Best earbuds in 2016

Best earbuds 2016 for music, sound clarity and audio transcription

Our list of best earbuds 2016 is a comprehensive list of the latest earbuds this year.  You don’t have to be a music lover or an audiophile to appreciate good quality sound coming from a headphone or an in-ear headphone, now commonly known as “earbuds.”  Unless you live in a van down by the river (in which case I don’t know how you’re reading this), you must have tried an earbud at least once in your life.  They are a great alternative to the now almost extinct earphones, which sounded terrible.  And used to hurt the opening of your ear canals after only a few minutes of use.  Earbuds have a soft silicone eartip sheathing around the tiny little speakers which produce all that glorious sound.  They are light and comfortable enough to listen to music or anything for hours on.  They also cancel noise most effectively with the help of some cushioning underneath the rubber sheath.  This is a bonus.

We use earbuds for transcription purposes and also for listening to music or audio books, and we thought a post about the best earbuds in 2016 could help our readers or aspiring transcribers decide which one to buy.  Below are our recommendations in no specific order:

Bose QuietComfort 20i

Bose QuietComfort 20i

Price: $300

These are pricey, but so is every single audio product from Bose.  They aren’t really known for making cost-effective products.  🙂  One thing you do get when buying a Bose is top-notch engineering and build quality.  These earbuds have probably the most advanced noise canceling technology.  It has all your usual Android/Apple/Blackberry buttons and remote mumbo-jumbo along with status LEDs and what not.  Audiophiles can enjoy these earbuds for its crisp quality audio output too.  That should help with transcription as well.

 

Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear

sennheiser momentum

Price: $99

That’s not a stethescope.  Those are a pair of really potent earbuds from Sennheiser.  We love Sennheiser.  Have been using Sennheiser earbuds for the past 3-4 ears for everything.  I know it’s a matter of taste, but Sennheiser make some really solid products.  And this is no exception.  Compared to the Bose above, this is quite affordable, as it’s only a third of its price.  For $99 you get awesome sound clarity with strong bass.  Depending on the model you buy, it has all the bells and whistles required for an Android or Apple phone too.  These would be a good choice for transcription, as they fall in just the right price range.

 

JBL Reflect Mini BT

best earbuds 2016, jbl reflect mini BT

Price: $100

These are wireless bluetooth “sport” earbuds.  Now, these may not be suitable for transcription or any other audio related office work, but they are perfect for your morning jog or late evening guilty jog.  They are waterproof, have a decent battery life, and have a charging port built right into the remote control.  In audiophile reviews it has also shown to have decent bass without really vibrating the crap out of your eardrums.  So you should be able to listen to your favorite songs for a long time.  JBL make great audio products.  Having used their bluetooth speakers, we can attest to the fact.

 

Sennheiser CX 300-II PRECISION

sennheiser cx300

Price: $50-$60

These earbuds from Sennheiser fall right into the proper budget range for many.  If you’re not an audiophile or expensive electronics….buyer, this should suit you fine.  Sennheiser claim its “Dynamic transducers deliver powerful, bass-driven sound. 16-ohm impedance is ideal for use with cell phones, tablets and portable music players.” It also comes with a pouch for handy storage.  Once they are burned in (i.e. used for many hours) they are an ideal fit for your daily music listening and audio transcription needs.  It’s Sennheiser, so they should be durable enough too.

That’s pretty much it.  We want to keep the list as small as possible to avoid clutter.  Too many cooks spoil the broth.  Any one of these options should suit you quite fine whatever your need.  These are proven to be durable, high quality, and good value for money.  It all depends on how much your budget is.  We will update this article or make more articles on this subject in the future, so stay tuned!

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