The top-rated wireless ear buds are more expensive, have better control features and produce better audio quality music than the top-rated wired ear buds. For instance, Jabra Sport, JayBird BlueBuds X and Plantonrics BackBeat retail above $120, while Brainwavz Delta wired ear buds sell at about $20, as of September 2015.
JayBird BlueBuds X wireless ear buds come with detachable fins for stability, and can sustain up to eight hours of play. The ear buds have a control center through which users can skip between tracks, are sweat-proof and have a built-in codec that enhances their sound quality. Plantronics Backbeat ear buds are both waterproof and sweat-proof and come with a charging case. Their battery supports up to 14 hours of play time, and a control center enables users to choose between tracks, control the volume or take calls.
Wired ear buds such as the Brainwavz Delta are lightweight and have secure ear inserts to enhance stability. The less than $20 ear buds also have noise-isolating features. Bose SIE2i wired ear buds come with short codes and an extension code to add length, especially during workouts. They deliver a clear sound even at high volumes, although they only focus on low-mid frequencies.