SG S4 Earbuds replacement

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  1. RightMACatU macrumors 65816

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    The earbuds that came with my S4 are among the worst I've ever used; so much that I use the ones from Apple - although the volume control don't work, the sound quality is way better.

    I’ve considered BT earbuds but my S4 requires too much love to maintain a simple BT connection in the car… not gonna endure this non sense with BT earbuds.

    Any suggestions for a pair of earbuds with volume control and mic that will work with the S4 and provide descend audio quality for let's say under $50?

    Thanks
     
  2. Technarchy macrumors 604

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    I'm curious about this as well.

    The GS4 factory buds don't stay in my ear very well so I'm using my Apple Earpods for running and gym sessions.
     
  3. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    With your GS4, I thought you had a lot more options when it came to 3 button headphones? I don't believe there are any with working volume on my HTC, so I've given up on the volume control and just use Apple Earpods.
     
  4. Vegastouch macrumors 603

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    I never use the factory earbuds. I like the way Skullcandy's fit in my ear as far a cheaper earbuds go. I dont have a GS4 yet but the earbuds that came with my GS3 arent bad. Yes i did use them once when i broke my SK's and had to get new ones.
     
  5. jamezr macrumors G4

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    I second this.....I love my Skullcandy Titans. So much better than stock...even like them better than the earpods.
     
  6. RoboWarriorSr macrumors 6502a

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    How long do they last? Every time I use Skull candies, they blow out after about 4 months. After 4 pairs, got some JayBird ( their wireless so you care) and finally something that lasted 6 months and the lifetime warranty is helpful.
     
  7. jamezr macrumors G4

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    i have not had a problem with mine.....I have had my Skullcandy titans for about a year now.......
     
  8. RoboWarriorSr macrumors 6502a

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    I may just had bad luck but I was wasting way too much money on skullcandies.
     
  9. sectime macrumors 6502a

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    Same problem, also using my Earpods and looking for an alternative.
     
  10. adder7712 macrumors 68000

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    The (stock S4) earphones came with extra earbuds in different sizes. Did you try them?
     
  11. Technarchy, Aug 21, 2013
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    Technarchy macrumors 604

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    Any other suggestions for fully compatible GS4 earbuds.

    I would like mic, volume, stop, start and s voice functionality to be maintained.

    There is no shortage of fully compliant iPhone headsets so the fact that it seems like slim pickins for the S4 is surprising and annoying.
     
  12. Shanghaichica macrumors 603

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    I hate the ear buds that came with my S4. However I'm weary of buying anything other than the Apple ones as I bought two pairs last weekend and they didn't work at all with my S4. The only headphones that work with my S4 are the samsung ones, the Apple ones and some over ear ones by we are the superlative conspiracy. The skull candy and Sony inner ear buds don't work. I get no sound. I know they are not faulty because they work with everything else, just not ny phone :mad:
     
  13. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    It's not specifically the S4 it's android (specifically JB) that seems to have caused a lot of issues with android earphones.

    I have a stack, (Klispch, Shure, Sony, Jays +) and despite using the manufacturers app the buttons rarely work properly, and the reviews of the apps speak for themselves with users reporting non functioning issues especially on JB devices.

    Seriously the easiest solution for me was to buy a bluetooth headset / dongle that accepts any 3mm headphones and use that. So I bought a Sony SBH20 and can use ANY headphones then and all the functions of remote work directly from the SBH20 and can still make & accept calls too.

    But yeah the headphone situation is a joke. This is the kind of fragmentation / support that frustrates consumers with Android.
     
  14. sbddude macrumors 6502a

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    You can get an extender cord on eBay with 1/8" plug on both ends and the three-button remote and mic. Then you can use that with any earphones. I use some monoprice over the ear head phones.

    Also look at the app "headset button controller".
     
  15. Shanghaichica macrumors 603

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    I managed to get some skull Candy over ear headphones today and they work. I got them to let me test them out in the store this time.
     

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