Had a set of powerbeats pro and they got the job done. Until my dog chewed on one. Replaced them with jlabs air sport. Paid 20 something bucks. They sound crisper than the expensive powerbeats. They are actually more comfortable too.
I have a few pairs and the best sounding ones I have are Bowers & Wilkins Pi7's. They are leaps and bounds above any other ear buds I've owned and the sound is phenomenal. Nothing Apple makes holds a candle to them.
I just bought a pair of Gen 2 EarPod Pros. Outstanding. Very comfortable and they stay put when I'm moving and/or sweating. I use them when I'm on my Peloton bike. My wife has the regular EarPods (not the Gen 2 Pro version) and they don't stay secure in her ear.
The specs on the Bowers & Wilkins Pi7 are impressive, but they are not getting great reviews on Amazon. 48% 5-star. 15% 4-star. 12% 3-star 11% 2-star 14% 1-star. Seems the common complaints are loose fit in the ear and spotty connectivity. If they resolve the fit issues and connectivity issues, these would appear to be a home run.
@floodstang, if you do go with EarPods for your wife, the ONLY one I recommend is the Pro version. A bit more expensive, but they're very comfortable and stay put. They also include a few different size tips. I just used the uses already installed and found them perfect.
Another vote for AirPod Pros. I never thought I'd spend the money on something like that, but after about 30 seconds use I could see why. The noise cancellation was unreal compared to any wired set I had previously. I've had them about a year now and use them probably 2-3 hours a day religiously and have 0 complaints.
Best all around, and ones that get the most use, are the Sony XM4. Awesome sound, good app / eq, work great on Samsung and Apple (I use an iPhone 14 and Galaxy Tab S7+ on the daily). They also sound good in calls even with a lot of background noise. The ambient noise and ANC work excellent. I can also fall asleep with them in and they will stay in my ears while not being uncomfortable. They also use a common tip size so if you don’t like the foam ones included you can swap them out.
The AirPods are awesome for use with apple, as expected, and are okay with the S7+. Very comfortable. Though if I fall asleep with them on and generally fall out of my ears. Otherwise they stay planted well. I love the FindMy integration as well. Sound is adequate. ANC works very well too.
Samsung Buds Pro 1st gen: unless you have a Samsung device I wouldn’t recommend. Even then I’d still sway towards the Sony. They work adequate on all above aspects but holy crap they don’t stay in my ears. I might get 10 minutes tops before I have to adjust them, which generally triggers one of the touch controls that keeps turning on even though I repeatedly turn it off lol complete disobedience these things. Also, they used some metal that apparently a lot of people are allergic to for the charging points which touch your ear. I didn’t have an issue with it but I’ve seen some nasty crap happen to peoples ears because of it. I’ve talked to enough people with the same complaints to figure it’s not just my retardation getting in the way.
Bose QC1. Sound is great, top notch ANC, reasonably comfortable for day use but horrible if I fall asleep with them on. Huge case. The main deal breaker is they are the only ones in my group who use a “master / slave” connection. Meaning the right earbud connects to the device (master) and the left connects to the right (slave). I generally like to use one bud at a time so while I really enjoy them, they don’t get a lot of use outside the house. Otherwise they are top notch. The new QC2 are the same connection type, otherwise I would probably have a set lol
The other set of Bose buds in the pic are very similar to the totally wireless version though, obviously, not totally wireless. I use these a lot when mountain biking since taking a tumble and having to find an ejected earbud sucks ass lol.