Earbuds & Earphones

What are earbuds & in-ear headphones?

Whether you want to simply chill out or add a little music to power you through your work day, a pair of earbuds or in-ear headphones makes it easy. Both types are designed to fit securely in your ears, and to be unobtrusive. Plus, earbuds and in-ear headphones usually always come with a storage and charging case and they’re also compact so they fit in a pocket for easy transport. These headphones connect using Bluetooth for a seamless wireless experience.

Best Buy carries a huge selection of earbuds or in-ear headphones for every listening situation from major brands including Skullcandy, Sony, Monster, Panasonic, Apple, Jabra, and more.

Earbuds vs. In-ear Headphones: what’s the difference

Bluetooth earbuds are headphones that are designed to sit just outside your ear canal (think Apple AirPods shape and configuration for reference). In-ear headphones are designed to slide partially into your ear canal. Truth is, you may see some crossover and interchangeability in naming in this category.

Which style you prefer depends on your personal likes and dislikes and whether or not you like having something inside your ear, or if you are indeed looking to seal sound inside your ear with a tighter fit.

Most models are capable of producing powerful, bass-rich audio that can rival full-size headphones and they can block out external noise too.

Fit & style: Earbuds or In-ear Headphones

Most models of in-ear headphones come with a variety of silicone eartips so you can find the right fit for your ear canal. And having the right fit is key, especially when you want to get the best possible noise isolation. After that the sky’s the limit when it comes to style, shape and size; you’ll find everything from blingy, to low key.

Why choose Earbuds or In-ear Headphones

The great thing about both types of earphones is their ability to be discrete, super lightweight and portable. When you need to store them away, you can simply tuck them into their storage and charging case and tuck them in a small pocket.

There’s also a lot of folks who love the discrete look of earbuds and in-ear headphones; they’re great for wearing covertly while working.

Wired vs truly wireless In-ear headphones & earbuds

While far less common now as many manufacturers eliminate the headphone or aux jack on smartphones, wired in ear headphones and earbuds have existed for years, but they are being replaced by truly wireless earbuds and in-ear headphones. The main difference in these models is that truly wireless versions need recharging, while wired versions are always ready to use.

Key features to watch for

Both earbuds and in-ear headphones may come with a variety of features. Two of the most popular are Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and Transparency Mode. ANC uses inaudible digital signals to block out unwanted noise bleed so you can focus on what you’re listening to, while Transparency Mode (also called HearThrough) lets you let some of that outside sound in—great if you need to keep an ear on the kids or stay alert to traffic while jogging.

Need wireless Bluetooth earbuds or headphones with a mic for taking calls? The good news is most earbuds and in-ear headphones have microphones built in so it’s easy to listen in to conference or video calls hands-free.