Do you like in-ear headphones at all?

Do you like in-ear headphones at all?
Plenty of smartphones out there come with a set of earphones in the package. This has been a tradition for years now and we sure hope it doesn't change. But there is one thing that is a bit odd — manufacturers insist on shipping in-ear models pretty much universally. Apple goes against the grain with its EarPods being an earbud type of headphone, and Samsung did so for a while, too — the headset that was bundled with its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S7 smartphones was also of the bud type. But that changed with the Galaxy S8 onwards, with the new "designed by AKG" in-ear headphones.

As for the rest of the industry — we can't come up with a single, well-known smartphone brand that features headphones, which are not of the in-ear model.

There are people out there who absolutely hate in-ear headphones due to the fact that their ear canals simply refuse to hold such a design in place, no matter what size of tip one puts on them. There are the people who simply dislike having to jam a headphone in their ear. Then, there are also those who like the sound-insulation, we suppose.

So, we thought we'd ask. Do you like in-ear headphones or do you just put up with them? Do you refuse to use them at all? Vote in our poll below and feel free to expand on it by commenting as well!

Do you like in-ear earbuds?

Love them!
I put up with them... they are fine I guess
I can't stand them / can't use them at all



1. irossdrummer

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

sound is so good and bass is so good, but the apple earpods are able to be used in bed without a problem, but the quality isn't as good

50. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 931; Member since: May 07, 2014

True. I use Xiaomi Piston Air for the same purpose. They are the most comfortable ones I have ever used, in bed or wherever. They also stick very good in the ear and don't pop out every now and then. Though the sound quality is not that great and the cable protection has damaged a bit after 8 months of use. The earpods are also very ergonomic.

2. andriodfanboy1

Posts: 170; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Shocked to seeany people love them. I personally can't use them

8. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I was in the same boat as you until I found the ones that I am most comfortable with like the one I got with my HTC one m10 back when I had it. I still use my pair to this day and they are great.

18. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I'm shocked that you're shocked.

3. antmiu2

Posts: 552; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

If you know anything about earbuds you know in ear are the best.

15. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

And why are in-ear better than on or over ear? Usually, the best sound headphones are not in-ear.

16. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

According to many sources, the best audio comes from over-ear headphones not in-ear..

24. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

I completely agree with you that over-ear headphones are the best (not on-ear) for sound quality, but in the context of earbuds vs IEMs, then IEMs are definitely far superior to earbuds, which is why the headphone subreddit says you shouldn't spend over 20$ on earbuds, haha.

26. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1354; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

In ear are only superior if you're exercising and in work place environments where you're allowed to use them as they don't get in the way. For actually listening to music then over ear are by far the best in terms of audio quality.

44. theunspoken

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

Short on money go for in ear, or else go for good sounding over ear headphones like audio technica

21. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Never mind... I didn't notice they are only talking earbuds here, as in the small ones you put in your ears. Not headphones in general. Didn't even know there was a difference in earbuds itself.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

No way, dude. You can get comparable sound quality from an over ear for far less money. The over ear deliver sound in a far more natural manner. I have to disagree with you, bro.

45. eteck

Posts: 3; Member since: May 23, 2018

If you can wear them. My ear canals don't take them (wrong shape), so I don't even have a choice. But earbuds are harder and harder to find, especially if you want a pair that's wireless.

4. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Mr.Kateliev hates'em so much I guess.

5. gigicoaste

Posts: 466; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

the best.. from which perspective? Sound.. sure but not comfort

25. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Comfort is completely subjective, so saying that one is just straight up more comfortable is just wrong, as that is down to the individual. The only thing you can discuss is sound quality, and in that regard IEMs completely spank earbuds, as earbuds are the worst form factor there is.

46. eteck

Posts: 3; Member since: May 23, 2018

If your ear canals meet the industry standard spec, sure. But if you have a curve in your ear canal (like I do), you're going to have to use a lot of force to jam an earbud in, and it hurts like hell. And so do earplugs. That's not subjective, that's just bad luck.

54. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Ofc it's subjective, because it's something that is quite unique to you, it's not a universal thing for all humans. I don't have any issues at all, while you do, which again shows how subjective comfort is.

6. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

They are great when you have the right pair for your ears but usually I prefer over the ears headphones like the v-moda crossfades or sennheiser ones.

19. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I prefer over ear too. I have pretty small ears, so in-ears are usually painful. But I like the sound diversity and quality of over-ears and love my Sennheiser momentums

22. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

How do you find the momentums? I have the dj HD 7 and I don't mind getting another sennheiser pair or a second Gen v-moda crossfade m100.

28. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

They are great. Bass and mid-range are superb, high-range very good. They are a bit pricey (especially the wireless ones) but they are worth it. Noise cancellation is one of the best, although their new set is even better. And they come in very cool colour schemes, have the brown and pearl coloured ones. And with 22 hours of wireless music play, they are great for longer plane trips

31. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Sounds good. There is a second Gen? I'll check this one and the Sony mdr 1000 and compare them together. I read online that Sony's noise cancelation is the best so far but I need to try them myself.

32. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Never mind, I saw there was a new wireless set, but that's just a Pink Floyd edition of the HD1

35. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

OK I just found out there is a second gen Sony WH-1000XM2. More choices more confusion. I'll take the time and check the reviews.

39. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Haha choice is good right ;) But Sony does make very excellent headphones, good luck with choosing the right one

7. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

My Bose QC 20's are still working great. The sound is amazing, they're noise cancelling, and much more portable than any over-ear headphones.

9. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1485; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

I personally love my Sennheiser in-ear headphones.

10. j_grouchy

Posts: 190; Member since: Nov 08, 2016

Hate 'em. They are uncomfortable, they don't stay in well and they amplify my own sounds in my head, like breathing or chewing.

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