It’s a good time to be a music lover – there are more ways than ever to hear your music, and we’re finally getting to a point where even a lower end set of buds can pump out legitimately strong audio. Are you still rocking the freebies that came with your phone? Did your last upgrade come back in the aughts? If you’re serious about your sound, you may not know what you’re missing if you haven’t looked around lately (like the new Sennheiser headphones).
We’ve got a little something for everybody here. Like to have a few sets of cheap earbuds so you can stash one in every bag you own? Try Panasonic’s ErgoFit. Do you require the absolute silence only active noise cancelation earbuds can give you? Bose’s QuietComfort20 has you covered. Are you all about the bass? The Bowers & Wilkin C5 really blasts it out.
Or maybe you hate wires? Sol Republic’s Shadow Wireless is a beauty and a terrific value; they could be the best wireless headphones out there. For the fitness-focused out there, the Jaybird X2 Sport delivers premium wireless sound and the most secure fit on the market.
Take a look at this list of the best in ear headphones, all of which are highly regarded and well-reviewed. We’ve even thrown in a pair of sweet over the ear headphones for the audiophile inside all of us. It’s not cheap, but with exceptional wireless capabilities and an advanced mic, it mixes luxurious materials with portability in a very attractive package.
(And, if you’re really on a budget, check out our ranking of the Best In-Ear Headphones Under $100.)