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Oddly enough, in-ear headphones are still in demand. Many people can’t get used to the so-called “plugs”, which were invented about 10 years ago. They are much more comfortable to be in liners. These headphones have a serious advantage – they can still hear what is happening around. This means that you can even use in-ear headphones while on a bicycle – you will definitely hear the call of a pedestrian or the signal of an approaching car. In short, let’s get acquainted with the best in-ear headphones. Be sure that the models included in our rating are distinguished by a long service life and high-quality sound. And not only!

Rating of the best in-ear headphones

Nomination

Place

Name

Price

The best inexpensive wired in-ear headphones

one

1MORE Single Driver EO320

2 564 ₽

2

Xiaomi Dual-Unit Type-C

990 ₽

3

Samsung EO-EG920 Fit

1 018 ₽

four

JBL T205

819 ₽

The best inexpensive wireless in-ear headphones

one

JBL T205BT

1 449 ₽

2

Canyon CNS-SBTHS1

790 ₽

3

HARPER HB-305

670 ₽

The best wireless in-ear headphones in terms of price-performance ratio

one

Apple AirPods

7 990 ₽

2

Bang & Olufsen Earset

9 990 ₽

3

Honor FlyPods

6 450 ₽

four

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

9 990 ₽

5

Xiaomi AirDots

1 349 ₽

The best in-ear sports headphones

one

Plantronics BackBeat FIT3150

10 500 ₽

2

Plantronics BackBeat FIT 3100

6 490 ₽

3

Urbanears Stadium

3 179 ₽

four

Baseus S16

1 791 ₽

The best inexpensive wired in-ear headphones

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1MORE Single Driver EO320

Rating: 4.7

1MORE Single Driver EO320

Externally, these headphones do not stand out too much from many others. You are waiting for the usual “liners”, which differ only in a metal case. The product turned out to be very expensive, so you can count on a long service life. Numerous reviews also hint at this, in which mention of breakdowns is extremely rare. And this despite the fact that people like to write about the negative aspects of the product more than about the positive ones.

The main advantage of the 1MORE Single Driver EO320 was described by Natalya, who bought this model at Ozone: “I took these headphones for the first time and lo and behold, you can hear much more in them than in my old ones from AKG”. Indeed, the accessory should be noted for a wide range of reproducible frequencies. I am glad that the sounds do not mix into a mess. Even despite the fact that the usual single-driver system is used here. Someone should also like the soft bass – the ears do not get tired of it at all.

The headphones are connected to a smartphone or any other device via a 3.5 mm mini-jack. It is interesting that on sale you can find copies with both a straight plug and an L-shaped one. The length of the wire in any case will be equal to 125 cm. Also, the cable will definitely be equipped with a fabric braid. This is an undoubted advantage, because such a wire practically does not get confused in your pocket. And the manufacturer also puts a case and three pairs of interchangeable ear pads into the box with headphones.

In fact, 1MORE Single Driver EO320 is a complete headset. The accessory includes a microphone, thanks to which the smartphone will be taken out of the pocket even less often. You should look for the microphone on the remote control, which is located on the already mentioned cable. There is no point in talking about the remote itself for a long time. It has the usual three buttons located on opposite sides of it. As a result, you can easily pause playback, answer a call, and change the volume level. Errors are practically excluded.

Advantages

  • There is a microphone;

  • The wire has a fabric braid;

  • You can adjust the volume level;

  • Comes with interchangeable ear pads and case.

  • Wide range of reproducible frequencies;

  • Long service life.

Flaws

  • High price;

  • The ear pads don’t look very attractive.

Xiaomi Dual-Unit Type-C

Rating: 4.6

Xiaomi Dual-Unit Type-C

Now many smartphones do not have the usual 3.5 mm audio jack. What to do? Buying an expensive wireless headset? Use an adapter? We suggest instead to purchase headphones from Xiaomi that connect directly to USB Type-C. They are not expensive at all, while providing excellent sound quality. Not least due to the well-implemented two-driver system here. The first driver is the usual dynamic, while the second is made using ceramic technology. Each is responsible for its own frequency range, due to which excellent sound purity is achieved.

In terms of their design, these headphones are similar to Apple products. This means that these “earbuds” will fit well in most ears, no matter what anatomy they have. At the same time, you can hear the response of a person or an approaching car in time.

