Top 10 Best Earbuds in 2018 – Complete Guide

Earbuds kick up a great debate between people who like convenience and people who invest in audio. Fortunately,Top 10 Best Earbuds in 2018 you no longer have to choose. The newer earphones can play audiophile-grade audio like full-size cans and be portable simultaneously. The sheer ability to carry them around in a tiny space and get some noise isolation trumps the wide open soundstage of headphones. The earbuds also come with a bunch of accessories and most of them are equipped with inline controls too. To help you find your sonic nirvana, we have shortlisted the top 10 best earbuds in the market in 2018. These are selected based on their audio, usability, features and are spread across a wide price range.

How are these top 10 best earphones different from the rest?

There are certain aspects which make the experience with the top earphones much better than a standard pair. We explain more about that here:

Audio: Everybody likes their music a little bit different. Some favor bass while others crave clarity. Some like the bite in the treble and bass cannons. Sound signatures differ from unit to unit but the trend is generally same in a price range. The holy grail of sound signature for us is where the response is neutral, i.e. bass, mids and highs get equal attention and no one frequency is boosted. This neutral audio can be easily equalized to create your own SQ. Flat response is like a white canvas. You can paint your own picture and tweak the audio to reflect your taste to a large extent. If the response is already sculpted in one area of the frequency spectrum, it’s like painting over a base color. You have to take the effect of the combination into account.

The earphones under $100 are usually colored with a bump in the bass. This is preferred by the casual music lovers because it makes the audio sound more substantial when there’s a lot of ambient noise. Plus bass infuses the songs with more energy and richness. Unless you are critiquing music, reasonably clear earphones with a good bass bump save you the trouble of EQing.  Purists look for clean, neutral EQ. But audiophiles, in general, look for neutral audio with some character. Clinically clean audio can get on your nerves quickly. The audio has to sound exciting, open and titillating even with a neutral response.

Driver: Specific drivers bring distinctive characteristics to the audio of earbuds. The dynamic drivers have a transducer element that converts electrical signals to acoustic ones to produce the audio. The Balanced armature (BA drivers) drivers produce audio by moving an armature based on electronic sonic signal.

Dynamic earbuds are usually used in earbuds of all price ranges. They have a clean and powerful bass response while BA drivers sound detailed and more accurate in the mids and highs. Most pricier earbuds have multTop 10 Best Earbuds in 2018iple drivers to process different frequency ranges of the audio.  A crossover network merges the various responses into a coherent response. The more the number of drivers, the bulkier the ear pieces get. But brands like Shure have produced compact, one-size-fits-all type of multi-driver earbuds for years.

Comfort: These earphones come equipped for a comfortable and secure fitment. These may be in the form of multiple eartips or over-ear fitment. While most earphones fit the usual way, some have to be worn with their cable wound around the ears. These are usually earphones with multiple drivers which result in a larger-than-average ear piece.  These may feel a little alien at first but once you find the right positioning, they can be as comfortable as the regular earphones.

Some people find it difficult to have earpieces snaking into their ear canals. But the overall perks of having them over over-ear headphones are many. And these best earbuds have been lauded for their comfort factor over long hours of use.

Features: A common feature we look for in the best earbuds is an inline control. It makes them easy to use with smartphones which is their most popular playback device. Other features like detachable cables, L-shaped plugs, Kevlar-reinforced cables, Bluetooth and Active Noise Cancellation. Most of the earbuds covered here are wired because of the lack of consistency in performance amongst wired earbuds.

Price: To be able to recreate decent audio with a wide open soundstage, you require precision technology. These could be multiple drivers or single as in the case of Sennheiser IE700 which brings the detail and accuracy of balanced drivers into a single dynamic driver. This requires research work, the expenses of which are retrieved through pricing. So exceptional earbuds are usually pricey.

But not everyone is a music critique and some are just looking for convenient, decently detailed earbuds for great performance with all genres. Some sub-$100 that show remarkable insight into their audio response and are suitable for everyday use.  They even win the affections of the audiophiles.

