1. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    To those of you who have multiple earphones from cheap to expensive, do you have a cheap pair that can rival your most expensive pair in terms of “sound quality”? Comfort and build quality is unimportant. I’m only interested in the sound quality.

    Below are my currently owned headphones/earphones from most expensive to cheapest.

    Bose QC-35
    Sennheiser Momentum 2 AEBT
    Bose Soundsport
    OneOdio Pro 30
    Easy KZ ZST Monitoring earbuds
    Apple EarPods

    I gave away the following:
    Apple AirPods
    Jabra Elite 65t
    Audio-Technica ATH M40x

    In terms of being able to hear almost all of the various instruments and voices, both the Easy KZ ZST and the OneOdio Pro 30 provides better clarity than both my Bose and Sennheiser.
    05-25-2020 12:31 PM
  2. Wotchered's Avatar
    I wish I could help properly, but am far too mean to spend much on earphones but for what it’s worth my favourites are:
    Zero Audio Carbo Basso
    Zero Audio Carbo Tenore
    That old set of Bose ones with the insulation falling off.
    2 unused sets of Apple earphones
    Various unidentifiable sets with only one side working.
    I really like the Carbo Basso
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    05-25-2020 01:14 PM
  3. Lee_Bo's Avatar
    The only other set I have, besides my AirPods Pro, is an LG HBS-900. I think it’s close, but the AirPods win when it comes to deep bass, like in jazz music.
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    05-25-2020 08:28 PM
  4. metllicamilitia's Avatar
    Let's see what do I have....

    Over-Ear Headphones:
    Audio-Technica ATH-M30X

    On-Ear Headphones:
    Koss Porta-Pro

    Earbud:
    AirPods
    EarPods

    In-Ear:
    Shure SE-315
    Jays A-Jays
    Jabra Elite 75t
    BeatsX
    Apple In-Ear
    Jaybird Freedom?
    Wraps
    Sony XBA-H1
    Another set of Sony I don't remember the model for

    The different categories are important as the soundstage is different for each category. Between AirPods and EarPods....save your money, use EarPods. The Audio-Technica's are the only over-ear's I've ever had. Other than the Koss I did have some Grado SR80 and those were better. For the in-ears, none of them really touch the Shure's, next closest would be the Jabra's, Jaybird's, Jay's, and BeatsX. If you want Apple's magic pairing, BeatsX over AirPods every day.

    All based on sound quality of course.

    EDIT: To answer the question, no, none of the cheap beat the more expensive ones. The drivers aren't good enough.
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    05-26-2020 12:36 AM

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