The manufacturer recommends that you forget about ordinary MP3 files. There is a “Hi-Res Audio” badge on the headphone box. This means that the product performs well when listening to, for example, the FLAC format. However, music is not the only thing that can please this model. It is also equipped with a microphone. So, you can talk without pulling your smartphone out of your pocket. Volume control is also available here – for this, the corresponding buttons on the remote control are used. But they are pressed quite tightly, and therefore it will take a long time to get used to them.

Olga, who bought a headset a few months ago, left the following review on Yandex.Market: “Headphones pay for themselves from and to. The sound quality is good, the wire is not tangled, they sit comfortably in the ears. I use it for sports, they suit me. It seems to us that it is better to do training with some other accessory. The fact is that this model is not endowed with moisture protection, and therefore sweat can quickly disable the electronic insides.

Advantages

  • Sensitive bass;

  • The wire is practically not tangled;

  • You can adjust the volume level;

  • Have a microphone;

  • Low cost;

  • There are two color options.

Flaws

  • The USB Type-C connector imposes limitations;

  • Headphones can feel slippery.

Samsung EO-EG920 Fit

Rating: 4.6

Samsung EO-EG920 Fit

It may seem that the South Korean company Samsung will only produce expensive headsets that only flagship owners can buy. However, our rating proves the existence of affordable headphones distributed under the above brand. For example, for EO-EG920 Fit in Russian stores they ask for no more than 999 rubles. As you can guess from the name, this model is also designed for its use during sports. The shape of these headphones is also not suitable for everyone. But if you get used to it, you are unlikely to want to use “gags” in the future.

This headset can be found in four different color options. The included microphone is of good quality. As for the sound, it is emitted by 12 mm membranes. Large diameter indicates a very high volume level. And most people do not need more! However, we still note the bass support – soft and pleasant. I am glad that even at high volume, the headphones do not start to make squeaks, wheezing, hissing and other extraneous sounds.

The Samsung EO-EG920 Fit is a rare case where inexpensive in-ear headphones get an on-ear mount. It is this that allows the product to stay stably in the ear even while using the treadmill. However, it should be noted that some people will find this use of headphones uncomfortable.

This model is wired. What is important, the cable is very dense, it practically does not get confused. Its length is 1.2 m – a typical parameter for most representatives of our rating. At the end of the cord is a straight mini-jack. There is no mention of any gilding here. But this does not scare you, since the connector will not have time to oxidize – the headphones will fail much faster.

There is a small remote control on the wire of this accessory. With it, you can at least adjust the volume. As such, there is no support for the iPhone, so the owners of “apple” products should not look towards this model. However, this is not surprising, because Samsung itself produces smartphones, and they operate exclusively under the control of Android.

Perhaps, this accessory fully justifies its cost. That is why there is no need to complain that the headset looks too poor. Yes, this is true, but the South Koreans could not use top materials to create such inexpensive headphones.

Advantages

  • There are four color options;

  • High sound volume;

  • There is a mount on the ear;

  • There is a volume control;

  • Includes interchangeable ear pads

  • Low cost;

  • Don’t forget the microphone

  • Reliable wire that almost does not tangle.

Flaws

  • You can’t pause the track;

  • The case is made of the simplest plastic;

  • The upper frequencies are too much muffled.

See also: 16 best headphones for sports

JBL T205

Rating: 4.5

JBL T205

Another in-ear headphone with a design that Apple originally came up with. This form of accessory is much more convenient than the form of the usual “liners”. This headset stays well in your ears when you’re busy with this or that workout, even without any kind of fastening. At the same time, you will continue to hear what is happening around, albeit rather muffled. If you use the JBL T205 while cycling, you will hear the call of a pedestrian or a car signal in time.

The weight of these headphones is 14.3 g. A lot, this indicates high-quality components. At the same time, this also indicates that the manufacturer did not introduce several membranes or other sound sources at once. Therefore, the sound in each ear will be directed through a 12.5 mm membrane. Low and high frequencies are not highlighted here, but you can still feel them. Also, do not forget that this model can be used as a headset. If a call comes in, just press the button on the remote control – the call will be accepted immediately. Unfortunately, there are no more buttons on the remote control. This means that you will not be able to adjust the volume level. It is sad. But it’s not without reason that the JBL T205 headphones cost only 750 rubles.

The body of this product can be painted in five different colors. There is no ear mount here, but with this form of construction, it is not needed. The end of the cable used here has an L-shaped plug. When the headset is not in use, it is recommended to put it in the case supplied with the kit.

