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Categories: In-Ear

In-ear boom

Due to the boom of mobile players, especially the Apple iPod as well as smartphones like the iPhone, everyone has at least a few in-ear headphones lying around at home. Thus, these are probably the most widely used headset type. Unfortunately, most MP3 players and mobile phones are delivered with bad sounding headphones, which quickly gives rise to the desire for higher-quality companions – after all, our favorite bands and songs accompany us on the bus, the train, just about anywhere!

This is to be considered when buying In-Ears:

From cheap to high end, everything is represented here, so here is a small checklist with the most important purchase criteria.

In-ears must sit tight in the ear to make them sound good, and we mean really tight. Often there are silicone fittings that help, and if not, try so called special foam tips, e.g. from Comply.

Of course, they also have to be comfortable, you carry them for hours, but please take care that they do not cause earache.

If you want to use In-Ears with your smartphone, you definitely need a pair of In-ears with a remote including a microphone. This built-in mic forwards your voice when making a call.

If you only want to connect In-Ears to an iPod or other MP3 player, you only need headphones with remote control. Depending on the model you can skip songs back and forth, pause or start. And the best is that your smartphone can stay in your backpack or pocket.

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The latest In-Ear Headphones Reviews

Bluetooth by Ralf Willke 6 days ago

Bowers & Wilkins Pi7 S2

Version 2 of the premium True-Wireless in-ears

Model maintenance is apparently high on the agenda for Bowers & Wilkins' premium in-ears this year. Because compared to version 1 (our review), the new Bowers & Wilkins Pi7 S2 dispense with some ground-breaking new features. On the other hand, their battery life, Bluetooth range...

4.4

In-Ear by Carsten Kaiser 1 week ago

Hörluchs HL4610

Professional in-ears with six-way drivers

The Hörluchs HL4610 are in-ears aimed at professional users who have high demands. The 46 series of headphones from Hörluchs aim to offer a notably differentiated sound using six-way drivers.

3.4

Bluetooth by Pete Schloßnagel 2 weeks ago

Huawei FreeBuds 5i

True Wireless in-ears with ANC and Hi-Res Audio for under 100 euros

The new top model from smartphone giant Huawei goes by the name of "FreeBuds 5i" and offers you effective active noise cancelling with up to 42 dB, multipoint and IP54 certification. Thanks to LDAC, the Huawei FreeBuds 5i also transmit at up to 24 bit...

3.9
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Editor's recommendations: In-Ear Headphones

Ultimate Ears haven’t done things by halves here. With the Ultimate Ears 18+ Pro, the music lover can look forward to premier in-ear headphones tailored by audiologists. In addition to the numerous plate and case personalisation options, they guarantee everyday and stage-compatible production values, effortless handling and, last but by no means least, a well-balanced sound experience. In addition, these in-ears are ultra-light, comfortable to wear and provide a huge amount of isolation against external noise. Therefore, not only do they make superb stage monitors, but they also serve recording and mixing sessions well. More simply, they can be utilised by any self-respecting audiophile looking to enjoy their music on the go. Most likely, classical music fans will find a new favourite pair of in-ears with these.

As high as the recommended retail price of approximately 1,785 euros might seem, reviewing the huge benefits of these in-ear headphones quickly shows how much the Ultimate Ears 18+ Pro has to offer. What’s more, as soon as you listen to the tonal abilities of these in-ears, the price-performance ratio suddenly seems very reasonable indeed. If you have the budget enough to stretch and want quality headphones with superior sound, you should not overlook the Ultimate Ears 18+ Pro.

Carsten Kaiser 19. September 2018

The Shure SE846 makes a big promise of well-appointed in-ears with professional applications, while also ensuring those after everyday audio enjoyment are catered for. First-rate workmanship, not to mention an immense range of accessories, make these earphones a fun and flexible choice, especially for the purchase price. Noise cancellation and wearing comfort are also top of the class, while the adjustment possibilities of the frequency range means these in-ears can cope with almost any playback situation and musical genre. If you want to treat your ears to real sound luxury and have the funds to make the purchase, the Shure SE846 is a worthwhile consideration.

Carsten Kaiser 27. March 2017

Sound-wise, the Sennheiser IE 600 deliver a really convincing performance. You can immerse yourself in a lot of listening pleasure with a decidedly coherent music reproduction that masters all parameters of sound reproduction convincingly. With these characteristics, the Sennheiser IE 600 turn out to be not only a piece of jewellery for listening pleasure but also recommend themselves as a working tool for the stage and the recording studio. Thanks to the extremely robust and thoroughly decorative construction and the interchangeability of the cable, long-term use should be possible. Sennheiser offers a really interesting alternative to the considerably more expensive IE 900 and even includes a balanced cable for the discerning listener.

Ulf Kaiser 2. November 2022
Sennheiser IE 600
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