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aman29
Nov 5, 2007, 09:54 PM
Right now i am still using the apple ones that came with it but I'm thinking of getting the Shure E4cs exept theyre really expensive, like $200

Here's a review:
http://reviews.cnet.com/headphones-headsets/shure-e4c/4505-6468_7-31429517.html?tag=sub



David G.
Nov 5, 2007, 10:13 PM
I have a pair of Etymotic er-6is, and I love 'um.

pleb
Nov 5, 2007, 10:37 PM
I got a pair of sennheiser cx300's. They are great, had em for a year.. and i got ome wire damage, took them back to the store last month and they gave me a new pair :)

Vikinguy
Nov 5, 2007, 11:49 PM
I got a pair of sennheiser cx300's. They are great, had em for a year.. and i got ome wire damage, took them back to the store last month and they gave me a new pair :)



I am getting those for Christmas....so you like em?

pleb
Nov 6, 2007, 12:28 AM
I am getting those for Christmas....so you like em?

yea they are great. awesome fit (you get three sizes, the smallet one is aweome for me) and great sound/bass.

The only problem I found is, when the wire touches ur clothes or something, the sound is amplified to the ear piece. However you do get use to it, and only get it when ur running/moving fast with them.

SneakerFreak
Nov 6, 2007, 05:24 AM
I use Ultimate Ears 5 Pro - sound really good and overcome the general problem of lower maximum volume over previous generations on iPod.

Amazon - 109

ChrisBrightwell
Nov 6, 2007, 05:32 AM
I have a pair of $40 Sony in-ear headphones that, for the money, are pretty sweet.

primerahp
Nov 6, 2007, 06:25 AM
I use "JBL reference 210", about 5000 yen. It`s much better than the apple ear phones, supplied with the itouch.

http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/ipod/review/jbl-reference-210-earphones/

agentornge33
Nov 6, 2007, 08:56 AM
I love my v-moda vibes from Costco (~$75) in gun metal black...check out the reviews...

If you want comfort, ambient noise isolation, good balance of lows/mids/highs without spending $100 or more, I highly recommend these...

gowanis
Nov 6, 2007, 10:59 AM
i've been using the Sony ""Street Style" behind the head headphones for years. The ipod buds don't fit in my ear-holes and always fall out.

PowerFullMac
Nov 6, 2007, 11:07 AM
I gots a pair of white Sennheiser PX100 headphones, they rock!

cruiser10
Nov 6, 2007, 12:50 PM
Another vote for Sennheiser CX300's. Better than Sony in my experience.

Antimatter
Nov 6, 2007, 01:01 PM
I love my v-moda vibes from Costco (~$75) in gun metal black...check out the reviews...

If you want comfort, ambient noise isolation, good balance of lows/mids/highs without spending $100 or more, I highly recommend these...

Yeup, I have these too, only in the Red Roxx color. I really like them. I just busted out my Zune to try them out with and to my ears the Zune sounds a lot better than my touch.

MrMoore
Nov 6, 2007, 01:18 PM
I used a Bose "Around-Ear" headphone. The headphones are light and the sound is good enough for me. I use around the ears headphones because I can never get earbuds to fit correctly and comfortably in my ears (one would always fall out).

:D

667-75
Nov 6, 2007, 02:00 PM
Sony EX-70LP from time to time, but mostly my big Sennheiser HD280 Pro. Love it.

Billy213
Nov 6, 2007, 02:49 PM
CX300's for just under a year this christmas :)

tjp888
Nov 6, 2007, 03:07 PM
I agree with PowerFullMac,
The Senn PX100's are a fantastic headphone for the price. I got mine for $42. Since then I have retired mt Grado 60's.

WindozeDude
Nov 6, 2007, 09:50 PM
I have a Motorola HT820 BT Headphones that I would LOVE to use unfortunately it was decided that having transmit-only BT on the iPoT would make too much sense.

Football1maniac
Nov 6, 2007, 09:58 PM
Like some normal folk, I actually use the Apple Earbuds. I like them a lot, and I feel they are decent quality. Besides, the Trademark White helps too.:D:apple:

JHacker
Nov 6, 2007, 10:27 PM
Bang & Olufsen A8 - got them in London before the Apple stores started carrying them - and they're amazing. Perfect uncolored sound.

jmpage2
Nov 6, 2007, 10:32 PM
Shure E500, which just failed, after a whopping six weeks of use. :(

Krezyl
Nov 6, 2007, 10:39 PM
Shure e3's, no problems with them whatsoever, perfect sound. (unfortunatly you can hear when people cough in the background in the song). :)

floxir
Nov 7, 2007, 12:05 AM
I'm still using the earbud coming with my ipod.

siphyn87
Nov 7, 2007, 12:30 AM
I use Ultimate Ears 5 Pro - sound really good and overcome the general problem of lower maximum volume over previous generations on iPod.

