Earbuds Review

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Why Buy Earbud Headphones?

When you’re looking to invest in earbuds, sound quality and comfort are probably two of the top features on your list. It can be difficult to strike a balance between design and sound quality in a pair of earbuds without spending a fortune. Difficult, but not impossible. Here at TopTenREVIEWS, we’ve scoured the web (and various electronics stores) to find the best in-ear headphones that combine great sound quality with designs that will fit comfortably.

At TopTenREVIEWS We Do the Research So You Don’t Have To.™

In our reviews, we’ve selected the 10 highest quality earbuds that won’t break the bank. In the individual product reviews, we lay out the differences between each of the earbuds and the different features each brand adds to the basic earbud design. Our top three products – the INK'D Ear Bud Stereo Headphones by Skullcandy, the Tonic by Earjax and the Koss KEB40 Insider Earbud Headphones – are fantastic examples of how this technology can combine comfort, usability and sound quality.

In addition to our reviews of the top 10 best earbuds, we’ve also researched and written some helpful articles on earbud headphones for your perusal. If you want to learn more about in-ear headphones, including the dangers and myths about them, our learning center is a great place to start.

Earbud Headphones: What to Look For

To rate these earbuds in our side-by-side comparison, we looked at everything from the size of the speaker driver to the variety of earbud sleeve sizes. We tested each to experience their sound quality, bass response and comfort. We looked at the design of the earbuds, from how well the cord stayed untangled in a pocket to how well they fit in a variety of ear types.

Our comprehensive reviews expound on each product's specifications and rank each one in the following areas:

Sound Quality
In each review we expound on the sound quality and power handling of each product. We compare the specs for each option – including frequency, driver, impedance and sensitivity – which will help you understand the precise abilities and advantages of each earphone. We further add to the review by sharing our own experience listening to the earbuds and the impressions of others.

Comfort
We judged the earbuds on comfort through hands-on testing. We tested how easy it was to switch the ear cushions from one size to another. We also looked at how comfortable these were after prolonged periods of use. The best ones were hardly noticeable, even after several hours of listening.

Design
The ranking from this area is determined by the durability and design of each model. We looked into aspects such as custom fitting (multiple sizes of ear cushions), cord material and length, carrying case, weight and color options. We tested the durability of the earbuds and gauged how well they sealed off the ear canal for maximum audio quality.

Help & Support
This ranking judges the creators of each product. We looked at their warranty information, customer support teams and the product manuals. We always want to make sure that our top products have a reliable company backing them up.

As you search for the right earbuds for you, we invite you to view the side-by-side comparison of all top 10 products as well as the reviews for each product you are most interested in. Also, stay up to date on tech news by following our Facebook Fan Page and on Twitter @TopTenREVIEWS.

 
 
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Rank #1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10
10-9  Excellent
8-6    Good
5-4    Average
3-2    Poor
1-0    Bad
Skullcandy INK'D Earjax Tonic Koss KEB40 Skullcandy Riot Sennheiser CX 200 Wicked Jaw Breaker JVC Marshmallow Earjax Gig JVC Gumy Air Sony Fontopia
Skullcandy INK'D Earjax Tonic Koss KEB40 Skullcandy Riot Sennheiser CX 200 Wicked Jaw Breaker JVC Marshmallow Earjax Gig JVC Gumy Air Sony Fontopia
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Lowest Price
Visit Skullcandy INK'D
$17.99
Visit Earjax Tonic
$18.73
Visit Koss KEB40
$12.00
Visit Skullcandy Riot
$15.99
Visit Sennheiser CX 200
$18.99
Visit Wicked Jaw Breaker
$9.00
Visit JVC Marshmallow HA-FX35
$24.99
Visit Earjax Gig
$19.95
Visit JVC Gumy Air
$9.95
Visit Sony Fontopia
$14.99
Ratings
9.88
8.95
8.75
8.50
7.82
7.75
7.65
7.25
6.18
4.75
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
10.00
10.00
9.38
10.00
8.75
8.13
10.00
10.00
9.38
8.75
8.13
7.50
8.75
7.50
8.75
10.00
7.50
8.75
7.50
6.88
7.50
7.50
8.75
7.50
7.88
8.75
6.25
6.25
6.25
7.50
7.50
10.00
6.75
5.00
6.75
6.25
5.00
2.50
7.50
5.00
 
Features
Frequency Response (Hz) 20-20000 20-20000 15-20000 20-20000 20-20000 20-20000 8-23000 20-20000 20-20000 12-22,000
Driver Size (mm) 11 10 9 11 9 10 8.5 6 11 16
Nominal Impedance (Ohm) 16 32 16 16 16 16 16 10 16 16
Sensitivity (dB/1mW) 102 102 104 102 110 102 102 99 105 108
Design
Custom Fitting 3 sizes 4 sizes 3 sizes 3 sizes 3 sizes 3 sizes 2 sizes 3 sizes 1 size N/A
Cord Length (feet) 4.3 4 4 4.3 3.9 3.94 3.94 4 3.3 3.3
Cord Material TPE TPE TPE TPE TPE TPE TPE TPE TPE TPE
Plug Shape Straight Straight Straight Straight L-Shaped Straight Straight Straight Straight L-Shaped
Gold Plated Plug
 
Color Options
Black
 
White
 
 
 
 
Silver
 
      
Green
 
 
    
Red
  
    
 
Blue
  
    
 
Yellow
  
    
 
Purple
  
    
 
Pink
    
  
 
Gray    
     
Help & Support
Warranty Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime 2 years Lifetime 1 year Lifetime 1 year 90 days
Email Support
Telephone Support
FAQs
 
Physical Manual