Best Earbuds of 2017

Top 5 Best Earbuds of 2017

Ear buds are the perfect companion on a long flight or nightly run, and with a wide variety of styles and brands to choose from, finding the right one is easier than you might think.

Earbuds Key Features Rating Prices
NHT Sportsbuds The inline controls on the NHT Sportsbuds allow you to control your volume, tracks and more without missing a beat, so you can keep your mind on your athletic pursuits where it belongs. See Price
Sennheiser Momentum In Ear The Momentum ear buds by Sennheiser feature in-ear design, which is the best ear bud style when you want to block out ambient sound and promote better sound quality. To ensure a superior fit, three different ear bud tip sizes are included with purchase. See Price
1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones The integrated microphone is house with the inline remote and is resistant to static and cross talk, thanks to its independent ground wires. See Price
Beyerdynamic iDX 200 iE The beyerdynamic iDX 200 iE ear buds feature standard three-button Apple inline controls for all the ease of use you’ve come to expect, and a solid built-in microphone to boot. See Price
Bose QuietComfort 20 With TriPort technology and Active EQ, the Bose ear buds are able to deliver on the promise of superior sound that Bose has long been known for. See Price
NHT Sportsbuds
NHT Sportsbuds Water-Resistant In-Ear Monitor Headphones with In-Line Controls

Features

Water-resistant

The NHT Sportsbuds are designed to be water-resistant, thanks to their high-tech, water-resistant polymer construction, which is strengthened by rubber insulation for extra water-resistant capabilities.

Inline controls

The inline controls on the NHT Sportsbuds allow you to control your volume, tracks and more without missing a beat, so you can keep your mind on your athletic pursuits where it belongs.

Silicone tips

The NHT Sportsbuds tips are silicone for an ideal fit and are designed to work in conjunction with the Comply S-Series Tips, which are included with purchase.

Sound

NHT’s Sportsbuds feature a single-driver sound system to deliver quality sound on the fly.

Positives
  • Water resistant with high-tech polymer and rubber construction
  • Inline controls for ease of use
  • Silicone tips provide comfort
  • Single driver sound system
  • Travel case included
  • Comply S-Series Tips included

Negatives
  • The main complaint people have with these earbuds is it’s hard to find the right fit. That said, they come with three sizes included, which does simplify the process a good bit.
  • It’d be nice if they had more than one sound driver, but this isn’t a huge deal since the sound is actually pretty good.https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/419f2CZe-9L._SX300_.jpg

Sennheiser Momentum In Ear
Sennheiser Momentum In Ear

Features

Inline controls

The Sennheiser Momentum ear buds feature inline controls with an integrated microphone. The controls themselves boast three buttons for versatility and ultimate ease of use.

Stainless steel housing

The Sennheiser ear buds’ low resonance polycarbonate and stainless-steel housing is custom machined to reduce sound distortion and deliver the most accurate possible sound in mobile, compact form.

Dynamic transducer

The dynamic transducer goes a step further in mitigating distortion while promoting high output levels. Additionally, it provides a quality bass sound that’s hard to get with ear buds in general.

In-ear design

The Momentum ear buds by Sennheiser feature in-ear design, which is the best ear bud style when you want to block out ambient sound and promote better sound quality. To ensure a superior fit, three different ear bud tip sizes are included with purchase.

Elliptical cable

The Momentum’s 1.3-meter cable is oval-shaped, which prevents tangling. When you go tangle-free, you reduce the chance of experience-killing kinks.

Positives
  • In-ear design with three tip sizes
  • Inline controls
  • Integrated microphone
  • Dynamic transducer
  • Ergonomic design
  • Stainless-steel and polycarbonate housing ensure sound fidelity
  • Durable
  • Tangle-free elliptical cable
  • Carrying case included
  • Lightweight

Negatives
  • People love the sound quality, but find durability lacking, which is unfortunate, since otherwise the Momentum is an excellent ear bud.https://assets.pcmag.com/media/images/448158-sennheiser-momentum-in-ear.jpg?thumb=y&width=333&height=245

1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones
1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones

Features

Three sound drivers

Unlike many ear buds which only have one sound driver, the 1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones feature three sound drivers for a more robust sound experience. With two balanced armatures and a separate dynamic driver, both highs and lows are represented with superior accuracy and unprecedented quality.

Tuned by Grammy winner Luca Bignardi

Going a step further in terms of superior sound quality, 1MORE teamed up with Grammy winning sound engineer Luca Bignardi to ensure sound representation is as faithful as possible to the original recordings for an improved listening experience.

Inline controls

Convenient inline controls are intuitive and allow you to easily set volume, change tracks, answer calls and more.

Integrated microphone

The integrated microphone is house with the inline remote and is resistant to static and cross talk, thanks to its independent ground wires.

