Ultracompact and lightweight is how to best describe in ear headphones more commonly known as earbuds.
Out of all the headphone types, in ear headphones are the most portable and they offer great noise isolation when they’re paired up with a tight fitted tip.
Earbud headphones are mostly used when doing intense sports activities like running or working out at the gym, on daily commutes, etc.
The list below represents the top of the line in ear headphones – high quality sound, durability and excellent build quality. Yeah, I know, not your average mobile phone freebie headphone.
- 1. Phiaton PS 210 BTNC Bluetooth 3.0 Active Noise Canceling Stereo Earphones
- 2. Klipsch IMAGE S4 In-Ear Enhanced Bass Noise-Isolating Headphones
- 3. Yamaha EPH-100SL Inner-Ear Headphone
- 4. Etymotic Research HF5 Portable In-Ear Earphones
- 5. Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Canceling In Ear Headphones
- 6. Shure SE425 Dual High-Definition MicroDriver Earphone
- 7. Velodyne vPulse In-Ear Headphones
Best Earbud (In-Ear) Headphones
1. Phiaton PS 210 BTNC Bluetooth 3.0 Active Noise Canceling Stereo Earphones
The Phiaton PS 210 BTNC are the first set of noise canceling headphones to use the better sounding, more battery-efficient Bluetooth 3.0 technology. Phiaton’s EverPlay-X technology allows you to listen to music even after the battery dies or your playback device is not Bluetooth compatible.
The built-in rechargeable Lithium-ion battery can last up to 12 hours of calling, 14 hours of music playing, and up to 600 hours of standby with the active noise canceling turned off.
“Noise Blocker”, a Phiaton proprietary active noise canceling technology is said to eliminate up to 95% of ambient background noise, making the PS 210 BTNC headphones ideal for daily cummuters and frequent flyers.
Phiaton PS 210 BTNC Video Review Video Review
2. Klipsch IMAGE S4 In-Ear Enhanced Bass Noise-Isolating Headphones
The Klipsch Image S4 in ear noise-isolating headphones deliver dynamic sound and unequaled comfort at the lowest price possible.
The bass enhancing features aswell as the noise isolation ensure clean, professional sound, while the innovative eartip design and angled nozzles provide a comfortable fit for long-term wear. The sound is delivered through the use of a single, moving coil driver per channel.
The drivers cover a wide frequency range with dynamic detail, making sure you won’t miss a single beat.
Klipsch Image S4 are fully compatible with any portable device that uses a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. The strain-relief cord design makes the Image S4 as perfect for the gym as it is for the street.
Klipsch IMAGE S4 In-Ear Enhanced Bass Noise-Isolating Headphones Video Review
3. Yamaha EPH-100SL Inner-Ear Headphone
The Yamaha EPH-100SL in ear headphones incorporate a new-concept design which features a 6mm (1/4”) diameter super-compact driver that can be inserted straighter and closer to the eardrum than ordinary earphones, providing you with pure, low-distortion, natural sound reproduction.
The sound isolation is pretty much outstanding due to the two-part flange, while the first part smoothly guides the driver into the ear, the second one fixes the earpad firmly in your ear, ensuring an optimal fit with minimal sound leakage and powerful bass sound.
The headphone casing is made out of high quality aluminium, making them extremely lightweight and at the same time very durable being able to resist scratching and corrosion. Yamaha also provides you with 5 eartip sizes so you can obtain the perfect fit for your ears, ensuring maximum comfort.
Yamaha EPH-100SL Inner-Ear Headphone Video Review
4. Etymotic Research HF5 Portable In-Ear Earphones
The HF5 in ear headphones by Etymotic Research feature a 3-flange earpiece design which can provide 35dB of noise isolation and more depending on the earpiece used.
The sound quality is very impressive, allowing you to enjoy a tight low-end and accurate clearly defined highs and mids.
The Etymotic HF 5 earbuds come with padded zipper pouch with a handy inner pocket, a filter-changing tool and an extra set of filters, which are tiny cylinders that are inserted in the earphone opening to smooth the frequency response and prevent earwax from entering the earpiece.
Etymotic Research HF5 Portable In-Ear Earphones Video Review
5. Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Canceling In Ear Headphones
The QC 20 headphones by Bose are the best in ear noise canceling headphones. They offer an unprecedented combination of superb sound, advanced noise reduction and in-ear convenience.
Noise canceling headphones best serve their purpose in environments with low frequency droning sounds like airplane engines, car engines (and road noise), in-room/in-window air conditioners,etc. I’m not saying that the Bose QuietComfort 20is will make an airplane as quiet as a library, but there definitely the in ear headphones that come closest.
Bose’s TriPort technology and Active EQ merge to give your music depth and balance. The headphones feature a rechargeable Li-Ion battery which delivers up to 16 hours of listening time and can be fully recharged via a USB cable in 2 hours.
The QuietComfort 20i are ideal for the iPhone, iPad or iPod user, if you’re an Android fan then you’ll want the QuietComfort 20. They both have the same price and performance.
Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Canceling In Ear Headphones Video Review
6. Shure SE425 Dual High-Definition MicroDriver Earphone
The Shure SE425 earphone is one of the best sounding in-ear headphones available right now. The earpieces incorporate dual High-Definition MicroDrivers, which means that each one has a dedicated tweeter and woofer.
The tight-seal earbud design provides you with excellent noise isolation and allows for a deep, tight bass response, rich, warm mids and accurately defined highs, making these earphones ideal for listening to any music genre.
The earphones come with a kevlar reinforced cord which can be easily replaced since the earpices are detachable. All in all the Shure SE425 is a very durable, high quality build and sound reproduction pair of in ear headphones.
Shure SE425 Dual High-Definition MicroDriver Earphone Video Review
7. Velodyne vPulse In-Ear Headphones
The Velodyne vPulse headphones offer a unique sound quality along with a distinct design.
They’re optimized to handle all music genres and can handle deep bass frequencies better than most other alternatives at the same price point.
The vPulse cable is a non-tangle cable complete with an inline microphone and intuitive phone, playback and volume controls.
Velodyne vPulse In-Ear Headphones Video Review
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