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#1 Matthew_Thepc

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 00:44

Hello :)
I'm in the market for a new pair of earbuds, but I honestly don't know that much about the market. What are some good, respected brands (like Asus or Lenovo equivalents)? Looking for a nice pair that will last me a while, or a "can't go wrong" kind of brand. I'm not incredibly picky, but of course I'd like to have a good bag to buck ratio :) Max price should be sub-$100, but lower price is obviously better. Also, what kind of things should I look out for in headphone/earbud specs? Any good review sites I should trust? Thanks :D


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Posted 12 March 2013 - 03:34

I have these: http://www.amazon.co... earbuds UHP206

They have excellent sound cancelling. in a gym I used to go to, it is quite loud. Plug these things in, I hear almost nothing. Until I turn on the mp3 player.

They have 3 sizes of earbuds to improve anybody's ear. Nice tight fit. Never fell out except when I got the cord stuck on something :p

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 03:48

Anything by AIAIAI. Good looking, durable and great sound quality.

http://www.aiaiai.dk/

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 03:52

As a runner I've tried all types of earbuds for my music. IMO they all SUCK because when I sweat it gets in your ears and it F' up's you sound, Even if your just a walker or weird dude that rides his bike on the trails in jeans or walks with his overweight nasty looking wife on the trails, or wears casual urban attire and walks with his dog, just get some cheap pair of headphones from Wallyworld aka, (Wal-Mart) that cover your entire ear and you get a full sound without all the stick it in your ear annoying adjustment crap.

http://www.walmart.com/browse/mp3-accessories/headphones/3944_96469_133271_4480/


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Posted 12 March 2013 - 03:57

I have the Klipsh Image s4 and i like them

http://www.earphones...buds-31-50.html

http://www.earphones...uds-81-100.html

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 04:03

I have these: http://www.amazon.co...+earbuds+UHP206

They have excellent sound cancelling. in a gym I used to go to, it is quite loud. Plug these things in, I hear almost nothing. Until I turn on the mp3 player.

They have 3 sizes of earbuds to improve anybody's ear. Nice tight fit. Never fell out except when I got the cord stuck on something :p

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Don't confuse noise reduction with noise cancelling. They are completely different concepts!! Anyway. Some well trusted and quality brands are Sennheiser Monster and Skull Candy. Sennheiser is German and so precision engineering, would definitely recommend them however they can get a bit pricey!

#7 Mindovermaster

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 04:12

I've found SkullCandy to be a bit on the bad side. I have about 2 headsets and 2 earbuds by them. They all broke within a few months.

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 04:18

I have these: http://www.amazon.co...+earbuds+UHP206

They have excellent sound cancelling. in a gym I used to go to, it is quite loud. Plug these things in, I hear almost nothing. Until I turn on the mp3 player.

They have 3 sizes of earbuds to improve anybody's ear. Nice tight fit. Never fell out except when I got the cord stuck on something :p

My two Cents...

Those look nice, but I had a pair of (admittedly cheaper) Altec Lansings and they broke within a few weeks of using them :\ I might give these a try though, after looking through the reviews :)

Anything by AIAIAI. Good looking, durable and great sound quality.

http://www.aiaiai.dk/

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Those definitely look good, thanks for the link :) One thing, though, is the "maximum power input" difference in http://www.aiaiai.dk...headphones/pipe and http://www.aiaiai.dk...eadphones/swirl really worth the $25?

As a runner I've tried all types of earbuds for my music. IMO they all SUCK because when I sweat it gets in your ears and it F' up's you sound, Even if your just a walker or weird dude that rides his bike on the trails in jeans or walks with his overweight nasty looking wife on the trails, or wears casual urban attire and walks with his dog, just get some cheap pair of headphones from Wallyworld aka, (Wal-Mart) that cover your entire ear and you get a full sound without all the stick it in your ear annoying adjustment crap.

http://www.walmart.com/browse/mp3-accessories/headphones/3944_96469_133271_4480/

I'm well aware of the problems with earbuds, it's just a personal preference ;)

I have the Klipsh Image s4 and i like them

http://www.earphones...buds-31-50.html

http://www.earphones...uds-81-100.html

Yeah, I'd heard of Klipsh :) Thanks for that site too, it looks like a site I need to be on right now.

Don't confuse noise reduction with noise cancelling. They are completely different concepts!! Anyway. Some well trusted and quality brands are Sennheiser Monster and Skull Candy. Sennheiser is German and so precision engineering, would definitely recommend them however they can get a bit pricey!

searched up Sennheiser on Bing and it turns out a lot of my Facebook friends like them too :) thanks for the tip, I especially like the 2 year warranty. are these (http://en-us.sennhei...adphones-cx-215) $40 Sennheisers comparable to these (http://www.aiaiai.dk...headphones/pipe) $60 AIAIAIs? which specs should I pay more for? Searching it up, it seems that frequency isn't much of a problem, but what about Ohms and sensitivity?

Thanks for the tips and links so far :D

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 05:13

Skullcandy,beats by dre, monster, etc...=NO NO NO NO and again, NO! Overhyped junk that will break within a month or two.

Also running in busy cities with traffic and having to cross intersections.... might be not a good thing to have isolating unless you are good at feeling stuff or you pay attention a lot some people don't and they end up like the undead iarmy or just piles of them laying around on street corners and around railroad tracks

but you got something called reception vs perception. isolating keeps perception higher then reception. Just becuase you can't hear the music doesn't mean your eardrums aren't receiving it. You are causing damage to your ear drums when you crank it up and still can't hear it becuase of noise. Open headphones and earbuds like the white default ipod ones or those that come with 10 dollar mp3 players are the worst kind for you.

The best types to get are Active Noise Cancelling (Circumaural), Passive Noise isolating (Circumaual), or In Ear Monitors that have a proper seal.

The choice of those varies depends on the type of music you listen to and your budget. many after the 50USD price range are tuned for specific kinds of music. So choose wisely.

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 11:36

Open headphones and earbuds like the white default ipod ones or those that come with 10 dollar mp3 players are the worst kind for you.

You mean - those aren't for letting the whole bus full of people hear what one's desperately trying to listen to? Oh, ok...


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#11 the better twin

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 12:08

Some well trusted and quality brands are Monster and Skull Candy.

Lol. No, just.... no.

Klipsch are great in terms of audio quality and they have just refreshed their image s4 line. Also look into Denon, Shure and Phonak PFE.

#12 68k

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 12:21

I love my Apple EarPods. I use them with just about everything (non-Apple).

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 12:36

I love my Apple EarPods. I use them with just about everything (non-Apple).

That's nice, it doesn't negate the act they are crap compared to many, many other available earbuds on the market.

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 12:40

I've always found that in-ear buds always sound better, to me at least. Even relatively cheap ones aren't half bad. They're also the only ones that don't fall out of my ears easily :p

#15 Pupik

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 12:44

Been using Sennheiser cx300-ii for almost two years now. Never needed to replace them, as they are just perfect in my opinion. Amazing sound quality and really comfortable in the ear. So much, that I sometimes forget that I wear them when the music/podcasts stops.



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