Of course, this is not the best representative of our rating. The low cost affected many of its parameters. Judging by the reviews, some people start to hurt their ears. What this is connected with is not clear. It is possible that not everyone likes the shape of the headphones. Unlike the famous earbuds from Apple, this headset is slightly larger, which is why it presses harder on the walls of the ears. You can also complain about the lack of moisture resistance. Well, the service life is traditional for such inexpensive headphones, after six months or a year you will have to buy something to replace it.

Advantages

  • Many color options;

  • Decent volume;

  • Have a microphone;

  • Includes case;

  • Low cost;

  • Good cable.

Flaws

  • The volume level cannot be adjusted;

  • This form of headphones can cause discomfort;

  • No moisture protection;

  • Short service life.

The best inexpensive wireless in-ear headphones

JBL T205BT

Rating: 4.8

JBL T205BT

While wired in-ear headphones can cost less than $500, Bluetooth models usually have a higher price tag. Fortunately, among them there are relatively inexpensive specimens that can boast of high quality workmanship. For example, for JBL T205BT in Russian stores they ask for about 1,500 rubles. This is an adequate amount that many people are unlikely to regret.

This headset (and this is it, since there is a microphone) has a wide color gamut. In stores you can find at least seven color options! And it is possible that in the future the manufacturer will decide to release several exclusive versions. If you look at the headphones up close, you can see that these are not ordinary earbuds. Here, the hole with the speaker mesh is oval. So, you are waiting for something between inserts and “gags”. In a word, this is an analogue of the well-known inserts from Apple. But the “apple” headphones turned out to be smaller, so they do not bring any discomfort. As for the JBL T205BT, this model is contraindicated for people with small ears. Even if this headset does not bring pain, some discomfort will still be observed.

As usual, these headphones are not truly wireless. The fact is that there is a neck lace that combines two headphones into a single whole. On it you can find not only a miniature battery, but also a small remote control. With the help of the latter, you can control playback and adjust the volume level. Unfortunately, the greatest claims are made to management. The fact is that the user’s actions are accompanied by all sorts of sounds, sometimes extremely unpleasant. And not everyone likes the method of switching between songs – here for this you need to hold down the volume buttons.

As mentioned above, the headphones have a microphone. Most importantly, good quality. Your interlocutors will complain about the connection only in particularly noisy places – for example, in the subway. By the way, communication with the smartphone is carried out via Bluetooth 4.0. Unfortunately, there is no aptX HD support here, so you should not hope for perfect music playback.

The sound here is emitted by membranes, the diameter of which is 12.5 mm. Not a bad size, but some people still complain about the lack of volume. But much more buyers are irritated by the LED. It turned out very bright. Because of this, charging the device near the bed is not recommended – the LED simply interferes with sleep, illuminating half the room.

This accessory is powered by a lithium polymer battery. Of course, strict economy did not allow the manufacturer to make the sound time very long. The buyer of such a headset can count on 5-6 hours, nothing more. But JBL T205BT supports charging for two hours! Believe me, many wireless in-ear headphones take noticeably longer to charge! By the way, a micro-USB connector is used to connect the charger. Yes, this is a deprecated interface. But you didn’t expect the appearance of USB Type-C, did you? Unfortunately, this is not possible due to the same savings.

Advantages

  • Many color options;

  • Low cost;

  • Convenient neck lace;

  • You can adjust the volume level and switch tracks;

  • Quality assembly;

  • Have a microphone;

  • There are no special claims to the sound.

Flaws

  • Management will not seem convenient to everyone;

  • Short battery life;

  • These headphones put pressure on some people’s ears;

  • No water protection.

See also: 12 best wireless headphones for sports

Canyon CNS-SBTHS1

Rating: 4.7

Canyon CNS-SBTHS1

If the previous reviewed model can fall out of the ears, if they are very large, then the Canyon CNS-SBTHS1 headset does not have such a problem. The fact is that it is equipped with fasteners, thanks to which the product literally hangs on the ears. It is also impossible not to note the very large remote control. Despite decent physical dimensions, this structural element weighs quite a bit. This also makes the use of the accessory more comfortable.

This device is available in three color options. Also, the headphones should please with a high-quality microphone. This model can be used both with an iPhone and with a smartphone based on Android. However, the second option is preferable, since only in this case you will get the maximum functionality.

