• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't Overrate the Bass!

    • Written by from Washington

    People who complain about the Bass level are clearly overrating it. Low-quality headphones trade crispness and clarity for loudness and it has nothing to do with "quality".
    Apple's headphones deliver a close-to-input sound. I had them for almost 3 years and I have recently lost the button functionality and sometimes the sound disappears (obviously the cord is broken). I haven't lost a single cap. The only concern was the quality of rubber around the junctions. Maybe they fixed it in 2013 update (like they did with all of the rubber on the standard headphones a couple of years ago).
    3 years is an amazing lifespan for any thin-cord headphones and I will continue to use Apple's headphones.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing

    • Written by from Burgeo

    Although, yes, these headphones do have decent sound, the covers constantly pop off and get lost, and mine stopped working completely after 5 months of use. Not worth the money.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    AWFFUL!!!

    • Written by from Rockford

    I had such high hopes for these headphones but when I finally received them I just couldn't believe how poorly they performed and for apple, shame on you! the cheaper headphones out perform these any day. There is absolutely no bottom or bass in these without shoving them in your skull and even then it's minimal. Apple shouldn't sell these for no more than 20.00. Come on apple are you really leaving this completely to after market companies...

    22 of 28 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Cheap plastic

    • Written by from Milano

    The sound is quite good but the material is so cheap that within the first year of usage you will loose the volume rocker/play/pause/mic functions, all cable junctions will expose, in-ear caps become yellow soon and it's easy to loose them!

    4 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do not buy into this hype...

    • Written by from Chicopee

    I do alot of physical work at my job and I keep going through the regular 30 dollar earbuds. I thought that becasue these were more expensive that that they would be better but they are not. They actually sound terrible and the bass is not even there. Trust me look for some better head phones these are not worth it.

    17 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Extremely dissapointed

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I expected the sound from these headphones to be great, with great bass, but that's not the case. They sound pretty bad! The earpods that come free with the iPhone 5 sound way better! Total waste of money! Too bad, I've never been dissapointed with an Apple product before.

    20 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Strong bass is achieved with right earbuds

    • Written by from Kutztown

    I own a $1500 custom monitors from Ultimate Ears. Please read my review of Apple In-Ear Headphones in this perspective.

    You cannot possibly purchase better-sounding headphones at this price, period. Many reviews here have complained about a perceived lack of bass. These headphones come with middle-size earbuds installed. Upon purchase, I immediately tried these headphones on a treadmill and strong disappointed with lack of bass and insufficient noise isolation. At that time, the middle-size earbuds felt right to my ears.

    The next day, I decided to give the large-size earbuds. In a quiet listening, I listened to the same tunes that I had listened to on the treadmill. I could not believe a dramatic improvement in smooth and strong bass tones and overall tonal clarity, blessed with superb noise isolation.

    As some reviewers here have also pointed out, it is absolutely imperative to experiment with the three different sizes of earbuds that come with these Apple headphones. One tip is that, if you are comfortable with it, you may want to moisten the earbuds with your lips. This practice would increase noise isolation further.

    True, as good as these Apple headphones sound, they are no match for custom monitors with ear molds made only for your ear canals. But, it is absolutely true that you would never find a better price-performance with headphones for iDevices than these Apple headphones.

    Give them a try and be patient with earbuds. You'd be rewarded with the feeling that you had never spent $79 on anything better than these headphones.

    74 of 78 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Best In-ear headphones... But...

    • Written by from Atwater

    I thought these were the best in-ear headphones and still do, but, the silicone tips fall out too easily and you end up losing em. Did I mention they don't sell replacement tips? I'd give 4 stars. They need tighter silicone tips but they have great sound.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing sound quaility

    • Written by from pinellas Park

    I expected better quality audio from these earbuds. For $20 more you can get the entry level Shure e-series and they sound soooo much better. Of course, you don't get the mic and remote... I guess you can't have it all. I will end up using these just for phone, cause the music sounds too thin for me. Stick with the single driver if you want these buds, they will sound just as good. and you will save $50. Not your best try, Apple!

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great headphones

    • Written by from baltimore

    I have to agree with prior reviewers, you really need to make sure you've got the right size ear buds attached. I tried on all three (SM,MD & LG), and after finding the right fit (MD for me), these things stay in your ear. They're comfortable and the sound is really great.

