Apple EarPods With Lightning Connector

Last updated date: September 18, 2020

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Apple EarPods With Lightning Connector

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 158 expert reviews, the Apple Apple EarPods With Lightning Connector placed 3rd when we looked at the top 23 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
3 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
34,680 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Weighty, solid sound. No hint of harshness, even at volume
- What HiFi
They have a wider soundstage than the average ear bud.
- Medium
What experts didn't like
Fit is still hit and miss. Bass is heavy handed and undefined.
- What HiFi
My other lightning headphones, the Sony MDR-1A DAC, work just fine on older versions of iOS, but the Lightning EarPods require iOS 10. For some reason.
- Medium
And so, around the $30 mark, you get something like the new EarPods, which won't work with your other devices, yet bring zero performance benefits.
- Business Insider

From The Manufacturer

Unlike traditional, circular earbuds, the design of the EarPods is defined by the geometry of the ear which makes them more comfortable for more people than any other earbud-style headphones

Overall Product Rankings

Boltune Bluetooth 5.0 Waterproof Wireless Headphones
2. Boltune Bluetooth 5.0 Waterproof Wireless Headphones
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 4
Apple EarPods With Lightning Connector
3. Apple EarPods With Lightning Connector
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 3
OneOdio Adapter-Free Over-Ear Headphones
4. OneOdio Adapter-Free Over-Ear Headphones
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 4
Sony ZX Series Wired On-Ear Headphones
5. Sony ZX Series Wired On-Ear Headphones
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 2
Sony MDRZX110 ZX Series Stereo Headphones
7. Sony MDRZX110 ZX Series Stereo Headphones
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 9
Bose SoundLink II Around Ear Wireless Headphones
9. Bose SoundLink II Around Ear Wireless Headphones
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 9
Sennheiser RS 165 RF Wireless Headphones
12. Sennheiser RS 165 RF Wireless Headphones
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 4
Sony H900N Hi-Res Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones
13. Sony H900N Hi-Res Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 3
HyperX KHX-H3CL/WR Cloud Gaming Headphones
15. HyperX KHX-H3CL/WR Cloud Gaming Headphones
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 8
Sony MDRZX110NC Noise Cancelling Headphones
17. Sony MDRZX110NC Noise Cancelling Headphones
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 9
Plantronics BackBeat GO 410 Wireless Headphones
22. Plantronics BackBeat GO 410 Wireless Headphones
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 4
MEE Audio Runway Bluetooth Wireless & Wired Headphones
23. MEE Audio Runway Bluetooth Wireless & Wired Headphones
Overall Score: 6.6
Expert Reviews: 3

An Overview On

Headphones are huge right now. Music fans, gaming buffs and podcast aficionados spent more than $9.5 billion dollars on them in 2016, and that number is projected to balloon to $13.8 billion in the next seven years.

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There are multiple styles of headphones. Earbuds, on-ear and over-ear headphones are the three most popular types, and they’re all available in wired and wireless versions. If you’re intimidated by the number of options you’re seeing online or in the electronics aisle, there are a number of ways to narrow down the choices and find the best headphones for your needs.

“The most important factor to consider when shopping for headphones is the environment it’s going to be used in,” says music and video producer Calvin West.

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Will you use the headphones at the gym, at home or on the train? If you’ll be outdoors a lot, or wearing the headphones on the bus while you commute to work, consider headphones with noise-canceling properties, West suggests.

Earbuds, or in-ear headphones, sit just inside your ear canal. Soft silicone tips fit snugly inside your ears, and some models come with different sizes for a customized fit. Other models have secure-fit tips that create a stronger seal in your ear canal so they stay put.

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Earbuds are available in standard wired versions, wireless versions (which connect around the back of your neck with a small wire but do not need to connect to your device with a wire), and true wireless versions where both earbuds operate independently with no wires at all.

On-ear headphones, which are sometimes called supra-aural headphones, are larger, with soft ear cups made from real or synthetic leather. They sit on top of your ears and allow more sound in while you’re listening, which makes them great for times when you want to listen to music without completely canceling out surrounding sounds. They’re also more lightweight and portable than heftier, full-coverage over-ear headphones.

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Over-ear headphones enclose your entire ear in soft ear cups. They’re the largest headphone option, and they boast advanced features like noise cancellation and higher sound quality than other types of headphones. They’re great for wearing indoors while you’re focused on work, playing video games or enjoying high-definition sound on your smart TV. They tend to be a bit bulky to take with you when you’re commuting or traveling, but the total noise cancellation option makes them great for long flights.

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Some over-ear headphone models have active noise cancellation as well as ambient sound modes for different listening scenarios. Other types of over-ear headphones come with a transmitter that connects to your home audio or entertainment system for a more robust digital listening experience.

DWYM Fun Fact

You owe your favorite pair of headphones a salute. The first pair of modern audio headphones were picked up by the U.S. Navy in 1910 after being repeatedly rejected by private sector investors. Mormon inventor and engineer Nathaniel Baldwin invented them on his kitchen table; the Navy’s eventual investment made him a rich man. They ordered 100 pairs and sparked a headphone revolution. Unfortunately, Baldwin never patented them, so the German company Bayerdynamic made some serious cash when they created the first pair for home enjoyment in 1937. Baldwin also wound up bankrupt after using his payout from the Navy to make a less-than-sound investment in the Mormon polygamous movement. Whoops!

The Buying Guide

  • If you’re picking out new headphones, the first order of business is choosing between wired and wireless. Wired headphones are generally more reliable, since they don’t rely on a Bluetooth connection to connect you to your music, but wireless technology is quickly catching up. You can get more bang for your buck in terms of sound quality with wired headphones, too, and you’ll never have to worry about your wired headphones running out of battery. However, the freedom of wireless headphones outweighs their downsides for many people, and high-end styles have up to 20 hours of battery life per charge.
  • Next up: What activities will you be doing while you wear your headphones? Gym-goers will benefit from earbud styles. Their cone-shaped silicone tips fit securely in your ears, staying in place during active sweat sessions. Plus, the in-line mic and volume control help you answer calls or switch songs without fumbling with your phone. If you’re relying on headphones to help you focus while working from home or enjoying your favorite music, a pair of plush over-ear headphones can provide premium sound and comfort with active noise cancellation.
  • How portable do you need your headphones to be? Earbuds are lightweight and fit into a purse, pocket or briefcase, but wireless and true wireless versions are easier to lose. If you’re not planning on taking your headphones far from home, on-ear or over-ear options make more sense; you can enjoy their superior sound quality without worrying about hefting them around.
  • If you’re going to drop your hard-earned cash on headphones, you’ll want to take steps to care for them to keep the music playing. Wired headphones need cable care; you’ll want to wind up the cable and secure it with a twist tie or velcro rope while not in use. Make sure you don’t leave your headphones in areas where it becomes extremely hot or cold (like inside your car during chilly winter nights or hot summer days). Those temperatures can damage the internal audio components.
  • Keeping your headphones clean also contributes to their life span. Earbud-style headphones need special attention since wax buildup can affect sound quality and hygiene. Removing the silicone ear tips, rinsing them with warm water, and drying them with a soft cloth should be part of their regular maintenance. All types of headphones should be wiped with a damp, clean cloth and dried if they’re exposed to excessive sweat or moisture. Make sure to keep your charging port clear of crumbs and debris for reliable charging, and store on-ear and over-ear headphones in a hard case when they’re not in use.