• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Muffled, consistently inconsistent sound

    I have tried every possible ear tip size. These headphone just don't work. The sounds is always muffled in one ear or the other or both. If might work well for three minutes and then the sound becomes attenuated. Mess with it... mess with it... oh there it works. Two minutes later it doesn't work any more. Change earbud size, repeat. It just never works. Waste of money since these will sit in a box once I find more expensive earplugs that do work. I've even unscrewed the screens and swapped them all around and it just doesn't work reliably. The most that I can ever get is 30 seconds of less-muffled-than-normal sound in one ear. Never both. Never more than 30 seconds. Wish I could return these.

    0 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    More trouble than they are worth.

    Simply put, the silicone ear fittings do not stay on the earbud posts. You will get about 6 weeks of good use out of these and then you will battle the ear pieces to keep the silicone pieces on and the buds in your ears. For something that costs this much, they should be usable for more than 6 weeks.

    7 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple should be ashamed ( and I am a self confessed Apple fan boy)

    Brought a pair an hour ago at the Hornsby Westfield Apple Store.

    Always been quite happily with ear buds but thought surely for $129 they must be a step up.

    But honestly I can't believe how bad they sound.

    THE worst sounding earphones I've ever owned. Tinny no bass just truly horrible.

    I did a direct comparison with my ear buds and they sound a whole lot better.

    I tried changing the silicone cushion but that made no difference.

    I really expected more from Apple - I am going to take them back right now- means another trip to Westfield but I feel ripped off.

    If anyone from Apple would care to respond I'm all ears

    4 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worse than the cheaper ones

    I definitely like the regular EarPods (which are half the price) a lot better. The sound is better and they're more comfortable. These ones are just not worth the money and I'm sorry I bought them. I don't even use them, I bought another pair of the cheaper ones instead. For ones like this, I'd go spend $10 any place.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    Run arosss this at London Drugs not what I expected, wish they can put rubber tip in the apple pods as those are way better
    They are discent but not worth $100. worth about $50-$60 in my opinion.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very poor quality

    Wish I had read the reviews before buying these. The sound quality is awful, when talking on the phone there's a feedback /echo thing that happens that is very disconcerting. Worst of all is the loud snap that comes out of the right earbud every 15-20 seconds.

    7 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't recommend them

    I have been a fan of any apple products but this one really disappointed me. I've had 2 pairs so far because the audio would do its own thing. The left side would go out and I wouldn't know what to do and then magically it started to work again. I will say that they feel amazing and the sound is great (sometimes) but if you put the ear bud in your ear to far the audio will sound a little weird so you have to be gentle with putting them in. Can't just pop them in and go. Sad that this was my first time buying a bad apple product :(

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't fit anyone

    The sound lacks, they don't fit anyone, they aren't durable at all (right monitor stopped working), the EarPods sound 10x better, and they are extremely overpriced.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    would prefer the option to provide a negative value - incredibly disappointed-the sound quality very poor for the price. i'll stick to the sennheiser px100

    3 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    These don't work well for me

    I bought the ME186ZM/B In-ear headphones a year and a half ago, and it has been pretty much endless trying to keep in place the silicon mouldings that fit into and over the earbud seat - they pull off in your ear, when loose they swing around and bump off as they hit your clothing, they fall off in your pocket they are just really inconvenient. I do like the sound, but this is the poorest execution of Apple design I have possessed - and I have owned a lot of Apple product over the years! And plus you can't buy a set of 3x mouldings you need from the Apple store. And I need almost that many a year additional.

    10 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Just an awful product, bad sound quality and broken after <6 months.

    The sound quality is only slightly better than you get from the standard headphones, and that's only because the buds attenuate.
    Massively overpriced, £65 for a pair that sound worse than a £20 set of Sennheisers.
    Expect them to break in a short space of time! very poor build and cheap components. The left ear buzzed out after just 6 months of normal use, tried all the usual tricks to get it back but nope - damaged diaphragm.
    Don't for one second believe these 5* reviews, it seriously must be an Indian "like/review" centre churning them out because I have no clue how someone could be so happy with these to give them a perfect score!

    2 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    An awful dissapointment

    These are not only the worst headphones I've ever purchased, but the worst purchase I've ever done. I'm usually very careful on choosing anything I'm buying, but the fact the EarPods were doing really good to my ears didn't make me think too much about getting the in-ears. Mind-blowing mistake. Why did I pick these instead of the budget Beats, it's haunting me. Worst of all? I bought from a retailer who will not accept any returns on Apple products. A serious retailer. So had I run with the same luck buying the Beats, at least I could take them back to the store.

    Everything is awful on these. Flat, no bass terrible cheap sound quality. The tips won't stay in place. Do not buy at all. I won't trust Apple anymore.

    9 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A big upset from Apple!!!

    I had recently bought the ear phones. The sound quality is not good and has shreikiness while playing music. Other issue was the phones kept coming out of ears , essentially does not fit properly.

    The ear phones which are shipped with respective phones are much better than this.

    I would suggest people to check in Apple Store , if available for testing before buying.

    Not worth money it's being charged.

    4 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    These are terrible

    There is no bass whatsoever. Complete waste of money.

    In comparison, the sony ear phones I bought for £15 are 10x better


    3 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Total trash.

    they are not worth a 1.00 do not buy them. the ones that come with the phone sound so much better. enough said.

    10 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    I was in a hurry and wanted some great headphones. Apple usually does a great job so I bought these without doing too much research. Huge mistake. My left earphone is popping so much that it feels like it is shocking me. Seriously. And yes, these do not stay in your ears. If and when they move around in your ear the already poor sound quality is affected, forcing you to move them around constantly to try and find the sweet spot in your ear.

    I bought these 5 days ago. Will try and return these at the Apple Store ASAP.

    13 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Really bad earphones

    The classic earphones from Apple always pleased me, so I had high hopes to these in ear that cost around 2,5 times more.
    I bought them at the Apple Store and returned them within 10min, the quality is truly awful. Tried the different sized earplugs, the free headphones you used to get on a plane beat these earphones (I thought I just had a broken pair, so I changed it for new ones, still the same!) . I was blown away by the extremely low quality even if they were 10€.. Apple, improve or get rid of this product it's pulling the brand down.. Never experienced such a disappointment from the brand.. you can't spend your money more badly then buying these things

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Fool me once, shame on me, fool me twice... It's a huge let down.

    Although the In-ear headphones deliver exceptional sound quality, in the two experiences I have had with this same product the integrity of the wiring means the remote control functions become compromised within 6 months of normal usage. The weak point right next to the audio jack means that the threads inside the wire overlap and thus causes mixed signals. I now often have to listen to my music with constant interruptions from Siri because the wire isn't durable enough and it triggers my phone to believe I've pressed the remote to beckon Siris help when I haven't. I'm actually terribly disappointed in this product from Apple.

    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    They fall out, and they break

    I got this pair of earphones two weeks before, and they kept falling off. The sound quality wasn't as good as I expected it to be, and also, now it is BROKEN. The left ear phone kept falling apart, but the wires didn't break until today. This is also how I broke my old apple ear-phones. Too fragile. The sound quality wasn't quite as good as I expected it to be either. To anyone reading this, IT IS NOT WORTH IT.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    Sound quality is awful, and these things don't stay in my ears!!! You can get amazing headphones for this price from another brand. DO NOT BUY.

    8 of 12 people found this useful