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How to choose in-ear headphones

In-ear headphones or earbuds are in an increasingly evolving state. It wasn’t many years ago you would only get poorly made, barely listenable in-ear headphones with a cord that would tangle up no matter what you did.

Times have changed, and now you get a whole range of different earbuds. Ranging from wireless, with phone control, made for workout, hi-tech and low-tech to everything in between.

No matter what you will be using your headphones for, we have collected all the best ones and made it easy to find the right ones for you. Use out in-ear headphone finder on top of the page, and let it guide you to the perfect pair of headphones.

If you’re looking for over-ear/on-ear headphones instead, go to our headphone finder.

Workout, commuting or other daily activity

Think about what your daily activity consists of. Or rather, what will you do while wearing your headphones. Some want to listen to music while they’re at the gym to get pumped up. Others, use them for their daily commute to and back from work.

If you’re a gym rat, or you work out with music regularly, you might want a pair or lightweight, wireless headphones that won’t bother you with unnecessary cords. Having a phone control is also useful, as you don’t need to have your phone within arm’s reach to answer any incoming calls.

If you’re the type of person who sweat a lot or perhaps you like to go running in the rain, then choosing a pair of water resistant headphones should really be a priority. It might save you money in the long run.

Even if you don’t need them for exercise, think about if a pair of wireless, or wired in-ear headphones would suit you the best. Not all activity benefits from having cords dangling from you.

What device will you be connecting it to?

Most of you will probably use the earbuds with your portable device like smartphone, tablet, etc.

Those who want them connected to their stationary PC or laptop should take care not to buy a pair that will not work with your device. Some laptops have bluetooth connectivity, but rarely any stationary PCs does. So your best bet is to go for a pair of wired headphones.

Also check if the cord is long enough for you. Maybe you need to reach far back under your desk to plug them into your PC? Or do you like to sit a distance away from your computer when you watch movies?

Another thing to check for is the type of plug. Very rarely a corded headset comes with something else than the standard 3.5mm jack, but you should check just in case.

What you will get in different price classes

Today you will find a great deal of cheap in-ear headphones for around $20, – Even less if you don’t care much about sound quality. For around $20 you will have quite a few good earbuds that would satisfy the average music listener.

But if you go a bit higher, from $50 to $100, you will get real quality headphones with top-notch sound that would satisfy even the more hard to please listener.

If you’re a real audiophile however, going over $100 will get you a pair of excellent headphones, often water resistant, and with a quality microphone.