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HyperX Cloud Stinger Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Updated Mar 09, 2018 at 11:54 am
HyperX Cloud Stinger Picture
Test Methodology v1.4
5.6
Mixed Usage
7.1
Neutral Sound
5.0
Commute/Travel
5.4
Sports/Fitness
5.5
Office
5.3
Wireless Gaming
7.4
Wired Gaming
7.4
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless No
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The HyperX Cloud Stinger are above-average and easy-to-use gaming headphones. They have a good mic that filters out a lot of noise, a decent audio reproduction, and a comfortable over-ear fit. That and their low latency wired connection makes them suitable for gaming, but their bulky design and non-detachable mic makes them less ideal for other use cases.

Our Verdict

5.6 Mixed Usage

The HyperX Cloud Stinger are decent for mixed usage. They have a simple and easy-to-use design and a comfortable over-ear fit. They won't be the most versatile headphones to take outdoors since you can't remove the mic. They're also a bit bulky and don't block a lot of noise. On the upside, they have a standard audio jack, an above-average, and a well-balanced sound. Furthermore, they're decently durable, especially for their price range.

7.1 Neutral Sound

The HyperX Cloud Stinger are good for neutral listening. They're comfortable to wear for hours and have a well-balanced sound with a good amount of bass. They reproduce instruments and vocals fairly accurately but may sound a little sharp due to the slightly inconsistent treble range. They won't have the best soundstage due to their closed-back design, but their sound quality is sufficiently good for most casual and neutral listeners.

See our Neutral Sound recommendations
5.0 Commute/Travel

The HyperX Cloud Stinger are average for commuting. They don't block enough noise for very loud environments so they may not be the most suitable for commuting. They're also bulky and do not have a detachable mic but on the upside, they're comfortable and easy-to-use.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
5.4 Sports/Fitness

The HyperX Cloud Stinger are below-average for sports and fitness. They have a bulky design that's not stable enough to run with and they have a low breathability so your ears will get uncomfortably warm if you work out with them.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
5.5 Office

The HyperX Cloud Stinger are average for office use. They don't leak much at average volume levels but will be distracting to your colleagues at higher volume levels. They block enough chatter to be decent in an office like an environment but won't be ideal if you have a very noisy work environment.

See our Office recommendations
5.3 Wireless Gaming

The HyperX Cloud Stinger are wired-only and cannot be used wireless.

See our Wireless Gaming recommendations
7.4 Wired Gaming

The HyperX Cloud Stinger are a decent pair of wired gaming headphones. Their microphone is great and your teammates should have no problems hearing you clearly. They also are quite comfortable even for marathon gaming sessions. Unfortunately, they're quite inconsistent among various users and you may experience different bass and treble responses.

7.4 Phone Calls
  • 5.6 Mixed Usage
  • 7.1 Neutral Sound
  • 5.0 Commute/Travel
  • 5.4 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.5 Office
  • 5.3 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.4 Wired Gaming
  • 7.4 Phone Calls
Pros
  • Comfortable and sturdy design.
  • Great microphone.
  • Above-average audio reproduction.
Cons
  • Mediocre isolation.
  • Bulky and plasticky build quality.
  • Poor control scheme.
  • Bass and treble delivery varies significantly across users. Sensitive to glasses.
  1. Update 2/4/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  2. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  3. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  4. Update 4/4/2018: Fixed errors in the frequency response measurements.
  5. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.

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Test Results

Design
Design
Style

The HyperX Cloud Stinger have a utilitarian design that's not as flashy as headphones with a more gamer-centric design like the RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset, but their understated look will work for some. They have large oval ear cups and a decently wide headband that makes them look and feel durable. However, the quality of the plastic used in their build is a little cheap and since you can't remove or hide the mic, they don't look as casual as the SteelSeries Arctis 1.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.6 lbs
Clamping Force
1 lbs

The HyperX Cloud Stinger are comfortable and relatively lightweight headphones for their size. The ear cups are large and spacious enough for most ears. The padding on both the headband and the ear cups is decent, although not as soft or as plush as some of the other gaming headsets we've reviewed. They're also not too tight on the head, which makes for an overall comfortable headphone that you can wear for hours.

