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It goes without saying that earphones (short for “in-ear headphones”) typically come with different features and functions. This can be anything from noise-cancelling technology to Bluetooth connectivity and an IPX-rated water/sweatproof design.
But perhaps, one of the most common features that earphones offer are built-in microphones, which comes in handy for handsfree callers.
How does the microphone on earphones work?
The mic is commonly integrated with the in-line remote which allows you to take or end hands-free calls using the sliding tab or volume button. It’s important to note that not all microphones are made equal. Some perform with better background noise cancellation, and some have better voice projection.
So, if you want to avoid repeating your replies during calls, look to our list of earphone options that have good microphone options.
More than just a sleek-looking pair of wireless earphones, the Sony WF-1000XM3 offers you the ultimate listening experience of noise-cancellation technology. That means you can truly immerse yourself in your favourite music.
Other highlights include a snug-fit design, a powerful 6mm driver unit that produces crystal-clear sound quality and durable battery life up to 6-8 hours of continuous playback. It also comes with dual microphones that has noise-sensor technology to help minimise unwanted external noises, namely city traffic. This in turn, helps to make your hands-free call sounds clearer and audible.
Whether you are wearing them for sports or leisure, this truly-wireless Jabra Elite Active 65t fits snugly yet comfortably in your ears even after long hours. You can personalise your sound profile using the Jabra Sound+ app, complete with EQ presets that allows you to adjust your preferred bass and treble.
Other highlights include a built-in microphone for taking calls, decent battery life that is able to last up to 5 hours and an extra 10 hours if you use the Jabra Elite Active 65t’s bundled compact-sized charging case.
Best earphones with mic for PS4
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Despite its mid-range price point, the SoundPeats Q30 Plus doesn’t skimp on features. Expect crisp sound quality, thanks to the combination of 6mm driver and aptX technology along with a long-lasting battery life that can sustain up to 8 hours on a single charge.
The SoundPeats Q30 Plus also comes equipped with noise-cancelling technology. Therefore, one can enjoy their favourite music or PS4 game with minimum interruption from background noises. An in-line remote is also included, complete with mic and volume control for taking a hands-free call and adjusting volumes.
Specially built for gamers in mind, the HyperX Cloud earbuds packs with all the essentials: a tangle-free cable, a superior sound quality and a built-in microphone that allows you to answer phone calls and communicate via game chat regardless of your friend(s) or teammate(s).
If that’s not enough, the HyperX Cloud earbuds also come with a convenient carrying case to store your belonging and three different sizes of interchangeable silicone ear tips to ensure perfect fit and comfort.
Tight on budget? Well, if you are looking for a decent quality of mic-enabled earbuds that will not break your bank, you might want to consider the wallet-friendly Skullcandy Ink’d 2.0. The sound quality is sufficient enough for such a price point, thanks to the combination of neodymium magnets and a reasonably large 11mm dynamic driver.
These earbuds are also blessed with a flat cable design, which means you don’t have to worry about getting them all tangled. Another highlight worth noting here is the inclusion of an in-line remote that allows you to take calls. Additionally, you can adjust volumes as well as play or pause music - all integrated with simply one-button control.
This legendary Danish electronics brand is no stranger to manufacturing high-quality audio products, namely the B&O Play Beoplay E8. It’s the company’s truly wireless earphones made from premium materials including the likes of stainless steel, aluminium and leather.
The earphones also comes with a Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity, an omnidirectional microphone and touch-based controls that lets you perform activities like playing or skipping tracks and taking calls.
While some people prefer the convenience of wireless earphones, others still feel comfortable with the good old wired variety. Among them worth considering for is the RHA T10i, which is uniquely designed using stainless-steel material. It boasts excellent sound quality, offering fine bass and treble that makes listening music like pop, rock and jazz an immersive experience.
Then, there are the over-ear hooks, ergonomically designed to ensure a secure and comfortable fit. The RHA T10i also packed a three-button in-line remote for controlling music and volume, with an added microphone that allows you to take a hands-free call.
A trusted name in audio technology, Sennheiser’s iOS-compatible Momentum M2 IEi earbuds range is designed with utmost functionality and comfort in mind. Expect great sound quality no matter if you are listening to pop, rock or even classical jazz music. The earphones are also ergonomically built to ensure a snug fit in your ears.
Another notable feature are the earphones’ sturdy built in-line remote and microphone for the likes of adjusting volumes and taking hands-free calls. Not to forget, the elliptical cable design helps to reduce common tangling issues. Finally, it comes with a portable carrying case for safekeeping your earbuds wherever you go.
True to its name, the Anker SoundBuds Slim+ is both small and lightweight enough to be worn comfortably even after long hours. It include an amazing battery life that can last around 7 hours of playback as well as an IPX5 rating that is both resistant against sweat and water. Not forgetting, it also features high-resolution HD sound quality, thanks to its aptX technology.
The Anker SoundBuds Slim+ is also equipped with a convenient in-line remote, complete with easy-to-use three buttons to control your music volumes and a microphone for taking calls.
Enjoy the freedom of wireless music while connecting to your PC or laptop with Anker SoundCore Liberty Sir. It features graphene-coated drivers that produce crisp sound and deeper bass with minimum distortion.
It also comes equipped with two built-in microphones featuring a stereo sound for clearer call quality. Meanwhile the added noise-cancelling technology means you will have little trouble talking and hearing voices from the other side even if you are in the noisy area.
Other highlights include a Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity and a reasonably durable battery life up to 5 hours of continuous playback on a single charge.
Versatility comes to mind for the Cooler Master MH703, which is great for gaming on the Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch. Highlights include a large 10mm neodymium drivers for clearer bass and sound. Together with a sturdy construction designed with comfort in mind, it’s a wonder how these pair feels lightweight.
Moreover, the earphones also has an in-line remote with all the standard playback functions such as playing, pausing and skipping tracks. A built-in omnidirectional microphone is also included for the convenience of answering hands-free calls.
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