Amazon - 109

Bump for the ultimate ears super.fi 5 pros, I had them for a week now after grabbing them off ebay for 150, they have dual drivers unlike the Shure e4cs which means having great bass without sacrificing your highs. I highly recommend them.

bb10lue
Nov 7, 2007, 01:01 AM
Sony....had them for over a year ,still love it

nlivo
Nov 7, 2007, 01:22 AM
more than happy with the apple headphones that came with them.

Evangelion
Nov 7, 2007, 01:52 AM
Koss Portapro. Before those I used Sennheiser PX100, but I had some wiredamage on 'em, so I replaced them with the Koss.

zurc
Nov 7, 2007, 02:42 AM
I had my eyes on the Bose QC3 but it was way too expensive... so I settled for Bose Triport OE... And I never regret settling for this...

iShak
Nov 7, 2007, 02:47 AM
sennheiser cx300 although they are VERY tough (have tugged on the cord atleast 20 times and with enough force to to rip the normal earbuds if they had taken the tug) still I thought they weren't ideal for my day to day use as they were getting abused a lot . (I am a uni student) so bought these rugged sennheiser hd212pros' .. really nice ... compat .. stylish .. but the cord is a bit longer than I had wanted.. still no complaints.

use cx300's when I am at my desk or in bed.

aljawad
Nov 7, 2007, 04:56 AM
Bose in-ear (http://www.bose.com/controller?event=VIEW_PRODUCT_PAGE_EVENT&product=triport_ie_headphones_index&intcmp=USB06001). They sound great but the the earpieces tend to detach easily, I'm almost tempted to glue them onto the speakers :rolleyes:

CaptainZap
Nov 7, 2007, 05:09 AM
I gots a pair of white Sennheiser PX100 headphones, they rock!

I agree with PowerFullMac,
The Senn PX100's are a fantastic headphone for the price. I got mine for $42. Since then I have retired mt Grado 60's.

The Sennheiser PX100's are amazing. Perfect sound for the price and they fit and feel great. After using them for a month, it was painful to go back to the regular iPod's ear buds. And even though they aren't as portable, they come with a carrying case and when folded up, they are about the size of a glasses case.

Sesshi
Nov 7, 2007, 05:11 AM
I use the Bose AE headphones and Ultimate Ears UE-10. Sometimes the Shure E3c and the Sennheiser HD25.

I'm always tempted to re-buy the Stax SR-001MkII electrostatic earphones, but I know they're not practical and I probably won't use them very much (the reason I got rid of them in the first place). I really liked how they sounded though

7jjm
Nov 7, 2007, 06:48 AM
Bang & Olufsen A8's are amazing. Stylish and great sound quality!

aussie_geek
Nov 7, 2007, 03:33 PM
Shure e2c (http://www.shure.com/PersonalAudio/Products/Earphones/ESeries/us_pa_E2c_content)

tobenning
Nov 7, 2007, 08:31 PM
Bose in-ear (http://www.bose.com/controller?event=VIEW_PRODUCT_PAGE_EVENT&product=triport_ie_headphones_index&intcmp=USB06001). They sound great but the the earpieces tend to detach easily, I'm almost tempted to glue them onto the speakers :rolleyes:

Bose shipped out new rubber earpieces which don't come off. I think if you registered them, Bose sends them out automatically. I got my Stability Enhancement Accessories today which gives me a lanyard and clothes clip to keep them in place when I temporarily remove them from my ears.

dellavoce
Nov 8, 2007, 06:38 AM
logitech bluetooth headphones. great sound quality, wireless, lightweight, I don't even notice they're there.

dextertangocci
Nov 8, 2007, 08:38 AM
I got a pair of sennheiser cx300's. They are great, had em for a year.. and i got ome wire damage, took them back to the store last month and they gave me a new pair :)

I also have those. I love them:)

wolfshades
Nov 8, 2007, 12:45 PM
I use the Shure E4c - which I purchased when I got my 30 gig iPod photo. Now in use with the iPod touch - and I'm loving it.

theoldhenk
Nov 8, 2007, 12:54 PM
The Shure SE530's are fantastic Touch ear canal phones (ech). The pioneering triple drivers (in an ech!!) really deliver near reference quality audio, especially when playing AAC Lossless files. Lower bit-rate recordings sound clear, but are compromised by the triple drivers (different instrument tracks often suddenly play from a single driver, or earpiece). Maybe the recordings are monaural, but I just don't know enough about digital music.

