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Old Aug 8, 2010, 09:50 AM   #1
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Best apple in-ear headphones alternative? (With remote/mic)

So I've been looking for headphones that also include a remote and mic, like the Apple in-ears do... but it's proving to be a little difficult. The only one I've found so far are the Dr.Dre headphones, but they're a little out of my price range. I'm looking for headphones that are around the same price as the apple in-ear ones, with the remote and mic, but with better sound/fit. I'm asking because many of the reviews say that the apple in-ears have poor sound and are uncomfortable... which... doesn't seem like a good thing.

So does anybody have any recommendations for me?
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Old Aug 8, 2010, 09:55 AM   #2
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I really like my Zagg Smartbuds. They're $80 but there are always 40-50% off coes floating around, I paid $40 for mine.
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Old Aug 8, 2010, 10:33 AM   #3
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I have the Etymotic hf2 which I'm very pleased with. The manufacturers claim they're the 'best sound quality available for the iPhone'.

One thing I really like is the seal they get when fitted in the ear - it blocks out outside noise (not ideal if you need to watch out for traffic) - really nice on aeroplanes as it blocks out a lot of the background aircraft noise that I find quite fatiguing. I even wear them to mow the lawn - you can have music or podcasts playing at low volume and still hear them fine, you don't have to compete with external noise. They've also got a nice small connector (was necessary for the original iPhone) so should be fine with all cases.

The downside is they're a little uncomfortable to keep inserting/removing because they form this good seal, so a little awkward to keep having to remove them when people talk to you etc. Also, the best things in life often come at a price, and they retail at $179, though they're available from places like Amazon and Play much cheaper, eg. 69 in the UK.

http://www.etymotic.com/ephp/hf2.aspx
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Old Aug 8, 2010, 11:00 AM   #4
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I purchased the Nuforce NE-7M. These paired with some Comply foam tips have served me well. I've been through so many headphones/earphones with my iPhone 3G, I finally feel that I've got something I can possibly stick with. They cancel out about 85% of the noise surrounding you too which is always a bonus! They however don't have volume control, just a mic and track controls. The clarity of voices when using as a mobile headset is great, never had a problem from either end when making/taking calls. As far as music goes, it's the perfect solution for me, I like bass and it gets right down there without distortion. The mids still sound crisp and the highs are evenly matched.

Quite a few people over at www.headfi.org swear by these earphones, and they're well over 2 years old!

Check the site if you have time. I hope this has helped you in your quest, I know it can be difficult in finding the right one for you.

http://www.nuforce.com/hp/products/ne7m/index.php
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Old Aug 9, 2010, 07:26 AM   #5
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try these guys

http://www.amazon.com/V-MODA-Earbud-...p_ob_e_title_0
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Old Aug 9, 2010, 09:29 AM   #6
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I love my Klipsch s4i. Most comfortable IEMs ever.
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Old Aug 9, 2010, 09:40 AM   #7
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I am in the same boat as everyone here. I can't stand the apple earphones because I cant get them to stay in my ears.

At first it seemed most people recommend the klipsch s4i's, but then the more you research the more options you come across. And the reviews seem to be all over the place.

Each set seems to have their pros and cons. Im leaning towards the klipsch though at this time.
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Old Aug 9, 2010, 09:41 AM   #8
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hands down the very best!

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Old Aug 9, 2010, 09:42 AM   #9
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I have these Bose in ear head phones (with mic.) They are very clear and super comfortable.

http://www.bose.com/controller?url=/...tion/index.jsp
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Old Aug 9, 2010, 12:37 PM   #10
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I have the skullcandy 50/50. It's also $50 lol. A lot cheaper than beats by dr dre. I like it. Loud, clear, and functional like the old apple earphones.
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Old Aug 9, 2010, 01:58 PM   #11
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been using the Scosche Increased Dynamic Range Chameleon Earphones, IDR355MD.

got them for 26 bucks at walmart and they work great.
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Old Aug 9, 2010, 02:05 PM   #12
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Old Aug 9, 2010, 02:17 PM   #13
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I love my Klipsch s4i. Most comfortable IEMs ever.
Ditto. I love my s4i's, they're amazing. They also fit perfectly with the Apple Bumper.
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Old Aug 9, 2010, 05:58 PM   #14
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Skullcandy Full Metal Jackets (the ones with the square-ish mic - the older rounded style do not work with the I4). love these headphones. great sound, almost as good as my old Shure in ear headphones.
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Old Aug 9, 2010, 06:58 PM   #15
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I purchased the Nuforce NE-7M. These paired with some Comply foam tips have served me well. I've been through so many headphones/earphones with my iPhone 3G, I finally feel that I've got something I can possibly stick with. They cancel out about 85% of the noise surrounding you too which is always a bonus! They however don't have volume control, just a mic and track controls. The clarity of voices when using as a mobile headset is great, never had a problem from either end when making/taking calls. As far as music goes, it's the perfect solution for me, I like bass and it gets right down there without distortion. The mids still sound crisp and the highs are evenly matched.

Quite a few people over at www.headfi.org swear by these earphones, and they're well over 2 years old!

Check the site if you have time. I hope this has helped you in your quest, I know it can be difficult in finding the right one for you.

http://www.nuforce.com/hp/products/ne7m/index.php

I can vouch for them too! I have the same pair and they are excellent for sound and price.
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Old Aug 9, 2010, 07:26 PM   #16
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I can vouch for them too! I have the same pair and they are excellent for sound and price.
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Old Aug 9, 2010, 08:04 PM   #17
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I love my Klipsch s4i. Most comfortable IEMs ever.
I like my s4i too. And yes, they are comfortable, though the Klipsch x10i are supposed to be even more so.
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Old Aug 9, 2010, 08:58 PM   #18
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The vmoda remix with mic and Kevlar cable for 100 are awesome but do not take my word for it. Read the reviews.
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Old Aug 9, 2010, 08:59 PM   #19
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I purchased the Nuforce NE-7M. These paired with some Comply foam tips have served me well. I've been through so many headphones/earphones with my iPhone 3G, I finally feel that I've got something I can possibly stick with. They cancel out about 85% of the noise surrounding you too which is always a bonus! They however don't have volume control, just a mic and track controls. The clarity of voices when using as a mobile headset is great, never had a problem from either end when making/taking calls. As far as music goes, it's the perfect solution for me, I like bass and it gets right down there without distortion. The mids still sound crisp and the highs are evenly matched.

Quite a few people over at www.headfi.org swear by these earphones, and they're well over 2 years old!

Check the site if you have time. I hope this has helped you in your quest, I know it can be difficult in finding the right one for you.

http://www.nuforce.com/hp/products/ne7m/index.php
This. I LOVE my nuforce earbuds.
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