@OCBill3 they support FLAC-- Fully Lossless Analog Codecless technology.
Sounds gimmicky, yes, but also sounds quite good for buds I won’t get my feelings hurt for leaving on a plane or something. Tell that to the Bluetooth earbuds I can’t directly replace when I lose them.
AFAIK, the audio fed to a headphone jack is purely analog and the quality of that signal is dependent on the D2A conversion process in your media player and the quality of the wiring and connectors. I’m highly skeptical that a digital signal is received and converted by any earbuds with only a 3.5mm plug.
@ciabelle yeah, that was the joke I was making. They’re just analog earbuds. I guess they support FLAC-- if the device you’re playing music from does. But other than resistance loss and efficiency issues, I’d think any wired earbuds would be “lossless” by the common definition. Even the shit ones they used to give you on airlines and the ones at Dollar Tree.
I got these last time they were offered an really like them, especially at the gym. Since some of my devices have USB-C rather than a 3.5mm headphone jack, I got this nifty adapter that seems to work well:
As much as I like higher-end HiFi gear, there is always room for less expensive options that can sound pretty good too. For convenience, and things that you might consider expendable or disposable, these ones may be just fine. However, these are NOT where I’d lean for higher quality sound…
If you want to step into the audio enthusiast world, there are a few options that don’t have to break the bank. Moondrop makes the $20 Chu model, which is absolutely incredible for the money, if we’re still in the wired in-ear segment. You’ll get terrific response from bass to treble. And if you feel like upgrading, but still want to keep the price beneath one Benjamin, the same brand makes a well loved model called the Aria for closer to $80-ish. There are several that trend way pricier, but that’s not useful for this comparison.
If you want relatively inexpensive on/over-ear headphones that do the same thing, which is to say that they provide a great audio experience without costing a ton, AKG (part of the Harmon Kardon family) makes a few good models that may be worth a try. There are some Sennheisers or Hifiman models that would take the cake once you pass $100, but again, that’s not where we’re making the comparison.
Hopefully that helps some folks. Rather than toss you to the masses of reviews out there, and especially some of the crazier audiophiles (like Crinacle, who would approve of most of what I’ve just shared), this is just an intro to say that for similar money, you could be in for a great listening experience!
@arosiriak TL;DR these are high end audiophile earbuds like Taco Bell is Mexican food. They get the job done for just a couple bucks, but there are much better options out there if you seek the real deal and want to spend a little more.
@arosiriak What would you recommend as the best headphones/earbuds for working out? I got some pretty decent JBL earbuds on Sidedeal as far as quality and connectivity, but they keep falling out whenever I look down at the floor or the ceiling (ie, pushups or bench press).
@wickhameh For working out, you’ll likely just want whatever fits you best, so that you aren’t dealing with buds that fall out. I wouldn’t do on/over-ear models for that, personally, since the heat would annoy me.
My current choice for that category is different than many, since I don’t want to be in an isolated bubble of sound, but to be aware of my surroundings. To that end, I am a very big fan of Sony’s Link Buds. Not cheap at $170-ish, and mixed reception from many because they’re not heavy in the bass department, but I think that they work very well with minor EQ tweaks in the app, and they both fit well, and offer good opportunity for ambient awareness.
I like the idea, as my Bluetooth connection pops in and out frequently while walking (with the phone carried ~30 INCHES from the buds). However, I have a phone case with hinged rubbery caps over both ports, so a 3.5mm plug gets intense pressure in it, eventually damaging both the plug and the port. I suppose I could cut the rubber cap off, which defeats its purpose…
@MrNews How many phone jacks don’t have that plug at all, not even on the added outer case? It’s a solution that mostly doesn’t have a real problem behind it unless you’re in constant danger of dropping the phone into water, or trying to use it in the rain while unsheltered.
@werehatrack Good point, and although this is an excellent case that’s held up well ( https://amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07BDG48KP ) I should probably just cut off the rubber cap.
BTW, Mrs. News has refused to upgrade her 2016 iPhone 6 because they eliminated the 3.5mm port, and she uses it at musical gigs.
I bought these last meh-rathon. I know my age is showing with this… but when the write up says that the headphone jack is obsolete - I don’t think I own an electronic that plays music that doesn’t have a headphone jack.
I still prefer wired buds too. The wireless ones have too short of battery life for me (I need a good 16 hours of play time per day), they don’t always connect correctly, they’re expensive to replace if one/both are lost, broken, or chewed up by a puppy .
All that to say … These are good buds and it’s always nice to have extra ones on hand in a household that uses them.
@CaneelBay Yup. Unless you buy the membership first, which is also six bucks (per month) but gets you free shipping for as long as you keep the membership. If this is the only thing you’ll ever buy here, then just pay the shipping.
Received and unboxed, no listening test yet but I assume they sound fine. First thing I notice is very preeeemium packaging, gift box with little ribbon pullout gizmo etc. There is an included brochure that says Voza is an Amazon exclusive brand, lol. The carry pouch is quite nice, dark leatherette with a little springy flat closure, not sure what those are called. The earbuds themselves don’t look special but for $3 a pair that is fine. They are pretty heavy for earbuds, maybe because of a long cord, and they do take up some space, especially in the travel pouch. I generally want very lightweight and compact earbuds that I carry in a tiny container or pill bottle. These are a bit bigger but it is fine.
I see two spare pairs of ear tips, one normal looking and one tiny. They are in a little white sealed baggie (as the earbuds themselves were) and I haven’t taken them out.
The packaging (gift box etc.) is kind of wasteful, but on the other hand it is a nice small gift for the same reason. Anyway, good meh at the price.