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.

The latest In-Ear Headphones Reviews

In-Ear by Carsten Kaiser 1 month ago

Hörluchs HL1100

In-Ears with a Focus on Differentiated Mids and Detailed Treble

The Hörluchs HL1100 are part of the most compact range offered by the German manufacturer. As a specialist in hearing aid acoustics, Hörluchs bring their experience in ergonomic design and construction to their headphone offering. These headphones also turn out to be "speech-oriented" when it...

3.9

True Wireless by Sven Opitz 2 months ago

Jabra Elite Sport

True Wireless In-Ears for Sports with Impressive App Integration

With the Jabra Elite Sport there’s much more to look forward to than the usual perks of a pair of quality True Wireless in-ears. With precise heart rate measuring taken directly on the ear and an app with extensive functionality, the Elite Sport is your...

3.9

In-Ear by Carsten Kaiser 2 months ago

Hörluchs HL1010

In-Ears with Bass Reserves and Excellent Speech Intelligibility

Hörluchs unveil an entry-level model to the market with the HL1010, broadening the reach of this German manufacturer to buyers with a more modest budget. We put these in-ears to the test to see what they're capable of.

3.9

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
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
Carsten Kaiser 27. March 2017

The Kygo E4/600 headphones are well suited for everyday use, both in the office or on the train. In terms of sound, they are solid all-rounders that feel at home in all music styles. Only when it comes to audiophile Hi-Fi do they have to stand in line behind other headphones – but that’s no big surprise considering the price. Nevertheless, they sit well ahead in their segment and leave little room for improvement.

Nils Neuneier-Quak
Nils Neuneier-Quak 2. January 2019