What are the best earbuds around $100 with in-line controls that are rugged enough to be stored in a pocket?
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There are two balanced armature drivers which handle the production of high frequencies, resulting in highs that are really detailed and have a lot of sparkle and detail to them. The 2 BA drivers are complemented by a dynamic driver (hence the triple driver designation) which handles the mids and the lower frequencies. Mids are smooth and clear while the bass is powerful yet at the same time is well controlled. See More
While the Marshall Mode does not offer a lot of features or top-notch build quality, it makes up for it with great sound quality. The bass has a slight emphasis which gives the sound good power and punch. The mids sound natural and slightly forward, while the highs are able to deliver a good level of detail without getting harsh. These earphones sound best for rock music, but can also deliver great low-end performance for hip-hop music and similar genres, and crisp highs for those who love classical music. See More
With the Marshall Mode, you’ll be able to get a good fit and seal in your ears. You get 4 pairs of ear tips in different sizes to choose from. The ear tips are also of decent quality, as they are not too squishy, so they should sit well in the ears and last a reasonable period of time as well. See More
It has a V-shaped sound signature so the bass has good rumble and power while the highs have good detail without coming off as harsh. The mids are slightly recessed but still have good presence, so vocals and guitars, though a bit soft sounding, still sound good. This sound quality works great for a wide range of music, but bass heads especially will love the low-end rumble and punch that these headphones can put out. See More
The Momentum In-Ears feature a flat cable which has good thickness to it and is quite soft and flexible. It should not break easily, and the integrated strain relief hoop on the earpiece will help prevent the cable from accidentally detaching from the earpiece housing. See More
The V-Moda Forza Metallo has amazing build quality for in-ear headphones. The earpieces are made from CNC-forged aircraft metal which gives makes them really solid yet still fairly lightweight. The cable is also reinforced so it will not break easily even if twisted a little too much. These in-ear headphones can definitely survive being stuffed in a pocket or chucked into a bag. See More
If you prefer more neutral sounding headphones, especially from the lower frequencies, you may want want to stay clear from these. The Forza Metallo's bass is quite powerful and prominent, and while this does not muddy up the other frequencies, the power and impact from the bass may just be too much for you. See More
The sound signature has deep and powerful bass, giving you a lot of thump from bass drum hits and other low frequency sound sources. Highs also have good detail and airiness to them. Also notable are the mids which are a bit forward so vocals can still be easily appreciated despite the powerful bass and the crisp highs. They're enjoyable to use for a wide variety of music, but bass heavy tracks are what they will work with best. See More
You can wear these in-ears like you would standard in-ear headphones, but if you want to keep them more snug in your ear, you can choose to attach the included ear hooks and wings which will provide better fit and help them stay in place in your ear better. See More