iPhone wireless earbuds?


#1

I want to buy a pair of wireless bluetooth earbuds for my iPhone. Hoping some people here have recommendations (and sets to stay away from!)

My criteria:

  1. Battery life. I travel a lot including international flights and I really want long battery life.
  2. Comfort. I just do not like the feel of Apple’s earbuds in my ear - they hurt my ears and don’t fit well.
  3. I would very much prefer to avoid the wireless sets that have the hard plastic “necklace” that sits on your neck.
  4. Sound quality: doesn’t have to be studio headset quality but also don’t want them to sound like crap.
  5. Price - I’d prefer to not go too far over $100 - less is better of course, but if they are really good quality and last a long time I’ll pay up to around $100.

Recommendations?


#2

I would swear there was another topic on this out there already. Maybe search for “airpods” because people proposed alternatives to those that resisted the Apple Default ™


#3

I’ve tried many different pairs of bluetooth ear buds in the $20-50 price range and the ones I currently use are the best I’ve used by far:

I can’t believe they’re only $21 now. I paid $33 for them a few months ago and at the time they were significantly discounted down from $40 or $50.

I have really nice headphones for home so I do have some taste for good sound quality, and these sound great especially for the price. They’re the best-sounding ear buds in the sub-$100 price range I’ve ever used, wired or wireless.

They also have much better battery life than any of the other Bluetooth ear buds I’ve tried, easily lasting the 10+ hours they advertise on a single charge.


#4

I have and really like the Beats X headphones. I paid $80 with a $30 iTunes giftcard, but they’re regularly on sale for $90 without the giftcard.

They stay in my ears unlike apple’s earbuds, the necklace isn’t hard, and the battery lasts around 8 hours. Also they have the Apple bluetooth chip so they pair really nicely with Apple devices. I’m no audiophile but they sound fine.

I really like the form factor. You can pop one ear out and not lose it, and if you take them both out they stick together magnetically as a necklace. There’s zero anxiety about losing your headphones. And if you tuck them into your shirt it isn’t obvious you have a headphone necklace, either.

The wirecutter’s top 2 recommendations do have harder necklaces. Beats X is their third due to the apple tax.


#5

How do you recharge these things? Do you plug them in somewhere? Thinking of getting some for my Moto E4 if possible.


#6

The BeatsX have a lightning port and come with a USB-A to lightning cable. Other models are micro-USB or USB-C.


#7

BeatsX is what I recommend after buying 6 pairs of different brands.


#8

The ones I linked to just use an ordinary micro-USB cable.


#9

I’ve got the QY7 headphones and they’ve served me very well so I would probably upgrade to these ones if I had to.

I mainly listen to podcasts so I couldn’t say how great they are sound quality-wise.


#10

I ended up getting the BeatsX and pretty happy with them for battery life etc. One question though: I seem to recall people talking about some really good replacement foam ear inserts but can’t find the post. Anyone know of some really nice replacement ear inserts?


#11

A few of us have mentioned the Comply foam ear tips. They’re pretty great.


#12

That’s it! Thanks.


#13

I use the basic priced (5$ in a given size) Sony replacement buds. I found they to be really pleasant in the ear, and also to enhance the sound big time compared to the flimsy stuff bundled with most hearsets.


#14

I used these XS Comply ones but they broke apart too easily: Comply Premium Replacement Foam Earphone Earbud Tips - Isolation T-400 (Platinum, 3 Pairs, Small) https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B004FRH20U/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_KQfFdpVqFFQtI

So I got these cheaper one more akin to the ones that came with the BeatsX: ALXCD Ear Tips for Powerbeats 2 3 Wireless Headphone, SML 3 Sizes 12 Pair Silicone Replacement Earbud Tips, Fit for Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless Pb3 [12 https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B075J9PXBN/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_54zvi1Dh97kBh


#15

I have these and they’re amazing

https://www.target.com/p/bose-174-soundsport-174-wireless-headphones/-/A-51122449?lnk=Save20


#16

I am using JBL’s bluetooth T110 for my walks. For 30 bucks, they got an incredible sound quality (better than most non BT earbuds that are twice as expensive that I tried). The catch is their battery life is quite low (around 6 hours is my guess?), and you can’t listen with them while they are charging through the micro-usb. Also, looking around, it seems that they are only available in a few countries.