Headphone decision

Discussion in 'iPod' started by B-Wizzle, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. B-Wizzle macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2008
    I love my 80 gig video, and I love almost as much my Sennheiser CX300s, which I picked up for $100 a couple years back.

    Anyways, I was looking into getting a new and better pair of 'phones, in the $150 range.

    I've looked at Shure SE210, UltimateEars Super fi 5, the V-Moda Vibeii, and etymotics 6i. The key is that it needs to have some solid sound quality, and it needs to hold up. My headphones need to stay on while I'm carving on my freeline skates (search youtube if you don't know what they are) and for that reason I'm leaning somewhat towards the Vibe, because it comes with the ear clips.

    your suggestions?
  2. SactoGuy18 macrumors 68030


    Sep 11, 2006
    Sacramento, CA USA
    I'd go with the UE Super.fi 5 (not the Super.fi 5 Pro) if you want a good in-ear headphone with a durable cable.
  3. .Andy macrumors 68030


    Jul 18, 2004
    The Mergui Archipelago
    Don't get the Shure's. Sound is great but they use terrible quality cabling that quickly cracks and splits. I'm onto my third pair in nine months (all warranty replacements). It's a problem across the Shure line but they appear to be completely disinterested in rectifying the problem. I keep getting exactly the same cabling with the replacements.
  4. wagonofdoom macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2008
    im still a fan of the BOSE in ears.
    they dont have fantastic bass, but other than that i have no complaints. I have been using mine for abotu a year for everything from downhill racing on my mountain bike, to snowboarding, to skateboarding. They have another loop that goes behind your neck, and keeps a bit of slack in teh cord so it doesnt pull on your ear.

    Im sure there are better ones out there, but i have tried alot of the 200+ headphones, and never really heard a difference. well bass was different. but im not a big fan of alot of bass.
  5. i0Nic macrumors 65816

    May 17, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    The Bose in-ears don't isolate sound, meaning they don't create a seal between your music and the external environment. This is bad because you need to turn up the volume louder to hear your music, thereby possibly damaging your hearing and still not achieving good sound quality. The bose don't really provide any advantages over the stock earbuds other than increased bass and more comfortability.

    The ER6i and the Super.fi 5 are great quality headphones and they seal well but they don't provide much bass. If you prefer the more bass-heavy soundstage, I'd recommend Sennheiser cx300 which can be had pretty cheap or the vibe duo's, but these two are not as good headphones as the Etymotic or Ultimate Ears because the high's are not as defined.

    Something else to check out is the Sleek Audio SA6, they've had great reviews and you can even get a wireless kit that plugs into your iPod so you can listen cable-free.
  6. isx macrumors member

    Sep 24, 2008
    I've been using Shure's for years and only once had a problem with a cable (Damn kids!) , And thanks to the superb warranty they not only replaced my broken pair but upgraded me to the new SE model.

    @ B-Wizzle

    Check out the SE210's they sound great and have a modular cable system so you can have a short cable or a long cable depending on needs. If you have the money spring for the SE310's though!
  7. RamblinWreck macrumors regular


    Jul 4, 2008
    I love my Shure's but I've had the same exact problem with them. If you plan on taking your headphones to the gym, the cable WILL end damaged.
  8. B-Wizzle thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2008
  9. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    my vote is for etymotic (see sig for reasoning)
  10. wagonofdoom macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2008
    like i said, i use them for sports, i do not want an isolated sound. i am not on an airplane, i still need to be able to hear some sound.
  11. cdcastillo macrumors 6502a


    Dec 22, 2007
    The cesspit of civilization
    And using noise-cancelling earphones WHILE skating (as the OP stated he wanted to use these for) on the street is crazy and dangerous. You should not isolate yourself from the environment.

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