Which are the best earbuds in the market?

We selected the 10 best earbuds and ranked them based on:Top 10 Best Earbuds in 2018

Audio: We have tried to select a variety of popular sound signature. From strong bass to neutral audio, revealing to smooth, we have something for everyone. We also ruled out the usual suspects like boomy bass or harsh treble which muddy the audio experience.

Fitment: These beast earphones have been selected for their comfortable fitment. We also checked that they stay secure in the ears with usual movements. We gave more preference to the ear pieces that come with multiple sizes of eartips and accessories. We also checked user feedback to see if people found them comfy in general.

Features and Accessories: We checked for the most-demanded features like inline controls. Other specs like ANC, Bluetooth connectivity, metal jack, detachable cable etc. all got brownie points. We were more interested in the accessories, most importantly the choices of eartips sizes and types.

Price: We have covered the headphones in a broad price range. They were selected based on value for money.

TOP 10 BEST EARBUDS IN 2018 – CHART

Picture
Name
Feature
Price
Rating
Picture
Name
Feature
Price
Rating
1. Beyerdynamic Xelento Remote Tesla In-ear
8-48,000 Hz $$$ 4.7
2. Earsonics ES3 in-ear earphones
10 Hz -20 kHz $$$ 4.7
3. 1MORE Triple Driver In Ear Headphones
6 sets of silicone ear tips $$ 4.7
4. Shure SE846 Sound Isolating Earphones
15 Hz–20 kHz $$$ 4.6
5. Fiio F9 Best Over the Earphones/Headphones
up to 40kHz $$ 4.6
6. Final Audio Design Balanced Armature Earphones Heaven II
Two Year Warranty $$$ 4.5
7. Shure SE535 Earphones and Music Phone Cable with Remote and Mic
37 dB of ambient noise $$$ 4.5
8. Sennheiser IE80 Headphone
ambient noise of up to 26 dB $$$ 4.5
9. Marsno M1 Wired Metal In Ear Headphones
3.5mm gold plated jack $$ 4.3
10. Bose SoundSport in-ear headphones
Sweat- and weather-resistant $$ 4.3

1. Beyerdynamic Xelento Remote Tesla In-ear

The Beyerdynamic Xelento earbuds are the most exquisite audiophile earphones we have seen in a while. Right Beyerdynamic Xelento Remote Tesla In-earfrom the design, the presentation, the Telsa drivers and the accessories, these wow. These are the earphones that audiophiles and casual listeners alike will deem to be worth every penny. These are expensive but they are built and tuned to perfection. Xelento are where we draw the line on luxury earbuds that are worth it. Hence, their top spot in the best earbuds list.

Design and Features

The Beyerdynamic Xelento earbuds are made under strict oversight in Germany. And their finest hour must have been spent at this job. The ear pieces with mirror finish have 3 layers of metallic coating that are sweat and abrasion-proof. The earbuds are very light which indicates they aren’t probably metal. They sit flush in the small of ears and the cords have to be wound around the ears. The earbuds are relatively small because of their single-driver. They are clearly marked “L” and “R” on the inner side near the eartips.

The Xelento come with 10 different eartip sizes. These include 7 sizes of silicone eartips and 3 sizes of foam eartips. They have taken meticulous care in the design of these sleeves as well. The foam ones sit snug in the ears and provide excellent noise isolation and fitment.

These earbuds have detachable cables. The Xelento Remote earphones come with one audio cable and one cable with inline control. The controls include a mic, volume navigation and multifunctional button. All buttons work with both Apple and Android devices. The transparent stock cables are completely tangle-free and have absolutely no cable noise.  They have MMCX connectors on the earbuds side and a 3.5mm jack on the player side which has a metallic housing. The cable lends a slightly warm texture to the sound and we wouldn’t pick an alternative over these. The Xelento come in a beautiful one-tone box with the eartips and a cable clip. They are also accompanied by a leather case with separate slots for the ear pieces and a cable manager.

