These $12 earbuds have more 5-star reviews on Amazon than any other pair — here’s why

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In the tech world, it’s hard to find cheap products that are universally praised.

But Panasonic has done it. The company’s sub-$A12 headphones have gotten over 31,000 5-star ratings on Amazon.

Make no mistake, these are no-frill earbuds. They don’t have a mic for voice calls, and their L-shaped headphone jack might make them a no-go depending on your phone’s case.

Still, people really seem to like how they sound.

Runners have ran with them, audio engineers have put them to the test, and those who’ve ruined their first pair in the wash have gone back and bought a second.

Buying multiple pairs of these headphones was actually a common theme in many of the reviews. People like the sound of these so much that they have bought a spare pair in case Panasonic stops selling them.

Most of the reviews are vague about the sound quality, saying they’re “good” or “great” or “clean” or “clear.” Some more in-depth reviews describe their sound as a little extra bassy, but not enough to annoy you. The midrange and highs seem to be praised, too; so these should perform well regardless of your preferred genre of music.

Basically, if you have an idea in your head of what $A12 headphones should sound like, it seems like these perform better than that.

Another compliment these earbuds got consistently is that they’re really good at staying in your ears. That can be a problem with gummy-tipped earbuds like these, but apparently they stay in even when you’re running. Panasonic includes two different-sized tips in the packaging, so if you haven’t had problems with earbuds like these before, you probably won’t with these.

Nobody in the reviews said that these were the be-all and end-all of headphones. They seem to be perfect for people who want a cheap set of earbuds that don’t sound or feel cheap. If you’re into audio, these might surprise you, as they have surprised the audiophiles that have given them a shot.

Panasonic ErgoFit In-Ear Earbud Headphones (Black), $A12.67, available at Amazon

This article was originally published on 10/7/2016.

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