Testing comfort and ease of use
All of the earbuds we tested feel comfortable to wear when the tips have been changed to suit, especially the Vibe’s memory foam ones, which mould so perfectly to the shape of the ear canal that you forget they’re there. The Audiofly’s earbuds separate the mic piece from the inline controls, so you don’t have to hold up the remote stick to ensure clarity of conversation on a call. The nylon braided cable is prone to tangle though.
The Sony buds are comfortable, and there’s a toggle to adjust the split of the cord, which is easy to manipulate despite the tangle-free coating. The Klipsch buds also have a toggle, but the cord is flat, doesn’t conform easily and can be a little loud in the ear.
The RHA buds have contoured, over-ear cable supports that hold the earpieces in position and ease the tug of the thick cord, although the inline remote is a tad high. The AKG lacks split toggles, but doesn’t tangle easily. The lack of controls on the Vibe can grate if you’re used to them being there.