• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Struggling to find a replacement

    This review is way overdue. I have been using these IEMs for the past 6 or so years almost exclusively for my commute, for travel and in the office.
    I can confirm that these are *very* tender, and I have had to replace them on average once every 18 months for various reasons.
    I will also say that they have pretty bad microphonics.
    Finally, I will say that the tips are comfortable, they are not optimal for sound isolation, and the latter can be improved with ones from another brand (look it up).

    That being said, if you know anything about portable audio, you will know that dual-balanced-armature at this price are near non-existent, which makes these IEMs AMAZING in terms of sound quality / money. Now, you may or may not like neutral and detailed sound, and you NEED to like it to enjoy these. I love it. And I love these IEMs. And I have had trouble finding a replacement for these for the past year or so, because there doesn't seem to be something better along the same lines for under 200 bucks - 3 times higher than the MSRP of these, and some 4-5 higher than the best prices I've seen when discounted online.

    Bottom line: Sound/money these have few rivals if you like neutral sound. Build/money is excellent in terms of looks, but average at best in terms of durability, especially when compared to the likes of RHA. At the end of the day, the sound is worth it to me, and I will keep replacing them as long as alternatives do not become cheaper.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Just what I needed!

    I have small ear canals, so the standard, included Apple earbuds were *very* insecure (read "useless") when I tried to to use them.

    These In-Ear Headphones, however, nestle quite nicely and securely in my ears, and the sound quality is exemplary.

    I hope the brand-new Air Pods, which really appeal to me and currently have the same size and shape as the standard earbuds, will also be made available in a model similar to these.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Love them, BUT a good fit is the key.

    I do not think it is fair to judge this type of earphone simply by their fit. As they are in-ear, one's anatomy has a BIG influence on the overall experience.

    THE FIT: To me, these are the best fitting in-ear earphones I have tried. I have small ear canals and the smaller silicon tips fit perfectly and keep the earbuds securely in my ear, even during physical activity. Again, your mileage may vary depending on your ears.

    THE BUILD QUALITY: I have owned two pairs of these in the last 7 years, having just lost my second pair to the washing machine monster. This second pair had started to crack a bit at the strain relief on one of the earbuds before I dround them in the wash, so it would've kept on going. This averages 3,5 years of use per pair, which is not bad considering I use them on average 15-20 hours per week. Also, these come with an extra pair of metal meshes, which is nice in case you're in a hurry and don't have time to clean them.

    THE SOUND: They definitely do not compare to over-ear open-backed headphones, but because these fit me so well, I find the base and high frequencies are crisp and well balanced. Depending on your earwax production, you might have to clean the metal meshes more often, but a quick soak in hot water with a drop of dish soap does wonders.

    OVERALL: If these fit you as well as they do me, they will sound great and stay in your ears, preventing unnecessary strain from them falling.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I like them! Comfortable Full Sound!

    From a near 50-year old user with wide musical tastes, for what it's worth:
    After listening to these connected to a 5S, I am pleased with them! I am running Apple Lossless media from both the Store and from my own old media collection. Summary: these do what is advertised-they accurately (key word) reproduce musical tones inside a really tiny space (an ear drum)

    No "Loudness" or "Bass Boost" mode, which so many devices run as "normal" so if you are used to that, they may be disappointing.
    They won't thump your skull with bass, but I find they pulse my eyeballs with good clean bass guitar and true drum riffs from many songs.

    Fit is very important with these, and other, silicone-bud designs, to get the full range from them. If you can't hear yourself breathing, they aren't sealed to your ear. With nothing playing, they should feel like a set of earplugs. I bought these in hopes of better long-wear comfort than the EarPods. I love the sound of the EarPods, but the hard design bothers my ears after an hour. These have been comfortable for me for three hours now, with equivalent or better sound.

    My test music is below, which are favorites which seemed to really pop better with the In-Ear Headphones than the EarPods. Try them yourself. My review might appeal to those near or over 50, or those who appreciate that recording philosophies have changed over the years. In particular I thought these performed really well with acoustic guitar style recordings.

    Rhiannon-Fleetwood Mac Waffle Stomp-Joe Walsh Royals-Lorde Letter to God-Sheryl Crow
    Some Nights-Fun. Take a Chance on Me-ABBA(tm) Windmills of Your Mind-Sting Sister Golden Hair-America

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great...with different tips

    I almost threw these away because they would not stay in my ears when working out, regardless of which size of the provided tips I used. Luckily, I found that others were having the same problem and heard about the Whoomp! foam tips from Comply. They're made specifically for these headphones. Problem solved! If you don't know what size you need, they offer a mix pack with S, M & L. After that you can order a 3-pack of your size only. Seriously, they made all the difference in the world.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing!

