Need recommendations for earbuds

Discussion in 'iPod' started by S600MBUSA, Jan 1, 2008.

  1. macrumors regular

    Feb 5, 2007
    I'd like to buy some nice headphones/earbuds for my iPod. Here are my criteria:

    -Prefer $110 and under, willing to go up to about $130 if necessary
    -Good for listening to mostly rock and pop, no rap/hip-hop
    -Suitable for listening to a mix of Apple Lossless, 192k and up bit rate AAC, along with a few 128k AAC/MP3 files
    -Sturdy and strong enough for on the go use
    -Not too much exaggerated bass


    Thanks in advance

    Edited to add: In-ear models/canalphones are acceptable. I'd like to have a set which block out most external noise; some of the environments I'll be listening in won't always be quiet.
  2. macrumors 68000

    baby duck monge

    Feb 16, 2003
    Memphis, TN
    I have not listened to any of these, but I was just looking at purchasing some so I found a few. I ended up with the Ultimate Ears 5 pro which are a bit out of your price range ( $140), but didn't think I would be truly happy with any of the less expensive models. That being said, here are some that are fairly well regarded in the IEM world:

    Etymotic ER6i $75
    Ulitimate Ears 3 were $50, but are now sold out and linked to a site selling for $80
    You can also pick up Shure E2c or SE110 for around $100 just about anywhere. Looking around may find you a lower price.
  3. Guest


    Oct 27, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I've heard and read excellent things about the v-moda vibes/vibe duos. Great quality for the price (between $100 and $130), and they're stylish. I also like how they fit in your ears, and the wires hang down- as opposed to having to wrap them behind your ears like some (or all?) of the Shure buds.

    I'm picking up a pair of the Vibe Duos as soon as I get an iPhone, and I'll be using them for my iPhone and my nano.:cool:
  4. macrumors 68000

    Feb 2, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    I second The Vibes although I think they are In-ear.
  5. Moderator emeritus


    Oct 13, 2007
    I strongly recommend any of the AKG headphones / earbuds. I am currently using K 324 P in-ears and am extremely happy with them. I've used 2 other models before and I'm definitely going to get AKGs the next time.
  6. Guest


    Oct 27, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Yeah, you're right, they are in-ear. He asked about earbuds, so I thought of the v-modas. Even so, I'd rather have them than regular earbuds. I find that earbuds always tend to slip out a little, and I'm always readjusting them to tighten the fit. It really annoying when I'm on the eliptical...
  7. macrumors 65816


    Nov 7, 2004
    I whole-heartedly recommend Jays dJays. They cost $99 and if you get some triple-flanges the sound beats pretty much anything under $500. 3s aren't worth looking at as they really can't compare to other phones in or out of Ultimate Ears' range. ER-6s sound very 'clinical', there's very little bass or feeling in them. Shure e2s are too bass heavy and muddy.

    My last headphones were a set of Shure e3s, which I loved. But when I got my (cheaper) dJays I was blown away by them.

    The reviews say it all, 10 reviews all with 5/5.
  8. macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2007
    I would also vote for the Ultimate Ears 5 Pro - excellent and means you do not have to worry about the new lower maximum volume imposed on EU models
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 19, 2007
    Columbus, OH
    Last I saw, you could get the Super 5 fi's for less than 150. They may be in your range, if you look online you can find them super cheap. Try google products.
  10. macrumors 65816

    Jun 18, 2005
    Mylar one X3.
  11. thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 5, 2007
    Keep the recommendations coming please. Nice stuff so far. I had done some preliminary research before asking this question and I'm seeing some familiar names and models.

    My initial post has been edited with additional information.
  12. macrumors 68040


    Jun 14, 2006
    How about the Bang & Olufsen A8s?

    I'm always surprised how good mine sound. Compared to my Sennheiser cans (which should sound better for what they are), the A8s always have much more natural mids and highs, and whilst the bass is a little rolled off, it's still present and 'there', just not pronounced. Always better to have too little bass than too much methinks...

    The only issue is they might be a *bit* beyond your pricerange. You might be able to stretch though, I believe they're something like $150.
  13. macrumors member

    Nov 21, 2007
    Sennheiser CX500 they provide what you are looking for.
  14. thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 5, 2007
  15. macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    The low-end Shure headphones are great headphones. You can find good prices on eBay. There are good deals on the discontinued e2c's, and the new lines as well. You may even be able to step up a level or two by shopping around.

    Great bass, good in-ear fit with several sizes and types of ear buds. I'm surprised there hasn't been another Shure mention yet!
  16. macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2006
    I'm a drummer and I have used IEMs alot. The differences between IEMs are ultimately not that great as they are usually quite evenly spec'd. For under $150 you can probably only afford single driver models, which are pretty good anyway. Going up from there you get into fancy duel or triple driver models. There are other differences, but it starts to get complicated if I get into them.

    I would go with Shure IEMs, they come with a good mix of accessories, and they can be easily repaired. They also have a good warrantee and great custom customer service.

    I picked up a pair of Skull Candy headphones for my iPod from Target for $15 they look great and really sound amazing.

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