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Re: Earbud recommendations
« Reply #15 on: February 27, 2017, 05:06:51 PM »
My current gym/exercise earbuds are on their last legs, so I'm back in the market. Seems like lots of the models named here are discontinued already. What's everyone working out in these days?
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Re: Earbud recommendations
« Reply #16 on: February 27, 2017, 05:32:47 PM »
I am no fan of Bose but their SoundSport model for daily use/exercise are quite good for a $100 product.

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Re: Earbud recommendations
« Reply #17 on: February 27, 2017, 06:16:22 PM »
Had great luck with Shures - but maybe not for workouts.

I use Westone C10's - custom molded for my years. They are great for planes, but they really block out sound, so probably not good if you need to hear a car horn for safety.
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Re: Earbud recommendations
« Reply #18 on: February 27, 2017, 08:00:01 PM »
I have these, and while they sound fantastic, I am not sure I would spend the $$ again.  They are great for really focused listening (airplane) but when I am working out, I am just as happy when I grab a $20 pair of sony's or the stock apple shit ones.  The Etymotics  are mint for listening to movies or classical music on the pad/pod though. But again, probably the last time I will shell out that much money for earbuds.

https://www.amazon.com/Etymotic-Research-ER4P-T-microPro-Monitors/dp/B000300Y9O/ref=dp_ob_title_ce?th=1

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Re: Earbud recommendations
« Reply #19 on: February 27, 2017, 08:13:16 PM »
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Wow....I had no idea people spent that kind of cash on ear buds. I just rock an old pair of standard issue apple buds when I run and they seem to do just fine.
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Re: Earbud recommendations
« Reply #20 on: February 27, 2017, 08:39:24 PM »
I have these, and while they sound fantastic, I am not sure I would spend the $$ again.  They are great for really focused listening (airplane) but when I am working out, I am just as happy when I grab a $20 pair of sony's or the stock apple shit ones.  The Etymotics  are mint for listening to movies or classical music on the pad/pod though. But again, probably the last time I will shell out that much money for earbuds.

https://www.amazon.com/Etymotic-Research-ER4P-T-microPro-Monitors/dp/B000300Y9O/ref=dp_ob_title_ce?th=1

I travel a shitton - I gotta have good ones. If you're spending over $200 you should really just step up and get custom.

https://www.westone.com/store/music/index.php/review/product/list/id/3207/

Gotta see an audiologist to get the molds done. Totally worth it!
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Re: Earbud recommendations
« Reply #21 on: February 28, 2017, 03:21:34 AM »
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Wow....I had no idea people spent that kind of cash on ear buds. I just rock an old pair of standard issue apple buds when I run and they seem to do just fine.
i think you're getting 2 different types of answers here. The high end buds seem to be for more focused listening.
I use over the ear Bluetooth motorolas for running. They cost around $20. I'm running on streets usually at a time where there is a decent amount of traffic. They do what I need them to do. I would never use them for transferring recordings or any critical listening though.

Then again. I listen to a lot of moe., so my opinion is pretty useless on listening.  :-P
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Re: Earbud recommendations
« Reply #22 on: February 28, 2017, 04:47:51 PM »
I am no fan of Bose but their SoundSport model for daily use/exercise are quite good for a $100 product.

What's the deal with these weird hook things on this and similar designs?

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Re: Earbud recommendations
« Reply #23 on: February 28, 2017, 05:52:37 PM »

Um, they fit in your ears?

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Re: Earbud recommendations
« Reply #24 on: February 28, 2017, 05:59:36 PM »
I have these, and while they sound fantastic, I am not sure I would spend the $$ again.  They are great for really focused listening (airplane) but when I am working out, I am just as happy when I grab a $20 pair of sony's or the stock apple shit ones.  The Etymotics  are mint for listening to movies or classical music on the pad/pod though. But again, probably the last time I will shell out that much money for earbuds.

https://www.amazon.com/Etymotic-Research-ER4P-T-microPro-Monitors/dp/B000300Y9O/ref=dp_ob_title_ce?th=1

I travel a shitton - I gotta have good ones. If you're spending over $200 you should really just step up and get custom.

https://www.westone.com/store/music/index.php/review/product/list/id/3207/

Gotta see an audiologist to get the molds done. Totally worth it!
I'm definitely debating getting some molded IEM's

But I have the ER-4P's as well I love them to death! Not to mention they have the best customer service. I've had my pair for 8 years now and gotten the cables changed 5 times. Manual labor was hard on them. But I only paid for 2 of 5 of the cable replacements (out of warranty). Always fast friendly! Not to mention I love the detailed highs, but relatively flat and unobtrusive sound signature they offer. I can't stand sound equipment that has too much of their "own" sound, I find it can take away from the production of the recording.

I am no fan of Bose but their SoundSport model for daily use/exercise are quite good for a $100 product.

What's the deal with these weird hook things on this and similar designs?


Those are designed to stay in your ear better. The bracket sticks inside the concha of your ear (the ridge just bigger than your ear cannal opening)
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Re: Earbud recommendations
« Reply #25 on: February 28, 2017, 06:43:00 PM »
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Re: Earbud recommendations
« Reply #26 on: March 01, 2017, 01:13:14 PM »
I am no fan of Bose but their SoundSport model for daily use/exercise are quite good for a $100 product.

What's the deal with these weird hook things on this and similar designs?



I have those and they hold comfortably in my ears. However, the wiring design of having the left/right wires meet in a rigid 'T' puts too much tension on the wires and I'm certain that they are not going to last as long as my previous set. I wear mine for hours each business day both sitting and walking (sometimes running) and earbuds take a beating.


I'm open to suggestions for my next set, as well.

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Re: Earbud recommendations
« Reply #27 on: March 01, 2017, 02:06:51 PM »
I am no fan of Bose but their SoundSport model for daily use/exercise are quite good for a $100 product.

What's the deal with these weird hook things on this and similar designs?



I have those and they hold comfortably in my ears. However, the wiring design of having the left/right wires meet in a rigid 'T' puts too much tension on the wires and I'm certain that they are not going to last as long as my previous set. I wear mine for hours each business day both sitting and walking (sometimes running) and earbuds take a beating.


I'm open to suggestions for my next set, as well.

For the train, I really can't say enough about getting custom molded Westones. I realize I'm a broken record at this point... but I'm a million-miler in the air and these have served me longer and more faithfully than any in my past.

https://www.westone.com/store/music/index.php/review/product/list/id/3207/

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Re: Earbud recommendations
« Reply #28 on: March 03, 2017, 03:54:11 PM »
I have the Bose I forget the model but they are sound isolating. I think they cost around $75 one year ago. Despite those funny wings they are comfortable and sound pretty good. No problems on a plane. I have had Shure and Klipsch, I think these are the most comfortable and stay in place the longest. I get about 2 - 3years out of these things - I have had the Bose for about one year +, we'll see how durable they are.

I also have Plantronics B fit blue tooth. They are not sound isolating so if you are running outside or on a plane you will hear outside noise (safer for running to hear the traffic). They also sound pretty good and are comfortable.
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Re: Earbud recommendations
« Reply #29 on: March 06, 2017, 11:05:23 AM »
I realize this conversation is steered more towards the audiophile range of earbuds, but FWIW, I have been using the AirPods for the past several months, and they are beyond fantastic.  The battery life is really good, and I find the sound quality is better than older Apple buds due to the improved fit - I mean, I can shake my head like I'm raging an MSG Hood and they don't fucking budge.  The syncing is stupid easy, and the fact that they automatically will work anywhere within the Apple ecosystem makes life just brainless. 
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