Obviously the passive sound isolation created by any two of the 16 or so different foam, rubber, and triple flange sealants is excellent, but don't expect to hear your name called. These phones redefine immersion. If you're really waylaid by the isolation, opt for the 530PTH's which, though I've not tried them, offer push-to-hear technology. Apparently, the listener pushes a button that turns on an external microphone when hearing external voices, or noises is critical. I've never read about the mic compromising the sound quality, but it seems possible.

Unfortunately my first pair "broke", or I did something unknowingly detrimental to them, and so I was worried about their durability. While not as durable as crappy phones, my second pair has worked excellent.

I bought mine from Headroom, at a significant markdown (they were around $250 in September), yet still received the 30 day exchange (or refund, had I chosen) service. They even sent my second pair the same day I called about the problem, and included a pre-paid Fed-Ex box for the return. Given their low prices, unbelievable web forum, telephone sales and tech support, and their handbuilt headphone amps, DAC's (to fit most budgets), and recabling services I'd buy no where else.

Meanwhile, the SE530's, when last I checked, were $500 at the Apple Store, with a three-week shipping delay. I doubt they offer such considerate return policies either.

Finally, it's worth alerting anyone considering higher-end phones, to check the headphone's resistance, for anything over 65 ohms impedance will not adequately run off portable player power. The Shure's, and most other ech's are low resistance, but the Apple Store used to sell, and may still sell the AKG 701's, a circumaural reference can that while near the 65 ohm "cutoff", sounds little better than the Apple in-ear buds when powered by a flash drive media player. They were offered at full price as well. Sadly, the site comments derogated these amazing cans, which need a headphone amp, and 200-300 hours of "warming up" prior to optimal sound delivery. I have a pair connected via mini toslink to a DAC/amp combo, and they are as plush, and as captivating as $8K pre-amp/amp/decoder/reference CD player/speaker systems.

Finally, the Shure530's look beautiful, and luxurious, as they have a lustrous, carbon-fiber type earpiece, that matches the Touch, and needs no adaptor, as most iPhone headphones require.

However, the 210's are probably around $100, so unless your music is Lossless encoded, and you need triple drivers, you can get quality audio for less than expected.

Only after upgrading will you hear every note, even in the high frequencies. Nor does hip-hop require a compromised sound, at distorting volumes, just to hear the low frequencies. Therefore, it is probably a reasonable inference that high-end phones are worn at lower volumes, preventing hearing loss.

theoldhenk
Nov 8, 2007, 01:01 PM
I use the Bose AE headphones and Ultimate Ears UE-10. Sometimes the Shure E3c and the Sennheiser HD25.

I'm always tempted to re-buy the Stax SR-001MkII electrostatic earphones, but I know they're not practical and I probably won't use them very much (the reason I got rid of them in the first place). I really liked how they sounded though

Good luck finding the Stax, even on ebay. Though i did see a pair of AKG 1000's auction for nearly a grand with over 30 bids. I can't even get the "ear speakers" properly "toed" (to steal an automobile term), so dynamic coils are doing the job nicely.

And the Ultimate ears flagship 10's are a treat, though moldings must taken of your ear by an audiologist prior to ponying up $900+.

Anyone tried the Grado 1000's. I've heard that they are the perfect cans, but preferably at low volume, and they have flattest range of any cans I've seen.

theoldhenk
Nov 8, 2007, 01:11 PM
I had my eyes on the Bose QC3 but it was way too expensive... so I settled for Bose Triport OE... And I never regret settling for this...

Given their high price, less than sturdy build, and uninspired design, I'm no longer the Bose junkie of yore. Though B & O still designs with Jon Ive-like fluidity, their prices are far above their quality.

And as a side note, anyone looking into wireless 5.1 headphones should be skeptical, and insist on a return policy. The AKG Orpheus, at $1000+, and accompanied by a formidable base station, reproduce 5.1 decently, if head movement is minimized, and the base is in range. I returned mine after realizing the multitude of speakers, across such a small soundstage, sound forced. The Sennheiser 5.1 monstrosity, at an even higher price points, deserves an A for effort, and attempted innovation, I've heard, but isn't even easily found in the states.

