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10-08-2013 03:58 PM
chargerz919 I've had these for about a year and a half, mostly used for listening to rock/metal while working out. I got them for $18 on a groupon and they sound really good for the price. Comply foam tips are a must for comfort and a nice tight seal on any earbuds.

http://www.amazon.com/JBuds-Metal-Earbuds-Style-Headphones/dp/B005VEZ58C/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1381272912&sr=1-1&keywords=jlab+j5
10-07-2013 12:43 PM
DrBrogbo I've always been extremely pleased with my Monoprice headphones.

If you can get a good seal (might need some new rubber pieces), these are FANTASTIC. http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=108&cp_id=10823&cs_id=1082303&p_id=8320&seq=1&format=2 They're bulky though, so they don't fit inside a motorcycle helmet or anything.

These ones are much cheaper, and obviously don't sound quite as good. They still have decent sound, but they're slightly overly-bassy, and with a slightly muted mid-range. Definitely still worth $5 though, and they do fit inside a motorcycle helmet. Plus, you don't have to worry about thrashing them around. http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=108&cp_id=10823&cs_id=1082303&p_id=8321&seq=1&format=2

That's my $0.02, anyway. I've compared them to every pair of earbuds I can get my hands on (even ones up to $90), and the 8320's (the ones I listed first) always at least hold their own.
10-07-2013 12:37 PM
willibj
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Originally Posted by .:hybrid:. View Post

Yea the thing is I wear them during cycling, in rain and snow. So I'm really not prepared to spend any more then I have to on earbuds. As long as I can hear my podcast I'm good. I can listen to my music at home on my 555's biggrin.gif

Gotcha. Makes sense then. Get the el'cheapo ones wink.gif
10-07-2013 12:33 PM
.:hybrid:.
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Try hunting around for the same model I posted further. You might be able to get them cheaper of ebay including shipping.

Those cheapo ones might do you okay, or the positive reviews might be relative to the extremely cheap price. The ones I suggested sound more like $100 earphones. If you can get them for around $30 US, they're an absolute steal.

Personally, I can't stand *really* cheap headphones, but with a little careful research you can get definitively good sounding ones for a fraction of the prices I'm not prepared to pay.

Good luck with your choice.

Yea the thing is I wear them during cycling, in rain and snow. So I'm really not prepared to spend any more then I have to on earbuds. As long as I can hear my podcast I'm good. I can listen to my music at home on my 555's biggrin.gif
10-07-2013 11:05 AM
willibj
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Damn those look great, and reviews are positive. In the Netherlands it costs €44 though frown.gif

Like a true cheap-skate, I have opted for the Chinese route. thumb.gif
http://www.focalprice.com/EP0094O/AWEI_ESQ3_35mm_Plug_Inear_Style_Earphone_for_MP3_MP4_PC_Orange.html?Currency=EUR

Try hunting around for the same model I posted further. You might be able to get them cheaper of ebay including shipping.

Those cheapo ones might do you okay, or the positive reviews might be relative to the extremely cheap price. The ones I suggested sound more like $100 earphones. If you can get them for around $30 US, they're an absolute steal.

Personally, I can't stand *really* cheap headphones, but with a little careful research you can get definitively good sounding ones for a fraction of the prices I'm not prepared to pay.

Good luck with your choice.
10-07-2013 10:05 AM
.:hybrid:.
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Originally Posted by willibj View Post

I whole-heartedly vouch for these:

http://www.amazon.com/SoundMAGIC-Isolating-In-Ear-Earphones-Gunmetal/dp/B005HP3OB0

Brilliant sound for the price. Take the time to find the correct shaped tips to get a good seal though. The sound is incredible when done right, considering the price. Truly, and I've had no issues with build-quality in well over a year, though I keep them in the pouch at all times when not in use. They broke in very well too, continuing to sound better and better for months. .

Damn those look great, and reviews are positive. In the Netherlands it costs €44 though frown.gif

Like a true cheap-skate, I have opted for the Chinese route. thumb.gif
http://www.focalprice.com/EP0094O/AWEI_ESQ3_35mm_Plug_Inear_Style_Earphone_for_MP3_MP4_PC_Orange.html?Currency=EUR
10-07-2013 08:55 AM
willibj
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Originally Posted by .:hybrid:. View Post

Thanks for the replies. I can get Sennheiser CX 150 locally for €20.

I can order earbuds from China for cheaper though, everything here is so expensive. But then its such a quality lottery.

I whole-heartedly vouch for these:

http://www.amazon.com/SoundMAGIC-Isolating-In-Ear-Earphones-Gunmetal/dp/B005HP3OB0

Brilliant sound for the price. Take the time to find the correct shaped tips to get a good seal though. The sound is incredible when done right, considering the price. Truly, and I've had no issues with build-quality in well over a year, though I keep them in the pouch at all times when not in use. They broke in very well too, continuing to sound better and better for months. .
10-07-2013 08:21 AM
.:hybrid:. Thanks for the replies. I can get Sennheiser CX 150 locally for €20.

I can order earbuds from China for cheaper though, everything here is so expensive. But then its such a quality lottery.
10-07-2013 04:41 AM
Kokin You should check out the Sennheiser earbuds. Newegg has the $25-30 ones on sale for about $15 every now and then. I got the Sennheiser CX 150 when it was on sale for $14. The bass is really nice while the mids and highs are decent. Im comparing them with my Sennheiser HD 555s so its not a fair comparison, but they easily sound like $50 earbuds. I had some good Pioneer earbuds but I forgot the model though it was around the $15-20 price range when on sale.
10-07-2013 04:28 AM
john1016 I have the sennhieser cx150 earbuds and think they sound pretty great for the $15usd I paid. Newegg has them on sale all the time over here. I also have the cx300, but the sound is not as well rounded as the 150's.
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