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Clay
05-10-05, 03:50 PM
I'm not interested in studio quality cans, just looking for some better-than-average earbud style headphones. I have an iPod Mini and know that the ones that come with are basically crap. I'd like to spend less than $50 (no Shure headphones (http://www.shure.com/earphones/eseries_e5c.asp) for me!) :D

saturnotaku
05-10-05, 04:30 PM
Sennheiser earbuds (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00004Z0BO/qid=1115756925/sr=2-5/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_5/104-7361813-5095101) - teh sexay adn teh cheap!

Clay
05-10-05, 04:34 PM
Thanks Ed. I will probably go with them. I bought my wife an iRiver MP3 player a couple of years ago and it came with Sennheisers which I did/do like.

Clay
05-10-05, 04:37 PM
I'm very open to any other suggestions though. Thanks.

ENU291
05-10-05, 09:58 PM
Are you a bass head? If you are then try the Sony MDR-EX71SL Sony Link (http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/SY_DisplayProductInformation-Start?ProductSKU=MDREX71SL&Dept=audio&CategoryName=pa_Headphones_FontopiaEarbud) . Sennheiser was mentioned before but I think that the MX 550 model Sennheiser Link (http://www.sennheiser.com/sennheiser/icm_eng.nsf/root/500231) has some incredible range for the price. Last but not least is what I use for my IPOD.... the best sound I have ever heard out of a portable device comes out of these babies!! Westone UM2 Link (http://www.westone.com/music/universal.html) . The Westone UM2s have to be heard to be believed. Well worth the money and then some. :) :thumbsup:

Clay
05-11-05, 10:00 AM
Thanks ENU291, good stuff. I've considered the Fontopias...tried a pair out a year or so ago and was dissapointed though. However, I've heard that they take some getting used to and it sounds like they weren't jammed into my brain far enough from the reviews I've read. :D

Wow, those Westones are in the same price range as the Shures. Unbelievable that earbuds could cost that much. How can a price like that be justified? (not from a personal choice standpoint..but from a technical one...what sets them apart technically/build quality/etc from other, cheaper earbuds).

ENU291
05-11-05, 02:18 PM
Thanks ENU291, good stuff. I've considered the Fontopias...tried a pair out a year or so ago and was dissapointed though. However, I've heard that they take some getting used to and it sounds like they weren't jammed into my brain far enough from the reviews I've read. :D

Wow, those Westones are in the same price range as the Shures. Unbelievable that earbuds could cost that much. How can a price like that be justified? (not from a personal choice standpoint..but from a technical one...what sets them apart technically/build quality/etc from other, cheaper earbuds).
True isolation and extremely accurate sound reproduction makes using the UM2s a real treat. Music sounds perfect all the time (MP3s encoded at 192K or higher bitrate included). Highs, mids, lows, no matter what kind of audio you throw at these inner-ear canal earphones it comes out beautiful. At the price only true audiophiles need apply but I really suggest you check to see if you can audition a pair of these babies. Once you do you'll instantly know why they carry such a steep price tag. :)

ynnek
05-11-05, 02:26 PM
my coworker has a set of Sony open air headphones.. They sound good (i'm sure there are others that sounds better), but more importantly, I can wear them without "headphone fatigue"..

I hate earbuds. They never comfortably fit in my ear.. never tried the custom fitted ones though.

Clay
05-11-05, 02:42 PM
I currently have these and have been happy with them...are the similar to what your co-worker has?

http://img200.echo.cx/img200/7079/mdrg42lp6nx.jpg

I just prefer earbuds because they're more discrete and sound better IMO.

Clay
05-11-05, 02:44 PM
True isolation and extremely accurate sound reproduction makes using the UM2s a real treat. Music sounds perfect all the time (MP3s encoded at 192K or higher bitrate included). Highs, mids, lows, no matter what kind of audio you throw at these inner-ear canal earphones it comes out beautiful. At the price only true audiophiles need apply but I really suggest you check to see if you can audition a pair of these babies. Once you do you'll instantly know why they carry such a steep price tag. :)
Interesting. Yeah I'd like to give a pair a spin but since I'm not an audiophile... :)

Pandora's Box
05-11-05, 02:45 PM
i have a pair of sennheiser hd497's myself. they arent ear bud headphones but the sound quality is awesome.

Clay
05-11-05, 02:53 PM
Those look nice. I've read good things about the HD497.

ynnek
05-11-05, 04:03 PM
I currently have these and have been happy with them...are the similar to what your co-worker has?

http://img200.echo.cx/img200/7079/mdrg42lp6nx.jpg

I just prefer earbuds because they're more discrete and sound better IMO.


No, it doesn't look anything lik eyour headphones.

He has an slightly older model of the MDR-605LP.

http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/SY_DisplayProductInformation-Start?ProductSKU=MDR605LP&Dept=audio&CategoryName=pa_Headphones_LightweightSportVertica l

Clay
05-11-05, 04:38 PM
No, it doesn't look anything lik eyour headphones.

He has an slightly older model of the MDR-605LP.

http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/SY_DisplayProductInformation-Start?ProductSKU=MDR605LP&Dept=audio&CategoryName=pa_Headphones_LightweightSportVertica l
Oh yeah those are much nicer than mine.

ynnek
05-11-05, 06:46 PM
its still light.. and they don't exert much pressure on your ears ( you know how some feel like your head is in a vise?)

