Initially, in-ear headphones were an advancement from their bulky over-ear predecessors. The kind with foam pads that came with your Sony Discman and threatened to continuously slip off your head. The one-size-fits-all design of in-ear headphones, however, meant that they’d either be uncomfortably rammed into your ear canals or they’d slip out at the slightest move and tangle so easily the cord would quickly be reduced to a pile of knots. Thankfully, much like our music player devices, the headphones we now listen to music on have come on leaps and bounds in design. And now there are all kinds of varieties to suit all kinds of needs.
Marshall Minor Pitch Black
Marshall are renowned for the quality of their monitors. These Minor Pitch in-ear headphones feature the patented earclick solution, which secures the earpiece into position at two separate points rather than one for maximum comfort. And the interchangeable ear pads in small, medium and large ensure a custom fit. Buy them now from Marshall Headphones.
Bowers & Wilkins
Bowers & Wilkins have developed an expert micro-porous filter, overcoming the challenge of providing crisp, spacious sound while still being compact enough to fit snugly in the ear. Get hold of this pair from MR PORTER.
Koss iSpark In-Ear Headphones
At a more than reasonable $39.99, these headphones from Koss provide high-quality audio at an accessible price point. They include an in-line microphone and push-to-talk button along with a convenient carry case for protective storage. Buy them now online from Koss.
Nocs NS400 Aluminium
This pair reads like a what’s what of technical headphone requirements. Accurate sounds and deep bass response, the headphones are noise isolating and feature a three-button iPod/iPad/iPhone control. They even have a tangle-free flat cable, so wrestling with the knots will be a thing of the past. Buy this Nocs pair online here.
Etymotic HF5 In-Ear Earphones
Regarded as one of the best in-ear headphones at just under the $150 mark, this pair from Etymotic are a true audiophiles headphone. Super-high accuracy provides a high-quality listening experience and the three-flanged earpiece means the earbud always sits comfortably in your ear. Buy them now from Amazon.
With more than 60 years of expert engineering, AKG has developed a precise, studio sound. The headphones have a built-in three-button remote, an in-line microphone and superior acoustic damping. If you want lightweight, comfortable in-ear headphones then buy them now from AKG.
Sennheiser CX 175
This Sennheiser pair has a reliable high-powered dynamic speaker system for outstanding audio performance. On top of the quality, they come with ear adapters in different sizes for comfort, fit and ambient noise attenuation. Get them online here.
Westone 4-RThese headphones sure ain’t cheap at $499.99, but you can’t put a price on perfection for true audiophiles. It has a three-way crossover that helps to deliver breathtaking clarity, realism and imaging, while Westone’s True-Fit technology provides superior ergonomics and comfort. You can get hold of them at Headphone.com
Yamaha EPH-100Yamaha have struck a perfect balance of deep bass, open mids, and a nearly perfect treble, resulting in a spectacularly articulate sound. Passive noise isolation and a great fit mean these headphones tick all the boxes. You can get a pair now from zZounds for $149.99.
Bose SIE2i Sport Headphones
Sweat- and weather-resistant, these headphones from Bose make the perfect accompaniment to your workout. Delivering the robust sound Bose are known and loved for, they stay comfortably in place throughout the most rigorous of workouts. Get hold of a pair directly from Bose.