Headphones Canyon CNS-SBTHS1 received a neck lace. Also in the box with them are found interchangeable ear pads. It is curious that the accessory has good sound insulation – usually the earbuds cannot boast of anything like that.

Synchronization with a smartphone is carried out via Bluetooth 4.1. Unfortunately, there is no support for modern digital codecs here. If you have a flagship with aptX support at your disposal, then it is better to consider buying some other wireless headphones. It is also noticeable here that the manufacturer tried his best to save money. And it’s not even about the quality of the sound, which is “C grade” here. The design of the accessory is equipped with a micro-USB connector, which becomes more and more obsolete every year. Also, the savings are noticeable in the battery, a full charge of which is enough for only 5-6 hours of sound at a low volume level.

Perhaps the Canyon CNS-SBTHS1 headset deserves those 1300 rubles that are asked for it. By the way, each wireless model must have buttons that are responsible for adjusting the volume. Here, these buttons, of course, are not forgotten.

Advantages

  • Several color options;

  • Have a microphone;

  • Very low cost;

  • There are three pairs of interchangeable ear pads;

  • There is some soundproofing.

Flaws

  • Cheap case materials;

  • Not the best sound quality

  • Some people find these headphones uncomfortable.

HARPER HB-305

Rating: 4.7

HARPER HB-305

One of the cheapest wireless earbuds on our list. In Russian stores, only 1000 rubles are asked for this model. Surprisingly, even these headphones have a microphone at their disposal, which automatically turns them into a headset. However, one cannot fail to note the low quality of this microphone. There are cases when the interlocutor will complain that it is difficult for him to make out your voice. In particular, this is possible when you are on the subway or other noisy place.

These Bluetooth headphones have a fairly long neck cord. It has a familiar remote control with three black or white buttons. The remaining structural elements are almost completely made of black materials. Alas, no other options are offered.

This model synchronizes with a smartphone using the Bluetooth 4.2 standard. As you might guess, there is no support for the aptX digital codec here. This means that these headphones are contraindicated for a music lover. Curiously, the HARPER HB-305 headset is very different from most of the competitors reviewed in this rating. And it’s not even about the appearance – in this regard, nothing unusual awaits you. The main difference is functionality. These are not just headphones, but a full-fledged MP3 player! There is a slot for a microSD memory card, from which music is read.

The manufacturer claims that it has placed an 85 mAh battery inside the remote control. Unfortunately, this tells us nothing. How long will the accessory last if used as an MP3 player? How long will the Bluetooth sync last? Even reviews do not provide answers to these questions. Some people like working time, but some people put this item on the list of disadvantages. However, one can easily assume that the buyer of such inexpensive wireless headphones will have to count on only 3-4 hours of battery life. I am glad that recharging the accessory lasts only an hour and a half.

The neck lace of this product is supplemented with two magnets. It is they who do not allow the headphones to sleep from the neck when they are not used for their intended purpose. Also included is an LED. It allows you to understand whether the headset is charging, is it time to disconnect it from the AC adapter. By the way, the usual micro-USB port is used here as a connector. Not the most comfortable nest, but it was to be expected. This model also boasts three pairs of interchangeable ear pads.

Advantages

  • Implemented MP3 player function;

  • Short charging time;

  • Very low cost;

  • Includes interchangeable ear pads

  • Good fixation in the ears;

  • Have a microphone.

Flaws

  • Only black color available;

  • Unpretentious sound quality;

  • Short battery life.

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Apple AirPods

Rating: 4.9

Apple AirPods

Of course, our rating could not do without AirPods. Like it or not, but it is this wireless headset that can boast the highest sales. People love everything about it. Except maybe the sound quality. There is no aptX support here, which is why you still cannot fully enjoy the music. But not all people are music lovers. If a bear stepped on your ear, then you will definitely be completely delighted with this headset!

The main feature of these liners is their design. At the time of release, it was the bomb! For the first time, Bluetooth headphones are truly wireless. There is no neck strap here, each earbud is actually a separate device. Their total weight is only 4 grams! And this is with batteries, a full charge of which is enough for 4-5 hours of music playback. Of course, someone such a battery life will not be enough. But such people need not be afraid! Apple AirPods comes with a special case, which is actually a portable battery. With it, the headphones can be recharged several times, eventually achieving 20-24 hours of battery life!

