Small Size, Sweet Sound: Best Noise-Cancelling Earbuds

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Earbuds are commonly issued as freebie headphones with portable players, but higher-performance earbuds can offer sonic performance that rivals their full-size line mates. Their tiny earpieces rest on the outer ear or need to be inserted into the ear canal. Ultracompact and lightweight, earbuds are the most portable of all headphones, and they can provide excellent isolation from external noise when paired with a well-fitted tip.

Not a fan of the bulk that comes with over-the-ear headphones? Check out some of the best in-ear models around.

Jaybird X2

Good Points : Strong value; minimalistic design; works on iOS and Android; above average battery life.

Bad Points : some users might have issues with the tight seal.

Bottom Line :The wireless Jaybird X2 headphones offer an exceptionally secure fit and solid Bluetooth audio performance, making them ideal for athletes.

Specifications

  • Model : X2
  • Type: In-ear
  • Weight: 138kg
  • Cable length: 54m
  • Open/Closed: Closed
  • Playtime: 8Hours
  • Rating: 5/10
  • Price: N40,000
  • Website: jaybirdsport.com

Sennheiser Momentum M2 IEi

Good Points :Comfortable fit; attractive design; wonderfully clear and detailed sound; tight, full-bodied bass; expressive mids and highs.

The Bad : The top end (treble) is a touch brash, and also, while the headphones look classy, the housings are mostly plastic.

Bottom Line : Sennheiser Momentum M2 IEi is beautifully built and designed in a well-built zippered nylon case to protect your ‘buds’. Sound is satisfying and loud enough, if that is a factor in your listening needs. 

Specifications

  • Model : Momentum M2 IEi
  • Type: In-ear
  • Weight: 16kg
  • Cable length: 3m
  • Open/Closed: Closed
  • Playtime: 8Hours
  • Rating: 8/10
  • Price: N35,000
  • Website: sennheiser.com/

Sony MDR-EX650AP

Good Points: Superbly comfortable and secure fit; solid, weighty and punchy delivery; open and expansive sound stage.

Bad Points: High frequencies are too harsh.

Bottom Line :With the standout brass-finished looks and powerful drivers, Sony MDR-EX650AP earbuds take your music to the next level. The brass sound path creates clearer mid and high tones that brings more detail to every track.

Specifications 

  • Model : MDR-EX650AP
  • Type: In-ear
  • Weight: 9kg
  • Cable length: 2m
  • Open/Closed: Closed
  • Playtime: 8 Hours
  • Rating: 8/10
  • Price: N20,000
  • Website: sony.com

Klipsch R6i

Good Points : The bass-rich Klipsch R6i In-Ear is comfortable to wear and offer a tight seal thanks to Klipsch’s oval-shaped eartips. The flat-cord design is equipped with a three-button inline remote and microphone.

Bad Points : The R6i lacks treble detail.

Bottom Line:The Klipsch R6i earphone delivers deep bass and crisp highs in a reasonably priced, secure-fitting design. If you are looking for comfortable in-ear headphones with very plump bass, the Klipsch R6i model will do it.

 Specifications

  • Model : R6i
  • Type: In-ear
  • Weight: 153kg
  • Cable length: 3m
  • Open/Closed: Closed
  • Playtime: 8 Hours
  • Rating: 7/10
  • Price: N20,000
  • Website: klipsch.com/