Apple Earpods Headphone Reviews

Manufacturer Apple Model Earpods
Headphone Type Earbud Headband Type None
Weight (g) 14 Driver Type Dynamic
Enclosure Material Plastic Isolation (dB) 5
Impedance (ohms) 23 Cable Length (cm) 112
Frequency Response (Hz) 5 - 21000  
Connector 3.5mm Street Price US$29
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Average reviewer scores
Bass Extension 6.0 Bass Impact 6.0
Bass Quality 6.0 Mids Quality 6.0
Highs Quality 4.0 Soundstage 5.0
Detail 6.0 Portability 9.0
Isolation 0.0 Comfort 8.0
Durability 7.0 Improvement With Amplification 4.0
Value for Money 8.0    
Overall Score 6.2 Total Reviews 1

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Review by Senior Member dalethorn on 14 Nov 15  15:00
Individual review
Bass Extension6
Bass Impact6
Bass Quality6
Mids Quality6
Highs Quality4

Edit: With the Dirac music player app (free) from the app store, the Earpods sound becomes very hi-fi. No amping is feasible with the app because the DSP is tuned for the headphone jack, and that's OK because the sound is spectacular. DSP in this case is not mere EQ - it fixes everything. I strongly recommend looking into it because it's coming for other headphones too. BTW, the $29 Earpods with Apple controls sound much better than the Earpods (without Apple controls) supplied with i-devices, having better bass and smoother, less harsh treble. With this app, I would rate the overall sound quality of the $29 Earpods as 7.5 to 8.

The Earpods have a surprisingly strong bass, reminding me of the Philips L1. The midrange is quite good with no obvious colorations or nasality etc. Highs are generally good, but if any EQ is applied to tone down the bass, the highs may sound a bit bright, or the peak around 6 khz or so could make some voices strident and slightly irritating. My view is that users who are OK with the extra bass are going to find this a very enjoyable hi-fi headphone.