119 Earbuds With Microphone and Transparency Mode

Earbuds have gained huge popularity and became a mainstream product ever since the launch of AirPods earbuds in 2016. Now almost every major headphone brand has released its own earbuds and the more premium ones offer features such as a microphone, transparency mode and ANC (active noise cancelation).

In this list, you’ll find all popular earbuds with a built-in microphone, most of which have a transparency mode feature. Different brands will call the transparency mode different: Jabra, Lypertek and Ocely call it HearThrough; In JBL, Panasonic, LG, Samsung and Sony it’s called Ambient mode or Ambient aware; Apple earbuds name it Adaptive transparency; JLab, Raycon calls it Be Aware and Awareness mode; Mifo, Beats, Klipsch, Google and BO name it Transparent/Transparency mode.

Despite the different names, it’s the same feature that allows you to stay aware and hear what’s happening around you while listening to music or podcasts through earbuds.

Note: The prices are as of October 2022 and change rapidly. By the time you read the article, it’s probably adjusted. But it’ll give a general idea about the pricing of particular models.

EarbudsPrice ($)MicHear Through
FiiTii by Mifo HiFiAir$34YesYes
Soundcore Life P3i$37YesYes
Soundcore Life A3i$40YesYes
JBL Free X$40Yes
Skullcandy Indy Evo$45YesYes
SoundPEATS Mini Pro Hybrid$48YesYes
JLab JBuds Air Sport$48YesYes
Soundcore Life A2 NC$49YesYes
Skullcandy Sesh Evo$49Yes
Jabra Elite 3 $50Yes
JBL Tune 230NC TWS$50Yes
realme Buds Air 3$50YesYes
OnePlus Buds Z$50Yes
Duet 50 Pro$50Yes
Edifier TWS1 PRO$50Yes
Ocely Wireless Sports Earbuds$50YesYes
Xiaomi Redmi Buds 3$55YesYes
New SOUL S-Nano$56YesYes
Tempo 30$59Yes
Tribit Qualcomm QCC3040$60Yes
JLab JBuds Air$60YesYes
Soundcore by Anker Liberty 2 Pro$60YesYes
Tribit Earbuds Qualcomm$60Yes
JBL Endurance Race$60YesYes
Runner 60$64Yes
LG TONE Free FN6$65YesYes
Monster Achieve 100 AirLinks$66Yes
Lypertek SoundFree S20$69YesYes
Urbanista Stockholm Plus$70Yes
FIIL Bluetooth 5.2 TWS$70Yes
JBL LIVE 300$75Yes
JBL Reflect Mini NC$75Yes
Skullcandy Sesh ANC$79YesYes
Soundcore by Anker Life P3$80Yes
EarFun Air Pro 2$80Yes
The Everyday Raycon$80YesYes
Jabra Elite 4 Active$80YesYes
Sennheiser CX$80Yes
JBL Tune 225TWS$80Yes
Monster Clarity 108 ANC$80YesYes
Edifier NB2 Pro$80YesYes
JLab Epic Air ANC$80YesYes
Edifier W240TN$80YesYes
JBL Tune 125TWS$89Yes
Lypertek PurePlay Z3 2.0$89YesYes
MIFO O5 Plus$90Yes
JBL Live Free NC+$90YesYes
MIFO O5 Plus Gen 2 $90YesYes
Apple AirPods (2nd Generation)$90Yes
Soundcore by Anker Liberty 3 Pro$90YesYes
SAMSUNG Galaxy Buds Live$90YesYes
OnePlus Buds Z2$94YesYes
Marshall Minor III$95Yes
Sennheiser CX 400BT$97Yes
Sony WF-C500$98Yes
JLab Epic Air Sport$99YesYes
Google Pixel Buds A-Series$99Yes
Lypertek PurePlay Z7$99YesYes
Xiaomi Redmi Buds 4 Pro$100YesYes
Nothing Ear 1$100YesYes
JBL Club Pro Plus$100YesYes
Beats Studio Buds$100YesYes
Sennheiser Sport True Wireless$100YesYes
Panasonic RZ-S500W$115YesYes
Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro$117YesYes
Jabra Elite 5$120YesYes
SAMSUNG Galaxy Buds Pro$120YesYes
Razer Hammerhead True Wireless (2nd Gen)$120YesYes
Raycon Fitness Earbuds$120YesYes
Echo Buds (2nd Gen)$120YesYes
Sony WF-1000XM3$120YesYes
Raycon The Gaming Earbuds$120Yes
Raycon Fitness Earbuds$120YesYes
Raycon Work Earbuds$120YesYes
Microsoft Surface Earbuds$123Yes
Technics EAH-AZ40-K$127YesYes
Jaybird Vista$128Yes
Lypertek PurePlay Z5$129YesYes
Gravastar Sirius Pro$130Yes
Klipsch T5 II$136YesYes
LG TONE Free FP9$137YesYes
SAMSUNG Galaxy Buds SM-R170$138YesYes
Bose SoundSport Free$140YesYes
OnePlus Buds Pro$143YesYes
Bose Sport Earbuds$149Yes
Status Between Pro$149Yes
SAMSUNG Galaxy Buds 2$150YesYes
Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus$150YesYes
Jaybird Vista 2$150YesYes
Oladance Open Ear Earbuds$150YesYes
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 3rd Generation$152YesYes
Beats Fit Pro$160YesYes
Jabra Elite 85t$161YesYes
Apple AirPods (3rd Generation)$170Yes
Sony LinkBuds$178YesYes
Apple AirPods Pro$180YesYes
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 Premium$186YesYes
Bose QuietComfort$187YesYes
Razer Hammerhead Pro$190YesYes
Sony LinkBuds S$198YesYes
Bowers & Wilkins PI5$199YesYes
SENNHEISER Momentum True Wireless 2$200YesYes
Jabra Elite 7 Pro$200YesYes
Jabra Elite Active 75t$200YesYes
Powerbeats Pro$200YesYes
Google Pixel Buds Pro$200YesYes
Marshall Motif$200YesYes
Beats Fit Pro Ð$228YesYes
Shure AONIC 215 TW2$229YesYes
SAMSUNG Galaxy Buds 2 Pro$230YesYes
Technics EAH-AZ60-K$230YesYes
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Generation)$239YesYes
Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3$245YesYes
Sony WF-1000XM4$248YesYes
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II$300YesYes
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 Sport$350YesYes
Bowers & Wilkins PI7$399YesYes
Earbuds with microphone and transparency mode features.

Transparency mode is useful when you have to be aware of your surroundings, for example, while exercising outdoors where bikes or cars might cross your path, waiting for flight announcements, or in the office as it’ll make you more approachable to your colleagues. You can even do regular tasks that involve human interaction such as ordering food, shopping or asking for directions while listening to music.

Transparency mode works with the help of a built-in microphone within the earbuds. It picks up the sound around you and lets you be aware of the surroundings without taking out the earbuds or worrying about sound leakage.

Some manufacturers have included the transparency mode feature after releasing their products. For example, Jabra Elite 75t earbuds included transparency mode through the firmware update after its release. Therefore, it’s possible that some of the earbud models might get an upgrade and introduce the transparency mode later through similar firmware updates as long as they have a built-in microphone.

If you’re interested in audio editing and production and wanna get a pair of headphones, I highly recommend reading How to Choose Headphones for Audio Editing? article.

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