Audio

The Beyerdynamic Xelento Remote earbuds dazzle with their intensely engaging and smooth audio. They are driven by a single dynamic Tesla driver. They are highly resolving as their price would suggest. But the details don’t stand out jarringly. Rather Xelento put them all together allowing you to enjoy audio from any source. The bass has great speed and tightness. It doesn’t go as deep into sub bass as the Sennheiser IE700, but the definition and punch are reproduced well.

The treble is where these earbuds shine, courtesy the Tesla driver. They can produce sparkling treble without the slightest hint of harshness. The midrange has a lot of character and ends up sounding musical in spite of the neutral response. The soundstage is wide and deep but only within the constraints of sounding natural. The transient response is exceptional and complicated mixes play though effortlessly.  They are very dynamic and slightly better-fitting than the Shure 846s.

Pros:

  • Smooth, resolved audio
  • Exceptionally dynamic and engaging
  • Detachable cables, inline remote
  • Perfect fitment
  • Sparkling treble

Cons:

  • Expensive

2. Earsonics ES3 in-ear earphones

The Earsonics ES3 in-ear headphones present unique and romantic sound signature. The mids-focused audio with Earsonics ES3 in-ear earphonesnatural bass and clean sparkling highs are begging for a trial. They edge close to high-end in quality although they are priced conservatively by audiophile standards. The build quality also spoke from a place of style and durability. Except for the sparse accessories, their every other aspect points them to the best earphones list.

Design and Features

The Earsonics ES3 are triple-driver earbuds so the ear pieces reflect that capacity. They are made of tough but lightweight acrylic. They are large but flat, so they sit low-profile in the ears. The black buds sit securely in the small of the ears. The fitment is comfortable for all ear sizes. The driver posts are slimmer than the multi-driver 1More earbuds. They are angled away and sit somewhat shallow in the ears. They do not offer a smart choice of eartips but like us, most audiophiles will have some Comply foams tips handy. They come with 3 pairs of silicone tips, two pairs of foam tips and two pairs of double-flanged tips.  We found the tip selection of 1More much more adequate.

These earbuds have a detachable cable. This has to be routed around the ears in the true fashion of multi-driver earbuds. This cord has a memory wire section close to the connectors to the ear pieces. This aligns this portion to the shape of your ears after you use them for a while.  The cable ends in a 3.5mm jack on the player ends and has a 2-pin connector on the ear piece end. This type of cable is harder to replace than the MMCX-3.5mm cable of Xelento. But the cord is built to last and has string relief near the L-shaped jack. They come with a zippered carry case and a filter cleaner. The accessories don’t scream premium as in the case of Xelento, but they are sufficient.

Audio

The Earsonics ES3 earbuds redeem themselves with their incredibly emotional audio. The full-bodied rendition balances the technical and musical aspects that neither purists nor casual listeners can find fault with it. The sound is set in an expansive soundstage that’s both wide and deep. The imaging is perfection with enough space between the instruments. The mids benefit from the layers and layers of details separated with an airy spaciousness.

The bass of these earbuds walks a delicate balance between meatiness and slam. It is fast enough but it carries the weight of full mid-bass too. It extends deep into the mid-bass and brings healthy competition to the IE700. The bass helps the midrange sound lush and poignant. The ES3 are highly resolving but present the details with finesse and not a brash indifference like the clinical-sounding earphones. The treble is detailed and extended. The bite is just enough to keep things interesting.

Pros:

  • Natural, emotional sound
  • Excellent resolution and soundstage
  • Perfect imaging
  • Genre-independent audio
  • Detachable cable

Cons:

  • Few Accessories

3. 1MORE Triple Driver In Ear Headphones

The 1More Triple driver earphones have been blowing all competition out of the water in their price range. A 1MORE Triple Driver In Ear Headphonesrelatively new player, 1More managed to pack three drivers into these buds at a very reasonable price. While they truly can’t compete with stalwarts like IE700, they are very enjoyable and warm. The design is gorgeous and there are inline controls on the cable. These are our best earbuds for casual listeners and some audiophiles on a moderate budget.

