Here are the top rated earphones of 2012:
MEElectronics M6 Earbuds
Average Amazon Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (from 329+ reviewers)
These M6 Earbuds by MEElectronics are more durable and provide better sound that comparable earphones in their price range. CNET rated them 3.5 out of 4 stars saying “A great value for bass addicts”. These earphones incorporate a “memory wire” and an angled ear tip, making them good earphones wear while engaged in sports.
You can get the MEElectronics M6 at Amazon for about $20.
LG Tone HBS-700 Wireless Earphones
Average Amazon Rating: 4.5 out of 5 (from 264+ reviewers)
Despite selling for under $50, the LG Tone HBS-700 is the highest rated bluetooth headphone currently available. It received an 8 out of 10 rating from CNET, which makes it their Editor’s Choice for a bluetooth earphone. Reviewers CNET say it is one of the most comfortable earphones they’ve tried, and that the audio reproduction was impressive. PC Magazine liked the long battery life on the headphone, but said that the bass reproduction was “thin”, but gave it an overall rating of “Good”.
The LG Tone HBS-700 is available from Amazon for about $45.
Klipsch Image S4 Earbuds
Average Amazon Rating: 3.9 out of 5 (from 1211+ reviewers)
The Klipsch Image S4 Earphone is the highest-rated earphones under $100. Reviewers like the audio clarity of the earphones, and its comfortable fit. Reviewers say these earphones provide audio quality equivalent to earphones that cost hundreds of dollars more. The Klipsch Image S4 Earphone received an Editors’ Choice award from PC Magazine, and an “Excellent” rating from CNET.
If you carry your earphones in your pocket a lot, or are generally rough with them, you might want to consider the more durable Shure SE215-K Earphones — these come with detachable cables (see details below).
Klipsch Image S4i Earbuds
Average Amazon Rating: 3.7 out of 5 (from 500+ reviewers)
If you will be using earphones with a iPhone or iPod, you should consider getting the Klipsch Image S4i, which provides the same comfortable fit and sound quality as the Image S4, but also incorporates an integrated mic and call answer button, as well as volume controls and remote playback for the iPod.
The Klipsch Image S4 sells for about $99 at Amazon.
Shure SE215-K Earphones
Average Amazon Rating: 4.7 out of 5 (from 7+ reviewers)
The SE215-K Earphones by Shure produces some of the best audio you’ll hear from earbuds prince under $100. A solid design, which includes detachable cables, makes these earphones quite durable. Six pairs of tips – small, medium and large in foam and silicone – ensure a nice snug fit no matter what your ear canal’s shape or size. Head-Fi.org recommends the SE215s as their budget pick in Lifehacker’s recent headphone buying guide. The Head-Fi community, a discerning bunch of listeners, have rated these earphones five stars in a couple of interviews.
Buy the Shure SE215-K Earphones at Amazon for about $100.
Klipsch Image S5i Rugged Earbuds
Average Amazon Rating: 3.9 out of 5 (from 50+ reviewers)
Klipsch has released a ruggedized headphone, the Image S5i. The earphones are weather resistant and feature extra large buttons which can be operated while wearing gloves. So far, they are getting good reviews on Amazon.
Etymotic HF5 Earphones
Average Amazon Rating: 3.9 out of 5 (from 52+ reviewers)
One of the best sports earphones available. Etymotic succeeds in creating a balanced realistic sound. Bass-enthusiasts may be disappointed with the thin reproduction of low-frequencies. CNET rates them “Very Good” and iLounge gave them a “A-” rating.
If you looking for an Etymotic with iPod/iPhone/iPad controls included, consider the Etymotic ER23-HF3.
Monster iSport Immersion Earphones
Average Amazon Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (from 131+ reviewers)
The iSport Immersion Headphone by Monster is designed to be used while engaged in activities like snowboarding, running and working out at the gym. They are durably built and completely sweatproof. In fact, they can even be put in the wash for cleaning.
Available at Amazon for about $150.
Klipsch Image x10i Earbuds
Average Amazon Rating: 4.1 out of 5 (from 168+ reviewers)
The Klipsch Image X10 earbud headphones are tiny, but powerful. They feature contour ear gels that are intended to slip right into the ear canal comfortably. Five different sized ear tips come with these earbud headphones, and a 50-inch vinyl cable is included.