They might be the shiny new thing, but AirPods aren't for everybody. Maybe you're looking for a new sound or you understandably lost those tiny buds during a brisk run. If so, here's 10 headphones and earbuds that break out of the Apple mode with a return to quality and wearability.
The Bluetooth 4.2 aptX audio is top-notch, but these earbuds are all about the comfort with four different types of ear tips, including the super-secure Comply Comfort Ts-100s. Pick up the Klipsch R5 Bluetooth Neckband In-Ear Headphones for $66.95, a full 43% off the list price.
The 40 mm drivers on these headphones deliver a big sound, and you'll be able to blaze through multiple playlists with up to 10 hours of battery life. Grab a set of TRNDlabs Ventura Wireless Headphones for $34.99, down 64% from the original price.
With infrasonic frequencies in the back cavity, these headphones replicate the seat-rattling feel of a subwoofer in a tiny package. Perfect for gaming, these 360 5.1 Virtual Surround Sound Earbuds are $72, more than half off the MSRP.
The AptX and AAC low latency tech in the V1s filter out surrounding noise for a fully immersive experience. But if you absolutely must get back to the real world, a built-in sensor automatically pauses the music when you remove the headphones. The Culture Audio V1 Noise-Cancellation Bluetooth Headphones are now $135, more than 30% off the original cost of $200.
Finally, a pair of Bluetooth earbuds with true Surround Sound. Every frequency comes through the 10mm speakers clearly, and the ergonomic design keeps them secure no matter the environment. Pick up the Oomo 3D 5.1 Virtual Surround Sound Bluetooth Earphones for $99.95, a 23% discount off retail.
The IPX4 waterproof rating and sturdy ear hooks provide security on long workouts, and the Bluetooth 4.1 connection keeps the sound consistent. Right now, the ARMOR-X GO-X3 Bluetooth Headphones are $29.99, half off the MSRP.
With four drivers in each ear and a frequency range that stretches to 40,000Hz, these buds are the first to be THX® Certified. Meanwhile, the Kevlar core cables ensure they'll be around for many, many commutes. Pick up your 1MORE Quad Driver In-Ear Headphones for $169, a 15% discount from the retail price.
Sink into your favorite music with revolutionary Cowin E7 Active Noise-Cancelling tech and 40 mm drivers. And with the 30-hour battery life, you'll be able to stay there the whole day. Grab a pair of Cowin E7 Active Noise-Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones for $63.99, down 8% from the list price.
These earphones for the true sound connoisseur pack the same noise-canceling system as the E7s, with HD audio on phone calls and a snug, ergonomic fit. The Cowin E8 Noise-Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones are now $134.99, 32% off the original cost.
With a balanced armature for crisp highs, Kevlar cables, and intuitive controls, this is a true workhorse set of earbuds that won't break the bank. Pick up your 1MORE Dual Driver In-Ear Headphones on sale for $39.99, down 33% from the original MSRP.