Design and Features

The 1More triple driver earphones feature conical aluminum ear pieces. These are relatively lightweight but slightly bulky because they pack 3 drivers. The real difference is in the driver posts. These are thicker than usual driver posts and may not sit well in small ears. Most multi-driver earbuds must be worn with their cables wrapped around the ears. But the economy of the size of the 1More earbuds makes regular way of wearing possible. The metal extends a good 1.5 inches over the cable joint to the ear pieces. The eartips are angled away from the ear pieces for an ergonomic fit. This way, the edges of the driver casings don’t hurt your ears. These earbuds come with 6 sizes of silicone eartips and 3 sizes of foam eartips. These are quality tips and you are bound to find the perfect fit with them.

The two earbuds are connected to the Y-junction via a cylindrical wire with a rubbery finish. This has an inline control which supports both Android and Apple devices. The cable from the Y-junction to the jack is Kevlar-reinforced. The braided structure makes this portion tangle-proof. The cord terminates in a straight jack. The other accessories include a travel case with a magnetic clasp, an airline adapter and a shirt clip. These are available in Titanium and Rose Gold combinations with black.

Audio

The 1More triple driver earphones have a full and textured audio signature. The audio is reminiscent of They are warm and clear. The slightly darker signature sounds rich with genres like jazz and rock. They sound open and wide but intimate. Most casual listeners would appreciate this signature for their all-genre playlist. The bass is meaty and has the slam you need to enjoy Techno and EDM.   The midrange is decently detailed but not to the full potential of a balanced armature driver in more expensive headphones. That being said, the midrange has layers of details supported by the slam of the bass. The treble is detailed and defined. They add a bit of extra sparkle to make the audio sound clearer, a trick that cheaper earphones do to mimic the Shure SE535-like quality.

The crossover network of the multi-driver earphones makes the audio cohesive. 1More might have cut some costs here because the bass, mids and treble audio response could have been more coherent here.

Pros:

  • Full, rich audio
  • Affordable for multi-drivers
  • Highly musical
  • Inline control, Apple and Android
  • Good haul of accessories

Cons:

  • Crossover network should be better

4. Shure SE846 Sound Isolating Earphones

The Shure SE846 in-ear headphones have been around for a while and it’s a testament to their quality that they areShure SE846 Sound Isolating Earphones still so popular. These earbuds carry 4, that’s right, four BA drivers each earpiece in a bid to get the best of them.   They have been the go-to choices of audiophiles and casual listeners looking for a premium fare. The build quality and accessories are packed to stun. The best earbuds list is incomplete without the SE846 this year too.

Design and Features

The Shure SE846 earbuds are one of the multi-driver earbuds with slightly large ear pieces. Shure has improved form factor over time, so these sit flat and flush inside ears without any discomfort for most people.  We checked out the model with clear ear pieces and marveled at the circuit inside. The buds sit secure only if you wrap the cable around the ears. The SE846 comes with 3 pairs of their famed Shure Olive tips which are shaped like olives. There are other foam tips in different sizes, a cylindrical foam tip and a pair of triple-flanged tips. Our vote goes to Shure Olives but you have plenty of choices here.

These earbuds have detachable cables of excellent quality. They come with on cable connected and one spare. They connect to the earpieces via the strong but yielding MMCX connectors and terminate in a 3.5mm plug. The cables are easily replaceable but they are of excellent quality. We didn’t hear any cable noise or coloration through the stock cables. Shure also includes an extension with inline controls and mic for taking calls on the go. They also come with 3 sets of tuning filters: Standard, bass-forward and treble-forward. The standard ones are already mounted. They can be changed with an included tool to EQ the audio. A zippered carry case is also packed with them.

