Top in-ear audio
A good pair of in-ear headphones offer a great listening experience for you and, if designed right, will mean your fellow commuters can't hear your choice in music. Even if not, you won't be able to hear them complaining.
If you're less than impressed with the earphones that were bundled with your phone fear not - there are plenty of great alternatives that ensure you won't be suffering in silence.
A pair of really good in ear headphones can assure your daily commute is kept lively and free of the incessant natterings of fellow passengers. However, where to start? Well, right here actually, with our list of top in-ear headphones you can buy right now.
Sennheiser Momentum in-ear
The first in ear ‘phones to come packing the Momentum name boast fantastically detailed sound, plenty of bass and dedicated versions for both iOS and Android, so you won’t be met with a non functioning remote when you start playing. While other in-ear headphones from Sennheiser are fairly non-descript and simple when it comes to design, these new ones add in a nice hit of metal and a strong red/back colour scheme. They look great and fit comfortably in the ear.
£89 | Sennheiser
Sound purists are used to paying through the nose, so the price here is no surprise. These offer amazing sound isolation, blocking a claimed 90% of outside noise, without the need for a battery, and have accurate sound reproduction capable of reinvigorating even the most overplayed tracks– previously unheard amp vibrations and fret board squeaks all over Led Zeppelin’s first album left a lasting grin. The design is unassuming but classy and the cables are replaceable, ensuring the music will continue for years to come. In-ear buds are usually throwaway, but these area real investment.
Price: £239 | Shure
Easily some of the best built buds you can buy, these metal clad ‘phones pack some clever interchangable filters to really get that sound quality that’s right for you. Speaking of sound, it’s fantastic, but the bass can sometimes be a little too much for us to handle. You get a whole load of tips in the box, so there’s bound to be one to fit your ears and noise isolation is impressive too.
£150 | RHA
While Bose products are normally rather serious and business-like, the Freestyle buds are a bit different. They’re a much more fun and accessible product from the company, coming in a few vibrant colours and designs. The typical Bose sound is still here, as is the comfortable fit and high-end finish of its other in-ear products. There’s TriPort tech to get the most out of your music, a durable cord that’ll last and they even come with a pretty neat travelling case.
£114 | Bose
NAD Viso HP20
Slick and all black in design, sharp and with plenty of volume when it comes to sound. While they do stick out a little too far from the ear for our liking, these in-ear ‘phones from NAD are still pretty impressive.
£130 | NAD
Want some comfy in-ear buds? Well this pair from Klipsch use patented contour tips that are designed to accurately slot into your ear canals. As they’re constructed from soft silicone it reduces ‘ear fatigue’ and blocks out unwanted noises. Sound wise you’re looking at dual drivers that offer a wide frequency, while the cable is tangle resistant and there’s a three button mic.
£79.99 | Klipsch
You'll be hard pressed to find a smaller pair of wireless headphones. The Jabra Rox has tiny batteries in each ear bud which give them an impressive 6 hours of music streaming and an even more impressive five hours of nattering time on your phone. Magnets built into the buds connect them together when you're not using them, the Rox then automatically goes into standby mode. Download the app and you'll get Dolby Digital sound as well, even if you're just watching a man chase a dog on YouTube. For the 'talkers' out there there's Digital Signal Processing which intelligently analyses your voice and then dulls background noise for clearer voice calls.
£99.95 I Apple
The luxury market for earphones is booming, as we can see from this spectacular pair from Grado. While the looks are understated in a simple metallic green, the moving armature driver ensures every note is conveyed in beautiful high quality, and three sizes of snug ear buds are designed to fit your ears perfectly, reducing outside noise and emphasising the bass impact along the way. Much more than the humble pair that came with your iPhone.
£399.95 | Grado
Atomic Floyd Super Darts Titanium + Remote
Constructed from space grade titanium, these buds are not only really light, but they’re durable and strong to boot. They sound great too, thanks to the 9mm dynamic drivers and special vents that enable more air movement. Silicone eartips reduce the chance of ambient noise ruining your tunes and the in-line remote is handy for skipping tracks.
£250 | Atomic Floyd
ACS Encore Live!
Right, let’s get this out of the way first - these buds are expensive. Very expensive. Nearly £800. But, they are some of the best sounding earphones out there. The unique design sticks right in your ears and are custom moulded for the best comfort and fit possible. Sound quality is superb and they really bring a whole new level to your tunes. The only issue really is how devastated we would feel if we left them on the train….
£750 | ACS