There is no doubt that the EarPods are an improvement over Apple’s
original bundled earphones. […]
But for anyone thinking of buying these things separately for
£25/$30 — forget it. That price is utterly ludicrous. For that
money you could bag yourself a decent pair of Sennheisers — low
end ones admittedly — but they would still be head and shoulders
better than the Apple EarPods. In fact, we challenge you to find a
pair of £25 earphones on Amazon that sound worse than this — you
won’t be able to.
Via Ryan McBride, who poked me on Twitter last night with the following:
There’s a bunch of terrible reviews out for Apple’s EarPods. Not
sure why @gruber published the only two positive ones.
If even the “terrible” reviews declare that the new EarPods are a clear improvement over Apple’s previous earphones, I think that’s pretty good. Are they worth $29 on their own? That’s a good question, and Rivington, for one, clearly thinks not.
Update: Via Brian Behrend on Twitter, the cheapest Sennheisers on Amazon with volume controls and a microphone cost $40. EarPods do more than just play audio.
★ Tuesday, 18 September 2012