5.2
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Okay
Feedback Okay
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Mute/Unmute
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls No

The HyperX Stinger headphones have a limited button layout. You can disable the microphone by swiveling it to the upright position, and you also get a volume slider. However, there's no multipurpose button or additional features, and the volume slider doesn't have any discrete points for those who prefer a consistent volume setting. The controls of the Corsair HS35 are more intuitive and easier-to-use.

6.3
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 6.3 C

Like the Cloud Revolver and the Cloud II, the HyperX Cloud Stinger create a good seal around your ears that, unfortunately, prevents a lot of air flow, making them less breathable. Like most closed back over-ear headphones, that do not have breathable pads. They will also warm up your ears rather quickly during intense exercise but should be relatively okay for more casual uses.

5.2
Design
Portability
L 8.8 "
W 7.9 "
H 3.6 "
Volume 250 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

These headphones are not very portable. They don't fold into a more compact format and have a fairly bulky design that's not the easiest to carry around on your person without a bag.

0
Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A
7.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality of the HyperX Cloud Stinger is above-average. They have a decently wide and flexible headband that's reinforced with a thin metal frame. The ear cups are also fairly well-made and won't get damaged by a few accidental drops although the plastic used in their build feels a little cheap. Unfortunately, the cable is not replaceable and the hinges are a little weak, which could get damaged by regular wear and tear over time. If you're scared of the plastic build and want something that feels sturdier, take a look at the HyperX Cloud Core or the Corsair HS50 gaming headset.

6.5
Design
Stability

The HyperX Cloud Stinger are moderately stable on the head. However, since they're not too tight and have a non-detachable cable that could get easily hooked or tangled by something, they're not the ideal headphones to use while doing physical activities. They will quickly slide off your ears if you use them while running or working out since they're not designed for that use case.

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In The Box

  • HyperX Cloud Stinger Headphones
  • Audio cable extension cord 
  • Manual

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
2.71 db
Treble Amount
-0.05 db
5.7
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
1.09 dB

The HyperX Clound Stinger has a sub-par frequency response consistency. In the bass range, this headset perform quite consistently on most of our human subjects, except for the one who wears glasses. His measurements showed a 6dB drop in bass at 20Hz, which is noticeable. In the treble range, these headphones show about 9dB of deviation in response (below 10KHz), depending on the positioning of the headphones on the user's head.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.3
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.77 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
3.31 dB
Mid-Bass
4.44 dB
High-Bass
4.26 dB

The HyperX Cloud Stinger have an excellent bass range performance. Sub-bass (low-frequency extension), which is responsible for low-end thump and rumble common to EDM, Hip-hop and film scores, is extended down to 10Hz, which is excellent. The rest of the response is nearly flat but above our target by about 2dB, making the bass of these headphones a bit hyped and slightly north of neutral. Also, their bass delivery varies significantly across users, and is sensitive to the quality of fit, seal, and whether you wear glasses. The response here represents the average bass response and your experience may vary.

7.6
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.24 dB
Low-Mid
-4.07 dB
Mid-Mid
-1.23 dB
High-Mid
1.61 dB

Update 01/21/20: It was brought to our attention that there was an error with our previous graph. The photos have been fixed and the review now reflects these changes.

Decently accurate mid-range. There's a fairly significant dip in low-mid that will likely cause some vocals and lead instruments to sound a bit thin and pushed back in the mix. However, it evens out in the mid-mid to high-mid ranges.

7.3
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.63 dB
Low-Treble
0.91 dB
Mid-Treble
0.42 dB
High-Treble
-4.75 dB

The treble range performance is good. The overall response is relatively inconsistent, and the 5dB dip between 4KHz and 8KHz will have a small negative effect on detail and presence of vocals/leads. Also, their treble delivery varies noticeably across users. The response here represents the average response and your experience may vary.

