6 Features to look for in MP3 Player Earbuds

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6 Features to look for in MP3 Player Earbuds

Using earbuds is one of the most popular ways of listening to music, and are the primary choice of MP3 player amplification for many people around the world. At first glance, buyers may believe there is little difference between the various models available to buy, but there are a number of features that should be taken into consideration when searching for a pair. The following guide shall examine the top 6 MP3 earbud features all buyers should be aware of. This guide will also explain how find a suitable pair on eBay, as the site has a large selection at very low prices.

MP3 Player Earbuds

There are a number of reasons why people choose to use earbuds rather than headphones. Earbuds are a lot smaller than headphones and are much easier to store when not in use. Earbuds are generally less expensive than headphones, and are easily repaired if damaged. Whatever the reason, buyers need to be aware of the features that determine a pair of earbud’s quality and price. The following are the top 6 features that buyers should consider when searching and selecting earbuds:

1 - Frequency Range

For many people this is the most important feature to consider, and it should have an impact on the buyer’s decision. The frequency range is the amount of sound a pair of earbuds can produce, and it should be noted that earbuds have consider smaller frequency ranges than headphones. Bass frequencies require larger speakers to reproduce the low sounds, and this is an element most earbuds miss out on.

This in turn means that the wearer is not hearing all the elements of the song. Buyers should search for earbuds with a large frequency range, and should check the ‘Description’ box on the item page for information regarding this. 

2 - Comfort

Another important feature is the comfort the earbuds, as they will affect how long they can be worn for, and if they are suitable to wear when engaging in physical activities such as jogging, cycling or working out at the gym. Less expensive earbuds have no tip and instead the ear is directly exposed to the plastic casing. This can become extremely uncomfortable over a period of time, and these earbuds can be prone to slipping out. Some inexpensive earbuds have a soft foam casing, and although this may seem to improve the comfort, over time it will start to irritate.

Better quality earbuds have small foam tips that are inserted to the ear canal and these are a big improvement. However, buyers primarily interested in the comfort of the earbuds should look for models that use silicone or rubber tips, and these provide excellent isolation and are soft and stay in place. Silicone and rubber tip earbuds are the most expensive, but offer the best comfort.

3 - Impedance

Earbuds are powered by electricity, and electricity itself carries a frequency through vibration. This generates a low hiss and can be heard over the music playback. Impedance is the element that eliminates this hiss, and is measured in ohms.

The general rule for impedance is the higher the ohms the lower the hiss, and buyers should look for earbuds with the highest impedance possible. This will increase the price, but is an important feature to consider, as a hiss is a more prevalent problem in earbuds than it is in headphones.    

4 - Sound Isolation

Sound isolation refers to how well music is kept in and outside noise is blocked, and earbuds are generally mush better at providing this feature than headphones due to the seal they create in the ear. Earbuds with good sound isolation will keep outside noise to a minimum, and allow the wearer to listen to music at a medium volume.

This is an important feature to consider, as earbuds with minimal sound isolation will force the wearer to play music at louder volumes, increasing the risk of permanent damage to the eardrum. Sound isolation keeps the music from escaping, and this beneficial to others in the company of the wearer. Again this feature will increase the price, but it is a good idea to buy a pair of earbuds with strong sound isolation, especially if the earbuds are worn commuting to and from work on public transport.

5 - Cable Dressing and Playback Control

A number of the more expensive earbuds have in-built playback control on the cable that allows the wearer to pause and play the music, and skip between songs. Earbuds that have this option will also have dials for controlling volume, and this can be beneficial to wearers engaged in physical activity. All earbuds use a Y-cable that connects to both earpieces, and the lengths of the cable vary depending on price.

Playback control and longer cable length are not necessities and will increase price, so buyers should spend a little time deciding if these features will be beneficial to them.

6 - Drivers

Drivers boost the bass and overall sound, and the more drivers a pair of earbuds has the better the sound quality will be. Each driver is made to target one specific audio quality, and these can be the bass, the mids or the treble. Less costly earbuds will have a max of two drivers, so buyers are advised to buy those that have four or more.  

Searching for Earbuds on eBay

As previously mentioned, eBay has a large selection of earbuds for sale at very reasonable prices, and buyers will find that these prices are much lower than those found in electronic stores or on specialist websites. To start a search for a pair earbuds, log onto eBay.com.au and take the following steps.

· On the eBay homepage, click on the Electronics title found on the left hand side of the page below the search bar.

· Scroll down to the MP3 Player Accessories tab, and when the menu opens click on the Headphones, Earbuds link.

· This will load up the relevant listings page, and from here buyers can type the name or brand of the desired earbuds into the search bar and press enter.

· Buyers have the option to list used earbuds only, and this can be done by clicking on the ‘Condition’ filter, which can be found on the left hand side of the page. However, for hygiene reasons, buyers are advised to avoid buying used earbuds if possible.

· The price slider in the filters table can be used to quickly list earbuds within a specific price range. Buyers are advised to use this feature, as it will greatly speed up the search.

· Clicking on the title of an earbuds’ listing will load up the individual item page, and buyers should scroll down to the ‘Description’ box and read any information given about the items. The Description box should contain details regarding frequency range, drivers, etc, but if this information is missing then it can be requested using the ‘Ask A Question’ feature.

It’s a good idea to check out the eBay Deals section of the website, as a number of earbuds are listed here for sale at reduced prices. Simply click on the Deals link at the top of the page, followed by the Audio title found in the Electronics tab. The earbuds are located about halfway down the page.


There are a number of MP3 player earbuds features that can improve the sound quality or comfort of the device, and buyers should spend some time considering which features are most valuable to them. Better quality earbuds will be more expensive, but if the earbuds are used on a regular basis then they should be viewed as an investment. Buyers should look for earbuds with a large frequency range, and rubber or silicone tips. 

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