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Best earphones for your iPhone and iPad

Let's take a look at the best earphones for your iPhone or iPad. All the earphones listed here are fully compatible with the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS, and all iPad models.
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Under $10 - Sony MDR-J10

A cheap and cheerful clip-style earphones. Decent sound quality, good fit. An idea pair for use in at the gym since there's little to go wrong, and when they do die, you can replace them cheaply.

Available in a range of colors.

  • Driver Unit: 13.5 mm
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20,000 Hz
  • Impedance: 16 ohms
  • Sensitivity (db): 104dB/mW
  • Cord Length (Approx): 4 ft (1.2 m)
  • 3-button controller: No

Image credit: Sony.

Price: $9.95.

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Under $80 - a-JAYS Four

Pick up a pair of a-JAYS Four and the first thing you notice is the distinctive flat, tangle-free cable. But there's more to these earphones that you can't see. For example, the digital, active surface-mounted MEMS silicon microphone that removes GSM/TDMA burst noise and provides wide-band RF noise suppression.

Excellent audio quality for the price, and the five pairs of silicone sleeves, ranging in size from XXS to L, means a good fit for everyone.

  • Type: 8.6 mm Dynamic Speaker
  • Sensitivity: 96 dB @ 1 kHz
  • Impedance: 16 Ohm @ 1 kHz
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 21 000 Hz
  • Length: 3.5 ft (1.2 m)
  • 3-button controller: Yes

Image credit: a-JAYS.

Price: $69.99.

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Under $150 - Audéo PFE 022

Designed in Switzerland, the Audéo Perfect Bass Earphones (022) offer music lovers extremely natural and well-defined sound experience -- with some extra bass thump.

The microphone is fitted with a button that allows you to interrupt your music playback and accept incoming calls when you use the in-ear earphones with your cell phone.

The ergonomic shape of the headphones and their innovative and very comfortable "over the ear" style ensure that they still feel comfortable even after hours of listening pleasure. Ear tips in different sizes allow the Audéo PFE to fit ears of every shape, and when used together with the ear guides they give maximum comfort in every situation.

  • Sound pressure level: 107 dB SPL/mW / 1 kHz
  • Impedance: 32 Ohm / 1 kHz
  • Frequency range: 5 Hz – 17 kHz
  • Cord: Kevlar-reinforced, 3.9 ft / 1.20 m
  • Weight: 0.6 oz / 15 g
  • 3-button controller: No - Single button

Image credit: Audéo.

Price: $129.00.

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Under $200 - Shure SE215

Featuring a Dynamic MicroDriver, the SE215 delivers detailed sound with enhanced bass. A detachable cable with formable wire enables easy replacement and a secure, comfortable fit. Sound Isolating sleeves in multiple sizes provide up to 37 dB of isolation and a customized fit.

Available in translucent black or clear.

  • Speaker Type: Single Dynamic MicroDriver
  • Sensitivity (1kHz): 107 dB SPL/mW
  • Impedance (1kHz): 20 Ohms
  • Noise Attenuation: Up to 37 dB
  • Frequency Range: 22 Hz – 17.5 kHz
  • Cable:  Detachable, Kevlar-reinforced, 5.3 ft / 1.6 m 
  • 3-button controller: Optional

Image credit: Shure.

Price: $178.99.

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Under $400 - Shure SE425

Featuring Dual High-Definition MicroDrivers, the SE425 uses a dedicated tweeter and woofer for an accurate and balanced sound. Detachable cable with formable wire enables easy replacement and secure, comfortable fit. Sound Isolating sleeves in multiple sizes provide up to 37 dB of isolation.

  • Speaker Type: Dual High-Definition MicroDrivers
  • Sensitivity (1kHz): 109 dB SPL/mW
  • Impedance (1kHz): 22 Ohms
  • Noise Attenuation: Up to 37 dB
  • Frequency Range: 20 Hz – 19 kHz
  • Cable:  Detachable, Kevlar-reinforced, 5.3 ft / 1.6 m
  • 3-button controller: Optional

Image credit: Shure.

Price: $349.99.

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Under $600 - Audéo PFE 232

Audéo PFE in-ear earphones come with a microphone and a multifunctional button, offering optional hands-free function with remote volume control and call answering/ending. With two high-precision balanced armature drivers in each earpiece to deliver enhanced sound precision and enable even the subtlest audio detail to be clearly accentuated, the Audéo PFE 232 create a highly-tuned refined output, offering new dimensions to the listening experience.

Audéo PFE in-ear earphones were developed to give you full, crystal-clear sound. The Swiss engineers at Phonak, the world’s leading manufacturer of hearing and communications solutions, have been successful in bringing these outstanding properties to in-ear earphones. A new type of passive filter allows users to adjust the sound of their Audéo PFE in-ear earphones to suit their own requirements.

  • Driver: Dual balanced armature
  • Frequency response: 5 Hz–17 kHz
  • Sensitivity
    - Gray filter: 109 dBSPL/mW, 1 kHz
    - Black filter: 107 dBSPL/mW, 1 kHz
    - Green filter: 104 dBSPL/mW, 1 kHz
  • Nominal impedance: 47 Ohm
  • Weight: 16 g / 0.5oz
  • Cable: 3.9 ft / 1.2 m
  • 3-button controller: Yes

Image credit: Audéo.

Price: $599.00.

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