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Good in-ear headphones

OrganichuOrganichu poopspeesRegistered User, Moderator mod
edited November 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
I see there have been many threads (by using the search function) about headphones, but almost everyone is talking about full sized ones, and I see a lot of recs. for Sennheisers and Grados and such.

Well I need in-ears. I can't do buds at all, as they won't stay in my ear.

I was originally looking at the $100 v-moda Vibe Duo... I know they work with the iPhone with the controls, does anyone know if it'll work with other major smart phones (G1, specifically)?

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  • musanmanmusanman Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I have http://www.jr.com/shure/pe/SHU_SE110_hy_K/ and they are the bomb.

    I absolutely love them. The only thing that took some getting used to is I run them behind and over my ear instead of straight in like I do with other buds. I do this to alleviate the weight, and it's how they're suggested to be worn. Fair warning though, you can't hear shit with them in...I mow the lawn and barely can hear the mower.

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  • acidlacedpenguinacidlacedpenguin Institutionalized Safe in jail.Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    you could also try etymotic hf5's or ER-6's.

    here: http://www.etymotic.com/ephp/hf5.aspx

    and here: http://www.etymotic.com/ephp/er6.aspx

    I have their et-y plugs, and if they don't fit snugly in your ears then you don't actually have ears. . .

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  • taerictaeric Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2008
    I have been pleased with these for quite a while.

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  • RenegadeSilenceRenegadeSilence Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Don't buy skullcandy headphones, I bought a pair of "smokin' buds" and they were trash. The bass was sloppy and they broke after two months of light use. While mine might have been defective the bass wasn't a defect. I've tried two other models and they have the same problem with the bass.
    My $10 Sony earbuds sound better than they do.

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  • FoomyFoomy Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I own a set of these: Bose In-Ear Headphones

    really comfortable, and great sound.

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  • WeretacoWeretaco Cubicle Gangster Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I've been using the Westone UM1s for a while now

    Tried before:
    Westone UM2
    Shure E2c
    Various cheaper ones

    Settled on these now as they are the best price/perf and extremely comfortable.

    I usually buy all mine from www.earphonesolutions.com

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  • WheezerWheezer Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    My friends swear by Shure and I've had the chance to listen to their buds and they do sound great.

    The only original piece of advice I can offer is to steer clear of Sony in-ear phones. I've had two different models fail in the same way. Oh, I've had a pair of Sennheiser sports buds break as well (the wire peeled,) but they replaced my pair with an upgrade for the warranty with very nice service to boot. I had much more trouble with Sony.

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  • BlindZenDriverBlindZenDriver Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Wheezer wrote: »
    The only original piece of advice I can offer is to steer clear of Sony in-ear phones. I've had two different models fail in the same way.

    It does sound a bit like you are hard on the equipment.

    I've been using Sony headphones for years and especially their in-ear one are nice imho. Very comfortable, good sound and the price is fair. Basically I've been a fan of their portable gear since the first transistor cassette radio some 30+ years ago (Ouch I am getting old!).

    Anyway - what ever you buy make sure to keep the volume low. I have friends younger than me with hearing problems most likely due excessive loud music through headphones!

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  • SamSam Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Foomy wrote: »
    I own a set of these: Bose In-Ear Headphones

    really comfortable, and great sound.

    never buy bose

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  • WheezerWheezer Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Wheezer wrote: »
    The only original piece of advice I can offer is to steer clear of Sony in-ear phones. I've had two different models fail in the same way.

    It does sound a bit like you are hard on the equipment.

    I didn't really treat the buds badly, since I considered them expensive for the time, but you might be right for the first pair. However, the second pair broke in exactly the same way as the first, except that it happened while using the buds at home at my desk. What happened was the other bud suddenly stopped working. They appeared to be in good condition too - I wouldn't complain about them here if I felt I'd broken them myself.

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  • Sir Headless VIISir Headless VII Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Just so you know :
    "HTC has also designed the G1 to fit in with the remainder of its phones and doesn't include a 3.5mm headphone jack as with the iPhone or other rivals. As with its own Touch Diamond and most of its lineup, the new smartphone instead uses a proprietary ExtUSB port that will require most users to start with HTC's proprietary earbuds and swap these out for power or a USB cable when syncing the device at home."

    The G1 has only a usb port for headphones (or bluetooth but it doesn't currently support stereo bluetooth, although they insist it is on the way)

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  • 4U2NV4U2NV Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Sam wrote: »
    Foomy wrote: »
    I own a set of these: Bose In-Ear Headphones

    really comfortable, and great sound.

    never buy bose

    I bought those, big mistake

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  • taliosfalcontaliosfalcon Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Etymotics are pretty much always the best way to go.

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  • WeretacoWeretaco Cubicle Gangster Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Etymotics are pretty much always the best way to go.

    I thought about the er6i before but the reported lack of bass turned me off from them

    Also check out Ultimate Ears

    the super.fi 5 pros are pretty great

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  • OrganichuOrganichu poops peesRegistered User, Moderator mod
    edited November 2008
    Well guys I tried out 4 of the recommended pairs (I wasn't really willing to trek around the world to sample them all). I decided on Shure and tried the se110 versus se210... gave it a go on a few different genres with different bass levels. In the end the se110 fit my ears fine and I didn't detect a noticeable difference in audio quality to justify the price jump. I went with the se110 phones. Thanks a bunch everyone!

