Audio qual­ity

Which pair of buds sound best?

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None of the ear­buds in our test lack audio qual­ity. The Au­dioflys of­fer crisp highs and con­trolled bass, with pre­cise vo­cals around the midrange. Sony’s brass buds iso­late noise very well, en­hanc­ing their im­mer­sive and bal­anced sounds­tage – which es­pe­cially im­pressed with jazz. The Klip­sch present tight bass and con­trolled tre­ble, mak­ing up for a lack of sep­a­ra­tion in the midrange, but at £79, some lis­ten­ers may ex­pect a lit­tle more oomph. The RHAs im­press on almost ev­ery front though, bring­ing real depth to pro­ceed­ings with­out a hint of im­po­si­tion. Or­ches­tral mu­sic is fault­less across the low and midrange, with only a shade of sibi­lance on the top end. The AKGs are almost as good, with res­o­nant sub-bass that re­ally shines on jazz funk tracks but can de­tract from less for­ward gen­res.

Vibe’s BA11s stand out though, im­me­di­ately ex­pos­ing highly com­pressed tracks. Noise iso­la­tion is un­par­al­leled and of­fers ex­pan­sive, deep, rich tones, with clean sep­a­ra­tion across the spec­trum.

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