Apple EarPods (with Remote and Mic, White) comparison

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Apple EarPods (with Remote and Mic, White)

Apple EarPods (with Remote and Mic, White)
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Apple In-ear OEM Earphone

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Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120-D (Orange)

Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120-D (Orange)
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MEElectronics A151 (Black)

MEElectronics A151 (Black)
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Price $11 to $29 at 4 stores $52 to $54 at 2 stores $38 to $49 at 2 stores $9 to $9 at 2 stores $39 to $42 at 2 stores
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3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.9 (3.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
2.5 stars Average
    Overall score: 5.4 (2.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 3.5 stars out of 8 reviews 3.0 stars out of 53 reviews 2.5 stars out of 121 reviews 4.5 stars out of 10 reviews 4.5 stars out of 6 reviews
Release date September 12, 2012 December 04, 2008 January 07, 2004 May 27, 2010 January 19, 2011
The Bottom Line Apple's EarPods offer much-improved sound over the previous standard-issue earbuds, but they won't fit all ears equally well -- and that fit will determine whether you think they're great or just so-so. If you own a new iPod or iPhone 3GS, the Apple In-Ear headphones are a great value. Owners of older iPods and iPhones will have to decide whether the mic and remote compatibility issues are worth overlooking for the substantial boost in sound quality. The Apple In-Ears are definitely a step up from the 'buds that come with the iPod, but we wish they fit more snugly. For under $10, you'll be hard-pressed to find in-ear headphones that sound better and are more comfortable than the Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120s. At around $50 online, the MEElectronics A151s are among the most affordable balanced-armature earphones out there and deliver very good sound for the money.

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Packaged Quantity 1
1
1
1
1
Sound Output Mode Stereo
Stereo
Stereo
Stereo
Stereo
Color Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Orange
Black
Microphone Operation Mode Mono
Mono
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable
Connectivity Technology Wired
Wired
Wired
Wired
Wired
Recommended Use Digital player
Digital player
PC multimedia
Portable audio system
Portable audio system
Cellular phone
Portable audio system
Headphones Form Factor Ear-bud
In-ear
Ear-bud
In-ear
In-ear
Manufacturer Warranty Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable 1 year warranty
Product Type Headset - Wired
Headset - Wired
Headphones - Wired
Headphones - Wired
Headphones - Wired
Remote Control Info unavailable Info unavailable None
None
Info unavailable
Audio Specifications Info unavailable Frequency Response 5 - 21000 Hz - Sensitivity 109 dB/mW - Impedance 23 Ohm
Info unavailable Frequency Response 20 - 20000 Hz - Sensitivity 96 dB/mW - Impedance 16 Ohm
Sensitivity 111 dB - Impedance 27 Ohm
Frequency Response 15 - 20000 Hz -
Product Description Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic - Headset
Apple In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic - Headset
Apple In-Ear - Headphones
Panasonic RP HJE120-D - Headphones
MEElectronics A151 - Headphones
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