Although wireless earphones have been getting all the raves these days, there are still some people who prefer to stick to the traditional wired earphones. They find the frequent need for charging and the short battery life of wireless earphones troublesome. Also, knowing that you have two earbuds connected frees you from worrying about losing or misplacing them.
Wired earphones produce excellent sound quality, and they are easier to just plug in and play your music. You also never have to worry about your earphones’ battery life going down! This article has a buying guide and a list of recommended wired earphones that you can purchase online.
Wired earphones are used for many different purposes: for online classes, entertainment, work-from-home, and many others. Aside from budget and brand, here are some things to consider before choosing your earphones.
Choosing the type of wired earphones is usually based on your personal preference. There are two types of wired earphones, the first type has earbuds, and the other doesn't. Read further to know their difference and to help yourself choose what type to buy.
This type of earphone needs to be inserted into your ear canals so that you can hear the sound clearly. The good thing about in-ear earphones is that it does an excellent job of blocking external noises, allowing you to listen without interruption. It has built-in silicone ear tips to help them get inserted in the ear.
In order be more comfortable when using this type of earphones, be sure to get one with customizable ear tips. This lets you change the silicone tips to make the earphones fit the inside of your ear better.
On the other hand, earbuds earphones lay on the outside of your ear canal, making it more comfortable for some. It relieves your ears of pressure, but this might mean that they can easily fall off your ears.
Sometimes, these have small, round anti-slip silicone material around its head to help the earphones stay on your ears even while doing big movements. Earbuds also offer less noise-canceling features, which can be helpful if you need to be aware of your surroundings and you want to let in some ambient noises.
Both these features have the same end goal, and that is to block out noise from penetrating into your ears, however, they use different methods. Passive noise isolation means that the earphone is placed and pressed in your ear. It blocks the outside noise to avoid interruption using non-power requiring materials like foams or ear tips.
The active noise cancellation or ANC uses tiny microphones with built-in batteries to pick up external noises. Then, it produces a sound wave in an opposite direction to remove the unwanted noise.
However, ANC may affect on the earphone's sound quality due to soundwaves, but this varies among products. Also, ANC in earphones are quite hard to find, so you might have to settle for passive noise cancellation.
Sound quality enhances the immersive audio that the earphones produce. To know if the earphone has excellent sound quality, you should determine the following: frequency response/range, impedance, and sensitivity.
Frequency response is the measurement of the audio frequencies from the audio components. The usual frequency range for an earphone is 20 Hz to 20 KHz, and it should not disrupt or change the bass, middle, and treble volume. If you're aiming for a clearer sound quality, then an earphone with 23 KHz is ideal for you.
It is also recommended to determine the impedance because it indicates how much it can resist the electrical current transmitted in the earphone. An earphone should have a high impedance to maintain its audio quality according to the audio levels.
An earphone is recommended to have 25 ohms and higher so it won't overload and so that it won't produce crackling souds.
Sensitivity shows the sound pressure level when a voltage is used to produce sound, and it indicates how loud the earphone performs. An earphone's recommended sensitivity should be 80 dB to 125 dB.
Controls that can be found on the earphone wires or on the earphones itself are very convenient, especially when you're doing something. You don't need to get your phone to adjust the volume, pause, or play music.
Water-resistant or waterproof earphones are suitable for working out, so the earphones don't break as you produce sweat. It also makes the earphones protected from the rain or accidental spills.
With the different brands available in the online market, here are ten of the excellent wired earphones that we recommend. Some are from trusted brands while others have great features and received great reviews from buyers.