    I've ended my quest for the perfect in-ear headphones!

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost there, but not for the value.

    • Written by from Newport Beach

    Love the clarity and can really pick up little sounds and whispers i haven't hear before. Found that very nice. The build is great, but for the value these headphones have the following issues:

    - earbud tips fall off too easily
    - little to no bass in sound (changing EQ settings makes the bass very muddy)
    - volume is somewhat limited

    Overall i really love the clarity and should fit certain people that work with sound and want that clarity, but the lack of bass was my biggest let down given the price point. Still im pretty happy with them, but maybe watch for a sale on them etc.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    And the shoddiest earbuds of the year award goes to...

    • Written by from Modesto

    I bought these things and the remote stopped working after a month and then one of them blew out a few weeks later and I don't even listen to my music loud.

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Frustrating&terrible!!

    • Written by from Apple Valley

    Rubber Ear buds fall off very easily and get lost right away. Design flaw and not worth it for the price.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor Build Quality

    • Written by from Pottstown

    I got a pair of in-ear headphones when they were redesigned a few years ago. The sound quality is quite good, for the price and for in-ear headphones. However, after a few months, the left earbud would no longer produce any sound. I took good care of them, wrapping them and storing them safely whenever they were not in use, so I didn't think it was a problem on my end. I took them into my local (read: 45-minute away) Apple Store, and had them exchanged for another pair, as they were still under warranty. Again, good audio quality, but the same problem happened in about six months. To save some time, I'll just say that today, my sixth pair (all replaced under warranty) died in the left earbud. Apple told me last time that they will no longer give me any replacements, even though the warranty is technically renewed every time I brought in a broken pair, and I am still within a year of the last exchange.

    Thank you, Apple, for poor customer service on your poorly built headphones. I'll be getting my headphones from a trusted manufacturer, this time.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible

    • Written by from Houston

    These might be the cheapest sounding headphones I have ever owned. I don't know where people got the idea that they sound good, there are a lot better options out there for this price.

    Would not recommend.

    15 of 20 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good - when they work

    • Written by from WINNIPEG

    Fitted snugly in your ears, these phones deliver very fine quality sound. But if, like me, your ears and the three ear bud sizes are less than a perfect fit, you can find these popping out all too easily unless you're listening while comatose. Probably this is a generic problem with in-ear headphones of any brand. What's prompted me to write this review is early failure of these expensive phones.

    First failure: about three years into my use of them, the remote stopped communicating with their device - my second generation iPod Touch. No more convenient remote-controlling of volume, pausing, fast-forwarding, skipping etc. I also began having random events where songs started skipping automatically, as often as every 5 or 10 seconds. Phooey.

    Second failure: Yesterday - hey, what happened to the left channel? Today - it's still not there, whether plugged into the iPod or (to troubleshoot) my Macbook.

    So, after just ~3.5 years of moderate use, these phones appear to be toast, which, come to think of it, is pretty much what my 2nd gen iPod Touch is becoming, thanks to its orphaned version of iOS.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DONT BUY !

    • Written by from Mannheim

    Useless purchase - pops out of my ear every few minutes because of the rubber padding. Try it for your ear before you get it... so disappointed. :(

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Cheap

    • Written by from Arlington

    They sound great but that's about it. For the most part Apple makes great long lasting products but these are cheap. I'm on my second pair of these because the remote on the first set broke, the buttons no longer worked. So I thought I'd try another pair, and about a year later, the remote broke again. Same problem as before. The buttons just stop responding. Very upsetting to pay $80 on something that doesn't last. I'll never buy another set of these from Apple ever.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best

    • Written by from WARRENVILLE

    I listen to high quality music and hours upon hours a day - everyday- and these are the most comfortable, best sounding I have ever worn in my life. I've owned Sony's, Bose's, Stein's, and Panasonic's, etc. I throw out the original headphones that come with the Iphone's in the box because their ya know :) Comfort is the most important, and then sound quality, sound immersion/isolation, and these deliver. Amazing... Just believe me and get them.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple earbuds

    • Written by from Omaha

    Anyone who complains about these earphones either doesnt have the right size tips, they come in small med and large,and are given away for free when you lose them from Apple, or you dont know how to use the equalizer on your devices, or are just "I hate anything Apple"trolls". These are easily worth the extra money they cost over the default ones included with your device!