As for the shape of this headset, Apple borrowed it from wired headphones designed a little earlier. Some people may not like her. However, many are delighted that you can listen to music and hear the surrounding sounds. Also, almost no one makes claims to microphones, of which there are exactly two pieces. Pleasant emotions are also left by touch pads, thanks to which playback control and Siri call are carried out. By the way, if you remove one earpiece from your ear, then playback is automatically paused – this is a fairly simple function that is still normally implemented only in Apple AirPods.

This model is only available in white. No, some design agencies paint it in a different color on their own, but this option will cost much more. It is unlikely that you will want to spend extra money when the white version is also priced at a decent 13 thousand rubles. And this cost cannot be called too high. Cheaper analogues will definitely have certain drawbacks – they will either offer a shorter battery life, or be less convenient to use, or upset with even poorer sound quality.

Of course, you need to understand that this accessory was created mainly for iPhone owners. If you don’t have an “apple” smartphone at your disposal, then it’s better to think about buying some other headset. The fact is that only on the iPhone you can try out all the functionality of the headphones to the fullest. In the case of Android, you will not be able to control playback normally.

Advantages

  • Long battery life;

  • Miniature dimensions and minimum weight;

  • There are various automatic functions;

  • Easy and convenient playback control;

  • There are microphones.

Flaws

  • High price;

  • No support for aptX HD;

  • Recommended to use with iPhone.

Bang & Olufsen Earset

Rating: 4.8

Bang & Olufsen Earset

One of the most expensive headphones in our ranking. I can’t even believe that they can ask for 19-22 thousand rubles for inserts. Even for wireless. What is the reason for such a high cost? Is it already in the membrane, the diameter of which reaches 14.2 mm? And is it not in the mounts, thanks to which the headset hangs perfectly on the ears? No, it’s probably the design. The aforementioned mounts make the headphones memorable. Also, the manufacturer was honored to release two color options – the black version is complemented by brown.

However, most of all, the product pleases with its sound. Both bass and high frequencies are well felt here. The manufacturer claimed a sensitivity of 105 dB, and this is the rare case when what is said is true. However, only the volume should be considered ideal here. In terms of sound quality, the Bang & Olufsen Earset headset is still inferior to its wired counterpart with a similar price tag. It is possible that the lack of support for the aptX digital codec is to blame for this.

Unlike the accessories discussed above, a neck lace is still used here. But you definitely won’t lose the earpiece if you suddenly want to pull it out of your ear. As for the charging connector, the USB Type-C socket is used here. Unfortunately, you will have to use it quite often. The fact is that the duration of this product is no more than five hours. However, this is a typical problem with many wireless in-ear headphones.

By the way, Bang & Olufsen Earset is a headset. Therefore, it is equipped with a microphone. There is a button on the neck strap that allows you to answer the call and then end the call. There are also two other keys that allow, for example, to adjust the volume level.

These are probably great in-ear headphones. However, one cannot but admit that the money here is asked only for the design. Believe me, you can easily find a headset half as expensive with the same or even better specifications. But after all, the Expertology website is also read by successful people who care about the appearance of an accessory – usually they don’t even think about the specifications of a thing.

Advantages

  • Huge membranes;

  • Have a microphone;

  • Two color options;

  • USB Type-C connector is used;

  • Memorable design.

Flaws

  • Very high cost;

  • No support for aptX HD;

  • Not very long battery life.

Honor FlyPods

Rating: 4.7

Honor FlyPods

Another wireless in-ear headphones from Huawei in our ranking. This is already a simplified model. It has a less refined design. But on the other hand, you can find as many as three color options on sale. At the same time, it is completely unclear whether the simplification of internal components has been affected. The fact is that an almost identical battery case is used here, with which you can achieve 20 hours of battery life. Its charging time is the same 1 hour. What can I say, here even the synchronization standard with a smartphone is used the same – this is Bluetooth 5.0.

Like the pro version, this headset can be charged via a Qi wireless device. Also, the accessory supports operation in the rain. The manufacturer has received IP54 certification. This suggests that if any problems begin after using the accessory in the rain, you can return the headphones to the store under warranty.

There is no point in talking about the headset in more detail. If you carefully read our rating, you already know almost everything about it. We only mention the presence of an LED here. It lights up green. If the charge level drops to 80%, then the LED will turn yellow. Well, when the charge level drops to 20%, it immediately becomes clear by the red glow of the corresponding diode. By the way, the indicator is also on the case – it is made in the form of four divisions.

