While the audiophile community lives and dies on on-ear headphones, they may not be so practical for the rest of us.
Headphones are heavy, bulky items that are inconvenient to carry around. While many manufacturers add features that increase portability, there’s still absolutely no way a pair of headphones can compete with earbuds – at least regarding portability.
As the title suggest, we’ll be talking about earbuds today. Earbuds are saving graces for a huge number of us, since you don’t really need to worry about how you’ll carry them around – simply stuff them into a backpack or even a pocket, and you’re ready to go!
However, as you must have realized by now, there are a huge number of earbuds available on the market, and a lot of them aren’t worth their salt.
Today, we decided to put together a list of the top five earbuds on the market.
If you’ve been asking, ‘What are the best earbuds?’, you’ll find a definitive answer at the end of the list.
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Reviews of the Best Earbuds
How explosive are the Xtreme-Xplosives? JVC’s earbuds have an incredibly dynamic name, but can the product match up?
The earbuds are ergonomically designed and will give you a comfortable fit – whatever your ear size. They come with three pairs of different-sized rubber tips to give you the perfect fit.
A carrying case is also included to allow you transport the earbuds without worrying about the cable tangling or knotting.
The Xtreme-Xplosivs are extremely durable. Even if you’re someone who regularly abuses your earbuds, they’ll easily last you for over a year. In fact, some people have reportedly used the headphones for over three years before they finally gave up the ghost!
Three years of service is absolutely insane and is definitely worth the low price tag.
The headphones provide extremely high sound quality. They’re balanced across the board – except when it comes to bass, where they’re much higher than usual.
If you’re an audiophile and prefer flat, completely balanced sound, you may not like the headphones so much. On the other hand, they’re perfect for casual listeners, and you are guaranteed to enjoy listening to music with them.
Features at a Glance
- Extreme durability
- 1.2m cord
- Deep bass
- Included carrying case
There’s a good reason that the Symphonized wood headphones repeatedly feature on our lists. Apart from being absolutely gorgeous, these headphones sound incredible.
Every pair of NRG wood headphones is handcrafted from wood. This ensures that every pair looks stunning. If you’re looking to stand out from the sea of plastic that characterizes most headphones, the NRG wood headphones are the way to go.
The headphones also come with six pairs of silicone eartips in three different sizes, meant to ensure that you always have the perfect fit.
You also get a carrying pouch to increase portability and ease transport.
The earbuds have an in-line mic that allows communication. You can take calls, control music, and activate voice assistants using a button embedded on the mic.
The headphones’ cord is sleek, tangle-free, and comes in a variety of colors.
These NRG wood headphones sound incredibly full. The wood on the buds increases the amount of bass you get while slightly dampening the highs and mids.
While this may seem like a disadvantage to you, that’s just how wood makes audio sound. If it’s not to your liking, a different pair of headphones will probably suit you better. However, we recommend testing these out before dismissing them.
The headphones are also noise-isolating, and they isolate noise surprisingly well. Most affordable headphones that are marketed as ‘noise-isolating’ don’t really do much to block ambient noise, but these headphones actually deliver on their promise.
Features at a Glance
- Amazing sound quality
- Comfortable fit
- Really good aesthetics
Neckband earbuds aren’t for everyone. While they look good and are extremely convenient to transport, they aren’t completely hassle-free. Would they be right for you? Read on and find out.
The headphones come with a magnetic E-Z lock that keeps the earbuds stuck to the neckband when not in use. This eliminates the distraction of dangling cords and the danger of the entire devices being yanked off your neck after catching on some obstacle.
All the controls are intuitive and easy to find. Give yourself a few days to get used to them, and you’ll be surprised at the level of convenience they’ll provide you.
The neckband is designed to be extremely tight and may give you some trouble the first few times you put it on. This is to allow you carry out exert strenuous activities without displacing them.
At just under 5 ounces, the headphones are extremely lightweight. You’ll easily be able to use them at the gym without worrying about extra weight around your neck.