Plus the open air design lets your ears "breath"..

I think its the combo of all that make them very comfortable.. I'm going have to get a set, if I find myself using headphones more often.

There's some statstic about how fast bacteria multiplies and grows when you use headphones.. lol



Oh yeah those are much nicer than mine.

Pandora's Box
05-11-05, 09:35 PM
Those look nice. I've read good things about the HD497.


yeah ive worn them at a lan for about 15 hours straight, didnt hurt my ears at all. very comfortable and the sound is amazing.

GamerGuyX
05-11-05, 10:29 PM
Are you a bass head? If you are then try the Sony MDR-EX71SL Sony Link (http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/SY_DisplayProductInformation-Start?ProductSKU=MDREX71SL&Dept=audio&CategoryName=pa_Headphones_FontopiaEarbud)

lol! Those were the headphones I was going to get to replace the one's that come with my PSP. Thanks for providing that link because I could not for the life of me remember which one's I was planning on getting. Now I remember. :thumbsup:

EDIT: Well I just bought them from Amazon.com for $30 with free shipping. Can't wait to try them. :D

Clay
05-11-05, 10:54 PM
yeah ive worn them at a lan for about 15 hours straight, didnt hurt my ears at all. very comfortable and the sound is amazing.I may have to get those for Christmas for my gaming phones. :)

@GamingLordX: report back here about how you like the Fontopia's or not if you don't mind. Thanks!

GamerGuyX
05-11-05, 10:55 PM
@GamingLordX: report back here about how you like the Fontopia's or not if you don't mind. Thanks!

But of course. :cool:

Ninjaman09
05-15-05, 12:12 AM
I just got a pair of Sennheiser HD 497's, and I'm enjoying them quite a bit. I noticed that on Amazon they're selling factory-rebuilt HD 590's for $105, so I ordered a pair. Limited numbers and all. Anyone know if I'll be able to tell a difference? I'd mostly use them at my PC but maybe occasionally with my iPod. These HD 497s are nice but they're a little tight, my ears are starting to hurt a little.

I went ahead and ordered a CMoy headphone amp from Ebay. Hopefully they'll arrive around the same time as the 590's. I really want to hear what difference an amp would make with my iPod. I'm also very interested to hear how much better this 590 can be than the 497's, so far these are the best headphones I've ever heard.

SweetLou
05-15-05, 02:37 PM
I just got a pair of Sennheiser HD 497's, and I'm enjoying them quite a bit. I noticed that on Amazon they're selling factory-rebuilt HD 590's for $105, so I ordered a pair. Limited numbers and all. Anyone know if I'll be able to tell a difference? I'd mostly use them at my PC but maybe occasionally with my iPod. These HD 497s are nice but they're a little tight, my ears are starting to hurt a little.

I went ahead and ordered a CMoy headphone amp from Ebay. Hopefully they'll arrive around the same time as the 590's. I really want to hear what difference an amp would make with my iPod. I'm also very interested to hear how much better this 590 can be than the 497's, so far these are the best headphones I've ever heard.
I have a pair of Sennheiser HD-590's. They are the most comfortable headphones I have ever owned and the quality is unmatched.

Rytr
05-15-05, 03:08 PM
Although full-size headphones the Kinyo KY-100 5.1's do well for me. A lot of the over the ear headphones are not comfortable to me. The 497's have some good reviews and the price is not bad. The 590's are a little steep in price unless you get the refurbs.

Ninjaman09
05-15-05, 03:51 PM
I have a pair of Sennheiser HD-590's. They are the most comfortable headphones I have ever owned and the quality is unmatched.
Awesome, good to hear! I hope the headphone amp was worth it; even though it was cheap, from what I've read I might not really need it. Guess we'll see.

I had to return the 497's, they were crushing my ears. It was painful to wear them after about 30 minutes of listening. And I paid $105 for the 590's. :D

junkbond-jones
05-16-05, 08:34 AM
Shure E3c in-Ear Monitor Earphones (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0001FI51U/qid=1116246065/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1_etk-electronics/002-1604202-3405641?v=glance&s=electronics&n=172282)

or for less $
Sony MDR-EX81LP Bud-Style Stereo Earphones (White) (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0007N55LE/qid=1116246763/sr=52-3/ref=sr_52_3_etk-audio-video/002-1604202-3405641?v=glance&s=electronics&n=1065836)

Clay
05-16-05, 10:08 AM
I can't even justify spending $50 on a pair of earbuds. They must be nice, especially the $150~$400 Shure and other equivalent brands. :eek:

I decided to go with these from Philips. They won an award at the 2004 CES and they are much better than the Sennheiser's that came with my wife's iRiver or the typical $20 Sony earbuds. Beck's new album has a good range of highs-meds-lows and where the lows sounded muddy on the other buds I had, they sound clear and distinct with these Philps buds.

Also, these are very comfortable. I don't have the typical (aaarrhg, get these things off of me!) feeling at the end of the day that I did with other phones.

http://img259.echo.cx/img259/6148/buds2ou.jpg

http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/sr=2-1/qid=1116252168/ref=sr_2_1/602-2527782-1836641?%5Fencoding=UTF8&asin=B0001OY2W2