Audio

The Shure SE846 pack dual-drivers just for creating subwoofer-like bass and one driver each for mids and highs. This reflects in their warm, fluid and highly resolved audio signature. They present the details gracefully but down to the last note. The bass is exceptionally extended, tight and musical. It wins both technically and emotionally. The bass slam is real with SE846. The midrange shines with layers of air and rhythmic precision. The treble is extended, defined but bit polite. The audio ends up sounding dark and rich that bright and highly transparent.

The soundstage is massive on these IEMs in spite of their size. They have an excellent crossover network which gets the audio response from all drivers to create one seamless stream of music.

Pros:

  • Brilliant bass slam
  • Highly resolved
  • Large soundstage
  • Great haul of accessories
  • Detachable cable

Cons:

  • The cable can be too stiff

5. Fiio F9 Best Over the Earphones/Headphones

The Fiio F9 earbuds come from the audiophile gear giant. And their expertise in playing with audio shows in theseFiio F9 Best Over the Earphones/Headphones highly affordable buds. The build quality and the audio response are designed much like the higher-end Shures. Triple Balanced Armature drivers churn out highly musical audio that does justice to multiple genres. The comfort and durability build their case to be on the best in-ear headphones list.

Design and Features

The Fiio F9 IEMs are very compact for their triple-driver design. The ear pieces are curvy olive-shaped. To us, they felt smaller than the Shure SE846. They are low-profile too with their matte black finish and the understated Wing imprint.  The driver posts also feel a little slim so they are good for people with small ears. They come with 3 sizes of silicone eartips and 3 sizes of a different type of tips. You are likely to find the right within these.  The ear pieces are very lightweight and highly durable since they endure our daily abuse.

In spite of the price, these Fiio earbuds don’t slum it. They come with two detachable cables. Once terminates in a 3.5mm jack and the other with a 2.5mm balanced connection.  The 3.5mm cable is slightly stiff. Both cords have memory wire in the portion that needs to be wrapped around the ears. They connect to the ear pieces via MMCX connectors. These earbuds come with a strong pelican case.

Audio

The audio quality of FiiO F9 earbuds defies their relatively small price-tag. They are true audiophile earbuds with plenty of detailing. The bass gets down and dirty with some powerful sub bass. The mid bass has a very calculated bump which adds weight to the audio without unhinging the midrange. It adds impact and body to the sound. It’s as tight as we expect from an IEM of this price with some extra depth.

The midrange is extremely clear and detailed for the price. It plays with a raw emotion that’s characteristic of premium earbuds. The vocals reflect the pain in the artist’s voice. The bass gives mids solid ground to stand on. The tuning of the lower and higher mids breathes more air and transparency into the mids in spite of the bass bump. The Shure SE215 can be positively muddy in comparison.  The treble is sparkly and energetic. There’s a spike at 7kHz which could grate on your nerves but it subsides after 100 hours of burn-in. The soundstage is wide but intimate.

Pros:

  • Highly musical and engaging
  • Detailed and clear
  • Affordable audiophile SQ
  • Detachable cables

Cons:

  • Treble peak has to be tamed with burn-in

 

6. Final Audio Design Balanced Armature Earphones Heaven II

The Final Audio Heaven II are highly affordable audiophile earbuds. Although they are relatively less well-known in Final Audio Design Balanced Armature Earphones Heaven IIthe casual music circuit, they have a number of interesting offerings. These warm, revealing headphones with excellent soundstage and imaging.  FAD hasn’t shrimped on the design quality either. These are straight hits for the best earbuds list.

Design and Features

The FAD Heaven II in-ear headphones look categorically classy in their stainless steel design. There’s no questioning the durability of the stainless steel. The slim body of the driver housings also keeps the weight in check although these aren’t as light as the plastic earphones. There aren’t many choices in the eartips section. We recommending getting a pair of Comply foam eartips for the best audio experience.

These earbuds have a flat cable that’s permanently attached the ear pieces. It is tangle-resistant and ends in an L-shaped plug. The cord has some cable noise. We suggest sliding up the cable slider to reduce this.  The driver posts are slim, so these can sit deep in the ears and provide good passive noise isolation.

