Best Earbuds for Your Buck

I have a deep appreciation for music. At least that’s what my last fortune cookie read.

My fortune may be correct because I do appreciate a good tune.
20150528-172352-62632644.jpgDon’t be fooled though. You wouldn’t want to hear me sing. Talk I can do but sing, no thanks.
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Although it may appear that I’m deep into a melodious tune, actually I’m just doing a voice-over for an ad. Speaking of ads, I’m reviewing a couple of JLab Audio earbuds here for which I received a couple of free pairs.  Here’s what we found.

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Oh and by “we”… I do mean we.

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We performed a comprehensive, all-inclusive and in-depth investigation of these two sets of fitness-inspired earbuds.

20150528-172358-62638027.jpg We took them to the track and used them on the treadmill.

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Really, those are pretty much the only places that I use headphones. I admit that I’m not big into music while I’m out on the roads. I find I don’t really need the music, nor do I find it super safe while out there in traffic and crossing roads, busy or not. But, I do do a ton of treadmill training and weekly track workouts. Plus I always have some sort of pump-me-up pre-race music blasting, so I like to have headphones handy for races too. So again here’s what I found. 20150528-172359-62639656.jpg

Errr… We. Excuse me.

jlab-4First, I took a look at the Fit 2.0 Sport Earbuds. They’re super slick, ergonomic and versatile.

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JLab makes it impossible for these to not fit well because the Fit 2.0 Sport Earbuds comes with seven pairs of silicone cushion tips. Seven! Pictured is just a sampling of the seven pairs. On top of all of those choices to get the right earbud fit, the over-ear wire is light, flexible and easy to mold to your ear. For me, I found the over the ear wire feels like just too much. I’m claustrophobic. However Dr. Duke, my husband who cycles a ton, tried them out and he loved them. He’s more particular about fit and prefers that over-the-ear feel. He especially enjoyed how they come with two (sweat-proof) cables. He can do trainer rides with the shorter 20″ cable and not have so much excess dangling.  jlab-6Now, the CORE Custom Fit Earbuds, those are my jam. I’m loving them. They, too, come with various tip sizes (four, I believe). Also included are these funny cush fins that come in two different sizes, but, again with the claustrophobia, I am good without them. The buds are just right: light, cute and simple. And a great price, too, $19.99! Loved taking them to the track and watching one of my go-to horse movies while running long on the treadmill. I’ve even used them to mow. Playing a little music while I mow drowns out the whiz of the mower and helps to pass the time. The sound is great. Both pairs produce very clear, crisp sound. FYI: I pretty much only used them with my iPhone 5 or our very old iPad.

As a fitness freak who runs a ton and likes to have the option of music when the time is right, I would highly recommend these earbuds. Huge bang for your buck! Either way you can’t go wrong, both are quality earbuds at a reasonable price. I personally like the CORE earbuds but if a more specific fit is your thing then go with the Fit 2.0 Sport Earbuds.

Happy Trails! Enjoy some tunes when the mood strikes you.

~Susie

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