The main problem with this headset is the short battery life. Already after 3-3.5 hours you will have to use the case. Sadly, in this regard, the product is much inferior to the “apple” competitor. But on the other hand, you can buy it for 7,500 rubles – more or less sane money.

Advantages

  • Several color options;

  • Supplied with a battery case;

  • The Bluetooth 5.0 standard is used;

  • There are microphones;

  • The headset is waterproof;

  • Implemented support for Qi technology;

  • Uses a USB Type-C connector.

Flaws

  • Short work outside the case;

  • However, the cost will not suit everyone;

  • No support for aptX HD.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

Rating: 4.7

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

The South Korean company Samsung began producing headphones relatively recently. But that doesn’t mean anything! The fact is that previously she bought two manufacturers of audio equipment at once. Now it is their technology that is being used. As a result, it is extremely difficult to find fault with new products from Samsung both in terms of sound quality and functionality. Speaking specifically about the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live, the music in this headset does not seem perfect, even if you listen to the FLAC format. But this is solely due to the limitations of wireless communication. And it should be noted that the headphones will sound better if they are connected to a South Korean smartphone. If you have a device from another manufacturer, then it is better not to look in the direction of this model.

Externally, this headset is quite different from its competitors. Headphones are shaped like beans. Curiously, this does not prevent them from holding well in the ears. Also, two modes of use are available to the buyer at once. Vlad writes more about this, leaving a review on Yandex.Market a couple of months after the purchase: “You can wear it like closed headphones by turning on the noise canceling – or you can wear them as open ones if you want to hear the environment”. Just don’t expect the noise canceling feature to work perfectly – it’s affected by the size of the device.

This model is on sale in a large number of color options. It is distinguished by the complete absence of wires. To charge the headset, you need to put it in a complete case. Together with it, you can achieve 28-29 hours of battery life! This is a record value for headphones of this type, which is noted in Samsung Galaxy Buds Live review by Techradar. The author also praised the product for a good portion of bass. Returning to the case, it itself is charged from any network adapter – it connects via the USB Type-C connector.

Communication with a smartphone is carried out via Bluetooth 5.0. There is no support for the aptX digital codec, which is typical for all South Korean headphones. The touch pad is used to control playback. Someone has no problems with it, but for someone it seems completely uncomfortable – even we cannot make a final conclusion. You can also answer an incoming call, because the headphones included microphones. The interlocutor will hear you slightly muffled – this is due to the presence of moisture protection here. But in no case do we recommend seriously relying on it. The fact is that the headset is certified only according to the IP2X standard, which means that swimming and taking a bath are contraindicated for it.

Advantages

  • Implemented fast charging;
  • Very long battery life;
  • Great color variety;
  • Well kept in the ears;
  • The Bluetooth 5.0 standard is used;
  • The case has a USB Type-C connector;
  • The case supports wireless charging.

Flaws

  • Very weak moisture protection;
  • Not the best noise cancellation
  • High price;
  • The sound quality is not ideal;
  • Management is not for everyone.

Xiaomi AirDots

Rating: 4.7

Xiaomi AirDots

The Chinese company Xiaomi is also trying to jump on the outgoing train. She also released fully wireless headphones that are not connected by a neck strap or rim. The product was named AirDots. Unfortunately, these headphones cannot be called small – they protrude quite strongly from the ears. Most of the time it doesn’t bother me at all. But if you make a sudden movement with your head, then one of the headphones is quite capable of falling out. It is also impossible not to admit that this headset is closer to the “plugs” than to the earbuds. However, we still decided to include it in our rating.

As expected, the Xiaomi AirDots included microphones. This allows you to talk on the phone without removing the headset from your ears. Communication with the smartphone is carried out via Bluetooth 5.0. Unfortunately, the manufacturer had to abandon aptX. There were several reasons for this. Firstly, the Chinese needed to reduce the cost of the accessory to 3,000 rubles. Secondly, these headphones will be bought mainly by owners of Xiaomi smartphones, which simply do not support the above-mentioned digital codec.

If we continue talking about wireless modules, then we cannot but note the presence of an NFC chip. And how did they manage to place it in such a small device? It is required for only one thing: to speed up synchronization with a smartphone. As for sound reproduction, it is carried out using a very modest membrane – its diameter does not exceed 7.2 mm. The sound quality is mediocre. Unfortunately, in this regard, the product is quite inferior to products from Apple and Huawei. And they aren’t perfect either!

