• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't believe the negative reviews, these are incredible, and I'll prove it

    These headphones are the most underrated product Apple sells.

    These are EARPLUG headphones. They plug your ears, not just sit inside them like other types of earbuds, and they certainly don't sit in top of your head like two small cans of cat food. They are elegant, minimal, and wonderful.

    No other headphones come close to blocking outside sound, letting your music gloriously play in your ear as it was meant to be enjoyed.

    Screaming baby in seat 34F? No problem, pop these in, and you'll enjoy several dB of noise reduction instantly. You don't even need to put on the music.

    Horns, taxis, sirens, or just noisy spouse asking why you're a bum?

    No problem, put these on, and you won't hear a thing.

    Because they block outside sound, they leave your ears with nothing but the joyous music you desire. It arrives clear and booming (if you're into bass) because its airtight in your ear canal the entire inner ear is used as a bass chamber.

    It's a shame because people don't fit them correctly. Apple generously gives you several sizes to fit. But no consumer product can have every size needed, so they might just not work for you.

    But if you do get them sized correctly, you will absolutely be amazed at the sound quality.

    I really hope Apple releases a Lightning cable version of these soon!

    111 of 128 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 :(

    45 of 64 people found this useful

  • 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.

    27 of 37 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Solid, responsive headphones for the price

    $79 is hard to beat for good dual-driver headphones. My first set lasted from 2008-2014 - at which point I replaced them. Still going strong in 2016. I do suggest getting extra ear covers (the silicone tips). Make sure that the right size is used for optimal base response. The wrong size will result in little to no bass.

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Comfortable with different tips

    The EarPods that come with the iPhone are extremely uncomfortable to me. I chose the purchase these in-ear style for the promised sound and comfort. The gel tips that come wth the headphones are poor. Twice I've had them dislodge from the stem and remain stuck in my ear canal. On both instances a colleague had to remove the gel tips with tweezers. I've kept the in-ear headphones and now use tips from Comply Foam. Best sound isolation for the price. I hear my phone calls and music clearly, even in noisy environments.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love them but...

    These are my favorite headphones, but I want to get the iPhone 7, and these are not compatible. Please make a version that is either wireless or has a lightning port! Please!!!

    16 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very clear mids and treble. Quiet bass. Two speakers per ear-bud.

    Cheapest dual driver in-ear headphones--meaning that each bud has two speakers instead of one.

    Very neutral headphones. Great for classical music. Mediocre for electronic music. Bass is there, but for many it may be too quiet as most individuals are not used to relatively flat spectrum reproduction. This explains the poor reviews, and why equipment that sweetens the bass and treble sells better--Bose, Skull Candy, etc.

    These are my second pair. They do rip easily if you don't take care of them.

    Also look into buying foam tips. The insulation from outside sound is far superior, and thus the bass doesn't leak out and is stronger. Be warned, foam tips wear very quickly and can be pricey--10-20 dollars for a set of 3. The included tips are very durable, but are part of the reason the bass is weak.

    16 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I am a mess and these are wonderful.

    I left my earphones in my pocket and they went through both the washer and dryer and still have the same exact sound. good stuff.

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 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.

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Elegant and perfect

    Perfect sound details; rich and warm bass; equally great for spoken voice and music; total isolation from sorround sounds; and NO DISTORTION. Grids require regular cleaning - just as your ears do :)

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I'm disappointed they don't have a new version with lightning port

    I love these earphones. I've gone through 2 different pairs in about 6 years. I use them 3-4+ hours a day. They're really comfortable and they don't break. I need to replace my current ones because the wires are starting to show, the ear phones still work though. I was really hoping apple would upgrade them to include lightning port, but so far it doesn't look like it. I'm disappointed because It's difficult to find comfortable earphones.

    11 of 14 people found this useful

  • 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!

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 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!

    12 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible - won't stay in, plugged-up and broken

    These headphones are terrible. The multi-sized silicone covers are either too big (won't go in your ear) or too small (doesn't form a seal and comes out). Worse, once the cover came of IN MY EAR and a co-worker had to take it out with a pair of pliers. That was 3 years ago. I can't believe Apple still carries them. I don't have a huge amount of ear wax, but within a month or two, the left one became plugged. I was able to clean it out a few times, but now it has just stopped working due to the damage.

    13 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Please update these for iPhone 7+

    I love these buds. I have a few pair actually.
    But now I have to use the lightning converter in order to use with my iPhone7 Plus.

    I am on the search for similar buds with the lightning connector. I hope you guys decide to update these.

    Thanks
    - Patrick

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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.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor sound quality, don't stay in ear

    I agree with the other reviews: the sound quality is no better than the standard apple earbuds. Furthermore, these don't stay in my ear- I even swapped out the plastic tops for size large.

    11 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    Everyone who has written a review saying "its trash" or "they don't fit" either doesn't know how to change the silicone buds or hasn't used them. SMH

    12 of 19 people found this useful

  • 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 set of headphones for iPhone

    Best set of headphones for iPhone

    4 of 4 people found this useful