Best in ear headphones


absolut_mac

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Oct 30, 2003
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These are excellent value for money

markjones05 said:
Want to get some really good in ears for my new 40 gb iPod. Any suggestions?
I've never heard the B&O earphones. Although I used to work only a block from their Beverly Hills store, I never went in, just window shopped due to their, umm, Beverly Hills pricing.

These Sony's sound great and offer excellent value for money...

http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/SY_DisplayProductInformation-Start;sid=jfw20Ofd7T820KfbfgE826jRQomylSdLMj0=?CategoryName=pa_Headphones_FontopiaEarbud&ProductSKU=MDREX51LP&Dept=pa
 

thevessels

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Apr 6, 2004
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are the apple in ears not an option ?
i just got em for my ipod and they were worth every penny...
 

mullet

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Dec 8, 2003
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B'klyn
I just got these for Christmas.... http://www.shure.com/earphones/eseries_e3c.asp

They're a little pricy like the B&O in ear phones. But they have amazing fidelity. You can hear every little detail. They're not the best for hip hop and dance music due to a lesser amount of bass. However, for rock and jazz and some other types of music they really shine. I did a bunch of research before I asked for them and I narrowed down my choice between the Shure earphones and another pair made by Etymotic, the ER-6. The Etymotics run around $140 and the shure E3c's retail for around $180 but can be found on the web for cheaper (My mom found them for $120). I would stay away from the Sony if you have the dough to drop on the higher end ones. If you have tons of cash to drop Shure and Etymotic have ear phones that run around $300-$400. Also on the cheaper side Shure has the E2c which retails around $99.

Peace,
Mullet

PS the apple in ears are crappizola.
 

Flyinace2000

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Sep 28, 2004
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Vanilla said:
I have Shure E2C's and can thoroughly recommend them.

I have the Sony MDR-EX71's and they can be had for under 35 bucks (under 30 if you shop). For the price to performace ratio i highly recommed them. Much better then the stock apple earbuds.
 

iriejedi

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Oct 4, 2000
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Sony's are great deal

check out http://shopper.cnet.com

look for product reviews, and search headphones - these were rated by CNET as the best headphones for under $50. I paid about $38 but there were cheaper places, however, they were out of stock.

Enjoy!


PS - this site in general is awesome for product and price research!


Flyinace2000 said:
I have the Sony MDR-EX71's and they can be had for under 35 bucks (under 30 if you shop). For the price to performace ratio i highly recommed them. Much better then the stock apple earbuds.
 

Chrispy

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Dec 27, 2004
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absolut_mac said:
I've never heard the B&O earphones. Although I used to work only a block from their Beverly Hills store, I never went in, just window shopped due to their, umm, Beverly Hills pricing.

These Sony's sound great and offer excellent value for money...

http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/SY_DisplayProductInformation-Start;sid=jfw20Ofd7T820KfbfgE826jRQomylSdLMj0=?CategoryName=pa_Headphones_FontopiaEarbud&ProductSKU=MDREX51LP&Dept=pa
I have to agree. I have these very same headphones and I use them with my 20GB iPod. They sound great for the price. Much better than the ones that are bundled with the iPod.
 

Sabbath

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Sep 18, 2003
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I have the etymotic ER-6, they now do an ER-6i especially for the iPod with white cables and stuff. As with any decent headphones they're great if you're using them somewhere reasonably quiet the music sounds awesome, but you lose a lot despite them being "in-ear" headphones when its noisy. I believe the ER-6s are generally accepted as being better than the cheapest Shures although they are more expensive. So my advice would be the ER-6s for quiet places (trains, planes, librarys or at night at home) and get the sonys for general commuting etc.
 

Mechcozmo

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Jul 17, 2004
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I have a pair that cost $5 bucks at Target, and they even came with a case. They work amazingly well.
 

markjones05

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Jan 15, 2003
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Thanx everybody, I appreciate your responses. i think that i'm gonna go with the Sony MDR-EX71SL/WK, in white of course they soubd like a quality product for an affordable price. I would go with the Shure but money is a little tight. I think the MDR-EX71SL/WK's retail at 49.99, I found them here http://www.minidisco.com/mdr-ex70slw.html at 39.95. If anyone knows a place with a better price it would be awesome. Thanx again everyone for all your help.
 

jdechko

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Jul 1, 2004
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I got mine at Circuit City. I wish I'd known that they had white ones... What can i say, i was in a rush.

I wonder if the white ones sound any nicer... :rolleyes:
 

acceber

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Jul 26, 2004
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Mechcozmo said:
I have a pair that cost $5 bucks at Target, and they even came with a case. They work amazingly well.
Interesting. I went to work with the iPod but not the earphones so I went to a store and bought a $5 pair and they sucked real bad.

I have the Apple in-ear headphones and they're pretty good, they block out all the exterior noise and give out a great sound, provided that you stick em in your ears properly. I normally have one earphone in, and the other out.
 

Mechcozmo

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Jul 17, 2004
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acceber said:
Interesting. I went to work with the iPod but not the earphones so I went to a store and bought a $5 pair and they sucked real bad.
Your Milage May Vary. Mine are great. I already had a pair of Bose Quiet Comfort 2 so I was set for the ignore-extra-noise (siblings ~ahem~) part of it.
 

Otto_M

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Nov 16, 2004
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could u give me some store url in states with international shipping cos i'd really like to order those shures. in finland shure e2c are about 140dollars (with shipping+handling).
 

Flyinace2000

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Sep 28, 2004
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Otto_M said:
could u give me some store url in states with international shipping cos i'd really like to order those shures. in finland shure e2c are about 140dollars (with shipping+handling).

Radioshakc sells the White sony earbuds (71). 49.99
 

mudflapper

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Apr 3, 2004
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ETYs all the way.

I also have a pair of the Etymotic ER4Ps and they are hands-down the best canal phones, heck the best headphones period, I've ever heard.

You can find them for less than $300 bucks now. I know that sounds like a lot of dough, but I'm so happy with them. I had a pair of the Shure E3Cs and didn't like tham at all. They had a honky midrange boost, muted highs and no low end whatsoever. I tried these and it was like hearing music for the first time. Brilliant. I had no idea my iPod could sound so amazing.