Top positive review
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on October 26, 2013
These earphones are the best earphones that Apple has made thus far. As far as I've seen, they are extremely durable; the pair that came with my iPhone 5 survived being both washed and dried, and the pair that I bought from Amazon survived being sucked up by a vacuum cleaner. I also think its worth mentioning that I use these in the shower a lot (albeit I don't get them actually wet, I keep my head dry as I use my phone in its waterproof case, the significance of this being that they frequently survive The 100% humidity.)
The sound is also much better than the sound from Apple's old earphones. The sound stays constant across the board, although I cannot speak for how they sound at +75% volume because I never listen to it that high. They seem to hit sounds very accurately across the board, until you reach the very low lows and the very high highs. However, they still manage to hit many lows and many highs, and anyone who isn't too discerning in their musical taste will be more than happy with these.
They also fit very well. I can listen to music for hours without any discomfort. It's as if they aren't even in my ears; sometimes, if I'm listening to a song that I haven't heard before and there's something odd in it like the sound of an airplane going by or someone calling you, I have to pop one or even both out to be sure that the sound isn't real. That is very impressive. Furthermore, if you drop your phone as you're listening, the pressure seems to be very equally displaced across the ear, making the drop much less painful that with the old Apple earbuds.
Additionally, the audio jack itself seems to be much more durable. This part tends to be a major failing of earbuds since, when you drop your phone or accidentally pull away from your laptop in a rolling chair, all of the pressure from that action is focused on the jack. However, this part has held up extremely well. Impressive.
The reason I haven't given this product five stars is simply because of its price. I'm not quite sure whether there buying another pair of earbuds would be better value for the money. Furthermore, regardless of whether or not you could buy a pair with better value, I'm sure that Apple could have priced these lower. These were undoubtedly made in a factory in China for 50 cents. Perhaps this is a testament to Apple's ingenuity. Or perhaps it is merely greed.
Overall, these earphones are extremely good. The sound will satisfy all but the most discerning listeners and, as my experience has proved, they will continue to work until you lose them. If Apple had priced them $5-10 less, I think they would have complete control over the earphone market at the under $50 price range.