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cruxed
Apr 3, 2006, 04:56 AM
Hi everyone,

I have been the proud owner of a pair of Shure E3c's for about 3/4 of a year. While they sound great, block out ambient noise very well, they are just too expensive for me to use on-the-go. I also have a pair of Sennheiser PX100s, which are great and everything, but I really prefer earbuds as they are far more convenient and less bulky (IMO).

Therefore, I used the stock iPod earbuds as they were cheap to replace if I ever broke them.

After a few months, I was just sick of having to turn up my iPod's volume just to hear the lyrics of my favourite tunes, as I have to travel about an hour and a half everyday on a noisy ferry and bus.

So this is my question to you.
Can you recommend me to buy any inexpensive (<US$60) earbud type phones that I can use on a day to day basis, that not only provide an 'open sound' (just like the awesome Sennheiser sound) so I can listen to it for extended periods, yet sufficiently block out ambient noise?

In conclusion, these are my requirements:
- In-ear (blocks out ambient noise)
- Relatively inexpensive (<US$60)
- Good build quality
- a Y-cable (just like the iPod buds, I cant stand the J-cables)
- An 'open' and non-tiring sound
- Sufficient bass (I listen to Alternative/Rock most of the time)
- NOT THE SONY IN-EAR BUDS (Ive had a bad experience with them)

Thanks everyone, any help will be appreciated! :D

cruxed



BlizzardBomb
Apr 3, 2006, 05:06 AM
I've heard good things about the Sennheiser CX300s. http://www.sennheiserusa.com/newsite/category.asp?transid=cat5

ignus graius
Apr 4, 2006, 01:54 PM
In conclusion, these are my requirements:
- In-ear (blocks out ambient noise)
- Relatively inexpensive (<US$60)
- Good build quality
- a Y-cable (just like the iPod buds, I cant stand the J-cables)
- An 'open' and non-tiring sound
- Sufficient bass (I listen to Alternative/Rock most of the time)
- NOT THE SONY IN-EAR BUDS (Ive had a bad experience with them)

Good call on the in-ear requirement!

I've used the E3's (the regular, not consumer--I think they're virtually the same), and you're probably going to be disappointed with anything cheaper, as they sound pretty good for single-driver 'phones.

I'd consider Apple's in-ears. They're $40 and sound pretty decent, but they may not have quite the "open" sound you're looking for.
http://store.apple.com/Catalog/US/Images/lm_altview_m9394ga.jpg

Sony's consumer earphones have always SOUNDED the best to me, but like you said, I've always ended up having a bad experience in the end (usually with the cord).

Westone (westone.com (http://www.westone.com/music/universal.html#um1)) has some in-ear 'phones that you'd probably like, but they're $100+.


These won't really apply since they're definitely out of your price-range ($150), but I won a pair of FS1's from an XtremeMac contest, and have been absolutely thrilled with their performance.
http://www.xtrememac.com/audio/earphones_recorders/fs1.php

They're designed by Future Sonics and sold through XtremeMac.com. Future Sonics supplies the in-ear monitors for U2 as well as many other acts, and I had a very positive experience with XtremeMac's customer service (and I technically wasn't even a customer). I'm talking Apple-quality.


In summary, I'd suggest the Apple in-ears for your requirements.

cruxed
Apr 5, 2006, 05:59 AM
Thanks for your suggestions.

I've snooped around the net, and it seems like these are two IEMs that sort of fit my budget and requirements:

- Creative EP 630
- Sennheiser CX 300

It seems like the general consensus out there is that the Creatives are more of a bang-for-the-buck.

Do you guys have any opinions on these phones?

Thanks again :)

Boris