Finally, does anyone know why DD 5.1 are always wireless? There must be a reason, but none spring to mind.

theoldhenk
Nov 8, 2007, 01:23 PM
I used a Bose "Around-Ear" headphone. The headphones are light and the sound is good enough for me. I use around the ears headphones because I can never get earbuds to fit correctly and comfortably in my ears (one would always fall out).

:D

Try ear canal headphones and they won't slip, even while snowboarding, I'd venture. Of course, a good seal is imperative for good fit, and good sound. Shure makes a pair for every budget. Just clean your ear canals frequently, work at making the seal early, and fitting ech's are just like riding a bike. Other's may disagree, so ask around, but I find them comfortable, immersive, and mine have never "overheated".

Before taking the plunge, i couldn't walk ten feet without the packaged ear buds tumbling. The Apple "in ear" bud is an overpriced, pseudo-ech, with arguably lower sound quality than the originals, and stayed fared no better in my ears.

All that said, nice upgrades can be had for as little as $30-$40, and given the cost-to-performance gains, the marginal rate of return on each of those bills is high indeed. Hope this helps someone.

japasneezemonk
Nov 8, 2007, 01:32 PM
Bose Triport OE are my choice. Sometimes the Sony DR-BT50 (http://www.audiocubes.com/category/Headphones_Portable,+Casual/product/Sony_DR-BT50_Bluetooth_Stereo_Headphones.html)'s too, but the a2dp adapter can get annoying.

Sesshi
Nov 8, 2007, 03:19 PM
Good luck finding the Stax, even on ebay. Though i did see a pair of AKG 1000's auction for nearly a grand with over 30 bids. I can't even get the "ear speakers" properly "toed" (to steal an automobile term), so dynamic coils are doing the job nicely.

And the Ultimate ears flagship 10's are a treat, though moldings must taken of your ear by an audiologist prior to ponying up $900+.

Anyone tried the Grado 1000's. I've heard that they are the perfect cans, but preferably at low volume, and they have flattest range of any cans I've seen.

The SR-001MkII's are ~$300 and you can buy them new in most places.

I actually ponied up closer to $1500 for the UE10's due to the selling price here. Custom moulds are the only way I can tolerate in-ears, and I value the isolation they provide.

I have had the GS1000's. I've thought every Grado I've had from the SR80 upwards (The SR60 is worth it) to be grossly overhyped by the audiophile community, half of whom I'd say has some sort of hearing defect. They're badly engineered, aren't actually that accurate and rely solely on their euphonic, dynamic nature (which is a side-effect of the bad engineering) to involve the listener.

aman29
Nov 8, 2007, 05:57 PM
The Shure SE530's are fantastic Touch ear canal phones (ech). The pioneering triple drivers (in an ech!!) really deliver near reference quality audio, especially when playing AAC Lossless files. Lower bit-rate recordings sound clear, but are compromised by the triple drivers (different instrument tracks often suddenly play from a single driver, or earpiece). Maybe the recordings are monaural, but I just don't know enough about digital music.

Obviously the passive sound isolation created by any two of the 16 or so different foam, rubber, and triple flange sealants is excellent, but don't expect to hear your name called. These phones redefine immersion. If you're really waylaid by the isolation, opt for the 530PTH's which, though I've not tried them, offer push-to-hear technology. Apparently, the listener pushes a button that turns on an external microphone when hearing external voices, or noises is critical. I've never read about the mic compromising the sound quality, but it seems possible.

Unfortunately my first pair "broke", or I did something unknowingly detrimental to them, and so I was worried about their durability. While not as durable as crappy phones, my second pair has worked excellent.

I bought mine from Headroom, at a significant markdown (they were around $250 in September), yet still received the 30 day exchange (or refund, had I chosen) service. They even sent my second pair the same day I called about the problem, and included a pre-paid Fed-Ex box for the return. Given their low prices, unbelievable web forum, telephone sales and tech support, and their handbuilt headphone amps, DAC's (to fit most budgets), and recabling services I'd buy no where else.

Meanwhile, the SE530's, when last I checked, were $500 at the Apple Store, with a three-week shipping delay. I doubt they offer such considerate return policies either.

Finally, it's worth alerting anyone considering higher-end phones, to check the headphone's resistance, for anything over 65 ohms impedance will not adequately run off portable player power. The Shure's, and most other ech's are low resistance, but the Apple Store used to sell, and may still sell the AKG 701's, a circumaural reference can that while near the 65 ohm "cutoff", sounds little better than the Apple in-ear buds when powered by a flash drive media player. They were offered at full price as well. Sadly, the site comments derogated these amazing cans, which need a headphone amp, and 200-300 hours of "warming up" prior to optimal sound delivery. I have a pair connected via mini toslink to a DAC/amp combo, and they are as plush, and as captivating as $8K pre-amp/amp/decoder/reference CD player/speaker systems.

