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The Best In-Ear Headphones (Earbuds)


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Headphone options are nearly endless, but for anyone looking to rock out while hitting the gym in-ear headphones, also known as earbuds, are pretty essential. After all, the last thing you want is a big set of ear cans bouncing around while you jog. Even if it’s just a commute to school or work, earbuds are a solid and affordable option. These days, in-ear headphones come in all shapes and sizes, and there’s even a decision to make between wired or wireless. Here’s a handy list of some of our favorites, sure to keep the music flowing while staying securely in your ears.

Bang & Olufson Beoplay H3

Bang & Olufson have been, for lack of a better phrase, banging out quality electronics for nearly 100 years. The H3 are a high-quality set of wired in-ear buds, each one constructed from a single piece of high-grade aluminum. In addition to good looks the H3 offer a comfortable experience with soft cushions over the speakers. A three-button in-line remote is included, offering mic and volume adjustment. And while the H3 is solidly built, a two year warranty should keep you covered should something go wonky. These are great headphones for fans of rock and jazz, with excellent sound reproduction and pleasant bass.

1MORE Triple Driver

One great thing about the insane number of earbuds on the market it’s possible to find some gems outside of the normal big-name brands. The Triple Driver earbuds from 1MORE are one such example. Available in either a gold or titanium finish, the Triple Driver earbuds are a wired set, and according to 1MORE, tuned by Grammy Award-winning sound engineer Luca Bignardi (he’s worked with a number of big name classical and opera artists).

JLab Epic2

The JLab Epic2 earbuds are our recommendation for anyone hitting the gym or needing music during a rigorous workout. These wireless buds are super comfortable, and the sound is excellent for such an affordable pair of highly durable earbuds. Unlike some models of wireless headphones, the cable between each ear is slim and the in-line remote is nice and small. There’s nothing worse than a noisy, annoying cable flopping around while you’re working out and the JLab Epic2 has a unique clip to keep the cable out of your way. Plus, with a 12 hour battery life, sweat and dust resistance, and a nice range of colors, these buds are hard to beat.

Klipsch R6i

The Klipsch brand is synonymous with high fidelity sound, but getting a pair of reference-class earbuds can sometimes prove an intimidating task on a budget. Luckily, the R6i is a great set of wired earbuds with some really impressive low-end. If you’re into bass-heavy tunes, the R6i are a solid choice. The oval-shaped tips are incredibly comfortable and offer a tight seal in the ear—part of the reason for the excellent low-end tones. You’ll also find a tangle-reducing flat cord in addition to a three-button in-line mic remote on the R6i. At just about 50 bucks, these should rank high on any list.

Shure SE215-K

If you’ve spent any time around a microphone, you’ve undoubtedly encountered the Shure brand. The company makes more than just mics though, as Shure also produces quality audio electronics such as these great earbuds. Beyond the excellent sound clarity for a $100 price tag, the SE215-K have a unique feature where the cable between the earbuds is actually detachable and replaceable. You can go wireless too with an optional Bluetooth cable. This is a neat feature for customization, but as we noted, there’s no extra cable included in the price. The SE215-K fits nice and snug in the ear, to the point where we’ve heard of musicians using these as wireless monitors while performing on stage.

RHA S500 Universal

We could have put more high-dollar earbuds on this list, but let’s face it: not everyone wants to spend $100 or more on in-ear headphones. If you’re like me and have a tendency to leave these little earbuds behind somewhere, never to be seen again, the RHA S500 is an incredible set of earbuds for less than 40 bucks. The bass kicks nicely, the treble doesn’t shoot through the roof, and the metallic finish is actually pretty slick. The sound quality may not be quite on-par with a high-end set, but for the money these are a perfect budget option. And if you should happen to have any issues, RHA even offers a three-year warranty.

Apple Airpods

No list of desirable earbuds would be complete without Apple’s spectacular Airpods, and no, you don’t need an iPhone to use them. If you’re using an Android phone you’ll miss out on some of the features, but will still get the main benefits including total wireless freedom, all-day comfort, and superb audio quality. Battery life isn’t the best at only five hours per charge, but that’s certainly enough for your commute or a half marathon.

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