Apple In-Ear (White)
Manufacturer: Apple Part number: M9394G/A
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CNET editors' review
price range: $38.95 - $106.74
- Reviewed by: Steve Guttenberg
- Reviewed on: 03/04/2004
- Released on: 01/07/2004
The good: Affordable in-ear headphones; above-average clarity and detail; iPod-style travel case.
The bad: They don't fit as well as they should.
The bottom line: The Apple In-Ears are definitely a step up from the 'buds that come with the iPod, but we wish they fit more snugly.
Work great with foam tips.
by cbkilner on February 2, 2012
Pros: Good clarity for price,
good neutral bass,
good isolation (especially with foams), and
case for storage.
Cons: Beautiful silicone tips from Apple don't stay in.
Newer Apple in-ears have remote, mic, and tips that work out of the box.
Stick out of ears at weird angle.
Summary: A friend suggested I try foam tips when I complained about these tips falling out. Comply foam tips from Radio Shack and various other foams (Shure foams for E2c) fit ...
Summary: A friend suggested I try foam tips when I complained about these tips falling out. Comply foam tips from Radio Shack and various other foams (Shure foams for E2c) fit fine and make these awesome earphones. Sound nearly as good as $200 armature-based earphones from Ultimate Ears - and much smaller and lighter.
Great Sound. Mesh Covers Faulty.
by phil4822 on September 23, 2010
Pros: Excellent sound. Bass even sounds good. Remote and voice control for iPhone/iPod. Hands-free talking.
Cons: Can be tough to get a good fit. You must keep them very clean (remove ear wax...I know, gross). After moderate use, the mesh covers get dirty and start to have a crackling or fuzzy sound. I've already exchanged these after 6 months of use.
Summary: I love how these sound. At first, I wasn't too keen on the design (got these for Christmas), but it eventually grew on me, and they are now my ...
Summary: I love how these sound. At first, I wasn't too keen on the design (got these for Christmas), but it eventually grew on me, and they are now my go-to headphones. There is kind of a trick to getting them to fit in your ears; I'm sure it's different for everyone, but I just have to twist them as I put them in. The only major problem I've had with these (and it is major) is that the mesh metal covers under the rubber tips get dirty after only moderate use, causing a horribly annoying crackle sound. Thus, you have to replace the mesh covers. Luckily, Apple is likely aware of this problem as they include an extra set of the mesh covers in the box. However, even these didn't last me as the second set wore out after just a couple months of use. I took them back to the Apple store, and they replaced the headphones. These new ones now sound better than ever, but I'm wondering how long it will take before I have to replace the mesh covers again...
EXCELLENT - NOT FOR WORKING OUT
by DeaducK on March 10, 2010
Pros: Sound - Good
Fit - Not Bad. Push it in deep and use the strap connected up to the bottom of your chin. In fact the external sound gets blocked out so well that its scary that you won't hear cars coming at you!
Cons: Not For Working Out - A little bit of sweat will completely mess with the controller/microphone and its difficult to get them to dry out.
Price - $90 Canadian seems pretty steep. But its not too unreasonable given the quality.
Summary: I'd look into the alternatives at the same price range, but this is definitely a good option. I got mine by mistake from the apple guys when I ruined ...
Summary: I'd look into the alternatives at the same price range, but this is definitely a good option. I got mine by mistake from the apple guys when I ruined by regular earphones (sweat from running) and wanted to get them replaced. Then incorrectly ordered the in-ear earphones instead and then just gave them to me $90 (in place of the regular $30 ones! :P )
USELESS for iPod shuffle or iPhone 3G
by brotherbrutha on January 12, 2010
Pros: They look good. That's it.
Cons: They will quickly malfunction from iPod shuffle use; the remote can not control an iPhone 3G. These are MAJOR lapses in intelligence during the design process. Shocking, really. Read why...
Summary: The iPod, and especially it's microscopic mutation, the Shuffle, are widely used by exercisers, like myself. Music while we work out. Keeps us working out. Without going insane. The ...
Summary: The iPod, and especially it's microscopic mutation, the Shuffle, are widely used by exercisers, like myself. Music while we work out. Keeps us working out. Without going insane. The newest Shuffle has been cleverly designed to have only one button, and all other controls--volume, track selection, play/pause--are controlled via remote on ear-buds only Apple manufactures. So third-party headphones are not an option. (Hmm...) The problem--the MASSIVE problem--is that SWEAT (from the aforementioned exercise) WILL CAUSE THE HEADPHONES TO MALFUNCTION. Irritating? You bet. You not only have to return the iPod, because you can't buy a set of third-party headphones to circumvent this design flaw, but if you're like me, you also have to return the Apple In-Ear Headphones that are required for larger ears or a desire for better sound quality.
To boot, the volume controls will not manipulate the volume of your iPhone conversations if you're a 3G owner. Only the 3GS.
Apple: these types of design decisions--that force users into expensive upgrades and eliminate our freedom to seek third-party accessories--make you look like just another greedy corporation. After the mark on your reputation over the AT&T monopoly for iPhones, I think you should seek a softer image with your thus-far devoted clientele. I know I'm losing my patience with you fast, and I hear about others feeling the same frequently.
Cheap, great treble/bass, no Bose, but still excellent.
by photolito on August 6, 2009
Pros: Cheap, awesome sound (better than the supplied iPod basic buds), comfortable if you have big ears (I'm a giant so this may not be the right product for everyone), the carrying case is helpful and the many ear tips are good if you're sharing buds.
Cons: Not exactly the best sound quality, but it's excellent value, the earphones hurt some people, the cable is kinda thin.
Summary: I was really worried about buying these what with all the bad comments and complaints but when I saw them at 15 dollars a piece I just had to try ...
