• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Had high hopes

    Bought these headphones with high hopes but was slightly let down. The headphones have a good build and never slipped out of my ear unlike some other reviews I have read. The sound quality is pretty poor however, especially if you listen to bass heavy genres of music. The headphone lack any real bass to make listening to that type of music enjoyable.

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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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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Earphones

    I would like to recommend these earbuds, because they are still going strong. Even after rigorous usage the past two years, which has never occurred to me. The Apple In-Ear Headphones are not for your typical EDM-lovers. Since the earphones uses two drivers: one for bass and one for treble. With this mechanism the earphones achieves the maximal performance. Thus the sound is being protruded separately and is not getting distorted. The bass is not too heavy and the mids/highs are extremely clear. If you like natural sounding earphones, then these earphones are perfect for you. Considering the fact that normal IEMs with armatures costs > €150, these earphones have a fairly reasonable price. I bought them for €24,95 on sale.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Pasy more than $40 for these & you'll be mad. Did the research, read below:

    +6/10 - SOUND QUALITY (Only slightly better than standard apple headphones)
    +10/10 - LOOKS: (Looks like standard apple headphones, only nicer)
    +8/10 - PACKAGING: (looks good but the ear bud holder not holding the earbuds knocked off 2 points)
    +2/10 - PRICE: (if standard apple headphones cost $30 - at most - these should be priced at $40 tops. Samsung earbuds w/ same concept/specs/design sell for no more than $5)

    No wonder the item is being discontinued. I bought my mine at an apple store for $99, The sound quality over the complimentary iPhone headphones are better, however, not $99 worth better. Not surprised they're being discontinued. I lost the silicon buds (L, M, S, sized) that came in a convenient carrying capsule, unfortunately the capsule doesn't click-to-shut -or as my friend commented "doesn't stay shut). You just have to hope the earbud carrying capsule stays idle while in your purse or the bugs will fall, rendering your expensive new headphones useless. I would recommend buying a little baggy to keep silicon ear buds in bc apple offers no options for replacements (go to amazon for replacement though).

    My first negative review, I hate doing it but what a waste of money.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Disappointed

    These headphones were very disappointing. The medium earbuds feel too small, whilst the large way too big. They never seem to fill your ear properly, completely ruining the sound cancelling feature of the earbuds. There doesn't seem to be any bass to them either. Would recommend sticking to the more established headphone brands than wasting your money on these.

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  • 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic

    I haven't found better headphones for my ears. Nothing else fits in my ear; others fall out and are uncomfortable but with these, using the smallest size tips, they fit inside my ear canal and the sound is amazing! They have been through the washing machine and dryer twice and been crushed by gym equipment but they still work!

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  • 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

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Tinny sound and an overall disappointment

    Wow - I have to say that I am deeply disappointed with the quality of the sound from these headphones. I really expected something better given that I find the standard headphones to be ok. Tinny, lacking bass and clarity and in fact, just lacking on every critical dimension. And for 3x the price for the standard headphones (welcome to prices in Europe!) I wanted something superior. Instead, I got something inferior.

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  • 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Earphones

    The ADDIEMS are amazing, with a pretty flat soundstage (almost clinically flat (means it sounds good in any genre of music)), and decent isolation, I'd recommend these to anyone who is sick of the EarPods. If you can't hear any bass, its because you're not getting any seal. Try Comply Whoomp! covers, and you'll hear more than enough bass. With the current silicone tips, I think that they are perfect, and pack a punch in a small package! The mic and remote works great, and if you look after them, they wont break! If apple makes a pair of (non-beats (I'm not a basshead)) headphones that are as good as this, Im in.

    Pros: Very clear, flat soundstage, great sub-bass, good bass, and very good mids and highs. Not using inferior dynamic drivers, (dual armature is very good).

    Cons: Could have squeeezed another armature in there if they tried, doesn't feel that premium, and takes around 10 seconds to put on, and 30 seconds to wind into the case. A little expensive?

    4.75 stars out of 5

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice is prober fit; but, loud cable noise when so fit

    I'm putting this right in the middle of the two extreme reviews.

    1) These are great-sounding earbuds (I know, Apple calls them headphones!) when properly seated in the ear canal. So, push them in deep, or change the ear tips for a proper fit, and you will get nice base and crisp sound. But!…

    2) When properly seated, the cables transfer all their noise right to the earbud! Everything. All rubbing against your clothes will go straight to your ears! If you are sitting still, this is not a problem; but, if you are walking, watch out! This could probably be ameliorated if they had a clothes clip, like the Bose Quiet Comfort earbuds do; but, these do not. So, beware!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 :(

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    sound

    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

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Headphones!

    A million thanks to all the reviewers who stressed the importance of the right-sized ear tips. I found the sound "tinny" with the medium sized tips. With the large tips in place, the sound is impressive. Very comfortable as well. So glad I made this purchase!

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  • 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!

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  • 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

    DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Try on all 3 sizes

    Seriously the amount of negativity these headphones are getting is not fair. Please try all 3 ear tip sizes and give it some time to burn in after that you can judge the earphones. I must say to bass heads don't get these definitely not for you but for everyone else get these now the audio is wonderful and the build is great. In fact I used to be more on the bass side but have gotten used to these and love the warmth and extra detail I get out of these earphones. Proudly give 5 stars :)

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