• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    You'll be sorry you bought these

    • Written by from Cambridge

    The earbud tips pop off all the time (simply taking them out of your pocket will cause them to fall off). And once you lose the tips, these $80 earbuds are useless.

    For those that are already suffering this miserable design, I found that you can buy 12-pack replacements on Amazon for $10. If you are traveling, you'll want spares.

    Also worth noting, if you use these while exercising, they will short out causing your iDevice to skip songs or jump into fast forward mode.

    One of the rare examples of an Apple product that is truly awful.

    17 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Disappointing!

    • Written by from Anywhere

    I purposely upgraded from the standard ear buds to the high-end model, fully expecting a dramatic improvement in sound and comfort.

    To be fair, these are noticeably more comfortable than the standard issue model, allowing extended usage without wearer fatigue, common with the lesser model.

    Unfortunately, the improvement in audio is only marginally better, and specifically limited to high frequencies. The single greatest drawback of these ear buds is their shocking inabliity to reproduce low frequency sound faithfully. I thought I was listening to an old AM radio when using these!

    Switching between the different size silicon inserts offered no improvement in fidelity or even appreciably improved sound isolation from exterior noise.

    To convince myself I wasn't imagining all this, I did an A/B comparision with a pair of J-Labs J6 J-Buds. There was no contest. While both reproduced high frequencies admirably, the J-Labs were so vastly superior with low frequencies, there simply was no comparison at all.

    Do yourself a favor and save yourself $80 with these. J-Labs are just better and at a fraction of the cost (I got mine for $24.99 at Amazon).

    As a professional broadcaster for 37 years, take my word for it - these AREN"T worth it!

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    The Worst of all

    • Written by from LONG ISLAND CITY

    pros:
    -it's more comfortable than the old ones
    - louder
    Cons:
    -I returned it twice to apple because of technical problems
    first time it keeps playing and changing songs by itself
    second time: the volume keeps breaking off and on by itself

    i have the old apple headphones they were not a disappointment like the new version and for 30$ not worth it.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    very unhappy

    • Written by from Carlisle

    The plug broke off in my iPad and could not be removed. Because it was deemed to be physical damage to the iPad (less than a year old), the warranty did not cover damage to the iPad.

    Earphones no longer useable, and iPad destroyed, no thanks to Apple.

    0 stars for this product.

    11 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Replacement Sleeves/Tips

    • Written by from Indianapolis

    These headphones rival the best out of the box. However, if your looking for replacement sleeves/tips, Sure EA306 Triple Flange Sleeves will only make them better. They can be purchased for less than $10 and you get three sets. For those with complaints, I encourage you to give these a whirl. I did make a slight modification to fit my ears by cutting off the smallest flange, thereby leaving two flanges.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best I have found.

    • Written by from UNIVERSITY PLACE

    These are still my go-to in-ear headphones. I hear the music in very crisp, clear tones, not muffled like so many of the VERY EXPENSIVE in-ear and over-ear headphones I have purchased. I also do a lot of dictation, and the quality of these earphones is so far above, yes, the expensive ones.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I was surprised

    • Written by from Watauga

    I got these as a Christmas gift 2009, well they're still going strong. The mic doesn't work but I don't even use it anyways. These ear buds have been through A LOT, I've probably washed them in the washer like 5 times and have been through the dryer twice. Still sound as good as they day I unwrapped them, and the inline volume and music controls still work. But with their age they are beginning to fall apart a little, but for the 80$ we paid, I'd say they were well spent.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Sound & Comfortable

    • Written by from Longview

    I really like these earbuds, but I keep losing the rubber ear pieces. I cannot get replacements unless I buy a new set of headphones...

    These are great for flying on planes since they cut our external sounds.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Sound good but eartips bad

    • Written by from California

    Sound quality is damm good but eartip design is so bad.when unplugged earphone eartips stay inside.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    $30 earbuds are better, big disappointment!!

    • Written by from Olomouc

    Pros
    - they look cool
    Cons
    - $15 earbuds soundquality, not better
    - when walk the cable constantly rattles in your ears
    - doesn't play equal, highs and bass changes dramaticall when a little moving speaker in ear
    - rubber pieces lose
    - remote has shar ends which often take hold on clothes
    As a big fan of Apple products i'm affraid this is big disappointment. i bought new $30 and it works much better for strolling the streets and enjoying the music.

    26 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bass is bad. Returned to Apple.

