I have never found an earbud, with or without wires, that stays in my ears. The best lasted about 5 steps. I have tried many and many sizes. I gave up and use regular headphones, or lightweight bands that hold the ear speaker on or in my ear or ones that hang on my ears.
@zinimusprime I have a Sennheiser sport-type that goes behind my head and the transducers sit on the ear canals. I have an over the head Sony Discman with the transducers outside the canals and pointing front and back (these fold up well) and one set that hangs behind my ears. For better fidelity, I have several over-the-ear headphones including a noise-cancelling Sony. I don’t mind that none of the in-ears stay put.
@joelmw I’ve done the wired blutooth ones plenty, I’ve just never tried the “truly wireless” ones. If I still went to the gym I’d probably go for it because I hated the sound interference (and feel) of the cord bouncing. I used to actally clip the connecting cable into my hair when I ran. These days I just use them to block out the sound of screaming children and bad canned music at grocery stores.
I could surely google this shit (and will), but I’ve noticed that with my completely wireless buds the primary factor in connectivity (i.e., the buds cutting out or being uneven) seems to be environment. Like it’s interference from some local source. In some environments I can walk 30 feet away from the source (which is behind a barrier(s) no less) with no loss; in others, I almost have to hold my phone up to my belly at least (I do have a longish torso), usually just keep it on a particular side of my body. That kind of makes sense, but I hadn’t realized that ambient interference was such an issue.
@joelmw Bluetooth operates in a pretty crowded frequency band, and it is intentionally a very low-power signal. If I had to guess, you are having more trouble in environments where you are close to a lot of other bluetooth devices or wi-fi signals, etc.
I have wired, wireless, Bluetooth, buds, etc. I have expensive sets. I have cheap sets.
I always end up back at a mid-priced wired on/over ear headphone. Not only do the wired phones sound better, but you can pump actual VOLUME out of them. IMO, some music just needs to be loud, and even at full-volume, Bluetooth never gets much above middling volume.
Earbuds just hurt after awhile, and I won’t even buy wireless buds. Cheap equipment sounds cheap, and I can’t bring myself to part with the $$ for something that is just designed to get lost or broken too easily.
I feel like I already gave a long answer to a similar question in these forums recently. I like each and all of them (including the non-BT), depending on circumstances. I’m honestly surprised at how much I like the completely wireless (well, I’d guess there might be some wires on the inside) buds; sound quality, fit/security and isolation are way better than I expected, and except for certain circumstances, if you do it right, connectivity is rarely an issue.
@infornography I generally prefer over-the-ear for both sound quality and isolation, but as your description suggests, they effectively function as earmuffs. That’s fine during the winter (pretty nice, actually) or if I’m indoors in a well-cooled environment, but in Texas, in the summer, especially outdoors: ugh.
Of course it depends what you’re doing and what you’re listening to. Am I going to wear my $300 active noise cancellation Sony cans when I work out? No. In the same way I won’t be using true wireless or expensive cans when I go fishing. I’d want something secure like my LG tones. Then again, true wireless are great under a motorcycle helmet.