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applekid
Nov 21, 2004, 01:19 PM
My iPod earbuds have pretty much worn out. Where the two earbud wires meet the headphone wire, the outside white rubber shielding has come apart. The wires look frayed, yet the sound is still clear as it was before.

I'd like to find a good pair of headphones to replace my worn out earbuds. Anything under $50, with sound quality that is equal to or better than the iPod earbuds and fits in my pocket (whether it's earbuds, earclips. Just not anything that hangs on to your head) iis good to me. Of course, something durable would be a big plus.

MoparShaha
Nov 21, 2004, 01:38 PM
I highly recommend these (http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/SY_DisplayProductInformation-Start?ProductSKU=MDREX71SL%2fWK&Dept=acc_Headphones&CategoryName=acc_Headphones_Fontopia%2e%2fEarbud). I have them in black, and their sound quality is leaps and bounds above the stock iPod headphones. No sound leakage, and the bass is deep and pounding. They also come with a cool carry case.

applekid
Nov 21, 2004, 01:52 PM
Holy cow! Those are hot! :eek:

I think my search can end already. Thanks! :)

(More suggestions are welcomed, still. But, it's going to be hard to justify anything else now.)

neoelectronaut
Nov 21, 2004, 04:34 PM
My absolute favorite headphones of all time. (http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/SY_DisplayProductInformation-Start?ProductSKU=MDRW08L&Dept=acc_Headphones&CategoryName=acc_Headphones_Lightweight%2fSport%2fVertical)

JupiterTwo
Nov 21, 2004, 05:15 PM
I'll second that recommendation of the Sony 71's. The price/performance ratio was good for me, they're comfy and hard-wearing - I lost the carry case, so they just bundle along in my pocket when not in use :)
(The choice of white or black is good too - for apeing the ear-buds, or going incognito :p )

jared_kipe
Nov 21, 2004, 06:47 PM
I like the apple in ear's, they look pretty similar to the sony's.

MoparShaha
Nov 22, 2004, 12:41 AM
I like the apple in ear's, they look pretty similar to the sony's.Yeah, but I've heard that they slip out of your ear. The cone shaped "in-ear" part doesn't hold very securely in your ear.

superbovine
Nov 22, 2004, 12:52 AM
if you travel by train or plane a lot these are worth it:
http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/SY_DisplayProductInformation-Start?ProductSKU=MDRNC11&Dept=acc_Headphones&CategoryName=acc_Headphones_NoiseCanceling

skinny_tie
Nov 22, 2004, 02:00 AM
My favourite earphones: Sony MDR-E888LP (http://www.minidisc.com.au/product_info.php?products_id=132)

$45.30 from Bluetin (http://www.bluetin.com/)

JFreak
Nov 22, 2004, 02:28 AM
if the budget can be extended, take a look at shure E2 earphones. they have a killer sound and replaceable generic silicon earpieces of three different sizes. they don't fall of one's ear for s(h)ure ;D

devman
Nov 22, 2004, 04:43 AM
etymotic 4p - if you can afford them. If not, the 6i model is good value for the quality.

devwild
Nov 22, 2004, 12:58 PM
For earclips, check out the Koss KSC 35/50/75 (I own the 50). For only $20 they have excelent sound, and are probably the best you can do under $50 for that type of headphone. Careful with canalphones like the EX71, buy them from somewhere you can return them open, because some people find them too uncomfortable after a while.

mfacey
Nov 22, 2004, 01:50 PM
I have a set of Sony EX 71s and they're awesome! I managed to get white ones from a site that specializes on audio equipment from Japan. http://www.audiocubes.com/ check it out!

asdf123
Nov 22, 2004, 02:02 PM
So I've been through three sets of headphones since I purchases my iPod before summer....the MDR-v250 are the latest for me, and they are excellent. They (http://www.sony.co.nz/product_detail.asp?sku=MDRV250) aren't too big, and yield great sound. But not so much noise-cancelling....I got mine for $39 US.

markjones05
Nov 22, 2004, 02:10 PM
I highly recommend these (http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/SY_DisplayProductInformation-Start?ProductSKU=MDREX71SL%2fWK&Dept=acc_Headphones&CategoryName=acc_Headphones_Fontopia%2e%2fEarbud). I have them in black, and their sound quality is leaps and bounds above the stock iPod headphones. No sound leakage, and the bass is deep and pounding. They also come with a cool carry case.

