• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good!

    These headphones are *far* better than the similar ones made by Beats. The sound is good and the earbuds are very comfortable. The only issue is that I have occasionally lost the rubber part that goes in your ear and Apple doesn't sell replacements.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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