Loving the music? There is a wide assortment of headphones on the market these days. While coverage as large as your face is an ideal choice for some, earbuds remain one of the most popular ways of listening. Why? read on.

Earbuds are fantastic because they’re simple, small, easy to stick in your purse or pocket and can even provide amazingly great sound.

So, do the free pairs (sometimes) given out on airplanes do the job? Maybe, but if  you want to love what you’re listening to and hope to keep your ear buds for a decent period of time, you need a pair that can perform.

Whether you’re hiking, taking the subway, sitting in your own home, out for a jog or simply enjoying some quiet time with a coffee, you want something that sounds right, and is easy to use.



Over $100

If you have the cash to invest in a great pair, you can spend over $100 on ear buds and give your ears a front row seat.

Focal Sphear , Sennheiser Momentum , Bowers and Wilkins C5 S2 and RHA T10i all provide superior ear buds, made to impress.

1More Triple Driver , Beyerdynamic iDX 200 iE and Klipsch Reference X6i also provide sound listening experiences.



Under $100

If you’d like to keep your budget under $100 but still invest in quality sound technology, a good variety of earbuds exist to choose from. You’re not going to satisfy the longings of an audiophile with these, but you’ll enjoy what you’re listening to, nonetheless.

RHA S500i and Shure SE112 both provide decent sound for the price, among others.



Wireless

If going wireless is your thing, just be aware of the market. Do some research. Why?

Critics are still saying that wireless ear buds aren’t yet up to par in their technology . It can take up to an hour and a half to charge them, and connection inconsistencies prevail, among other beefs.

However, some amazing products are on the market, such as the Here One wireless ear buds , which are said to be so good they’re ‘ridiculous’, and so if music and sound is your airplane, it could be worth a listen.

Other wireless buds to check out include Jaybird X2 , Anker, CB3 Fit Sport, Soundbuds NB10 , and Jabra Sport Pulse .



Tips

While the product links in this article are to Amazon, it’s always a good idea to check your ear buds out in person before buying, as some can be difficult to insert and remove, and you can’t tell until you try.

Also be aware that while the sound quality is good in ear buds, at times the bass isn’t as strong as it could be.

And does a higher price point equal better sound quality? Sometimes, but not always.

Before you dish out the dough, make sure you’re getting a good deal, and not something that’s simply asking you to pay up in the name of brand power.

For more information, check out this list of best and worst brands to buy when investing in ear buds, and enjoy the show.