I haven't done an A/B of the Monk+ with the Earpods but they are definitely more comfortable to me. I only use them for noncritical listening such as when I'm walking while my son has soccer practice, listening to a podcast and every night when I'm going to sleep basically times when I don't want/need sealed IEMs. My tendency is to say that they do sound better to me than the Earpods but like I said I haven't done an A/B and I haven't used the earpods much. I don't really care for earbuds and the way that they inherently don't seat up tight against my ear. I just use them at times out of necessity or convenience. That's why the Monk+ are good for my needs - they sound acceptable for my usage and they are CHEAP. That's why I've never offered up any particular review or assessment of the Monk+ before. Everyone that's interested should just spend the sub-$10 and try it out. If I want to do critical listening I'll use the appropriate tool for that which, IMO, does not contain the letters B-U-D (of course I could be proven wrong because I've never spent any real change on buds because I think the fit issue is an inherent problem).