Comfortable fit

These in-ear ear buds are oblique-shaped, a design which allows them to better fit inside your ear canal. For an even better fit, 1MORE packs these ear buds with 9 sets of ear bud tips so you can easily find the best fit for you—a truly standout feature.

Positives
  • Three sound drivers for superior sound
  • Sound is expertly tuned by Grammy winner Luca Bignardi
  • Inline controls are intuitive, easy to use
  • Integrated microphone has own grounding wires, preventing static and other issues
  • Lightweight aluminum alloy construction for durability and performance
  • Extended frequency range of 40,000 Hz
  • Oblique ear bud design with 9 total tip sets for superior fit
  • 6 silicone tip sets included
  • 3 foam tip sets included
  • Ergonomic design
  • Comfortable
  • Ultralightweight

Negatives
  • Some people have found there actually is interference from the mic, particularly when used for phone conversations, which is a bummer. However, general listening won’t be impacted by this issue.https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41Ila%2BrdALL._SL500_AC_SS350_.jpg

Beyerdynamic iDX 200 iE
Beyerdynamic iDX 200 iE Premium In-Ear Headphone

Features

Durable construction

The iDX200 iE ear buds from beyerdynamic are made out of a premium titanium alloy construction, with 86% of the mix being titanium itself. Titanium is known for its extreme durability and resistance to corrosion, but it’s also very lightweight, making it a good material choice for ear buds.

Inline controls

The beyerdynamic iDX 200 iE ear buds feature standard three-button Apple inline controls for all the ease of use you’ve come to expect, and a solid built-in microphone to boot.

Flat cable

The iDX 200 iE ear buds feature a flat cable, which is detachable. Additionally, the cable is 40 centimeters long, but can be extended up to 90 centimeters if needed. Beyerdynamic also takes things a step further by covering the cables in plastic sheaths, which they say provide a 30% longer lifespan. It should be noted that flat cables are also less likely to tangle than their round counterparts.

Multiple ear tip variants included

Perhaps one of the coolest features in regard to the beyerdynamic iDX 200 iE ear buds are the ear bud tip variations. 10 total ear bud tip variants are included in a wide range of styles, materials, and sizes, so that finding the perfect fit becomes so much easier, and you don’t have to worry about ordering any extras.

Positives
  • Titanium alloy construction
  • Inline 3-button controls
  • Integrated microphone
  • Flat cable is detachable
  • Cable can extend from 40cm to 90cm
  • 10 ear bud tip variants included in an array of styles, materials and sizes for a perfect fit every time
  • Ergonomic
  • Lightweight

Negatives
  • While generally very good in terms of full spectrum sound quality, fans of a super heavy bass may find these lacking.http://gearopen.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Beyerdynamic-iDX-200-iE-4.jpg

Bose QuietComfort 20
Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones, Apple Devices, Black

Features

Noise cancelling

The Bose QuietComfort 20 ear buds provide ideal noise cancelling so you can listen to music in peace without background noise. While many ear buds are noise canceling, the Bose noise cancellation technology stands out, because it can be turned off via Aware Mode (detailed below).

Aware Mode

On the flipside of the noise cancelling aspect, you can also activate Aware Mode. Aware Mode takes away the noise cancelling and enables you to hear ambient noise. This can be toggled on and off, and it’s a useful feature for runners and walkers, who need to know if someone is approaching behind them on a nighttime workout.

Superior sound

With TriPort technology and Active EQ, the Bose ear buds are able to deliver on the promise of superior sound that Bose has long been known for.

Inline controls

All the features you need can be accessed via the inline remote control, even advanced settings like Aware Mode, so you can easily toggle features intuitively without skipping a beat.

High-tech ear bud tips

Bose’s exclusive StayHear+ technology enables the earbuds to securely fit any ear, and provide the soundproof seal you need for ultimate noise cancellation.

Positives
  • Weight tuning system
  • PMW3360 Optical Gaming Sensor is well-regarded
  • 20 million click-rated mechanical Omron switches
  • Macro programming-enabled buttons
  • High-mass scroll wheel
  • Sniper button
  • Three-zone RGB backlighting customization

Negatives
  • People feel like construction should be more premium since it’s Bose; for instance, the cable doesn’t feature an advanced design (such as oval shape) to prevent kinks. It’s mostly small stuff, but worth mentioning for the picky ones out there.https://www.bhphotovideo.com/images/images1000x1000/bose_718839_0010_quietcomfort_20_for_ios_1168269.jpg

Final Verdict

https://assets.pcmag.com/media/images/395841-bose-quietcomfort-20-inline.jpg?thumb=y&width=450&height=282At the end of the day, picking a winner for the best ear bud challenge was a pretty easy task. The winner is easily the Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones. They blow competitors out of the water in terms of sound quality, so there can really be no other winner for audio enthusiasts.

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