    • Written by from Austin

    I am very exacting about my music. To give you an idea of my taste; I have a custom music surround system at home, i.e., Denon Receiver, Paradigm speakers, monster cables, etc.. You get the idea right..

    These by far reproduce bad music. Bass is totally bad. If you compare this even with the old round earphones you can find the difference. The new Apple's ear pods are far superior compared to these. I bought them and I am totally satisfied with the product. I strongly recommend the EarPods with Remote and Mic (MD827LL/A).

    11 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing headphones... Minor problems

    • Written by from Parleys Islans

    These are the best in-ear style headphones I have ever owned. Sound quality and comfort are exceptional. Only problem Ive found after a year is the mesh screens becoming blocked/clogged. This is easily fixed with a can of dust off. Overall great headphones.

    31 of 34 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I cant hear anyone around me!!!

    • Written by from Mississauga

    these earphones are great i cant hear people when i dont want to. if you put one earphone in you can half hear everybody but with both i cant hear anything and the extra ear buds are cool to also the ear buds stay in with out falling and they are so comfortable!!!!

    15 of 19 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good set but Buds pop off

    • Written by from WESTON

    Good sound but ear buds get lost and there is nowhere to get replacements....the mike works great and SIRI is great.....Apple should make the ear buds available...

    9 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Fit

    • Written by from Edinboro

    I've had these headphones for over a year now and they still work great even after going through the wash. They fit in my ears better than the iPhone 4 or iPhone 5 standard headphones, and stay put very well while I'm running

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    sound is good, but ear piece keeps falling off

    • Written by from Edgewater

    and typical apple, you can't just buy a replacement of the ear piece, but you'll have to spend the whole $75 again for buying the whole headphone again ... would rather go for something that doesn't have an ear piece

    12 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    NOT WORTH THE MONEY

    • Written by from Centreville

    I have a cheap pair that sounds better than this $79.00 one.. Save your money...You will be very disappointed if you buy it..

    33 of 51 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    not worth it!!

    • Written by from Lincoln

    i thought these headphones were great and worth the money until 3 months after purchasing them-when one side stopped playing music all together!!!-waste!!!

    28 of 34 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great fit and sound!

    • Written by from Sandpoint

    The headphones that come with the iPhone, both the old and new style, just don't fit my ears. I have small ear canals and the standard earphones press against the cartilage, making it really sore after a relatively short time. I bought these about three years ago and just love them. Yes, the tips can come off easily if you're not careful. I have almost lost them. But knowing that, I'm more careful when I take them out or put them in my pocket. The sound is great. Nobody ever realizes I'm talking on headphones when I take phone calls. The only time I have had a problem with them has been when I have handled them roughly or let them bang against something. The one time I did that, one side had no sound. I took the top off, and made sure the actual speaker part was not damaged. I tapped on it and it worked perfectly after that. I have had no problems besides that, and when these wear out, I will probably get another pair. I do wish they weren't so expensive, and I have heard that there are other brands that work as well and are half the price, but based on my experience with these, I'll probably buy them again. I wear these every day, twice a day, as I commute to and from work on my bike, and all summer long while mowing, so they get lots of use and have held up really well.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very good detail, separation, bass clean but a bit lacking

    • Written by from Ottawa

    These are the most detailed in ears I have ever purchased.

    Treble: Very detailed, forward, airy sounding. Verges on harshness, but just barely passes for silkiness. Makes voices sound very emotional.

    Midrange: Not overly pronounced, but very well separated. Does not sound muddy at all and very comfortable to listen to. MUCH cleaner than that of the EarPods.

    Bass: Quite recessed, but extends much more deeply than say, the EarPods. Won't satisfy a basshead, but it's there. The bass is very tight, not boomy, which will disappoint some and sounds awful on public transportation. Lack of bass does make music sound slightly like it lacks soul.

    Soundstage: Being IEMs, soundstage is poor and narrow. Earpods have better soundstage.

    Comfort: These are fairly comfortable, although the included tips may not grip very well. Sony Hybrid tips fit well. The dual balanced armature design is very small, meaning the actual hard plastic part will not get in the way.

    Noise Isolation: Not the best, but it's there. Cable does transmit significant amounts of noise.

    Overall: Very impressed. If you're looking for detail, clarity, and separation at an affordable price, look no further. If you're looking for bone-rattling bass, look elsewhere. The EarPods do have better soundstage and mid-bass, but are lacking in clarity, midrange, treble, isolation, and sub-bass.

    40 of 46 people found this useful