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 Ulf Kaiser 1 month ago

1more ComfoBuds 2

Cheap True Wireless earbuds with Bluetooth 5.2

With the ComfoBuds 2, Chinese manufacturer 1more maintains its product profile. These Bluetooth earbuds, available in matt black or white, are aimed at users who are looking for affordable headphones for everyday use. It's not just about the highest sound quality, but also about the...

3.4

Bluetooth by Maike Paeßens 1 month ago

OnePlus Buds Z2

Compact True Wireless in-ears with noise cancellation and ambient mode

With the OnePlus Buds Z2, the smartphone manufacturer offers a price-conscious alternative to the Buds Pro, which features both two-stage noise-cancelling for attenuation and ambient mode for amplifying outside noise. These cable-free in-ears are also characterized by good speech intelligibility during telephone calls and support...

4.1

Bluetooth by Sven Opitz 1 month ago

SoundPEATS Air3

Very affordable True Wireless in-ears with contemporary technology

The SoundPEATS Air3 come in the typical AirPods design, offer contemporary technology such as Bluetooth 5.2 and aptX Adaptive Codec with a dynamic bitrate and a gaming mode with reduced latency. This comes at a reasonable price with decent sound as well as good remote...

3.5
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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
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 IE 900, Sennheiser set a new reference standard for purely dynamic in-ear headphones. The audiophile neutral sound image impresses with balance, the fullness of detail and excellent treble reproduction. The high manufacturing costs and the resulting four-digit price of 1,299 euros were worth it. As an in-ear system, the IE 900 is compact enough for mobile use but particularly shows its full strengths in quiet surroundings and with high-quality (and, if required, balanced) peripherals. The price is high and naturally excludes a number of interested parties. However, the IE 900 are audiophile performers that definitely earn the top prizes.

Ulf Kaiser
Ulf Kaiser 29. November 2021
Sennheiser IE 900
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