6.8
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.9 db
Dips
2.24 db
8.9
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.29
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.57
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.2
Weighted Phase Mismatch
3.22

The imaging is excellent. Their weighted group delay is 0.29, which is within good limit. Also, the GD graph shows that the group delay never crosses the audibility threshold, indicating a tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. In terms of driver matching, our test unit was exceptionally matched, ensuring accurate placement and localization of objects (voice, instruments, footsteps) in the stereo field.

6.4
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
1.79 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
6.12 dB
PRTF Distance
15.32 dB
Openness
4.6
Acoustic Space Excitation
4.2

The soundstage is about average. The PRTF response follows our loudspeaker's pretty closely, as is indicated by the accuracy value. However, the PRTF size value is slightly off compared to our reference, suggesting a soundstage that have a good size by not be quite speaker-like. They also have a closed-back enclosure, which makes their soundstage slightly less open than that of closed-back headphones.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No App
8.2
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.155
WHD @ 100
0.093
Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
No Firmware
Power
Passive
Connection
Wired
Codec
PCM, 24-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Boom
Isolation
5.3
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-14.19 dB
Bass
0.48 dB
Mid
-9.83 dB
Treble
-33.99 dB

The HyperX Cloud Stinger has mediocre isolation. These headphones don't have active noise cancellation and therefore do not isolate in the bass range. Meaning they will let in the rumble of bus and airplane engines. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they achieve an isolation of 10dB, which is decent. In the treble range, occupied by sharp sounds such as S and Ts, they achieve an isolation of 34 dB, which is good.

6.4
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
43.12 dB

The leakage performance is below-average. The significant portion of their leakage is spread between 400Hz and 2kHz, which is a relatively broad range and concentrated in the mid-range. Therefore, their leakage will sound fuller than that of in-ears and earbuds, but not as loud and full as open-back headphones'. The overall level of the leakage, however, is not very loud. This means that their leakage should not be a concern at moderate volumes and in noisy environments.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
No
Boom
Yes
Detachable Boom
No
8.3
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
83.54 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.01 dB
HFE
5583.4 Hz
Weighted THD
0.241
Gain
32.68 dB

Very good recording quality. Low-frequency response is well-extended down to 84Hz, and the overall response is quite flat up to 5KHz. However, the response cuts off above that frequency, making voice lacking a bit of brilliance and airiness, which is disappointing since these headphones are wired and not limited by wireless bandwidth. But this doesn't affect the intelligibility of the speech, since that is mostly dependent on the 500Hz-3KHz range.

8.7
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
38.82 dB

The boom mic has impressive noise handling. In our SpNR test, they achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of about 39dB, which is excellent. This means this headset will be able to handle even the loud environments, like a subway station or a gaming competition.

Active Features
0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
No Battery
Continuous Battery Life
N/A
Additional Charges
N/A
Total Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
Passive Headphone
Charging Port None

These headphones are passive and have no battery life.

0
Active Features
App Support
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

These headphones do not have any compatible software for added customization. For an affordable gaming headset with software support, take a look at the Logitech G432.

Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
No Bluetooth
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
N/A
PC Latency (SBC)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
N/A
Android Latency
N/A

These headphones are wired and do not have a Bluetooth connection. If you want a gaming headset that supports Bluetooth, check out the SteelSeries Arctis 3 2019 Edition or the Turtle Beach Stealth 700.

The wired connection of these headphones has negligible latency which is suitable for gaming and home theater.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A

These headphones are wired-only. If you want a wireless gaming headset, check out the HyperX Cloud Flight S or see our recommendations for the best wireless gaming headsets.

9.0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length 6.5 ft
Connection 1/8" TRRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms

The HyperX Cloud Stinger have a wired connection that provides volume control and microphone compatibility support for consoles as long as you plug them into the Xbox or PS4 controllers.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
Audio + Microphone
PC/PS4 Wired USB
No
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No
0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
No Base/Dock
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
No Base/Dock

This gaming headset does not have a dock. If you need a headset with a dock that also has a wired connection for gaming or watching movies, then consider the SteelSeries Arctis 7.