    I do not understand the negative reviews here. Being a 20+ years sound engineer, I enjoy these in ears very much and whenever I can. It might be that some users do not insert these correctly or something. If properly placed with the correct silicon fit any ear should find its snug size. Of course these are not custom fit "high end" phones (usually +$300), yet for this price a huge step above the Apple Earbuds in sound, comfort and isolation. One star had to be dropped for that awful triangular case squeezing the cables on the sides. Other than that I'd recommend them further.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Overpriced but exactly what I'm looking for

    I walk everywhere and when I'm walking I like to listen to my music. The EarPods that came with my iPhone produce the sound quality that I like when I'm listening to my music. However, when it is windy out, they do not stay in my ears. Since I already like the sound quality of Apple EarPods I figure the sound quality will be the same with these in ear earphones. They are. They stay in my ear even when it is windy out and just like the EarPods they come with they're own carrying case store them when not in use. They are exactly what I'm looking for but the price should be lower in my opinion.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    "Won't stay in Ear" They are good headphones with a 1 year warranty

    I just want to address these people who say it won't stay in their ear and then post one star. People have a misconception of how silicon ear plugs are suppose to stay in the ear. if they are falling out its because they are to big or to small. I have two different size ear holes so I have to to wear two different sizes. Its like women who wear the wrong bra size for 20 years and then realize when someone has to people it out. Any silicon based headphone you have to make sure is snug or you will not get the full sound.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Scared at first bug happy with them

    This review is only after about 24 hours of use so I can't speak to the longevity of these In-Ear Headphones. When I first tried them out (within one minute), I was very disappointed and ready to return them because there was absolutely NO bass. Got on and read a few reviews and tried some of the suggestions and WOW!, what a difference. You just have to get the right silicon inserts put on, put them in your ears good and 'oh yeah'. What really made me get on and do the review though was after I saw some movement behind me. I turned around and paused the music to find him laughing and yelling at me but I wasn't able to hear him at all. Yeah, the volume was up to 75% but my ENT doesn't think I have any significant hearing loss yet so the noise cancelling (7 kids) works wonderfully.

    Be aware, you have to be comfortable with the headphones inserted, they just don't lay there like the EarPods.

    Initially I wanted to get some on ear or over the ear headphones for mass bass but don't like the squeeze of the headband. These are a nice alternative.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great in-ear headphones

    I'm loving the apple in-ear headphones, I'm not sure what kind of problems others are experiencing but I think you should make sure that it is not a chinese remake of the apple in-ear headphones. My friends (about 4 of them) purchased these headphones at the Apple store in Amsterdam and not one has complained about them.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty Darn Good!

    First the bad. I've gone through two sets of these over a couple years because when you do something stupid with them, the cable will break. The cables are relatively thin, and will not resist stupidity such as catching them as the center console door closed while I was pulling them out. Super-rugged, they are not.

    Also probably related to the thinness, they tend to tangle relatively easily.

    Now to the more important, the good.

    Obviously, since they're made (or at least branded by) Apple, they work perfectly with respect to the controls for playback, taking phone calls, etc., and I'm told the sound from them on the other end of a phone call is nice and clear.

    With respect to sound quality while listening through them, I like them a lot. I think the high end is very clear and distinct. It certainly starts to roll off in the extreme highs (cymbal sizzle, etc.), but it's more than satisfactory up there. The mid is nice and musical, and the bottom end is fine. It is not super-pumped down around 40-100 Hz, and I'm sure those who want ultra-thump are disappointed.

    Those who like an un-enhanced bottom will be more than satisfied. I am a bass player for 40 years now, and those who say bass is lacking are just wrong; they either don't like what real instruments sound like, or they're not getting a good seal when they insert the buds.

    Overall, I'm very pleased and think that to take a real step up in quality from this pair, you will probably need to spend over $200.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound quality.

    as said in the title, great sound quality, however the earbuds come off easily, so you should be a bit more careful when moving them around. Other than that, I actually love the In-Ear Headphones, the sound quality is REALLY good, it's definitely worth the price.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good value

    I've had 3 pair of these earbuds, and I'm generally okay with them, but would prefer a better build quality. My issue is the remote functions stop working after about a year and a half. I haven't had the problem many here have experienced with the bud part staying in the ear when you remove it, but I appreciate that the cables are rubber, which will lay flat, and not twist up like plastic ones. Sound quality is true fidelity, not biased toward bass, which appears to be the other issue with those that gave this product a low rating.

