• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good sound but poorly designed

    • Written by from Omaha

    I like the sound of the earbuds. The frequency is very balanced very close to the professional studio monitors I use. If you are like the majority of people who like a loud bass, these are not your choice. If you look for a balanced and accurate sound, these are perfect.
    While the sound is very good, the design is pretty bad. Most earbuds I've owned, they all have some sort of a lip/ring on the earbud tube that goes into the tip and there is also a ring on the tip to lock to the earbud tube. The Apple version is a smooth tube on the tip and earbud. As you use them, grease gets between the surfaces and tip slides off very easily. It's not difficult to solve the issue by offering a filter in a bigger diameter and retool the tip tooling to add a ring inside the tip tube so they interlock when tip is on the tube.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Ho Hum

    • Written by from San Diego

    Not great earphones. As other reviewers have mentioned, poor bass.

    I have plenty of ear pieces as I'm on my fourth set of these. I stopped losing ear pieces when I stopped dragging the headset out of my pocket - otherwise, they do come off easily.

    Notice I said I'm on my fourth set. They are not a durable product. They have the iPhone controls and they work good for phone calls. They also stay in your ear more securely than the set that comes with the iPhone. I've just reconciled with the fact that I have to buy a pair every six months.

    They stink for music and when I sit at my desk, I use the new design buds that come with the 5s. Eons better for music.

    Like a lot of Apple faithful, I buy their junk because I'm a sheep and I need the iPhone controls.

    Join me if you're rich!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    pretty good

    • Written by from Deux-montagnes

    Its been more than 2 year, and they still works great. The left one laggs when the volume is a the max (since last month), and the biggest thing is that they are loosing up after a year of use, so you have to be carefull not to loose them. In general, I think they are extremly good for earphones, in sound quality and quality in general, they take less space than any headphones, so thats good too. I'm buying an other pair for the next two years when they break, and I totally recommend them ;)

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good sound, small package, fragile

    • Written by from Franklin

    These have great sound, if they fit your ears properly. When fitted in, they block most external sound and provide good bass, without needing to crank the volume, even on airplanes. However, the silicone buds do tend to come off easily and often, usually in my ear when removing the headphones. Also, the sound can get distorted after debris builds up in the tiny mesh.
    Overall, I'm very happy with them and used them regularly for at least two years.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    pretty good but some flaws

    • Written by from newington

    I agree with previous respondents that the silicone buds fall off. Once that happens the silicon tips need to be completely replaced. Apple doesn't sell them interestingly enough. I had to order some off Amazon.

    Second, and more annoying is that, for $79 dollars a clip, the quality of the product is suspect. The conduit that covers the internal wire that leads to the buds separates. I have TWO pair that this has happened to. One of those pairs now only has one sided sound. Seems that for 79.00, quality should be better.

    They do provide noise cancellation.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't Overrate the Bass!

    • Written by from Washington

    People who complain about the Bass level are clearly overrating it. Low-quality headphones trade crispness and clarity for loudness and it has nothing to do with "quality".
    Apple's headphones deliver a close-to-input sound. I had them for almost 3 years and I have recently lost the button functionality and sometimes the sound disappears (obviously the cord is broken). I haven't lost a single cap. The only concern was the quality of rubber around the junctions. Maybe they fixed it in 2013 update (like they did with all of the rubber on the standard headphones a couple of years ago).
    3 years is an amazing lifespan for any thin-cord headphones and I will continue to use Apple's headphones.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Burgeo

    Although, yes, these headphones do have decent sound, the covers constantly pop off and get lost, and mine stopped working completely after 5 months of use. Not worth the money.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Rockford

    I had such high hopes for these headphones but when I finally received them I just couldn't believe how poorly they performed and for apple, shame on you! the cheaper headphones out perform these any day. There is absolutely no bottom or bass in these without shoving them in your skull and even then it's minimal. Apple shouldn't sell these for no more than 20.00. Come on apple are you really leaving this completely to after market companies...

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Cheap plastic

    • Written by from Milano

    The sound is quite good but the material is so cheap that within the first year of usage you will loose the volume rocker/play/pause/mic functions, all cable junctions will expose, in-ear caps become yellow soon and it's easy to loose them!

    4 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do not buy into this hype...

