The best-sounding in-ear headphones

Drop those garish ear cushions for these sleek ear-buds.

in-ear headphones on a table
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Yes, a pair of big, cushy over-the-ear headphones are nice to cuddle up with in the comfort of your own home. But those bulky things don’t really translate well to the gym, your daily jog, or a conservative work environment. Thankfully, you don’t have to trade sound quality or features when switching over to a pair of svelte in-ear earphones.

1MORE Quad Drive In-Ear Earphones
Wired excellence.Amazon

Touted for having four powerful drivers, which is tantamount to having four speakers in each ear, the Quad Drive are wired earphones that deliver hyper-detailed sound with tons of power. Adjustable ergonomics ensure sound will be delivered comfortably to your ear drums. If that isn’t enough to get you excited, these headphones have been tuned by Grammy-winning sound engineer Luca Bignardi for “ultra-realistic soundstage.”

Cambridge Audio Melomania 1
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Stunning sound quality with 9 hours of playback on one charge and 45 hours worth of charge provided by the accompanying case mean you’ll be ensconced in audio nirvana without interruption. Bluetooth 5.0 means that you can be up to 90 feet away from your device and the sound will come through loud and clear. Water resistance and the ability to pair these with Google Assistant or Siri make these headphones a top choice in any field of challengers.

Bose Soundsport, Wireless Earbuds
Have it your way.Amazon

If you enjoy the Bose ecosystem, which includes their app and their active eq system, and you’re looking for a pair of wireless headphones that can survive the gym, then the Soundsport buds are probably right for you. They’ve got 6 hours of battery life, are sweat- and weather-resistant, and adapt comfortably to your ear, ensuring they stay in place during intense workouts. An inline mic and built-in remote give you extra control over what sounds come out of these beauties.

Sennheiser CX Sport
German engineering.Amazon

Finely tuned, dynamic Sennheiser sound delivered through sweat- and splash-resistant earphones, with six years of battery life, these buds don’t sport the power of the 1More Quad Drive, but we wouldn’t take those to the gym. Three sizes of ergonomically designed ear fins help keep these buds in place while you hit the elliptical, and a three-button remote allows for easy song selection.