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Other In-ear Headphones: Which ones?

Discussion in 'General' started by EvilMerc, 22 Jan 2011.

  1. EvilMerc

    EvilMerc Well-Known Member

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    So my two year old Sony in-ear set of headphones is finally dying, the split in the wire is coming apart and it's a matter of time before it either snaps or the wire stops functioning properly.

    As it is, I have no idea which in-ear headphones are any good. I'd like to spend up to a maximum of £40, though I'll spend more if it's worth it.

    The main uses will be using my iPod Shuffle at work and in the gym, my phone for the rest of the time spent out and about (Nokia 5800) and for use on my laptop for movies mostly.

    I keep all my music at 256kbps in MP3 format where possible apart from on my Shuffle.

    So, recommendations?

    (I work in Argos and Waitrose so I can get discount in John Lewis and Argos by the way, 10% and 12% respectively)
     
  2. Kovoet

    Kovoet New Member

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    Shure or Bose but their is a huge list out their
     
  3. <A88>

    <A88> Trust the Computer

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    Sennheiser CX-300 are pretty much the standard and cost next to nothing; you might be able to get something a little better for £40 but the Sennies are always a guaranteed win.
     
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  4. Cookie Monster

    Cookie Monster Well-Known Member

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    Is there not something with the Sennheisers where using them with an iPod breaks them? I've had 2 pair, I never wrap them round the ipod so the cable hasn't been pulled, but the left bud always dies. Others have told me this too.
     
  5. Techno-Dann

    Techno-Dann Disgruntled kumquat

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    Second the Sennheiser recommendation. I have a pair of the (even cheaper!) CX-200s, and they sound great. The CX-300s are supposed to be better sounding, which would be very impressive to hear.
     
  6. EvilMerc

    EvilMerc Well-Known Member

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    Specifically iPods? The CX300s do look pretty nice mind.

    What do you guys think of these? (http://www.johnlewis.com/230994438/Product.aspx?)
     
  7. DeadP1xels

    DeadP1xels Music Enthusiast

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    +1 did'nt get on with them to start because i used to have to turn up my headphones all the way to sound decent

    They come with a little pouch aswell so should be fine with keeping them neat and break free aswell as S/M/L buds

    the wire is very! thin but same with my HD201 they last a ****ing beating!!
     
  8. knuck

    knuck Hate your face

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    I've been wrapping mine around my zune/zune hd for 2 years and they're still like new :thumb:
     
  9. omicron

    omicron Baud.

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    I like the Sony MDR-500s, but currently rock some old Goldlines as they have foam inserts that block out pretty much all noise.
     
  10. bigkingfun

    bigkingfun Tinkering addict

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    I have the Sennheiser CX380 and use them for running, and can only reccomend them. I have had 3 pairs of Sony, end they only last a year before they break.
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  11. bagman

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  12. omicron

    omicron Baud.

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    At that price, I'd be surprised if they were genuine since they're being sold by a third party.
    I've seen many, many fakes on eBay and the like; they can even be quite hard to distinguish visually, although the sound quality gives it away.
     
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    Fizzban Man of Many Typos

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  14. nemo

    nemo Foregone Destruction

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    Yep - I'm a big fan of the Sennheiser CX-300. Excellent sound quality, and great noise-blocking. Just right for a long plane journey.

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  15. Sea Shadow

    Sea Shadow aka "Panda"

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    I haven't used any of Sennheiser's in ear monitors, but I have had a good experience using some of their cans. Given the high praise they are receiving here they seem like the way to go.

    Also if you suddenly decide to splurge and spend more, Shure and Etymotic are great. I would pass on the Bose, their more about name than quality these days. Not that Bose are overly bad, you can just find better quality for the same price.

    I have an old pair of Shure SCL4s that are going on 4 years now, and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another pair of high end buds should they ever die.
     
  16. docodine

    docodine killed a guy once

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    If you prefer earbud style headphones over in-ear, look at the Yuin PK3.
     
  17. The_Beast

    The_Beast I like wood ಠ_ಠ

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    Creative ZEN AURVANA
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    Great in-ear headphone. They are regularly $100 a set but I found them on sale for $20. I kick myself every day I use them for not ordering 2 or 3 more for that price.
     
  18. EvilMerc

    EvilMerc Well-Known Member

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    So, basically anything Sennheiser, especially the CX-300s.

    To John Lewis I go!
     
  19. Almightyrastus

    Almightyrastus Rule #9

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    I use the Etymotic HF5 in the ear jobbies. Nothing short of awesome for blocking out the noise around you
     
  20. EvilMerc

    EvilMerc Well-Known Member

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    Well I've not got a shiny new set of CX-300 IIs for £25. Impressed with the overall clarity of the sound, not quite as bassy as my old pair but it's a more balanced sound.

    Thanks for the advice all!
     

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