• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good insulation and sound, nice looking package, and incredible support

    • Written by from Jersey City

    Im not a huge audiophile but these sound great to me and block out most of the noise of a crowded subway. I also find them really comfortable and they never fall out even when skateboarding. Some will smaller ears might have trouble though.

    The best part is Apple's amazing support. Many people complain about the silicone part coming lose and it's true - it happens. But just walk into any Apple store and nicely ask if they have spares and they'll give you a pack of new ones without question. Once I walked in with them all tattered looking and asked for just new caps and they just gave me a brand new pair!

    107 of 114 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very good detail, separation, bass clean but a bit lacking

    • Written by from Ottawa

    These are the most detailed in ears I have ever purchased.

    Treble: Very detailed, forward, airy sounding. Verges on harshness, but just barely passes for silkiness. Makes voices sound very emotional.

    Midrange: Not overly pronounced, but very well separated. Does not sound muddy at all and very comfortable to listen to. MUCH cleaner than that of the EarPods.

    Bass: Quite recessed, but extends much more deeply than say, the EarPods. Won't satisfy a basshead, but it's there. The bass is very tight, not boomy, which will disappoint some and sounds awful on public transportation. Lack of bass does make music sound slightly like it lacks soul.

    Soundstage: Being IEMs, soundstage is poor and narrow. Earpods have better soundstage.

    Comfort: These are fairly comfortable, although the included tips may not grip very well. Sony Hybrid tips fit well. The dual balanced armature design is very small, meaning the actual hard plastic part will not get in the way.

    Noise Isolation: Not the best, but it's there. Cable does transmit significant amounts of noise.

    Overall: Very impressed. If you're looking for detail, clarity, and separation at an affordable price, look no further. If you're looking for bone-rattling bass, look elsewhere. The EarPods do have better soundstage and mid-bass, but are lacking in clarity, midrange, treble, isolation, and sub-bass.

    61 of 67 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not bad actually.

    • Written by from Boca Raton

    A lot of people seem to complain about the bass performance of these headphones saying its not even there. Bass is there, albeit being a tight, controlled bass sound. If you're a bass junkie, stay far away from these.
    On another note, the mids and Highs are pretty darn good. The remote and mic are also very convenient.

    At the end of the day, it depends on how you view spending $79 for in-ear headphones. I gave this 4 stars cause its simply overpriced for what you're getting.

    43 of 48 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing headphones... Minor problems

    • Written by from Parleys Islans

    These are the best in-ear style headphones I have ever owned. Sound quality and comfort are exceptional. Only problem Ive found after a year is the mesh screens becoming blocked/clogged. This is easily fixed with a can of dust off. Overall great headphones.

    34 of 38 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    not so bad

    • Written by from San Jose

    after 1 month of usage, the sound is opened. the bass is enough and corret for music and the totally the sound is nice.

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple In-Ear Headphones

    • Written by from Bethel

    I bought these headphones about a week ago as a treat to myself. I will admit these headphones do a horrible job at making a good first impression. My advice? Be patient. The first mistake I found myself making was using the incorrect size of earbuds. I recommend you sit sown make a playlist of your favorite tunes. Load your playlist into you iPod/Phone, and start experimenting/sizing the perfect ear bud cap size. At first, I thought that I was a small, after a few days later I was ready to just give up and return them. I decided to do a resize and tried the medium size caps. Best decision of my life. The sound quality improved so much. You might think you have the right cap size on and that these head phones are being stupid, but give it a second try after a bit of use and you'll see you were wrong the entire time. One thing to really keep in mind is, these headphones tend to be quite honest in delivering sound. What I mean is, forget about the fake boomy basses. You won't get that out of these headphones. As for Apple, you lost a start for quality. They feel flimsy and fragile. Other than that, GREAT product!

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty Darn Good!

    • Written by from Baltimore

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great fit and sound!