The Q800s support the latest Bluetooth standard – Bluetooth 4.1. This comes with some advantages, like being able to connect to two devices simultaneously and providing a range of about ten meters.
The headphones provide up to ten hours of continuous talk time or audio playback time. Keep in mind that they use much less power when in standby mode.
In fact, a single charge can last you 300 hours if in standby. That’s literally more than ten days!
Sweatproof and Waterproof
While most earbuds that you take to the gym end up suffering from sweat damage, the Q800s will not. They’re completely sweat-proof and water-resistant.
The earbuds vibrate on incoming calls to ensure you don’t miss anything significant. Even if you’re in a noisy environment, you’ll be able to know when someone calls.
Features at a Glance
- Magnetic design
- Bluetooth 4.1 functionality
- Easy to find and intuitive buttons
- Up to ten hours of talk time/ music playback
- Sweatproof and waterproof
How good are these earbuds? Let’s take a closer look at them and find out.
While the build quality may feel slightly cheap, the earbuds’ low price more than makes up for that. They are designed ergonomically and lock in when fit into your ears. This prevents them from falling out and significantly increases noise isolation.
You get a few different kinds of buds, and you can pick the one that best suits your ear size. Make sure you choose the right one, as loose earbuds can negatively affect sound quality and noise isolation.
The headphones have incredible sound quality for their price. The bass is boosted which will definitely be a plus point for bassheads.
The earbuds also get extremely loud, and you may want to turn them down if you want to avoid long-term hearing damage.
If you’re an audiophile, however, and you’re used to listening to music through high-end headphones, you might not like the headphones’ sound quality.
Features at a Glance
- Affordable price
- Ergonomic fit
- Good sound isolation
- Heavy bass
Whenever you hear Sennheiser, you can be sure you’re getting a high-quality product. The CX200s are, at the end of the day, a Sennheiser product, and they reflect that in every one of their aspects.
Why are the CX200s called twist-to-fit earbuds?
Sennheiser implemented an innovative new holding system to achieve the best possible fit and high levels of passive noise cancellation. The earbuds are contoured to allow you to grasp them easily and fit them perfectly in place.
You also get a few different sizes of eartips, so make sure you select the one best suited to your ears.
The earbuds are extremely comfortable, and you’ll quickly forget you even have them in your ears – creating a sense of openness that only adds to the quality of the music.
The headphones look really good. Furthermore, they’re designed not to stick out from your ears, which is a great advantage from an aesthetic standpoint. It’s also a great advantage for you if you usually sleep with your earbuds on but are continuously disturbed by the earpieces’ protrusion.
Unfortunately, the earbuds have no mic, which is something you should consider when deciding whether they’re right for you.
The headphones are also extremely durable and will easily handle everyday abuse without skipping a beat. As we said before, when you buy Sennheiser, you know you’re getting a good product.
These headphones sound really, really good. Even if you’re used to $200 audiophile-grade headphones, you’ll agree that the sound quality of the CX200’s is amazing, especially for $20 earbuds.
The sound feels open, and the vocals are incredible. The bass is slightly overemphasized, but it doesn’t ruin the overall sound quality.
Features at a Glance
- Phenomenal sound quality
- Innovative holding system
- Good noise isolation
- No mic
While all the headphones in our list are incredible, there are two pairs which pull ahead of the pack. While both do so for different reasons, the fact remains that we have two winners.
The first are the SoundPEATS Q800 Neckband Bluetooth Earbuds. With ten hours of battery life when active, sweatproofing and waterproofing, and tons of other innovative features, these headphones are perfect for anyone who’s fed up with the inconvenience of wires.
The second are the Sennheiser CX200s. These are simply miles ahead of the rest regarding sound quality. The CX200s are $20 headphones that sound like $200 headphones. They are also extremely durable and will last you a good while, even if you constantly abuse them during daily usage.
And there you have it!
These are our very own thoughts on the best earbuds to buy right now, but do let us know what you think in the comments below.