IMO...earbuds are not even close...to equalling the sound quality of an inexpensive pair of headphones from a known headphone manufacturer. IMO, earbuds are a gimmick, designed to provide minimal protability to all those hung up on rap and other non-music.
Earphones are better made, provide better acoustics...hands down, either on the go or just sitting and relaxing.
I have about 8 pairs of earbuds lying around...including a pair of Sennheisers. I prefer even the most inexpensive headphones, be they Sony, Sennheiser, whatever.
One thing I've noticed...earbuds never reflect documented performance data (range, sensitivity) while that's standard fare for any set of headphones. I think that there's a reason for that.
Edited by hamluis, 19 October 2016 - 03:27 PM.