Looking for On-the-Go Earphones

Discussion in 'iPod' started by cruxed, Apr 3, 2006.

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    cruxed

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    #1
    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
     
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    BlizzardBomb

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    #3
    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.
    [​IMG]

    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) 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.
     
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    cruxed

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    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
     

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