The accessory comes with two pairs of interchangeable ear pads. They allow you to adjust the headset to almost any ear shape. Another headphone buyer will receive a box that acts as a power bank. Unfortunately, it has a very tiny size. A full charge will provide approximately 12 hours of battery life. If you do not pull the headset out of your ears, do not put it in a case, then you are waiting for only 3-4 hours of sound.

There are touch pads on the earbuds. With their help, the simplest control is implemented, which you still have to get used to. Do not expect any unusual features from this model. Of course, such cheap in-ear headphones could not help but get a number of drawbacks. In particular, some buyers complain about regular disconnections. There are also cases when the left earpiece loses the right one. Well, we have already said about the sound quality – this is not a two-driver model that would provide intelligible high and mid frequencies.

Advantages

  • USB Type-C connector is used;

  • There are microphones;

  • Supplied with a battery case;

  • There are replaceable ear pads;

  • Low cost;

  • Implemented support for NFC;

  • Communication is via Bluetooth 5.0.

Flaws

  • Inconvenient touch control;

  • Short battery life;

  • Not very high volume;

  • Average sound quality;

  • No support for aptX HD.

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Plantronics BackBeat FIT 3150

Rating: 4.9

Plantronics BackBeat FIT 3150

You must remember how over-the-ear Bluetooth headsets were once popular. They were used by business people to always be in touch. Something similar was released in 2019 by Plantronics, a company specializing in the production of sports electronics. But her product is on another level! Firstly, the kit contains two headphones at once, which allows you to enjoy stereo sound. It is not surprising, because such accessories are now much more often used for listening to music, and not for talking. Secondly, the headset comes with a case that acts as a portable battery. If you put the headphones into it every couple of hours, then you will need to connect the charger only after about a day of playing music.

During training, you need to be able to hear what is happening around. That is why we recommend buying this headset. It supports the Always Aware function, thanks to which you will hear both the signal of an approaching car and the interlocutor who has contacted you. You can also talk to someone on the phone without taking the device out of your pocket. To do this, both headphones are equipped with microphones.

What else should be the perfect sports headset? Of course, waterproof. There are no problems with this, the manufacturer declared the IP57 standard. Theoretically, you can leave the device on your ears even while swimming. Tests show that something can only happen to the accessory when diving.

Headphones keep in touch with a smartphone using Bluetooth 5.0. The modern version of the standard allows you to move away from the device at a sufficiently large distance. It also had a positive effect on battery life, as we have already mentioned. By the way, fast charging is implemented here. Just 15 minutes in the case provides the headset with 1.5 hours of sound!

It is not surprising that buyers of this model leave only positive reviews. For example, this is what Anton wrote on Yandex.Market, who has been using headphones for more than a year: “They sit comfortably in the ears. So much so that you almost don’t feel it. And if you put it on for a long time, you don’t feel it at all. And the fastening behind the ear is reliable, they have never fallen, including in the gym.” And if you are still in doubt about the purchase, here is another recommendation for you: Plantronics BackBeat FIT 3150 recognized by the New York Times the best running headphones. But they had more than three dozen competitors!

Advantages

  • Implemented full-fledged moisture protection;
  • There is an ear mount;
  • Good sound quality;
  • You can hear the environment;
  • Long battery life;
  • It is possible to adjust the volume level;
  • Implemented fast charging;
  • There is a microphone.

Flaws

  • High price;
  • Not an ideal microphone implementation.

Plantronics BackBeat FIT 3100

Rating: 4.8

Plantronics BackBeat FIT 3100

Above, we mentioned several headsets in which it is quite possible to play sports. However, numerous runs are fraught with the failure of the headphones. The fact is that they are afraid of sweat, which contains salt. Only specialized sports models are not afraid of him. Also, they do not fall out of the ears, since their design usually includes appropriate fasteners. In particular, the Plantronics BackBeat FIT 3100 headset has them.

This model hangs comfortably on the ears, almost without disturbing. In this case, the mount can be painted in gray or black. The inside is also painted in a different color. But the round base, in which all the electronics are hidden, will be of the same color – green-blue. Like several of the models discussed above, this headset comes in a case that acts as a portable battery. With it, you can extend the battery life up to ten hours. More could not be expected. Headphones take up too much space in the case, and it was pointless to make it very large – many users would stop taking it with them because of this. By the way, if you forget about the box, the headset will last about 4-5 hours.

