Ever since the release of Bluetooth Earphones, wired earphones were being replaced. Present day, some brands are still launching wired earphones, such as Fiio with the FH1. Most have stopped being manufactured because detachable cables meant that most users could switch between wired and wireless.
So why does this list still exist?
Well you can get great audio quality for a fraction of the original price. Also for the health conscious, some have their own reasons to believe Bluetooth is not safe.. the transmitter is not wanted in that instance. Sport versions are usually waterproof, others more audio focused and thus do not have protective measures against excessive sweat or rain.
Wired earphones still have that device compatibility problem, so controls have the chance of not working. As a result, its best to check before hand by searching online for full compatibility device lists. All the wired earphones listed use a 3.5mm jack, that means you’ll have to make sure you have that input. Kind of obvious but the simplest of things can catch you out.
It is really hard to find any good headphones that offer such high noise cancellation and yet provide rich sound in such a small form factor and for these facts, the price of £259 appears to be justified.
Overall the majority love these earphones, with a few suggesting other earphones that they thought were better. As always some found that their beloved earphones broke, the average life span appears to be around two years which is pretty good.