Results: in-ear buds have a third of users dissatisfied

Results: in-ear buds have a third of users dissatisfied
In-ear earphones are pretty much everywhere — almost every large manufacturer includes an in-ear headset with their phones, save for Apple and its signature EarPods. Samsung was on the earbud wagon for a while — in the Galaxy S6 and S7 period — but it has gone back to in-ear headphones with the AKG-designed headset it has been including with its top-tier hitters since the Galaxy S8.

With so many manufacturers going for the in-ear model, we had to wonder — what does the consumer think? It's a well-known fact that some people out there just don't have the ear canals capable of holding an in-ear in place. And, for some of those that can, jabbing an earphone in their ears and having the internal sounds of their bodies amplified is an uncomfortable experience.

So, we thought we'd ask — do we really love in-ears so much that all manufacturers choose that design to go with?

Well, according to our poll, two thirds of users love them, which is a very respectable part of the voters, sure. But 22% merely put up with them and 14% outright hate them, which — combined — is not a slice of the userbase we'd say is easily ignored.

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. Mode8306

Posts: 9; Member since: May 28, 2018

It really seems like the author was angling for a "dissatisfied result" here. The original poll article was titled "Do you like in-ear headphones at all?" - a leading question. Then there's this paragraph which tries to imply that most people dislike them: "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." Then the poll gave 3 options. The only positive one being high praise: "Love them!" The middle option: "I put up with them... they are fine I guess" Could be seen as neutral. Yet when the followup article is written, it's: "in-ear buds have a third of users dissatisfied". This is just a masterclass in bad poll writing and reporting. Basically what we have is: 62% strongly like 23% neutral 14% strongly dislike The conclusion and the poll are clearly driven by the author's personal opinion. I registered for an account just to comment on how ridiculous this poll is.

2. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

IKR, he should said "1/6 of voters dissatisfied"

12. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

@Preslav: what kind of pills you take? Share it pls, cause they are obviously strong enough to make you see the unseen.

3. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Yeah, I've already commented on that, he hates them, wanted to find other nerds are hating'em, found the truth, now he is dissatisfied. Simple.

5. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Well said.

8. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

You're completely correct and they keep doing crap like this on their polls. You will also find that the bias that is typically seeping through these kind of articles are also always in accordance with what Apple does. Apple is one of the few companies that still choose to stick with earbuds, while everyone else has concluded that IEMs are simply better, because they are. However, Phonearena is trying to make this turn into Apple's favor, meaning earbuds.

10. ravipotter

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 27, 2012

Right on point. I usually don't use swear words online/offline. But this poll and reporting is just s**t. He could have said 62% just absolutely love it, or have said, 14% are dissatisfied, but he has come up with something that is nothing but an deplorable attempt of trying to twist the facts to suit his case. This poll and reporting is just s**t.

4. Farcaster

Posts: 163; Member since: Apr 16, 2018

Or two-thirds satisfied...

6. ahmadkun

Posts: 624; Member since: May 02, 2016

i don't know if you need to learn more how to pick up a title

9. japkoslav

Posts: 1521; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

In ear headphones have probably the best potential to sound good in lower price categories. I pesonaly love them, but I love everything but earbuds. Nobody makes decent earbuds and I don't blame any manufacturer - in ears are just better sounding and have better isolation, so why bother with subpar earbud construction.

11. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Those dissatisfied users may have problems with their inner ear because it's covered with too many ear waxes. Many people shared in ear buds to anyone without even cleaning them. Talk about sharing ear waxes.

13. Tipus

Posts: 894; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Talk about author's " glass is half empty" attitude. :)))

14. Jrod99

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

It’s harder for me to find in ear buds that don’t bother me. Love my AirPods but need something for jogging and mowing yard. Sweat proof too.

15. Chris_ABN

Posts: 194; Member since: May 16, 2018

Love mines. Idk what the hell he was talking about.....

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