|Sensitivity||110dB / mW|
|Driver||12mm, 4Hz-24kHz neodymium|
|Features||Inline Remote and Mic|
|Sensitivity||102 ±3dB / mW|
|Features||Flat and Tangle-free Cables|
|Frequency Response||Not Specified|
|Features||Aluminum Magnesium Alloy Wires|
|Frequency Response||20 Hz-20kHz|
|Sensitivity||100 dB SPL|
|Features||DJ,Built-in Microphone, Noise Isolating, Sweat Resistant / Sweat Proof, Answer / End Call, Water Resistant / Waterproof|
|Noise Cancellation||Not Specified|
|Impedance||32ohms ±15% @1KHz|
|Features||Remote Control, Sweat Resistant / Sweat Proof, Noise Cancellation / Reduction, Noise Isolating, Built-in Microphone, Answer / End Call, Volume Control|
|Frequency Response||Not Specified|
|Length||Dual dynamic + balanced armature|
|Features||45° angled in-ear design|
|Frequency Response||20Hz - 20KHz|
|Frequency Response||20 Hz - 20,000 Hz|
|Features||Tangle-Free Wires, Inline Mic|
|Frequency Response||Not Specified|
|Features||Lightning Connector, Inline Controls|
|Length||8.5mm Dynamic Unit|
|Features||Wire collection Wheel, Cord Wrap, Ear Tips (3 Sizes)|
Extra Bass In-Ear Headphones
Honor Engine Earphones
Mode EQ In-Ear Earphones
San Francisco Hybrid In-Ear Earphone
Jib Wired Earphones
EarPods with Lightning Connector
An Earphone with Well-Balanced Sound and Powerful Bass
Experience Concert Quality Music During Me-Time
High-Quality and Lightweight Earphones Producing Natural and Dynamic Sound
Great Sound Comes in a Small, Elegant Package
A One-Size-Fits-All Earpiece with Crisp Sound and Multi-Platform Compatibility
A Nicely-balanced Audio Quality Matched with an Angle-perfect Earphones
Enjoy Dynamic Acoustics with Supreme Sound Technology
Comfortable and Stylish with Powerful Vocal Sound Quality
Simple, Comfortable, and Liquid-resistant for Apple Product Users
Fine-Tuning Capabilities for Crystal-Clear Music Quality
|Price Starts at||₱1,499||₱1,059||₱4,164||₱1,550||₱955||₱599||₱690||₱590||₱1,890||₱1,300|
|Noise Cancellation||Passive||Passive||Passive||Passive||Not Specified||Passive||Passive||Passive||Passive||Passive|
|Frequency Response||4Hz-24kHz||20Hz-20kHz||Not Specified||20 Hz-20kHz||20-20.000Hz||Not Specified||20Hz - 20KHz||20 Hz - 20,000 Hz||Not Specified||20Hz-20kHz|
|Impedance||16 ohms||16 ohms||16 ohms||18 ohms||32ohms ±15% @1KHz||Not Specified||17 ohms||32 ohms||Not Specified||16 ohms|
|Sensitivity||110dB / mW||102 ±3dB / mW||108 dB||100 dB SPL||95 dB||Not Specified||Not Specified||106 dB||Not Specified||103 dB|
|Length||3.5mm||8.7mm||3.5mm||9mm||3.5mm||Dual dynamic + balanced armature||10 mm||14.2mm||3.5mm||8.5mm Dynamic Unit|
|Driver||12mm, 4Hz-24kHz neodymium||1.2m||1.2m||1.2m||1.2m||1.3m||1.2m||1.2m||1.1m||1.2m|
|Features||Inline Remote and Mic||Flat and Tangle-free Cables||Aluminum Magnesium Alloy Wires||DJ,Built-in Microphone, Noise Isolating, Sweat Resistant / Sweat Proof, Answer / End Call, Water Resistant / Waterproof||Remote Control, Sweat Resistant / Sweat Proof, Noise Cancellation / Reduction, Noise Isolating, Built-in Microphone, Answer / End Call, Volume Control||45° angled in-ear design||In-line Microphone||Tangle-Free Wires, Inline Mic||Lightning Connector, Inline Controls||Wire collection Wheel, Cord Wrap, Ear Tips (3 Sizes)|
The problem with white earphones is, as time goes by, the exterior get worn down and sometimes can have a yellowish hue. In this video, the InnoRative YouTube Channel gives us tips and a demonstration for cleaning dirty earphones.
This pandemic has forced us to do all of our studying at home. Also, work from home is a growing trend. To better prepare you or your kids for your tasks, take a look at our articles on different technology-related items.
Despite the rise of wireless earphones, the classic wired earphone with its easy plug-and-play and always-connected buds will always have a place in our preferences and considerations. Make sure to get the right information before purchasing one. We hope this article is useful for you in choosing your perfect wired earphones. Happy listening!
Author: Roel Pillas Malubay
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