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

Bluetooth by Maike Paeßens 3 weeks ago

Padmate Pamu Slide

True Wireless in-ears with touch control and exceptionally long battery life

The sporty, cordless Pamu Slide in-ears from Padmate are round and powerfully tuned; they offer an extremely comfortable, stable fit and boast excellent endurance in terms of both the headphone's battery life and the transport case's battery reserves.

3.9

Samsung Galaxy Buds+

True Wireless In-Ears with "Sound by AKG"

After the Samsung Galaxy Buds achieved a respectable score of 3.9 in our test, now the South Korean mega-corporation have sent their successor, the Galaxy Buds+, into the fray. The Plus version aims to score with a longer battery life and better sound using the...

4

Bluetooth by Maike Paeßens 1 month ago

Fostex TM2

Modular True Wireless in-ears with optional IEM Bluetooth adapter

These TM2 cable-free in-ears from Fostex offer a long runtime and not only support Bluetooth standard 5.0, but also use high-quality audio codecs with aptX and the AAC format. In terms of sound, these headphones have a neutral, acoustic focus similar to wired studio headphones,...

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

With the U18t, 64 Audio constructively explores the limits of what is possible with in-ear monitors. The sound results are completely convincing and meet the highest demands of stage musicians, sound engineers and audiophile music listeners without restrictions. The extra cost compared to the equally outstanding U12t is obvious, with the sonic gain being particularly noticeable in the areas of neutrality and spatiality. Without a doubt, the U18t and the custom-fit model A18t with list prices of 3,299 Euros require a budget that is by no means available to everyone. On the other hand, they demonstrate the upper limits of what is currently feasible in the in-ear monitor sector. The U18t are comparable with an expensive full-range studio monitor but, in this case, they can also be used as a mobile monitor.

Ulf Kaiser
Ulf Kaiser 8. January 2020