That’s the question of the day, isn’t it? The amount of terminology that gets thrown around when it comes to audio playback technology can be a bit overwhelming, and that’s not even getting into how confusing the meanings of these terms are.
For example, in-ear wireless headphones are closer to in-ear wireless earbuds than they are headphones. We know, crazy right? How is anybody supposed to keep track of this stuff? We just want to listen to music!
We know. That’s why we’re going to clear this up down below, then we’ll tell you what the best in-ear headphones are (spoiler alert, it’s the NuraLoop).
Remember the good ‘ol days of the late 1950s when there was just one kind of headphone design? You don’t? You weren’t good friends with Jazz lover John Koss, inventor of the Koss SP-3, the first stereo headphones?
Okay, well neither were we, but we’re still grateful that he took early headphone models consisting of mini speakers covered in cardboard and sofa foam and turned them into the kinds of headphones we know and love today.
The point is, this technology has seen constant innovation for decades, leading to the many different kinds of audio playback devices that we have today, each with their own differences, both subtle and overt.
Headphones obviously are the most different of the three, being a pair of bulkier, cushioned speakers that cup the ears and are held together with a headband. The cushions on the side of headphones are usually made of soft material like foam or leather, and are designed to fit snugly over your ears.
Because headphones have more space for advanced drivers, their sound quality is typically better than earbuds or earphones. In addition, most headphones feature both noise cancellation and noise isolation.
Because headphones are the largest, true wireless headphones are able to contain higher capacity batteries that last around 20 hours on average on a full charge.
In-ear wireless earbuds are also often referred to as earpods (which has become more common in recent times). In-ear earbuds not only communicate wirelessly with their device, but also with each other. In addition to silicon tips, earbuds also contain volume controls.
The silicone tips of earbuds are designed to fit snugly in the ear canal, providing comfort and allowing for a more secure fit. The in-ear wireless earbuds may fall out during regular use if they are not fitted properly, or they may cause pain if they are too large. The best earbuds are also considered to be noise cancelling as they block out external noise, while directly projecting their sound towards the ear canal due to their fit.
Earphones are also known as in-ear headphones because they feature the wired build of headphones. However, earphones replace the large cushions with the snug fit of earbuds, with both in-ear headphones pieces being connected by a wire that either connects wirelessly or directly plugs into the musical device.
In general, depending on the type of earphone, there are two different ways of connecting to musical devices. An earphone jack connected via 3.5mm on the device is usually the first method. An alternative is a single Bluetooth connection between the earphones and the music device.
Earphones are a great middle-ground audio playback device, as they offer the comfort and portability of earbuds but are considerably cheaper.
Now that we’ve established what in-ear headphones are, let’s dig into what makes the best in-ear headphones… meaning let’s talk about why the NuraLoop is so great!
In all seriousness, there are certain criteria that you can use to judge the quality of in-ear headphones, from their sound quality and noise abilities to build quality and comfortability, amongst many additional features that they present.
And we believe that the NuraLoop both meets and excels at all of them, the same way the Nuraphone does for wireless headphones. Once you’ve finished reading, we’re sure you’ll feel the same.
One of the advantages of in-ear headphones such as the NuraLoop is that they can have both a wired and wireless connection. One of the advantages of wired earphones is that they do not require a battery because they draw power from the musical device itself.
However, wireless earphones require a battery, of which the battery life is dependent on the quality of the build. For example, the NuraLoop are a pair of high end earphones that will give you a 16+ hour battery life.
If a pair claiming to be the best in-ear headphones but won’t last the thousands of songs that fill your favourite playlist, it is time to reevaluate. However, considering that the battery life of the Nuraphone is 20+ hours whereas the NuraLoop is 16+ hours, some could say we fairly earn that title of the best in-ear headphones.
Durability is an important aspect that a lot of in-ear headphones overlook, but not the NuraLoop.
The NuraLoop is made from high quality materials that make up its lightweight, portable and compact form. Its ergonomic design provides a supportive fit for maximum comfort and all-day listening.
Not only does the NuraLoop come with malleable ear hooks for an adjustable and secure fit, it comes with four different sizes of ear tip to make sure that it fits your ear perfectly.
There are two major hazards associated with in-ear headphones:
- If the tips do not adequately cover the ear canal, background noise won’t be adequately filtered, which could result in the user cranking up the volume to compensate.
- Because in-ear headphones are wired, they can get caught on something and pulled out of the ear if not used properly.
The NuraLoop circumvents these problems with its build, which holds the earphones in place while completely covering the ear. You don’t need to worry about your hearing when you’re listening to your favourite music with the NuraLoop.
In-ear earphones sometimes come with additional volume and playback controls so that the user can control their listening experience without needing to interact with their musical device. These controls typically consist of buttons on a small terminal located on the wire, each of which performs a singular function.
Some devices will have their controls be in the form of a single button on each ear piece that can perform different functions based on certain kinds of button presses. Others will use sensors to perform certain functions as well.
The NuraLoop contains touch dial controls, which you can dial, tap, or double tap to adjust ANC to social mode, volume, play, pause, and more. These controls can be customised from the Nura app.
Part of the audio experience predicates on your device’s ability to filter out background noise. While noise isolation is the act of physically blocking outside noise, noise cancelling occurs when a small speaker embedded within the earbud plays an inverse frequency to cancel out existing ambient sounds. While active noise cancelling is good for low frequency noise, such as droning, noise isolation is more effective at blocking more immediate high and mid frequency noises.
The best in-ear headphones like the NuraLoop use both noise isolation and noise cancelling at the same time. Not only do they contain the technology used for active noise cancellation, their small earbuds are designed to fit inside the ear canal and block out external sound.
However, the noise cancelling capabilities of these earbuds can be toggled on and off by the function known as “Social Mode”. With the simple touch of a button, the user can both access and close off all of their surroundings.
This is the magnum opus that makes the NuraLoop the best in-ear earphones.
While there are many features that set the NuraLoop apart, the personalised listening experience is what separates it from everything else. It provides high quality sound and a build that is both comfortable and durable, but it also provides a listening experience that caters itself to you.
Through a sophisticated process, the NuraLoop monitors how you listen to audio by reading otoacoustic emissions (OAEs) that resonate from your ear drum when you listen to a certain tone. They then generate a personalised profile that caters its audio playback to you. That’s right, you could spend ages looking for the best in-ear headphones that will match your tech specs, or you can save time and go for the pair of best in-ear headphones that will match your music to your ears.
We offer the NuraLoop at an affordable price. Additionally, if you decide you don’t want to purchase the NuraLoop outright, you will still be able to experience the best in-ear headphones, thanks to our handy Nuranow subscription service. For an upfront payment, followed by small monthly transactions, you can use the Nuraphone with the option to cancel any time after the first three months.
If music isn’t what you are looking for, your Nura purchase entitles you to three free months of Endel, an app that utilises personalised sounds to help you focus, relax and sleep. That’s right, whether you’ve got the best wireless headphones or the best wireless earbuds, you also get some peace of mind.
If an unparalleled listening experience sounds like what you’re looking for, order the NuraLoop a.k.a the last and the best in-ear headphones you should ever buy.
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