. But beware, some are hideously overpriced for the sound quality they provide, even though the quality can be dependent on the attached device. Try before you buy if at all possible. Our list of what we consider the best 10 earbud headphones of 2015 is set out below.
Table of Contents
- 1 Bose SIE2i Sport Headphones
- 2 Creative Aurvana 3 In-Ear Noise-Isolating Headphones
- 3 Sennheiser MM 70 S Ear Canal Headset for Smartphones
- 4 Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23 QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones
- 5 Symphonized NRG Premium Genuine Wood In-ear Noise-isolating Headphones with Mic
- 6 SONY MDR-XB90EX In-Ear EXTRA BASS Headphones
- 7 Harman Kardon AE High-Performance In-Ear Headphones
- 8 Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones
- 9 Yamaha EPH-100SL Inner-Ear Headphone
Bose SIE2i Sport Headphones
A good though perhaps slightly overpriced choice, being able to operate with cellphones, laptops, desktops and IPods. Sound and build quality is excellent. This particular model also has an integral microphone able to be used with most smartphones. They are extremely sturdy, fine and comfortable. Resistant to sweat and water means that they can be used during intense workouts or simply listening to music while traveling.
Creative Aurvana 3 In-Ear Noise-Isolating Headphones
Creative have been a leader in the PC Audio space for many years. The Aurvana 3 is one of their premier products. What you receive for your bucks reinforces the notion that this is a very nice item.
What you get includes a leather case, a PC adapter to use the microphone with a PC and additional earbud sizes. Creative claim that they can eliminate 98% of ambient noise. Great to shut out that squalling infant in the airplane.
Sennheiser MM 70 S Ear Canal Headset for Smartphones
Sennheiser have an unrivalled reputation for quality headphones, and these are no exception. The MM 70 S is a multifunctional system with a built-in microphone and compatibility jack. The jack allows the unit to connect with a broad range of laptop and desktop PCs , smartphones for call taking and making, or an iPod. In terms of sound quality, this is a high-fidelity unit. Bass response is awesome, hard and punchy. Upper frequencies are clear as a bell across all volumes. One for the audiophile.
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23 QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones
Noise Insulation is not often a key feature of earbuds. However, the ATH-ANC23 provides a digital noise-cancelling system. Audio Technica have implemented a system which detects incoming noise and superimposing the opposite frequency on top of it, thereby cancelling it out and delivering almost complete silence. Sound quality is high. To include noise cancellation, the price is truly remarkable. Well worth a look if you travel a lot and need to sleep in trains or planes.
Symphonized NRG Premium Genuine Wood In-ear Noise-isolating Headphones with Mic
This is no exception. The Symphonized NRG range merely reinforces that opinion. They don’t cost a lot, have few accessories, but are tremendous value for money. Sound quality provides a splendid balance between a powerful and rich bass and quality higher tones. Tremendous value. However, some users have pointed out that their experience is that bass tones lose their prominence as volume increases, particularly close to maximum volume. A great buy, probably comparable with products costing twice as much.
SONY MDR-XB90EX In-Ear EXTRA BASS Headphones
Similar to the EX210B, but providing a richer bass and slightly superior build quality. Reports indicate that the bass attenuation/volume issue noted on the MDR-EX210B has been corrected. Indeed, the overall sound quality seems to be enhanced, delivering a more vivid sound experience. This is particularly true for the bass segment.
A well engineered product, sturdy and long-lasting. Good value for money.
Harman Kardon AE High-Performance In-Ear Headphones
Recognized more as a premium or exclusive brand, Harman Kardon provide a small range of high quality products. The AE range has been specifically designed for mobile listeners.
The AE connects to a smartphone to make and take calls. It also has a connector for a PC , laptop and iPod.
Excellent design and build quality using aluminum alloy reflect the care taken during design and manufacture.
Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones
A strong contender for the top spot, but just failed on the cost versus quality measure. They are well designed, sturdy and connecting to most devices via a jack plug. Users confirm that they are extremely comfortable in use.
Yamaha EPH-100SL Inner-Ear Headphone
Once you open the box, you will like what you see. Well designed with a high level of design and build quality and very good-looking. An aluminum exterior, a reinforced wire and superbly comfortable ear buds. A very high quality of sound at all frequencies and volumes. Sharp mids and highs and a punchy bass. A steal at around $100. So go buy one.