For casual listening, the Apple EarPods are straightforward but respectable earphones. These are well-made and comfy, however they are not the most adaptable headphones due to their open fit, which let a lot of noise in. In contrast to the Apple AirPods (1st generation) Truly Wireless, they are also a little too unstable to use while running. On the plus side, they sound good despite lacking a little bass and are quite simple to use. They also fit in practically all pockets.
Review of Apple EarPods: What You Need To Know
The EarPods have various advantages, including a timeless style, an outstanding in-line microphone, and the fact that they are light and pleasant to wear in bed. The EarPods are a hybrid earphone that sits outside of your ear and extends only slightly inside, as opposed to in-ear and earbud earphones.
There are two different varieties of EarPods: the earlier generation, which ended in a 3.5mm headphone port, and the more recent model, which has a Lightning connector. Apple eliminated the 3.5mm jack in the iPhone 7 and introduced the Lightning connector.
Major sound enhancement
As compared to the world-class iconic designs of the iPod, iPhone, MacBook, and iMac, the original Apple headphones fell behind almost all other competitors. They were the black sheep of the company’s product line. The freebies that came with all iPod devices during the first generation were abhorrent. The 2004 In-Ear model was decent, and the 2008 iPhone-compatible In-Ear headset was much better, but neither was “insanely fantastic,” especially when contrasted to the growing number of inexpensive headphones that sound excellent.
Luckily, the sound settings of the EarPods were reset. The EarPods sound incredibly better thanks to Apple’s improvements; they have considerably more bass and overall clear, enjoyable sound. They also fit much better (I was unable to wear the prior model since it simply did not fit my ear), but the design does have some possible drawbacks. The EarPods were quite comfortable to use, however their one flaw was that they didn’t fit very tightly. The EarPods may fit some ears more tightly than others because ears come in all different sizes and shapes, but when I had a few editors try them out, they all agreed that they didn’t provide the most secure fit.
Comfort, Design and Build Quality
The design of the Earpod is distinctively all-white. The one-size-fits-all shape of the plastic nozzle, which has an oddly alien appearance, is aesthetically intriguing.
I have no complaints about the comfort as I often wear in-ear headphones with medium-sized tips. However, you might have trouble finding a comfortable fit if you typically use larger or smaller sized tips.
On the plus side, they don’t need to be looped around your ear while you sleep and they sit flush in your ears. When I used them on my daily commute, I also experienced no cable noise (sometimes referred to as microphonics).
The general build quality and connection between the cord and the connector and earpieces are the EarPods’ most significant drawbacks. I find the entire assembly to be frail and delicate, thus I recommend taking the plug out of the socket rather than the wire itself in order to remove them. The glossy plastic shells meant that they kept falling out, and I discovered that they weren’t the most secure in my ears.
The audio output quality of the EarPods is, to put it bluntly, subpar. The bass is all over the place, the earphones have no sub-bass presence at all, and the mid-bass is uncontrolled and lacks clarity if you’ve been using EarPods for a long period without switching to another set.
The top-end treble is entirely rolled off, while the mids are recessed and pushed back. The EarPods don’t excite or create much interest. The pleasant overall presentation of the EarPods is a bonus because it’s simple to get along with and makes for prolonged listening comfort.
There are some moderate advantages. Despite being rather disappointing, the soundstage isn’t as awful as you might anticipate considering the other audio qualities. Good instrument separation and a respectable depth are also present. Ultimately, though, I have to admit that these are some of the worst headphones I’ve ever used.
The in-line microphone offers outstanding call quality, and the three-button remote works well for managing calls and controlling media, which is maybe the only saving grace of the EarPods.
The EarPods with Remote and Mic are an obvious step up from the freebie headphones that are generally included with mobile devices as a throw-in with a new iPhone or iPod. They are far more comfortable and have higher sound quality than the previous model of standard-issue Apple earbuds. They also function effectively as a headset with one-touch access to Siri. But, they won’t snugly fit all ears, and for some people (like myself), using them while traveling may be challenging.
Might Apple have added a silicone cover of some kind to help them fit more snugly? Sure. But since it didn’t, I predict that other manufacturers will step in and produce unique coverings that offer the EarPods a better hold.