• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Call me crazy..

    • Written by from Reedley

    But I like the old ones better. I will probably be exchaning the EarPods. They don't seem to go loud enough for my liking. God bass, good sound... Not loud enough, aside from other minor details that I don't like.

    1 of 5 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    More bass but more discomfort

    • Written by from STEVENSON RANCH

    So I got a pair of these at a discount price because the person that got them with their iPhone 5 had sensitive ears (does not like "in-ear" ear buds).

    I had used the previous version of in-ear ear buds with no problem and enjoyed the fairly good sound that they provided (for $30 ear buds).

    First, these are very difficult to get into your ear and do not feel comfortable once you do have them situated. They are not "round" or "oval" like your ear canal but octangular. It feels as though they could fall out at any time. So it feels like I might have to constantly adjust them to keep them in. That's with just standing still or sitting. If I use them for exercising, that will probably be a completely different story and I'm sure that they will fall right out.

    As far as the sound, the bass frequency is much more prevalent. That is while there is "only" bass present in the mix. Once the rest of the ensemble joins in the bass response quickly drops back to where is usually is as with the previous version of ear buds. So if you're happy with your old ear buds, you probably won't be missing that much if you don't upgrade.

    Now, I did not do a side-by-side comparison, but I have pretty good ears and am a very discerning listener, but you will have to judge for yourself.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    does not stay in ear which is annoying and results in loss of bass

    • Written by from New York

    The sound is much better but only when they stay in your ears. They should have made some type of rubber tips to seal in the ear. When the in ear monitors do not seal in the ear you do not have bass. That is why I gave it 3 stars.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    New Apple EarPods

    • Written by from Longmont

    First off, let me start by saying the sound quality is much improved over the old headphones. They actually produce a full sound. However, they are one of the most uncomfortable pair of earbuds I have ever worn. I had to take them out after an hour of wearing them because they became unbearable. If I had to choose, I would take the old earbuds any day.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    - Overrated -

    • Written by from Burnaby

    I bought these new earpods due to all the great reviews it was getting. People were saying they are miles better than the old bud but in my experience so far these are nothing to be amazed about. If you spend 30 ~ 40 ish dollars getting an in ear earphones or a headphone you get much better sound quality.

    Sound quality is at best 2 and half star for the price.
    but this new earpod comes with much better volume control/mic so I raise it to three stars.

    Please make a better informed decision when getting a earphone/headphone. There are better choices out there. You just have to get out of the comfort and misleading zone. Seriously try other brands. Grado makes great headphones.

    0 of 2 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    great sound still hurts

    • Written by from Minneapolis

    i like the sound a lot better, but the pods still hurt my ears. They do not fall out as a walk around and i have not tried running with them yet.

    i can only wear it about 20 minutes before they start hurting. Not sure why they hurt, since the earpods are very smooth, but they do.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    You get what you pay for.

    • Written by from Richmond

    Comparing the new earpods from Apple to any other same price product the reviews may vary in favour of Apple. However as my title says "you get what you pay for". If you have any earphones that are well worth more than 30 dollars, you better stick with those ones instead.
    I tried both the Earpods and my Monster earphones (around 80 dollars i bought on a plane) and you can truly see the quality difference in comfort and sound due to the difference in 50 dollars. But if you just want something to get the job done Earpods are just fine.

    0 of 2 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Maybe it's just me...

    • Written by from Waterford

    Maybe it's just me, but these things still do not stay in my ears. They stay in for about 30 seconds or so and then pop out as if they were skydiving and my ears are their airplane. While they're in, the sound is fantastic, but it's not very useful if they don't stay in. Perhaps I'm inserting them wrong, but if so, EarPods/EarBuds/Earphones should not require a user guide. The EarBuds did the same thing and these do have a higher quality sound so they are an improvement, but still don't work for me. I wish the outer layer were done in white PVC foam like Flents Quiet Time Soft Comfort Ear Plugs. They could use a foam that is less dense to prevent the total sound isolation, but still allow the EarPods to form a custom outer shape every time. That would be a winner.

    84 of 142 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not a 5, but great sound.

    • Written by from Richmond

    I absolutely agree with every review on sound. You cannot argue the amazing sound quality. As the only one other person pointed out, these are not earbuds for the person on the go. They fall out. I cannot stop messing with them and pushing them back in. I think the problem is that not every ear is created equal. Why do you think that every earbud maker puts different silicon size attachments. The silicon also creates a stick fit and keeps it in place. I may have a bigger ear hole than most. ALMOST totally amazing. Now who's gonna make the silicon socks for these ear buds? I'll be on the lookout.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Sound Quality is good, mic is not

    • Written by from Canton

    Music sounds fairly decent through these, pretty good for $30 headphones.

    However, every time i talk to someone on the phone while using them, the other person complains about how they can’t hear me clearly. then I unplug the headphones and they can hear me perfectly. I might take these back and exchange them, might just be something wrong with mine, but the mic on the old headphones was always reliable, not on these.

    0 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Sound Great, but not in the gym.

    • Written by from San Jose

    First off, audio quality is a 5 (I am an audio engineer by education). Keep in mind that the low end has good thump, but there is no sustained low end like a bass (You can't really expect this from in/on ear headphones anyway.) I actually listened to a few old favorites with huge grin on my face as it was a very good listening experience.

    No on to why I rated these headphones only a 3. I was excited to take these to the gym and put them to the real test. Instant fail. These are the first pair of headphones I have owned that actually fell out of my ear. The problem for me was the right ear. The reason the right ear only is (I believe) the volume dongle. The weight of this is just enough to pull the earpod out of my ear. The other problem is that since the audio comes out of the side of the earpod, when it gets even slightly dislodged, there is a big drop in volume. Every 20 seconds I was pushing the right ear back in and adjusting it to try to even it out.

    Overall I am very sad, because I love the sound quality and overall comfort of the earpods, but I primarily wanted them for the gym and they just didn't work for me. I think a fix for this would be if they had a tackier materiel on the earpod or maybe a cover that can go overtop to fit more snug into ears.

    If this problem doesn't happen to you, then you have yourself an amazing pair of $30 headphones.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good fit, Great lows, NO Highs

    • Written by from salina

    These are a huge update in that they fit so much better into the ear canal. Because of this, the lows when listening to music are amazing. The high frequencies however, are basically non-existent. These are ok for making calls and casually listening to music, but if you are looking for good cheap earbuds for music listening only, these are NOT it.

    1 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good at hearing but bad to hold in ears

    • Written by from Parlin

    Thiis earpod is good to hear music, talk on phone .. mic is also good but it has a bad grip... it should have come with collar lock and headset grip to fit in ear...

    3 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Certainly Overrated

    • Written by from NSW

    As I said, although it's pretty cheap, it's worth the 30 dollar, but can't say much.

    4 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    BETTER SOUND NOT BETTER COMFORT

    • Written by from Mesa

    I was happy to hear that the new earpods were in stock at my nearest apple store, I quickly bought them because I was eager to see just how much better these headphones were than their predecessor, and at the price they are I didn't see any reason not to. So I quickly unravel them and try them out! I was pleased to hear the sound was very good and the bass was there as well. But after 2 songs in the uncomfortableness outdid my love of the audio. I thought they were going to be good sounding and good comfort but guess I can't have the best of both worlds. Maybe the numerous ears they scanned didn't include mine. So here we go with a 5/5 rating for sound quality and a 2/5 for comfort.

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