Comfortable wireless earbuds


Nov 13, 2021
Hi all,

I have been looking for a comfortable pair of wireless earbuds with ANC that also offer decent music audio. I use over ear headphones at the moment (Sony WH-1000XM3) which are generally comfortable, but can be painful when wearing glasses (they press the frames into my head) and also are bulky to carry around when I need to travel light. Hence I want to have some wireless buds as an alternative option.

Having had a good experience with Sony headphones, I've tried the Sony WF-1000XM4's which had good sound and great ANC, but they hurt my ears so much particularly with the foam buds but even silicon replacements also hurt. I also tried the Airpods as heard they were supposed to be particularly comfortable. They were more comfortable but had similar ear pain and the bass and overall music audio quality was lackluster. From looking at ear anatomy, it's the tragus part of my ear and intertragic incisure (yes it sounds like a bad band name) where i get pain wearing these. It's like material rubs against that part of my ear and irritates it.

I've been looking online at other reviews for some of the main brands including Samsung, Sennheiser B&O and B&W. All have their pros and cons in terms of sound quality and battery life although it's hard to get a good view on comfort. My questions are:

1) Are there other less commercial but high audio quality brands I should consider, e.g. Technics
2) For those who have had similar problems with ear buds discomfort (ideally around the tragus area), has there been a model which you've found particularly comfortable?

I obviously would ideally like the best of everything, but the top 2 are comfort first and then good music audio quality.




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