    I guess I simply shouldn't expect more than a year and half out of them with normal use.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Sound great, noisy cable

    My first impression of these were they sounded poor, lack of bottom end bass. Then I pushed them in a little more and then I had a nice even response from them. My only critic is that the cable is noisy when it moves (when walking, turning your head) unlike the standard ear buds. Thats the only reason I've given them 4 stars. Eventually after a 3/4 years one ear stopped working, although I will add, they had found themselves accidentally going through the washing machine which didn't do them any favours.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The earbuds just don't fall off! Good pair, little pricy for what you get.

    I hate to hear people say the earbuds fall off of their ears. That's because they don't know how do wear them or they have never tried inear earbuds before. I have been wearing inear headphones for four years now. Till this day there has been no problem of earbuds falling off of my ears. Because I try all sizes of earbuds and go for the right size. And these Apple inear headphones earbuds just don't fall off. They are really comfortable and air tight if you choose the right size. I have bought a dozen of inear headphones in recent years.
    I am not particularly impressed for the sound I get for the price I paid. Maybe because I tried Shure SE425 right before trying these for the first time or they haven't burned in yet. Still it's a decent pair. I've had klipsch Image S4 a few years back and they sounded slightly better than these. Because I suppose they were tuned to sound wonderful regardless what a music is supposed to sound when it was made. Just like Bose headphones adds 'fake but good' sound I heard. My AKG K77 I bought to practice guitar sounds better than this, too. Cause it has different specs, it's made for a different purpose. But these Apple inears sounds good for they give original sound I think. I bought them because they are the most affordable dual driver headphones. Design wise it's perfect, two drivers to fit in in such a tiny little thing. Other headphones have unnecessary shapes that I hate. I think these are good but little pricy for the sound. If you don't care for the dual drivers, go for the Klipsch Image S4, it was chosen as the best affordable in-ear headphones by CNet. Otherwise Apple in-ears are very nice, too.
    Again, the earbuds just don't fall off. NO, THEY DONT!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent for Motocycle back seatg riding

    My husband and I often do motocycle. I like listening to music. As my husband has an Harley, you can imagine that on the back seat, I cannot hear necessarily the music.

    I bought these earplug and beleive it or not - I can very well hear the music. Yes I find them quite expensive but I have had them for years.

    I now have to buy new plugs as the cord is broken - so for me its the only flau I find so this is why I am putting 4 instead of 5 stars.

    Will I buy a new pair - Absoluetly as I did try other ear plugs do not reduce the outside sound as much as there ear plugs

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Really Good . . . Better then beats

    I bought these about two years ago and I really like them. They give me a little shock, I clean out my ears and they are fine. The silicone ear piece did come off in my ear once and I got a little panicked but it can out. I just make sure that I keep the silicone pressed on all the time. That may annoy some people but I like them way more then the beats inner ear ones that I bought.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Ma 850

    These head phones are pretty good bit overpriced. Had three pairs of these waiting for my fourth set. If your not getting the bass maybe change the size of the buds it's napped to me before the sound is totally different without the right size buds on

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Bassophiles, this bud's not for you

    These entry level dual-driver buds provide a clean, transparent, balanced, compressed mix, with the individually driven two-way speakers providing some air and dimension. The bass is there but in balance, like a professionally mixed and mastered recording.

    I wonder what the market is for these buds. I figure you've got your typical iMasses who dont even care and just use whatever stock buds came w/their device, you've got your bassophiles/Beats crowd who won't like these, and you've got your audiophiles paying $280 and up for upmarket stuff. What's the selling point here besides being the most affordable dual-drivers ... and do people even know what that is? and if they do, Apple doesn't even tout that anywhere on or in the packaging.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good buds...

    I must admit the sound quality is really good. However, living in a dry climate (Calgary) like I do, I have noticed, after time, static electricity build up on the metallic speakers to which the rubber buds attach to. Sometimes the discharge of static electricity is quite painful, so I remedied the situation by taking clear tape and adhering to the speakers on both the left and right side. It definitely solved the problem, but I hoped I wouldn't have resorted to such measures. Out of really good ear buds that I've used, these are good except that.

    Thanks for your attention.

    M.

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