Audio

The FAD Heaven II earbuds use balanced armature drivers for a fast attack and energetic response. Their Balanced Air Movement (BAM) system lends a deep and punchy bass to the mix. It hits with great definition and control. It has the agility to deal with the complicated bass of EDM and Techno genres while also providing the meatiness for such music. The bass is balanced and not basshead material though.

The midrange sounds lush and detailed. They offer great detailing and a wide presentation set a little intimate to the user’s head. The excellent transient response ensure articulate vocals and guitars.  The highs are smooth and reasonably extended. It doesn’t have the same energy as bass which makes the Heaven II very relaxing to listen to.   For their price, these also have spacious instrument separation and imaging.

Pros:

  • Bass definition
  • Clear and articulate mids
  • Highly detailed
  • Steel ear pieces
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • No inline controls

7. Shure SE535 Earphones and Music Phone Cable with Remote and Mic

The Shure SE535 earphones are the classics that will remain in the “best” lists for a long time. The famous, less-Shure SE535 Earphones and Music Phone Cable with Remote and Micexpensive brothers of the SE846, these earbuds are the favorites of many audiophiles on a mid-fi budget. They have a similar but more compact build than the SE846 and they bring a more enjoyable, although less precise, signature to the table. They are a hit for the best earbuds list.

Design and Features

The Shure SE535 are multi-driver earphones. But they learned from their previous versions and made these much slimmer and compact in profile. They now have a universal fit. These still have to be worn by routing the cable over the ears though. The contoured shape of the ear pieces asks for some fiddling for a comfy and secure fitment.  These come with 3 sizes of Shure silicone tips, three pairs of foam tips, one pair of yellow cylindrical yellow tips and a pair of triple-flanged tips.

These earbuds have a Kevlar-reinforced detachable cable that runs over 5 feet long. The portion of the wire near the ear pieces is memory wire which adapts to your ears after a few uses. The cord terminates in an L-shaped plug with stress-relief. You get an extension cable with volume wheel with the SE535s. A studio adapter, a cleaning tool and a zippered carry case are also included.

Audio

The Shure SE535 earbuds are noted for their balanced response. The tight bass, clear midrange and detailed treble all combine into an engaging and enjoyable audio. These have three drivers to handle the bass, mids and highs. The crossover network is much like the SE846, seamless in its ability to collate the responses. The bass is punchy but nor for bass heads. It has a tight attack and decent extension. The midrange has richness and details on offer. The treble is more intricate and defined than the SE530s.  Overall they presentation is intimate enough to make you feel the music but wide enough to sound transparent.

The SE535 just aren’t as well-extended on bass and treble side as the SE846. But for their price range, there are very few other sets than can beat their audio.

Pros:

  • Full and engaging audio
  • Balanced and natural
  • Detailed
  • Compact multi-drivers
  • Detachable cable

Cons:

  • Sub bass could be better

8. Sennheiser IE80 Headphone

Need more bass from a pair of audiophile earbuds? The Sennheiser IE80 deliver. These are one-of-a-kind earbuds Sennheiser IE80 Headphonethat have a bass adjustment dial. They offer the classic Sennheiser experience of clarity and detailing that’s typical of their premium buds. As these have seen a price drop, they now fit perfectly in our best earbuds list.

Design and Features

The Sennheiser IE80 in-ear headphones are little geometrical-looking pieces. They have a pentagonal design with flat brushed metal backplates. A tiny dial of each ear piece is meant to tune the bass. You get an adjustment tool with the kit. The rest of the build is plastic. These sit flush in the ears. From user feedback, we find that the IE80 have proved to be comfy for people of all ear sizes. They come with a selection of silicone and foam tips. The driver housings sit shallow in the ears so they are less intrusive than many other earbuds on this list.

The cable of these earbuds keeps the ear pieces secure by wrapping around the ears. The cord is removable and easily replaceable. It resists tangles and ends in a burly L-shaped plug. Other accessories include detachable earhooks to comfortably route the cable over the ears and a carry case.

