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Best In-ear Headphones

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In-ear headphones sometimes get a bad rap, but the truth is there are a lot of great in-ear headphones that are comfortable and sound fantastic. If you're not a fan of carrying around big and bulky over-the-ear cans everywhere you go and prefer something a little more subtle, in-ear headphones are the way to go. The Jabra Elite 65t stand above the pack as the best overall because of its versatility and price. 

Best Overall

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Jabra Elite 65t

Great price on a great set of truly wireless earbuds

Whether you're looking to workout or just commuting to and from work, the Jabra Elite 65t are a versatile set of wireless earbuds.

Pros

  • Great price
  • Fantastic companion app
  • Amazing sound isolation
  • HearThrough feature

Cons

  • microUSB charging
  • Charging case is a bit bulky

The secure fit and design of the Jabra Elite 65t do a lot to help the sound quality. The sound-isolation, thanks to how snuggly these fit in your ear, is excellent and it's easy to tune out the outside world by pumping the volume up on your favorite tunes. Plus, considering the type of headphones these are, the Jabra Elite 65t have excellent bass, and I never found the sound to be distorted, even at high volume levels. 

Moving on to the physical headphones themselves, the Jabra Elite 65t have onboard controls that aren't gesture-based. You have to press the button on each ear to do various things like control playback, invoke Siri, and more.

The last thing worth highlighting is the excellent Jabra Sound+ app that lets you control a few different things. It has an EQ that you can adjust with custom settings or pick on of the six presets. The best part of the app is the ability to activate the "HearThrough" feature, which allows the built-in microphones to pick up outside noise and allowing you to hear a bit of what's going on around you. 

Best Workout Companion

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Jaybird X4

Exceptional battery life and a solid overall experience

The in-line playback/call controls along with the Jaybird app make for an exceptional, intuitive experience

Pros

  • Phenomenal battery life
  • Great sound
  • Excellent companion app
  • Comfortable fit

Cons

  • Proprietary charging cable

Admittedly, the Jaybird X4 earbuds are not perfect, but they're certainly the best wireless workout headphones you can buy right now. When you combine their feature set and sound quality, it's pretty hard to consider any other pair of workout earbuds.

They come with a few sizes of ear tips, as well as three fin sizes, so you can mix and match to find what works best for you. Some people may not like the rubber, sort of suction cup-ish ear tips, which is justifiable. If you don't find the perfect fit, they can feel like they've completely dammed up your ears. 

The icing on the cake for these 'buds is how quickly they connect and the great playback controls. I turn them on, and they connect instantly and immediately give you the remaining battery percentage, which is just dynamite. And I love the control sounds to let you know you're skipping a track, going back, or turning them off. It all comes together perfectly.

Best Wired

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Marshall Mode EQ

Fantastic balanced sound

When it comes to a balanced sound in a wired pair of headphones, the Marshall Mode EQ are hard to beat. 

Pros

  • Nice balance sound stage
  • Fantastic price
  • Four different sizes of ear tips

Cons

  • Non-replaceable cable

The Marshall Mode EQ prides itself on delivering a balanced soundstage, but there's an option to turn up the bass by pressing a toggle on the remote. It comes with sturdy construction, a single-button remote that lets you receive calls and control music playback, integrated microphone. Plus, the retro design flair makes it stand out. It also comes with four different sizes of ear tips to help you find the perfect fit, along with a Mode EQ switch so you can personalize your listening experience. 

Best Neck Earbuds

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Bose QuietControl 30

Premium sound on your neck

The Bose QC30 are a reliable pair of in-ear neckbud earbuds. They go around the back of your neck; that way, you have a super low chance of losing them. 

Pros

  • Reduces strain on ears
  • 10-hour battery life
  • Great companion app

Cons

  • Expensive

While neckbuds (or neck earbuds) aren't the most popular type of headphones on the market, the Bose QuietControl 30 are good enough to convert any non-believer. Not only is losing something on your neck much harder to do with simple earbuds, but they also reduce the strain on your ears. 

Bose is known for having good sound quality — especially nice clear bass that doesn't muddy up your music — and Bose QuietControl 30 are no exception. With three different levels of noise-cancellation, you can choose just how much of the outside world you want to hear when you're out and about. 

Best Low-Budget

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Aukey Latitude

Won't be beat on price

The Aukey Latitude earbuds are surprisingly excellent. They're wireless, have a long battery life, and have remarkably good sound. 

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Two-year warranty
  • 8-hour battery life

Cons

  • Only IPX4
  • MicroUSB charging

If you want to go wireless in the gym (and there's no reason why you shouldn't at this point), but you don't want to spend a ton, then these are the earbuds for you. 1.5 hours of charging gives you 8 hours of playback, and Aukey has a two-year warranty should anything go wrong.

They sound much better than any low-cost pair of headphones have any right to sound, but they only have an IPX4 rating. While they should be able to handle your sweat no problem, it's a good idea to give them a quick wipe after you're done your workout.

Bottom line

The Jabra Elite 65t stand out as some of the most versatile in-ear headphones you can get today. With impressive sound quality, a fantastic companion app, and a truly wireless design its easy to take a pair of the Jabra Elite 65ts anywhere. 

Finally, at five hours per charge and an additional 10 hours in the case, battery life isn't groundbreaking. However, it's easy to manage your battery with intermittent charging to get through the workday and into your evening just fine.