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Can't go wrong for the price!
Posted by: TRiAC from: Minneapolis, MN on
To make this as straight-forward as possible, I'm going to put my review into a few categories; Design, Sound, Comfort, and Price.
DESIGN: The "innovation" to make a multi-vented enclosure, versus sealed or infinite-baffle, out of the small available space intrigued me. Even though I wasn't in the market to pick up a set of in-ear headphones, the design made me I want to give them a shot.
SOUND: In my opinion, these headphones live up to the "hype" of their commercials. The vented enclosure allows for smooth high, mid, and low response. With increased volume, the sound did not distort and held a strong harmonic blend. The sound actually reminded me of a set of Bose AE2s I had. Coming from in-ear headphones, I was impressed. After my first round of listening, I passed them to my friend and let him sample them. PRO from him listing was he said "they sound better than my beats!" referring to his $150 Beats By Dre "Tour" in-ear headphones; CON from him listening was I could hear EVERYTHING he was listening to even at lower volume (most likely due to the vented enclosure allowing for sound to escape).
COMFORT: This area is so variable since, as the commercials say, everyone's ears are different, but these fit me very well. They fit comfortably in my ears and do not easily fall out. I have used these working out and they did not fall out on my jog. ALSO, the prior Apple headphones would get sweat on them and make me feel like I had water in my ears (not sure if this has happened to anyone else), this pair did not. I was sweating quite a bit and the headphones still felt dry in my ears.
PRICE: For the price you can't go wrong. These sound good and are comfortable… not really sure what else you'd expect from $30 headphones.
30 out of 32 found this review helpful.
Posted by: HeroBoy from: Long Island, NY on
I think my summary says it all. I have been debating the Bose headphones for a while now and I cannot believe I only spent $29 on these. I have always had an mp3 player for the last 14 years and never have I had headphones of this quality. Apple finally hit the mark with these.
31 out of 36 found this review helpful.
A mile above the old ones!
Posted by: WMD35 from: Nashville, NC on
I bought these after I watched the key note for the iPhone 5. I had to see if they were really that much better than the others. They are, I put them in and forget that they are there. I can tilt my head side to side, shake it, and even run and they stay put right there.
The audio quality is very nice for a pair of earbuds. The base is a bit lacking but then again they are not the "ear plug" style ear buds which generally tend to have a deeper base because of the seal that they create.
The vents are not just for looks either, try covering them up and see how the sound quality changes.
Overall I would say that Apple has done a wonderful job with these EarPods!
18 out of 19 found this review helpful.
Complete headphone domination
Posted by: 343sLee from: New Bedford, MA on
These headphones/EarPods are literally the best I've ever owned. The sound is extremely clear and crisp. If you want perfect sound at low cost this is a must buy. They are also very comfortable, I'm not a fan of the earplug headphones they always pop out, so these where the best option for me. These deliver with sound clarity and the bass is perfectly tuned with the audio. I like them more then my $200 Dre. Beats.
16 out of 18 found this review helpful.
Finally, ear buds that fit!
Posted by: Muziqstar from: Owings Mills, MD on
The only thing I would change about these ear pods is the color because I have a black iPhone. I guess Apple will keep the trade mark white ear buds which is cool, but I'm hoping to have them in multiple colors to match my devices and cases. I do understand from the other comments that if you have extremely small ears, they would be a little uncomfortable because they are molded plastic. My input is the design was well thought of and I am so glad I got them. I can cut the grass in them and I know they won't fall out. I even tried them on while still attached to the travel case in front of my co-worker and I shook my head dramatically to show him that they wouldn't fall out. I like the fact that they are only $29.00. They sound really good too. Not as much bass as the Skull Candy Ink'd ear buds, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. If you were jogging you would want to hear if a dog started running after you , right? I will use these if I am going to be active and my other ear buds when I want just blast my music to really get crunk! Thanks Apple and thanks Best Buy for providing us with great products.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
180 degree turn!
Posted by: clTinman from: Charlotte on
For the money, completely worth it! Outstanding bass and treble without holding them into my ears, like it's predecessor. Now, turning the volume all the way up is pleasantly WAY too loud!
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Good for everyday use.
Posted by: Bongo1303 from: California on
I was expecting more from apple, still earbuds keep falling off.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Best in-ear headphones
Posted by: Scouter1990 from: Akron, OH on
I love these ear pods. I have small ears and a lot of other "ear buds" hurt like crazy and/ fall out very easily. These fit really nicely do not hurt one bit. These are the best headphones I have had in quite some time.
I would also recommend getting the warranty. It covers them for 2 years in case anything happens to them. As active as I am , it was a great value.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Best for the $$$
Posted by: SoundConnoisseur from: Atlanta on
I have tested a bunch of the new sets of earbuds out there right now to see which ones, in my opinion, sound the best (while staying in my ear while running) considering the price.
First, I bought the Motorola SD11 bluetooth that wrap around your head. They were great for running, but the bluetooth sound technology still isn't good enough yet, and they aren't worth $100. Then, I bought the UrBeats, and they wouldn't stay in my ear. They also didn't sound good enough to be $100...returned them. Next, I bought the PowerBeats hoping they would sound better than the UrBeats since they are more expensive. They did stay in my ear (I don't think they had a choice), but they don't sound good enough for $150...returned them.
Finally, I tried the Bose MIE2 after too many people told me to try them. These sound awesome...way better than any of the beats...don't even waste your time. The Beats buds are cheap and sound like a $20 set of Philips. The Bose fit very comfortably in your ear with the silicon, and they sound like Bose. The Bose has great high sounds and clarity (like the Beats), but the Bose also has great bass sounds. The Beats "claim" to have great bass, but the don't I promise you. The Bose buds complete the great sound you want with the whole package.
But this review isn't about the Bose set...this is about the Apple set. The Apple set sounds just like the Bose...for...wait for it...$30. Everything that I was looking for that the Bose has that the Beats didn't...the Apple Pods do as well for a fraction of the price. They feel great in your ear, and don't come out during a run.
The one caveat to this review is that my first set of these that came with my iPhone5 had the right side go out way too soon. I knew I liked the sound of these originally, but I thought for sure these other expensive sets would have to be even better right? wrong. I put 2 stars for durability considering the lifespan of my first set, but I will change it depending on how this second set works out. If you want great earbuds that stay in your ear and have $150 dollar sound, then get these. If you want great sounding buds and you have $150 burning a hole in your pocket buy the Bose...and for the love...do not buy Beats buds. The Beats "real" over-ear phones are great...just not the buds.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Cats from: on
If I could give this a zero, I would. These are the worst ear buds ever! Don't waste your money! I lost my Bose and had to use these. I had to tape my ears to keep them from falling out, even when just walking several feet!!