I may have to pick a pair of these up. Do the slip out of your ear at all?

pepeleuepe
Nov 22, 2004, 02:29 PM
Check out the Shure (http://www.shure.com/psm/earphones/default.asp) line of headphones. I tried them out recently and was blown away. The E5's are the best in ears I've ever heard, but they're way too pricey for a regular music listener. The E2's and E3's sound great as well.

stevehaslip
Nov 22, 2004, 03:05 PM
I may have to pick a pair of these up. Do the slip out of your ear at all?

nope, i have these too. They were a bit steap when i got them. 35 over here in the uk, but now you can get them on amazon for 20 so its worth shopping around. They are really good, i 've had loads of earphones over the years and have managed to destroy all of them within about 6 months. But not these! honestly, when i got them i thought that they wouldn't last long, theyre made out of soft plastic and i thought that they would just break too quick, they sounded good but i didn't think they'd last.

cut to 3 years later and they're still going strong!

if they broke or i lost them :( then i'd definately buy them again :)

mmmdreg
Nov 22, 2004, 06:21 PM
I'm not sure what style you're looking for but Sennheiser PX200's kill everything as far as portables go.

applekid
Nov 26, 2004, 01:31 PM
My sister bought me a pair of black Fontopia headphones at a Sony outlet in Pennsylvania for $40! I'll be getting them on Christmas though :( But at least I'm getting them! :)

Thanks for the suggestions everybody. I may post a small review sometime.

173080
Nov 26, 2004, 02:04 PM
I got the Bang & Olufsen A8 Earphones for my iPod mini. They're awesome, I highly recommend them. The Apple Store added them recently, they're $159. I paid $172 for mine a couple of months ago.

They're definitely worth the price. :D

Link (http://www.bang-olufsen.com/sw1612.asp)

unsung
Nov 26, 2004, 02:27 PM
if you travel by train or plane a lot these are worth it:
http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/SY_DisplayProductInformation-Start?ProductSKU=MDRNC11&Dept=acc_Headphones&CategoryName=acc_Headphones_NoiseCanceling



I have these and they are really good.

stevehaslip
Nov 26, 2004, 03:43 PM
i went to the apple store on regent street (again) :rolleyes: and listened to all the earphones on display:D:D the most expensive sennheiser headphones, they were 279!! but they sounded awesome. The noise cancelling white noise type feature thing is very cool, big headphones to lug around but astounding sound quality! they don't have the shure ones there cos of hygene reasons etc. But i'd love to hear some of those too.

XIII
Nov 26, 2004, 03:50 PM
Holy cow! Those are hot! :eek:

I think my search can end already. Thanks! :)

(More suggestions are welcomed, still. But, it's going to be hard to justify anything else now.)

ex81's... in white, just realeased. The new version of the ex71's. I have the ex71's but I would advice you to get the 81's, as reviews say the sound better.

phreakout13
Nov 27, 2004, 01:14 AM
The apple in-ears really aren't that bad. They won't slip out of your ears easily unless you run and such with them on. Plus, they're $10 less than those sony ones, and they have different sized rubbery things. I love mine, but that's just me.

earthtoandy
Nov 27, 2004, 03:25 AM
i bought the apple in ear and i love them. so comfortable and sound great. not to mention cancel so much outside noise. They just are tricky to learn how to insert right.. its kinda unexpected how far they go in.

Santaduck
Nov 27, 2004, 04:14 AM
In the 'highend' audiophile world, the two bargain headphone brands (to them bargain means $80-$300) are Sennheiser and Grado (http://www.gradolabs.com/).

I myself will opt toward the behind-the ear type ( but I really disliked the Sennheiser behind-the-ear model-- uncomfortable and painful treble. )