5 excellent in-ear alternatives to AirPods for your iPhone

In general, audiophiles often go for ‘over ear’ headsets. But they are not always convenient to carry around and in-ears are more convenient. The choice quickly falls on, for example, AirPods for your iPhone, but you just have to find them pleasant or affordable. These are 5 excellent alternatives if you prefer not to go for an Apple headset.

Admittedly, the Apple AirPods Pro 2 are high on our list. They sound fantastic and the ANC is brilliant. Nevertheless, we can well imagine that people do not necessarily want to opt for Apple caps. These are five fine in-ears from other brands that also work great with your iPhone.

iPhone also works fine with non-Airpods

The ease with which you connect AirPods to your iPhone is very pleasant. But we can imagine that you want to go for an alternative. These five earplugs are therefore worth trying.

1. Sony WF-1000XM4

Any way you look at it, Sony is an excellent brand when it comes to audio. We ourselves use the Sony WH-1000XM daily in combination with our iPhone. But the Japanese brand can also compete with the big boys in terms of in-ears.

The WF series is a good example of this. If you’re someone who likes to fiddle with settings, these Sony earbuds are recommended. With the Sony Headphones Connect you can tweak to your heart’s content. You can now score them at Bol.com for 199 euros.

2. JBL Vibe Beam

JBL is also a brand that is absolutely leading. For example, their speakers and soundbars are extremely popular. The great thing about these Beams is that they do not cost any capital. You can find them for about 80 euros.

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Excellent also for sports. (Image: JBL)

With 8mm drivers and Deep Bass Sound from JBL, it emphasizes the rhythm without damaging your eardrums.

The Vibe Beams give you eight hours of listening time and have a quick charge function that gives you an additional three hours of battery life with a fifteen minute charge. The downside is that there is no wireless charging option.

3. Bose QuietComfort 2 for your iPhone

Without a doubt, Bose caps should be in the list. You simply cannot ignore this company when it comes to audio and are therefore definitely recommended for your iPhone.

Apart from the excellent sound quality, the brand is also known for their ANC (Active Noise Cancelling). Bose achieves this through a combination of silicone eartips, stability straps that keep the earbuds in place, and the official app where you can adjust the ANC (active noise cancellation).
Disadvantage? They cost more than 250 euros.

4. Beats Fit Pro: Apple AirPods and yet different

If you don’t want Apple AirPods, but you do want an Apple product, you can always check out the Beats Fit Pro. You then get many features for a smaller amount that you will also find on your AirPods for your iPhone.

The Beats Fit Pro have flexible wingtips and multiple eartip sizes. This gives you a nice fit for your ears without being stuffy. Ideal for walks, training and daily use.

The Beats Fit Pro work with button controls on each earbud. By clicking on one of the buttons, you can answer calls, switch between calls, play songs and pause music as you are used to from Apple AirPods. And because they’re equipped with Apple’s H1 chip, you can also summon Siri to change the volume, get directions, or perform other tasks

5. The king of kings for your Apple iPhone: Bang & Olufsen

When we hear the name Bang & Olufsen, we are immediately afraid that money will fly out of our wallets. And rightly so because their products are often very expensive (but that also applies to an iPhone of course)

But the point is, you generally get what you pay for. That also applies to this Bang & Olufsen Beoplay EX that scores extremely well in reviews. But the point is that you have to pay 360 euros for it.

However, if you appreciate minimalist design, excellent craftsmanship, beautifully balanced sound and an adjustable EQ, then the Beoplay EX earbuds are worth the investment. The Beoplay EX earbuds look fantastic, as do most B&O products. You won’t find any plastic buttons to press here. A touchpad on the outside responds to touches and swipes. Classy!

It is certainly arguable that you still go for Apple’s AirPods for your iPhone. But if you’re looking for something different, the above examples are an excellent starting point.

Stealing is not smart, but it is better to avoid AirPods altogether

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