Audio

First off, at the lower settings up to first quarter turn of the bass knob, the Sennheiser IE80 earbuds sound balanced. Higher up, the bass increases in quantity but does not affect the other frequencies. We tested them with the bass turned to a quarter turn. The low-end is plenty beefy and beats with some speed. The EDM songs that get busy in the lower end sound glorious here. The midrange offers up nuances like its second nature. They sound natural and lose none of that attention to bass. It sounds lush supported by the strong bass. With the bass dial, both audiophiles and bassheads can live with these earbuds.

Pros:

  • Bass adjustment dial
  • Detachable cable
  • Clear and detailed mids
  • Good accessories

Cons:

  • Shape takes some getting used to

9. Marsno M1 Wired Metal In Ear Headphones

The Marsno M1 earbuds are heavy-duty super-affordable units. They can take a beating with everyday use and be Marsno M1 Wired Metal In Ear Headphonesplowed around in a bag with their metal build. The audio has plenty of punch for use during the commute. For the people who are on a shoestring budget, these are the best earbuds.

Design and Features

The Marsno M1 earbuds are made of aluminum alloy. They are both rust and damage-resistant. These are reasonably lightweight. The eartips project straight out of the pieces. While they are compact due to a single driver, you might not be able to sleep on your side with them on.  They are available in 4 colors: black, metal, blue and gold, which we are partial to. Marsno claims extra durability for their cord. This is a cylindrical cable and we would have preferred a flat one in the place. The cord has a single-button inline control. The single button can be used for Play/Pause/Call Answer/ Reject and track navigation based on the number of taps. The cord ends in a straight 3.5mm plug. The control and plug are color-matched to the ear pieces.

Audio

The Marsno M1 earbuds pack a lot of slam for their everyday performance.  This is supported by strong bass and reasonable clarity. The bass makes the audio sound full-bodied even at low volumes. This is especially useful during the commute. The midrange is smooth and clear. The treble is crisp and sparkling. The bass doesn’t muddy the mids. There’s no boominess in bass even at high volumes. There’s no sibilance either. At this price, we don’t expect more. The volume range is quite wide.

Pros:

  • Aluminum alloy housing
  • Single-button inline control
  • Balanced audio
  • Good volume range

Cons:

  • Single-button inline control

10. Bose SoundSport in-ear headphones

The Bose SoundSport in-ear headphones are another set that has held their position in the market. These have the most comfortable fitment of any earbuds we have tried. But they are simultaneously secure enough to be sports earbuds.  The Bose audio seals their deal to be on the best earbuds list.

Design and Features

The Bose SoundSport earbuds are extremely lightweight with their single-driver design. But they are sturdily made for an active lifestyle. The highlight of their comfort factor are their StayHear eartips. These are shallow tips with a curved fin. The fin holds on to the inner ear for a secure fitment.  They do not bore into the ears like normal earbuds which is a huge relief to many users. They provide these special tips in three sizes so you are likely to find the perfect fit. These earbuds also have an open design which lends airiness to the audio and lets ambient noise in. This is useful if you want to stay aware of your surroundings.

These earbuds have a tangle-resistant round cable. You can pick the models based on whether you want an Apple- or Android-compatible inline control. The 42-inch cord terminates in a straight plug. These are available in a number of funky colors. They come with a color-matched case with a carabiner clip.

Audio

Bose usually plays safe with its audio signature. These are balanced with punchy bass, decently detailed midrange and smoothened treble. This sound fits with all genres. In general, the detail resolution ability of these earphones is relatively above average for the price. They flatter all genres but do not stand in any one of them. They have an excellent mic which makes them a very capable headset.

There’s no cable noise, but the earbuds let in ambient noise which is a good thing for joggers.

Pros:

  • Floating earbuds
  • Secure fit for running
  • Balanced audio
  • Inline controls
  • Good headset

Cons:

  • No noise isolation