Kicker EB51 Stereo Earbuds review: Kicker EB51 Stereo Earbuds

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CNET Editors' Rating

2 stars Mediocre
  • Overall: 4.3
  • Design: 4.0
  • Features: 4.0
  • Performance: 5.0
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The Good The Kicker EB51 earbuds come in a variety of colors, they're inexpensive, and they fit slightly better than stock earbuds.

The Bad The Kicker EB51 earbuds won't be comfortable for all users, audio quality is not great, and bass response is practically absent.

The Bottom Line The Kicker EB51 earbuds are easy on the wallet and offer several color options, but we're not convinced they're enough of a step up from stock earbuds.

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The first thing you're likely to do upon obtaining a new MP3 player is load it up with all your favorite music. Once that's done, the next best step is to replace the shoddy earbuds that came packaged with it. Of course, not everyone wants to drop a wad of cash on a new pair of headphones, which is where sets like the Kicker EB51 Stereo Earbuds come in. The colorful earphones have an MSRP of just $19.95, but they can be found for even a bit less online. These standard plastic 'buds aren't as comfortable as most in-ear models are, nor do they offer anything in the way of passive sound isolation, but the EB51 does provide a slight step up from most stock 'buds in terms of style and security. Still, we're not convinced they're worth the upgrade.

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Where to Buy

MSRP: $19.95

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Color black
  • Weight 0.5 oz
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Additional Features nickel plated connector
  • Type headphones
  • Headphones Form Factor ear-bud
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
About The Author

Since 2003, Jasmine France has worked at CNET covering everything from scanners to keyboards to GPS devices to MP3 players. She currently cohosts the Crave podcast and spends the majority of her time testing headphones, music software, and mobile apps.