    (I already got the adapter for the G1)

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  • BlindZenDriverBlindZenDriver Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Wheezer wrote: »
    I didn't really treat the buds badly, since I considered them expensive for the time, but you might be right for the first pair. However, the second pair broke in exactly the same way as the first, except that it happened while using the buds at home at my desk. What happened was the other bud suddenly stopped working. They appeared to be in good condition too - I wouldn't complain about them here if I felt I'd broken them myself.

    Hard to tell. I am sure you don not do it on purpose but perhaps it's something you do when putting them away like twisting a wire in a certain way.

    For example I keep having Microsoft mice die on me and it turns out one of the wires break where the cable enters the mice - a friend of mine has very much the same user profile as me (same games, similar amount of time using...) and he is on the first mouse while I'm on the second plus two DIY repairs.

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  • MechanicalMechanical Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I'm currently using a pair of these. The initial set was defective, though, but their customer support wasn't bad at all. Lifetime warranty didn't hurt either. Given, I received these as a gift from my family and they're a bit pricey, but they're really not bad at all.

    Also, they've got some that run about 12 bucks that are pretty good as well, they just feel cheap and the sound quality is a bit lower. In my opinion, it's not a terrible difference quality-wise, but I went through 2 pairs of them.

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  • OrganichuOrganichu poops peesRegistered User, Moderator mod
    edited November 2008
    these shure se110s are incredible. the first few minutes of using them, i was very disappointed, the bass was tinny, the volume was shit, etc.

    i've never used in-ear phones, though. after a few minutes of moving them around and deeper into my canals i was and still amm amazed. the isolation and sound quality... fantastic.

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  • Draco_AuricDraco_Auric Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Organichu wrote: »
    these shure se110s are incredible. the first few minutes of using them, i was very disappointed, the bass was tinny, the volume was shit, etc.

    i've never used in-ear phones, though. after a few minutes of moving them around and deeper into my canals i was and still amm amazed. the isolation and sound quality... fantastic.

    You make a really good point here. It's really important to get a good fit with in-ear headphones. The default sleeves that came with my first pair of shure's never quite fit right so they were kinda uncomfortable for me to wear, until I tried the flange sleeves, and now they are great!

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  • Shazkar ShadowstormShazkar Shadowstorm Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    hm i dunno if i should get se110s or er-6is
    i need new headphones after mine broke

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  • codetrapcodetrap Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I'm pretty happy with my Skullcandy Full Metal Jacket that I snagged from Bestbuy. Have an external volume control, a couple of different sizes of gels for comfort/fit, and pretty decent sound.

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  • edited November 2008
    I've got a pair of Skullcandy Ink'd Buds. I'm very happy with them (though I've only had them a couple weeks). They were $10 at rat shack and are a ridiculous improvement over my original iphone earbuds. They don't have any fancy features (mic, inline volume control), but they were very cheap.

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  • Steel AngelSteel Angel Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    So does anyone make in-ears with longer cords or decent extension cords? I'm thinking of picking some up for use on stuff that's not going to be as close to my body as an iPod and the like.

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  • Shazkar ShadowstormShazkar Shadowstorm Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Pheezer wrote: »
    EDIT:
    Shure is the company that makes the Etymotics line.
    err
    not sure that's right

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  • PheezerPheezer Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2008
    Holy hell I'm flat out wrong.

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  • DrezDrez Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Well, they certainly aren't the best, nor are they in the price range you are looking at, OP, but if you have an FYE/Coconuts near you, the cheapest Skullcandy brand of earphones are really good in my opinion. I think they are only $14.99 right now. They might be $20, I'm not sure.

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  • DrezDrez Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I've got a pair of Skullcandy Ink'd Buds. I'm very happy with them (though I've only had them a couple weeks). They were $10 at rat shack and are a ridiculous improvement over my original iphone earbuds. They don't have any fancy features (mic, inline volume control), but they were very cheap.

    Hahah I haven't even seen this post before I posted.

    Yes, the Ink'd Buds are what I'm referring to. They are VERY good and VERY economical.

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  • Shazkar ShadowstormShazkar Shadowstorm Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Pheezer wrote: »
    Holy hell I'm flat out wrong.
    It's okay.

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  • The Green Eyed MonsterThe Green Eyed Monster i blame hip hop Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    So does anyone make in-ears with longer cords or decent extension cords? I'm thinking of picking some up for use on stuff that's not going to be as close to my body as an iPod and the like.
    I just got a pair of Sennheiser CX400s which come with a very short initial cord, and then an extension cord you attach to that. Obviously you would then be free to get extension cords of whatever length as you see fit.

    The sound is fantastic on them and the price, while not terribly modest ($60), is still pretty justifiable for headphones. If I were getting wrap-around headphones, I would expect to pay much more than that.

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  • JivesJives Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    What's the difference between the skull candy smoking buds and the ink'ds?

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