Compared to other headphones

Comparison picture

The HyperX Cloud Stinger is a wired gaming headset with a great mic, a decently comfortable design, and a good sound quality. They're compatible with most consoles and they're relatively affordable. However, their plastic design, though decently durable, isn't as sturdy as some of the other gaming headsets we've tested. They're also not the most outdoor friendly headphones. See our recommendations for the best Xbox One headsets, the best PS4 headsets, and the best over-ear headphones under $50.

Astro A10
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B&H

The HyperX Cloud Stinger is a better headset than the Astro A10. It's more comfortable and isolates noise better than the A10. It sounds better, but is prone to inconsistencies in its bass and treble delivery among wearers, where the Astro A10 doesn’t have this problem. The Astro A10 is slightly better designed, though, and feels more well-built. The microphone performance of these two headsets is very similar, but the recording quality of the Astro A10s is a bit better. They’re both decent gaming headsets, but the Astro A10 are usually more expensive than the HyperX Cloud Stinger. If you care more about build quality, get the A10; if you prefer better sound, go for the Stinger.

HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

The HyperX Cloud II is a slightly better and more complete gaming headset than the HyperX Cloud Stinger. The Cloud II is better-built and is one of the most comfortable gaming headsets we’ve reviewed so far. It also has channel mixing and quick access to their surround sound setting. On the other hand, the Cloud Stinger might have a slightly better sound quality, especially in the treble range, but that’s about it.

Razer Kraken X
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B&H

The HyperX Cloud Stinger is a better gaming headset than the Razer Kraken X. The Stinger are more comfortable, feel better-built, and have a more balanced sound quality. Their microphones perform similarly, but the Kraken X’s can make speech sound a bit fuller and deeper, which is great. The Kraken X also have a control scheme that’s easier-to-use and provides better feedback than that of the Cloud Stinger.

Turtle Beach Recon 70
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B&H

The HyperX Cloud Stinger is a better gaming headset than the Turtle Beach Recon 70. These headphones are noticeably better built even if they are made of plastic. The Stinger’s sound profile is also better and packs a bit more sub-bass than the lacking Recon 70. The microphone of the Stinger is also better and offers a better recording quality. Other than being ever so slightly cheaper, which may offer better value for some, and slightly more neutral in the mid-range, the Recon 70 are in no relevant way superior to the HyperX Cloud Stinger.

Logitech G430 Gaming Headset
Unavailable
B&H

The Logitech G430 and HyperX Cloud Stinger are similarly performing gaming headphones, and each have their strength. The Logitech G430 have a nice companion app that lets you EQ the sound to your liking and enable surround sound. On the other hand, the Stinger are slightly better-built, and their microphone recording quality is better and more suited for online games.

SteelSeries Arctis 1
Unavailable
B&H

The HyperX Cloud Stinger are marginally better than the SteelSeries Arctis 1. They are ever so slightly more comfortable, and are better-built than the Arctis 1 as materials don’t feel as cheap. They perform quite similarly across our tests and most people won’t notice a big difference in sound. However, the Arctis 1 have a detachable mic, which gives them a more outdoor-friendly look if you want to use them with your phone.

Turtle Beach Recon 200
Unavailable
B&H

The HyperX Cloud Stinger is a better gaming headset than the Turtle Beach Recon 200. It has a superior microphone that will transmit a clearer and full-bodied speech to your online teammates and also has slightly better sound quality. Also, this wired headset doesn’t need a battery to function fully, like the Recon 200 does. The HyperX also feels better made and more comfortable. On the other hand, the control scheme of the Turtle Beach is more complete and more useful, and some will like the sidetone feature.

Corsair HS50
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B&H

The Corsair HS50 is a slightly better gaming headset than the HyperX Cloud Stinger. The audio reproduction is slightly more accurate on the Corsair, and they feel better-built. The Stinger feels plasticky and slightly flimsy, while the HS50 feels sturdier. On the other hand, the HyperX headset has a noticeably better microphone recording quality, which may be important for some for online games.

