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I read the section sticky (ty chinesekiwi) and I tried searching, but I did not find a suitable answer. Budget is sort of irrelevant, but I listen to mostly Deathcore (Suicide Silence, Carnifex, Rose Funeral) and the Denon setup the guys at an out of business home audio store set me up with don't sound "right" coming out of my awful iPod when I am at the gym. A lot of the bass is missing as is the (sorry I have no idea how to quantify this) crystal-like sounds of the higher highs. What should I buy to properly enjoy myself on my journey to GFH? Appreciate any input really, but the primary concern is that it work best with my (i guess) 3rd gen iPod nano.
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I really enjoy my brainwavz m2, and listen to similar music to you. But please research them and get your own opinion, over me saying I like them.

Link to product, check out some reviews. http://www.yourbrainwavz.com/m2.htm
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Just that genre alone isn't going to yield good sound quality, period. Ear buds are not for serious sound, they are for gym rats and trendy hipsters who can't live without their iDevice.
 
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Just that genre alone isn't going to yield good sound quality, period. Ear buds are not for serious sound, they are for gym rats and trendy hipsters who can't live without their iDevice.

ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh no. What it comes down to is really how accurate a headphone driver circuit can reproduce a sine wave and how sensitive the driver is to different frequency sine waves. Nothing to do with 'those genres suck' or 'earbuds are crap'

Also people want portable music with them.

All depends on budget OP.
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ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yes. Genre will affect sound quality, because some genres call for compressed loudness clipping. And no, earbuds aren't for serious listening.
 
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I'm going to follow this thread, I'm looking for a solid pair that has a nice soft rubber so it seals well.  I like having music when I go on 3+ hour mountain bike trips in the forest.  Having a good sounding pair of buds that won't fall out on bumpy terrain would be awesome.

 

 


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ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yes. Genre will affect sound quality, because some genres call for compressed loudness clipping. And no, earbuds aren't for serious listening.
 

While they may not be for serious listening, the fact still remains that audiophiles and people who appreciate good sound still can be active and require something like ear buds.

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I'm going to follow this thread, I'm looking for a solid pair that has a nice soft rubber so it seals well.  I like having music when I go on 3+ hour mountain bike trips in the forest.  Having a good sounding pair of buds that won't fall out on bumpy terrain would be awesome.

you need a budget as well.
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I'm going to follow this thread, I'm looking for a solid pair that has a nice soft rubber so it seals well.  I like having music when I go on 3+ hour mountain bike trips in the forest.  Having a good sounding pair of buds that won't fall out on bumpy terrain would be awesome.

you need a budget as well.

 

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Subbing this, because I am kinda in the same boat. I just bought These the other day, because they were only 20 bucks and I was already making a order. I like bass heavy music, and dont really expect this too keep up with my car or house system SQ wise, but would be nice. They should be here friday

Off topic, but do ear buds really need to be waterproof for a lot of sweating?? I sweat like its going out of style when I work and can literally wring my shirt out at the end of the day. Can you mess up ear buds just by sweating??
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I maybe really wrong and out of place but I got myself Sennheiser 300-2 cx, I listen to Power Metal, Heavy Metal,Thrash and Death Metal. Overall the sound quality is decent for the price I bough them at 70 USD ( they did not go to 40 usd discount in my area)
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