Music from your smartphone to your headphones is transmitted via Bluetooth 5.0. Unfortunately, support for the aptX digital codec is not implemented. As you can see, it is embedded in the minimum number of in-ear headphones. Apparently, their manufacturers believe that it is simply impossible to appreciate music in all details in headphones of this form factor.

The sound here is reproduced through membranes, the diameter of which is 13.5 mm. It is captured with the help of microphones. It is impossible to find fault with their quality – the interlocutor will hear you clearly and loudly. Finally, it is impossible not to recall the protection from water. The only sad thing is that the manufacturer did not receive a certificate as such. If the water still disables the headset, then this is unlikely to be recognized as a warranty case.

Advantages

  • There is some water protection;

  • Good sound quality;

  • Attractive design;

  • Easy to learn control;

  • Up to five hours of battery life (excluding charging from the case);

  • Includes battery case

  • Two colors to choose from;

  • Decent volume level

  • There is a microphone;

  • Synchronization via Bluetooth 5.0.

Flaws

  • High price;

  • The battery case does not have a high capacity;

  • No support for aptX HD.

Urbanears Stadium

Rating: 4.7

Urbanears Stadium

The purpose of this Bluetooth headset is already clear from its name. It also hints at the appearance. The fact is that this device has an occipital arch. This must be the best type of mount for when the headphones are used during running and other workouts.

The Urbanears Stadion headset comes in five color options. The headphones themselves are teardrop-shaped. This means that they look like an accessory from Apple. A small hole with a speaker mesh – not all buyers will immediately get used to it. And on the case you can see the microphone hole. Alas, certain claims can be made to its implementation. However, the dynamics are also not amazing. Music lovers will definitely note the strong mixing of all frequencies. It is noticeable that the manufacturer tried to save money, ensuring that his creation was sold for only 2-3 thousand rubles. Against this background, the lack of support for the aptX HD digital codec is no longer surprising. Even if it were implemented, with such speakers you would definitely not hear CD-quality sound.

No need to think that Urbanears Stadion is a disgusting headset. No, in that case, she simply would not have got into our rating. Of the pluses, one can note the easy-to-learn management. Soon, you will easily begin to adjust the volume and answer an incoming call. Also, it should be noted capacious battery. It does not make the headphones heavy, but at the same time, its full charge is enough for 6-7 hours of sound. By the way, a case is supplied with the headset. It is recommended that you remember to put your headphones in it when your workout is over – this will significantly increase the life of the accessory.

Advantages

  • Low cost;

  • Convenient use;

  • Decent battery life;

  • Have a microphone;

  • A large number of color options;

  • The kit comes with a cover.

Flaws

  • Not the best sound quality

  • No support for aptX codec;

  • The first Bluetooth connection requires reading the instructions.

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Baseus S16

Rating: 4.7

Baseus S16

Another sports model ends our rating. It may seem that the occipital arch is also used here. But no, in the photo you see a neck lace. Not quite a lace, this piece of construction is flexible so it doesn’t fall off the body during quick movements. Also, this flexibility allows you to quickly “crumple” the headphones by throwing them into your pocket. Previously, only expensive headsets had a similar design. Well, for Baseus S16 they ask only 1500 rubles.

Of course, such a cheap model could not do without a number of shortcomings. The most disappointing thing is the sound quality – in this regard, the accessory is very much inferior to wired counterparts sold for the same money. It is possible that not only the simplest speakers are to blame for this, but also the chosen communication standard is Bluetooth 4.1. Of course, there is no support for the aptX digital codec here, because you would have to pay royalties for it. You can also complain about the charging time of 2 hours. As for the operating time, 8 hours are declared. However, many buyers write in their reviews that the charge actually runs out after 6 hours of listening to music. But even this figure seems quite decent.

Advantages

  • Three colors to choose from;

  • The smartphone displays the charge level;

  • There is some water protection;

  • Convenient use;

  • Low cost;

  • Long battery life;

  • Have a microphone.

Flaws

  • Too tight plug for charging;

  • Poor sound quality;

  • Cheap case materials;

  • No support for aptX HD;

  • Long charge.

Conclusion

This is a list of the best in-ear headphones among those that can be purchased in Russian retail. Of course, we cannot guarantee their performance for many years – everything will depend solely on the accuracy of operation. Also, even perfectly sounding headphones may not suit someone – here everything depends on hearing. However, most buyers will still be delighted with any of the headphones considered in this rating.