I’ve tried my share of headphones — from noise-canceling Bose to wireless Beats, from out-of-the-box Apple EarPods to even the latest Jabra truly wireless earbuds. Apparently they’re all lost on me though, because no matter how many pairs I try, I keep retiring them for my Panasonic ErgoFit earbuds. I’ve been wearing these for over 3 years and nothing compares to the fit, sound, ease, and price.
Sure, there are some heavy beats that sound better with over-the-ear headphones or pricier in-ear alternatives, but to the average listener, aka myself, the sound is amazing and well-balanced, and I’m not about about to spend $300 on audiophile headphones anytime soon. I’m not listening for subtle treble — I’m simply streaming Spotify.
The sound quality from these headphones is surprisingly amazing for the price. As one Amazon reviewer comically said:
“Let’s be real. Don’t expect Sennheiser-quality audio on a earphone that costs less than popcorn at the movie theaters. But don’t brush it off, either.”
Outside of the sound and value, the fit of these headphones is what truly sold me. These offer the Goldilocks of earpads — they’re not too small that they let outside noise seep in, and they’re not so big that they’ll slip out of your ears — they’re just right. And if they’re not perfect out of the box, they also come with three sets of earpads so you can find the right fit. They’re even snug enough to wear for gym workouts or for outdoor runs. I’ve probably run in these headphones more than 100 times in the last year, and they’ve never even come close to falling out or needing to be adjusted. The earbuds and the cord themselves are also super lightweight, which adds to their comfort and allows them to be both a casual headphone and a good sports headphone.
Another one of my favorite things about these headphones is that they’re corded. I know that sounds crazy in the age of wireless EVERYTHING, but I mean it. I’ve been that person on a plane or during a long Amtrak ride who within minutes of boarding was met with a beep warning me that my BeatsX are just about out of juice. With these Panasonics, there’s no need to remember to charge them the night before, or pack a carrying case that extends the battery life. You can stream endlessly so long as you charged your phone the night before: Adulting 101.
Plus, at just $10, these are about the price of a budget pair of sunnies — so if you break them or misplace them, there’s no need to worry. They’re so affordable you can leave one pair at work, one at home, and one in your travel bag (all in different colors) and guarantee you’ll never be without them.
Sorry, techies, but I’m not about to cut the cord anytime soon, and you can’t convince me otherwise!