Summary: I was really worried about buying these what with all the bad comments and complaints but when I saw them at 15 dollars a piece I just had to try them. They turned out to be great and so I bought another pair for my dad and they didn't fit him, that just goes to show you that as comfortable and crisp these buds may be, they are NOT for everyone. If you have small ears I would recommend getting the more expensive, newer, 79 dollar Apple In-Ears with Mic/Remote. Those have slightly better sound quality as well as they fit more people. Overall they are a good value set of headphones, as I am glad with my purchase.
Tinny sound, uncomfortable.
by Clive444--2008 on March 23, 2009
Pros: They're pretty.
Cons: I just recently bought a third generation shuffle. With the supplied headphones I went back and forth with the in-ear headphones and the regular shuffle earphones. The shuffle earphones were VASTLY VASTLY superior. How's THAT for counter-intuitive?
Summary: Just not worth it. Use the earphones that Apple is currently shipping with their products. They're just FINE.
Summary: Just not worth it. Use the earphones that Apple is currently shipping with their products. They're just FINE.
Delivers decent sound quality on a budget
by monmon29 on February 20, 2009
Pros: Decent sound quality. Affordable. Cord length just right. Replaceable buds. A year's warranty! Recommended for consumers on a budget (especially after spending all your lunch money on that shiny new iPod or Zune or whatever media player)
Cons: Will need cleaning at times as grub sticks on the rubber buds at times as well as the cord. May fail to please audiophiles used to listening on high-end headphones. Not recommended for sport activities as the plugs may fall off at the slightest tug.
Summary: I was surprised at the other reviews I found here. Sure, it won't sound as good as the high-end JBLs and SHUREs out there. Come on, you're paying ...
Summary: I was surprised at the other reviews I found here. Sure, it won't sound as good as the high-end JBLs and SHUREs out there. Come on, you're paying like 20 USD which is not a bad price for something that delivers DECENT sound quality. Low bass responses, though not exceptional, are very good nonetheless. I tried it out on acoustic music and the sound was crisp and clear, good for gaming on my NDS-lite and PSP too.If you bought a Zune, it already has better headphones, no need to replace them unless you tend to replace them with high-end headphones.
A year's warranty for a $20 headphone really seals the deal for me and I think is really important, though I never expected that for something this affordable. When I got my JBL Reference 220 and SHURE E4c, those naturally came in with warranties considering how they just cost too much (although deliver a better sound quality).
Some people were complaining about how it will not fit their ears. I believe that this cannot be helped. People naturally have different ear sizes and shapes, so it really depends on finding which headphones fits you well. Even high-end headphones out there may not fit the ears of some consumers. If you cant test out the product first, do so before purchasing to determine if it fits your ears comfortably.
I don't really see any cons here other than the headphones getting dirty overtime, just store it back on its case after use and clean it regularly. If you're one who regularly works out or run, I do not recommend this as it will constantly pop out of your ears with the slightest tug of the headphones with all that movement going on.
And for those of you complaining about how the sound is terrible, your standards may be too high for the product. NEVER compare this to a high-end product as it cannot compete with those and I assume has never tried to.
This is a very good choice for those in a tight budget after spending your hard-earned money on a new digital media player like a Zune or and iPod which left you a few change to spare for replacement headphones that sounds better and isolates noise.
If you want better sound quality, quit bashing the product and just go spend more than 20 dollars.
Updated on Feb 20, 2009
No Bass with any of the three size cups
by torrec57 on February 16, 2009
Pros: 3 sizes ear cups
Cons: No Bass, Piano music sounds like from Harpsichord
Summary: Tried all three ear cups and no bass, was able to get some by pushing them in and moving them around, can't be doing this while running. They are ...
Summary: Tried all three ear cups and no bass, was able to get some by pushing them in and moving them around, can't be doing this while running. They are going Back
Real good sound quality, when they stayed in ear
by armadaspence on January 2, 2009
Pros: the buds had really suprising sound quality, not a thumpy bass but a more natural, heart-beat presence bass that as a musician prefer. The treble cuts nicely were appropriate, and the cord is Perfect length AND noise cancelling
Cons: NEVER stay in
Summary: these earbuds could be a steal. they sound good enough to be the everyday on the go headphones for ipods and computers. Considering they come from the same computer company ...
Summary: these earbuds could be a steal. they sound good enough to be the everyday on the go headphones for ipods and computers. Considering they come from the same computer company that makes the mp3 device, and only cost 30 bucks online, there amazing. however, one can only enjoy the great audio quality, non-existant outside ambiant nise, and sleek desing if they stay in. these buds ALWAYS fall out and hurt when in. when u wanna scream in pain, nothing sounds good. and u cant listen to buds not in. 2/5
Easy Fit But Rather Tinny
by TheGingerKid on June 16, 2008
Pros: Nice Design
Cons: Quite Tinny Sound
Summary: Not sure what to thikn of these as they are nice looking headphones and in contrast to what other people say, they fit quite well, but they seem to have ...
Summary: Not sure what to thikn of these as they are nice looking headphones and in contrast to what other people say, they fit quite well, but they seem to have a very tinny sound, not sure if this is just my pair or anyone elses but watch out.
- Manufacturer: Apple
- Part number: M9394G/A
- Description: The iPod In-Ear Headphones have great sound quality and bass response, and come with three different sized caps to ensure the headphones fit comfortably and securely in your ear.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Headphones
- Recommended Use PC multimedia,
Portable audio system
- Headphones Type Headphones - Binaural
- Headphones Form Factor Ear-bud
- Headphones Technology Dynamic
- Connectivity Technology Wired
- Sound Output Mode Stereo
- Headphones Ear Pads Included
- Type None
- Connector Type Headphones ( Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm )
- Included Accessories Headphones earpads,
- Power Device None
- Battery None