    • Written by from Chicopee

    I do alot of physical work at my job and I keep going through the regular 30 dollar earbuds. I thought that becasue these were more expensive that that they would be better but they are not. They actually sound terrible and the bass is not even there. Trust me look for some better head phones these are not worth it.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Extremely dissapointed

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I expected the sound from these headphones to be great, with great bass, but that's not the case. They sound pretty bad! The earpods that come free with the iPhone 5 sound way better! Total waste of money! Too bad, I've never been dissapointed with an Apple product before.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Strong bass is achieved with right earbuds

    • Written by from Kutztown

    I own a $1500 custom monitors from Ultimate Ears. Please read my review of Apple In-Ear Headphones in this perspective.

    You cannot possibly purchase better-sounding headphones at this price, period. Many reviews here have complained about a perceived lack of bass. These headphones come with middle-size earbuds installed. Upon purchase, I immediately tried these headphones on a treadmill and strong disappointed with lack of bass and insufficient noise isolation. At that time, the middle-size earbuds felt right to my ears.

    The next day, I decided to give the large-size earbuds. In a quiet listening, I listened to the same tunes that I had listened to on the treadmill. I could not believe a dramatic improvement in smooth and strong bass tones and overall tonal clarity, blessed with superb noise isolation.

    As some reviewers here have also pointed out, it is absolutely imperative to experiment with the three different sizes of earbuds that come with these Apple headphones. One tip is that, if you are comfortable with it, you may want to moisten the earbuds with your lips. This practice would increase noise isolation further.

    True, as good as these Apple headphones sound, they are no match for custom monitors with ear molds made only for your ear canals. But, it is absolutely true that you would never find a better price-performance with headphones for iDevices than these Apple headphones.

    Give them a try and be patient with earbuds. You'd be rewarded with the feeling that you had never spent $79 on anything better than these headphones.

    152 of 161 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Best In-ear headphones... But...

    • Written by from Atwater

    I thought these were the best in-ear headphones and still do, but, the silicone tips fall out too easily and you end up losing em. Did I mention they don't sell replacement tips? I'd give 4 stars. They need tighter silicone tips but they have great sound.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing sound quaility

    • Written by from pinellas Park

    I expected better quality audio from these earbuds. For $20 more you can get the entry level Shure e-series and they sound soooo much better. Of course, you don't get the mic and remote... I guess you can't have it all. I will end up using these just for phone, cause the music sounds too thin for me. Stick with the single driver if you want these buds, they will sound just as good. and you will save $50. Not your best try, Apple!

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great headphones

    • Written by from baltimore

    I have to agree with prior reviewers, you really need to make sure you've got the right size ear buds attached. I tried on all three (SM,MD & LG), and after finding the right fit (MD for me), these things stay in your ear. They're comfortable and the sound is really great.

    I've ended my quest for the perfect in-ear headphones!

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost there, but not for the value.

    • Written by from Newport Beach

    Love the clarity and can really pick up little sounds and whispers i haven't hear before. Found that very nice. The build is great, but for the value these headphones have the following issues:

    - earbud tips fall off too easily
    - little to no bass in sound (changing EQ settings makes the bass very muddy)
    - volume is somewhat limited

    Overall i really love the clarity and should fit certain people that work with sound and want that clarity, but the lack of bass was my biggest let down given the price point. Still im pretty happy with them, but maybe watch for a sale on them etc.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    And the shoddiest earbuds of the year award goes to...

    • Written by from Modesto

    I bought these things and the remote stopped working after a month and then one of them blew out a few weeks later and I don't even listen to my music loud.

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Apple Valley

    Rubber Ear buds fall off very easily and get lost right away. Design flaw and not worth it for the price.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor Build Quality

    • Written by from Pottstown

    I got a pair of in-ear headphones when they were redesigned a few years ago. The sound quality is quite good, for the price and for in-ear headphones. However, after a few months, the left earbud would no longer produce any sound. I took good care of them, wrapping them and storing them safely whenever they were not in use, so I didn't think it was a problem on my end. I took them into my local (read: 45-minute away) Apple Store, and had them exchanged for another pair, as they were still under warranty. Again, good audio quality, but the same problem happened in about six months. To save some time, I'll just say that today, my sixth pair (all replaced under warranty) died in the left earbud. Apple told me last time that they will no longer give me any replacements, even though the warranty is technically renewed every time I brought in a broken pair, and I am still within a year of the last exchange.

    Thank you, Apple, for poor customer service on your poorly built headphones. I'll be getting my headphones from a trusted manufacturer, this time.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Houston

    These might be the cheapest sounding headphones I have ever owned. I don't know where people got the idea that they sound good, there are a lot better options out there for this price.

    Would not recommend.

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