    • Written by from Sandpoint

    The headphones that come with the iPhone, both the old and new style, just don't fit my ears. I have small ear canals and the standard earphones press against the cartilage, making it really sore after a relatively short time. I bought these about three years ago and just love them. Yes, the tips can come off easily if you're not careful. I have almost lost them. But knowing that, I'm more careful when I take them out or put them in my pocket. The sound is great. Nobody ever realizes I'm talking on headphones when I take phone calls. The only time I have had a problem with them has been when I have handled them roughly or let them bang against something. The one time I did that, one side had no sound. I took the top off, and made sure the actual speaker part was not damaged. I tapped on it and it worked perfectly after that. I have had no problems besides that, and when these wear out, I will probably get another pair. I do wish they weren't so expensive, and I have heard that there are other brands that work as well and are half the price, but based on my experience with these, I'll probably buy them again. I wear these every day, twice a day, as I commute to and from work on my bike, and all summer long while mowing, so they get lots of use and have held up really well.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Sound & Comfortable

    • Written by from Longview

    I really like these earbuds, but I keep losing the rubber ear pieces. I cannot get replacements unless I buy a new set of headphones...

    These are great for flying on planes since they cut our external sounds.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Scared at first bug happy with them

    • Written by from Mont Vernon

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic, the best...... Almost!!!

    • Written by from Darlinghurst

    The best in ear headphones ever, but let down by the fact the rubber ear pieces constantly come off and are lost, which renders them useless....as stated by other customers.
    Apple. Please make the grip fit tighter, so you attain a perfect score!

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic sound from some tiny, subtle earbuds

    • Written by from Kent

    These headphones sound fantastic. You don't need to be a pretentious audiophile to notice the difference between listening to music with these headphones and Apple's EarPods, the older earphones, and a lot of non-Apple headphones. Everything sounds great and, just as advertised, you'll notice aspects of your music you hadn't before. I did, anyway! Ambient noise cancellation is great, on top of all that. I can easily get lost in my music on the bus, at work, or just outside.

    As pointed out by other reviewers, getting a good fit with the silicone tips is crucial to enjoying these headphones. The mediums that came attached are too big for me. I could barely get a seal, it was uncomfortable at best, and they fell out very easily. The large ones didn't work out either, but I found the small ones fit my ears great. The right earbud will sometimes slip out of my ear, though, if I'm messing with the control buttons built into the microphone or moving around. Still, mic and controls are just like the ones on the EarPods and it's definitely convenient.

    If you're on the fence, I'd say go for it! Try all the silicone tips out, in both ears separately, and I bet you'll find a good fit for your ears. I listen to a lot of different kinds of music and I've been impressed every time I use these, across a pretty diverse range of genres.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Steel mesh caps...

    • Written by from El Paso

    I lost two of my in-ear headphone steel mesh caps & another two steel mesh caps are crashed.
    Becuase of them I cant have clear sound :(
    But generally when It works correctly, It's sound was very nice...

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Decent price and quality

    • Written by from Flushing

    I wanted to get an in ear headpiece. Narrowed it down to the Sennheiser MM30i and this one. I usually use headphones (over the ear type) if I listen at home so this was basically when on the move outdoors. The Senn has much stronger bass, but I suppose the trade off is the clearer sound... but the apple in ear is much more clearer with the sound and just felt much better to listen to the type of music I usually listen to. Spoke to a friend who is a sound engineer and he explained that I ll mainly be using it in noisy environments (subway, bus, while walking on the streets etc) and that a strong bass the Senns offered may not be the most ideal for ear health and best music experience.....so I went with these.....one thing I must say about the bass if you find it lacking...using the EQ settings on the iPhone for "bass boost" does make a noticeable difference....just gotta play around with the preset modes and you get the best out of the headphones. That s just my experience. Hope that helps

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Headphones, but are without replacement tips and good Isolation

    • Written by from Waterford

    These are great headphones, but they don't isolate as well as I'd like. My only reason for buying In-Ear headphones is for isolation. I eventually bought Etymotic MC5 headphones because they have much better isolation.

    My other problem is that Apple doesn't sell replacement eartips and mesh caps for them. Without replacements eartips and mesh caps, these headphones become useless as soon as you lose either the eartips or mesh caps.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great in-ear headphones

    • Written by from Amsterdam

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good value

    • Written by from WILMINGTON

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

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

    • Written by from Ponte Vedra Beach

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good buds...

    • Written by from Calgary

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Descent

    • Written by from Tanjung Tokong

    It's a good headphone but Apple is not making headphones as their main thing so I suggest going with the Apple EarPods their are extremely great sounding headphones I have ever seen and it's just $30.But,if you like In-Ear Headphones go with the others or take this one.

    2 of 3 people found this useful