Originally Posted by shasta
Totally can understand the space issues, but I've tried countless earbud models and they just don't work well with my ears - all have been either painful (feels like I'm 30 feet under water and the pressure is going to burst my ear drums), or they fall out quickly.
I used to feel the same, but I was convinced to get Nu Force NE-6
and also some Comply T-400 memory foam tips
that you can buy at most RadioShacks. The combination of the NE-6 and the foam tips is hands-down the best earphone setup you can buy for the money. Phenomenal sound, great isolation, and the least irritating earphones I've ever used, even more comfortable than Sennheiser or Grado over-the-ear. With the Comply foam tips, I've had them in my ears for 4 hours straight before and no fatigue at all; sometimes I even just put them in without any music to dampen environmental noise. Plus, they're small, built tough, and cheap.... I bought a second pair for back-up in case my first set gets lost. And since they sit inside your ear, you can rest your head on the side without trouble.