Finally, the Shure530's look beautiful, and luxurious, as they have a lustrous, carbon-fiber type earpiece, that matches the Touch, and needs no adaptor, as most iPhone headphones require.

However, the 210's are probably around $100, so unless your music is Lossless encoded, and you need triple drivers, you can get quality audio for less than expected.

Only after upgrading will you hear every note, even in the high frequencies. Nor does hip-hop require a compromised sound, at distorting volumes, just to hear the low frequencies. Therefore, it is probably a reasonable inference that high-end phones are worn at lower volumes, preventing hearing loss.

I was thinking about getting these too but most of my music is encoded at around 192kbs. Should I get these or would I hear the same thing with lower end earbuds with my music?

Sesshi
Nov 8, 2007, 07:45 PM
Triple drivers have little to do with additional quality. What it provides is the more 'headphone sounding' tonal balance that single driver in-ear balanced armature phones lack, which generally speaking have a sound that's biased to the midrange. In comparison, they sound more 'nasal' than dual or triple-driver phones.

So it really depends on how you want to hear your 192K songs. The bitrate is high enough that you won't hear anything too compromised in the music whether you go single or triple-driver.

In terms of quality, the balanced armature phones fall behind good headphones. But in terms of isolation from outside noise you'll find no better. That, the handiness of an earphone form factor and the lack of earcups to boil your head on warm days are the real reasons to go for IEM's in my opinion.

lash
Nov 8, 2007, 09:58 PM
Ever heard of Headbanger? Sold at Walmart for $19.99. Amazing bass - Sounds like those high end ear plugs for hundreds of dollars.

http://www.headbangeraudio.com/

jelloyacket
Nov 8, 2007, 10:03 PM
I use Shure E4C's. I tried Ultimate Ears UE-5's, but didn't like them as much, although they had a little more bass.

I recommend Headroom (http://www.headphone.com), since they let me try out two in-ear headphones at a time, and return the one I didn't like. No restocking fee. Not bad since in-ears can get a little un-hygienic when you return them. Plus, they've got pretty good prices and great customer service.

I prefer in-ears for their sound-isolation qualities. I love them at work, because my three neighbors are all really noisy. I love them when I fly, because the engines and other noises practically disappear. I love them when I play my bass on stage, because my church has Aviom monitoring and the 'phones kill the wayward bass noises. I love that they don't take batteries like active noise-canceling phones. The only things I don't like about them are that I can't very well hear people talking to me, and they let me hear the background hiss in my iPt's crappy headphone amp.

lozanoj83
Nov 8, 2007, 10:25 PM
I use the Apple In Ear Headphones...
sure they fall out at times, but I like them.

Tommymang
Nov 10, 2007, 10:39 AM
Sony earbuds MDR EX85. Used to have ex70, loved them, but the ex85 are even better!

sagsi
Nov 10, 2007, 10:59 AM
Bang & Olufsen A8's are amazing. Stylish and great sound quality!

Yup ... me too :)

netdog
Nov 10, 2007, 11:02 AM
B&O's for exercise, Shure e4c's for pure sound.

Zwhaler
Nov 10, 2007, 11:58 AM
V-Moda Vibes... such amazing headphones. Highly recommended.

CrockettGTO
Nov 10, 2007, 09:39 PM
V-Moda Vibes... such amazing headphones. Highly recommended.

What is the difference between these two Vibe's
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000K5WW1U/sr=8-2/qid=1194751971/ref=pd_cp_e_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1194751971&sr=8-2&pf_rd_p=250314601&pf_rd_s=center-41&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B000V5L5MG&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0CJ3ZFX2F3MN6V5EZFKT
and
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000V5L5MG/sr=8-1/qid=1194751949/ref=noref?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1194751949&sr=8-1
besides 15.00?

thegoldenmackid
Nov 11, 2007, 11:28 AM
shure e4's on the go (until they shortted...now on their way to shure)
grado sr-80s at home
shure e530's in the mail

Phil A.
Nov 11, 2007, 04:56 PM
I've been a long time user of the Sennheiser CX300 but I've just splashed out a bit more cash for a pair of Ultimate Ears Super.Fi pro and the difference is like night and day: I never knew an iPod could sound so good :D