Libratone for headphones, Moondrop for earbuds. If you want some really good advice on buying earbuds, head on over to Crinacle’s website: https://crinacle.com/
The guy tests (exhaustively) to ensure quality sound, and has a rating system that I found useful when shopping for some not expensive, but still fantastic earbuds. I don’t like to spend money (hence the meh shopping), but I hate trading for lower quality.
@brmarwedel I love my Moondrop models (Starfield and Blessing 2 Dusk). Inexpensive, and they truly reward any willingness to feed them high quality sources through a clean chain (DAC/Amp).
And Crinacle makes me laugh - Crazy guy, but one who knows enough to say what he does!
Earbuds hurt and my ears get all waxy and gross when I use them for long periods of time. I really only use over the ear headphones. The AKG N60NC I got bundled with a Samsung phone a few years ago still rock. Probably the best sounding headphones I’ve had in forever and a day.
I am someone who wants to get the most value for the money spent. Sometimes that means spending a lot, sometimes not. If great sound is what you want, you have to go wired and Grado provides great bang for the buck. For wireless, anything cheap that fits my ears and has a decent mic for taking calls. BT compresses music so there is no reason to spend big bucks on wireless. Good enough is good enough. Right now I am using some Monster BT buds that are good enough, and the price was wright , under $30. For other audio stuff, there is no one brand that does everything well.