Logitech G432 Gaming Headset
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B&H

The Logitech G432 are better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Stinger. While the Stinger are slightly better-built headphones, the G432 have better sound quality and their USB dongle gives you access to the G Hub app, which allows you to EQ them easily. You also have access to a few level sliders for your volume and microphone. The G432 also has a surround sound feature, which the Cloud Stinger is lacking.

HyperX Cloud Alpha
Unavailable
B&H

The HyperX Cloud Alpha is a slightly better gaming headset than the HyperX Cloud Stinger. The Alpha is noticeably better-built and more durable, on top of being more comfortable during long gaming sessions. Both microphones sound very similar, although the Stinger scores better in our tests. Sound-wise, the Alpha has a better mid-range, which results in a slightly better reproduction of vocals.

Corsair HS35
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Newegg.com

The HyperX Cloud Stinger is a much better wired gaming headset than the Corsair HS35. Its boom microphone has a significantly better recording quality than that of the Corsair and it sounds a bit better-balanced too. The Corsair does have a more casual design, which some may prefer, but for gaming you're better off with the HyperX.

Logitech G433 Gaming Headset
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Newegg.com

The Logitech G433 are better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Stinger. On top of having noticeably better audio reproduction, they also have a slightly better microphone, but also have a good app that allows customization options like an EQ, presets, and surround sound, which the Cloud Stinger are lacking. On the other hand, if you have a bit of ambient noise in your gaming area, the Cloud Stinger’s fit will do a better job at blocking it out. However, their microphone isn’t fully detachable like the G433’s boom mic.

Corsair HS60
Unavailable
B&H

The Corsair HS60 are slightly better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Stinger. They are noticeably better-built with high-end materials that don’t feel as plasticky as the Stinger. They also have a companion app that allows a bit of customization thanks to an EQ. On the other hand, the Cloud Stinger has a better-performing microphone than that of the HS60.

Razer Kraken Pro V2
Unavailable
B&H

The HyperX Cloud Stinger are better gaming headphones than the Razer Kraken Pro V2. They are more comfortable for long gaming sessions and their sound quality is also noticeably better. On the other hand, the Kraken Pro V2 feel slightly more durable, but that’s about it. The Stinger is also more affordable and will offer better value for most people.

HyperX Cloud Core
Unavailable
B&H

The HyperX Cloud Stinger are better performing gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Core thanks to their controls and slightly better sound quality. However, the Cloud Core definitely feels more solid and more comfortable than the Stinger. If you think a mic-mute switch and volume controls are a necessity, go with the Stinger. If not, then the more straightforward Cloud Core may be a better option for your gaming needs.

HyperX Cloud Flight
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Newegg.com

The HyperX Cloud Flight is a noticeably better gaming headset than the HyperX Cloud Stinger. It has a better audio reproduction, on top of being wireless with negligible latency, with adjustable channel mixing and a great battery life of about 30 hours. Both headsets are fairly similar in design and build quality, but the control scheme of the Flight is easier to use. On the other hand, if you don’t want a wireless headset and prefer a wired connection, the Cloud Stinger offers audio and mic support while you’ll only have audio when using the Cloud Flight wired.

SteelSeries Arctis 3 2019 Edition Wireless
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Newegg.com

The SteelSeries Arctis 3 2019 Edition are similar gaming headphones to the HyperX Cloud Stinger, but they are more versatile since they are also Bluetooth-compatible. Their control scheme is also more complete and is noticeably easier to use. If you’re looking for gaming-only headphones, then the cheaper Cloud Stinger might be worth it, but the value the Bluetooth compatibility offers on the Arctis 3 might be worth it for some.

RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset
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B&H

The HyperX Cloud Stinger is a much better wired gaming headset than the RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset. It's a lot more comfortable, feels better-built and has a more balanced sound quality. While their microphones perform similarly in quiet environments, the Cloud Stinger has better noise handling too.

Turtle Beach Battle Buds
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Newegg.com

The HyperX Cloud Stinger are much better wired gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Battle Buds. The Cloud Stinger have a much better-balanced sound profile, are much more comfortable thanks to their over-ear design, and have a better microphone. On the other hand, the Battle Buds are more portable and breathe better thanks to their in-ear design.

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