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Need recommendation: iPod headphones

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by Don Goldstein, Nov 21, 2006.

  1. Don Goldstein

    Don Goldstein Senior member

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    I'm not sure what is the best forum to put this question in. I purchased an iPod Nano a few weeks ago. I would like to get a pair of headphones that go in the ear and have better sound quality. I would like to spend about $70. The problem is that most of the reviews I read recommend headphones in the $200 - $500 range and I'm not willing to spend that much.
     


  2. skalogre

    skalogre Senior member

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    I'm not sure what is the best forum to put this question in. I purchased an iPod Nano a few weeks ago. I would like to get a pair of headphones that go in the ear and have better sound quality. I would like to spend about $70. The problem is that most of the reviews I read recommend headphones in the $200 - $500 range and I'm not willing to spend that much.
    Two important questions: a) What sort of use are these going to be subjected to (jogging, sitting, sleeping, travel, etc) and b) What form factor do you want (in ear canal, full cans, earbuds, collapsible smaller cans, etc) My day-to-day are Sennheiser PXC 250 with noise reduction. Work well in a cube with several PCs droning away.
     


  3. Arethusa

    Arethusa Senior member

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    If you've never used in canal phones, be careful. I was shocked at how incredibly inconvenient they are. It was bad enough that while I used them at home, if I had to get up from my computer for any reason, I'd just disconnect them and wrap the cord around my neck. I'll just get some low profile noise isolating cans next time.
     


  4. skalogre

    skalogre Senior member

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    If you've never used in canal phones, be careful. I was shocked at how incredibly inconvenient they are. It was bad enough that while I used them at home, if I had to get up from my computer for any reason, I'd just disconnect them and wrap the cord around my neck. I'll just get some low profile noise isolating cans next time.

    You know, I tried a set, some Etymotic I think, and just HATED them. COuld not get used to the feeling.
     


  5. Don Goldstein

    Don Goldstein Senior member

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    I will be using them for jogging and in the gym. I would like the kind that go in the ear (not like the Apple one's).
     


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  7. Tokyo Slim

    Tokyo Slim In Time Out

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    Well best bang for the buck in-ear canal headphones are probably Ultimate Ears super.fi 3 Studio (available in black, white, and clear.

    You can find them around for about $80.

    If in-ear isn't the top priority, and sound quality is more important, a $30-50 pair of Sennheiser PX-100's (open back) or AKG K26 P's (sealed can) are hard to beat.
     


  8. sonick

    sonick Senior member

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    if its for jogging, isolating IEMs (In ear monitors) would not be the best as:

    1. if you're running outdoors, you will not hear ANYTHING around you (ie. Cars, Cyclers, Coyotes)

    2. running indoors or outdoors, all you'll hear is the "thud thud thud thud" of your footsteps
     


  9. Don Goldstein

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    if its for jogging, isolating IEMs (In ear monitors) would not be the best as:

    1. if you're running outdoors, you will not hear ANYTHING around you (ie. Cars, Cyclers, Coyotes)

    2. running indoors or outdoors, all you'll hear is the "thud thud thud thud" of your footsteps


    Thank you for the input. What do you recommend? Also, I'm probably going to raise my budget on this.
     


  10. whodini

    whodini Conan OOOOOOO"BRIEN!

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    I just got a pair of Sony EX 71's, I'm loving them. I've seen a few complaints around, but most reviews are very positive. I got them for $80 NZ, which is like $50 US.

    http://www.sonystyle.co.nz/shop_deta...sku=MDREX71SLW

    I use the same, but I think the build quality is crap. Another friend of mine is having similar problems with her's. I still use them because the audio quality is great and they fit very comfortably in my ears. I wear them when walking to class or at the gym because I hear nothing of the outside world. The EX 71's, oddly enough, don't have this problem at all. I have a pair of MDR-EX51's that are almost identical but better built and less flashy. I've switched to using them exclusively for the gym and haven't thought about getting another pair since. The only bitch with them, though, is the ear pieces will disappear on you if you're not careful. They got caught somewhere in a bag and pop right off.
     


  11. ghulkhan

    ghulkhan Senior member

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    the shure e2c are pretty nice
    for about 100 but im sure you can find em a lil cheaper on ebay for about 70
    but i like the bang and olufsen ones the best there about 170
     


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    I use the same, but I think the build quality is crap. Another friend of mine is having similar problems with her's.

    I still use them because the audio quality is great and they fit very comfortably in my ears. I wear them when walking to class or at the gym because I hear nothing of the outside world. The EX 71's, oddly enough, don't have this problem at all.

    I have a pair of MDR-EX51's that are almost identical but better built and less flashy. I've switched to using them exclusively for the gym and haven't thought about getting another pair since. The only bitch with them, though, is the ear pieces will disappear on you if you're not careful. They got caught somewhere in a bag and pop right off.


    I've heard complaints about the build, stuff about the cable wearing away. The EX 90's are worth a look too, bit more expensive though.
     


  13. Homme

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    Can anyone recommend any decent ear phones that aren't in canal ? I don't like headphones when i'm out & about, and I want to be able to hear the bus coming before it hits me, or any announcements on trains. ~ $50 mark.
     


  14. Tokyo Slim

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    I already recomended two that aren't in-ear. I think I'm invisible though, and maybe nobody can see me.

    :p
     


  15. Homme

    Homme Senior member

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    Sorry, i meant something along the lines of the earphone on the right :

    [​IMG]
     


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