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Just picked up a couple of IPOD minis for my wife and I for the primary purpose of killing time on our trip to Hawaii next month but will also be used working out. Cant stand earbuds so I was wondering if anyone had suggestions on headphones that arent too cumbersome with good sound quality.

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Are you just an "I can't stand earbuds" person, or have you tried and failed? The reason I ask is that I normally can't stand them either, but I'm getting along just fine with the ones that came with my Mini.

 

Otherwise, I use the Philips "wrap round the back of your head" ones that they make for Nike. Don't fall off when you do exercise, and they've got some weird rubberised plastic, so you don't have sponges to both soak up sweat (and become disgustingly icky) and fall apart on you.

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Are you just an "I can't stand earbuds" person' date=' or have you tried and failed? The reason I ask is that I normally can't stand them either, but I'm getting along just fine with the ones that came with my Mini.

 

Otherwise, I use the Philips "wrap round the back of your head" ones that they make for Nike. Don't fall off when you do exercise, and they've got some weird rubberised plastic, so you don't have sponges to both soak up sweat (and become disgustingly icky) and fall apart on you.[/quote']

 

I'm a tried and failed one. I just felt like it was alot of work trying to position them and got frustrated. I felt like I needed some KY Jelly for them to fit properly. Also I wasnt that impressed with the sound quality of the buds that came with it.

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What about inner ear earbuds? I don't like the type of earbuds that ship with the iPod but I found the style which actually fit inside the ear cannal to be quite comfortable (and usually of much higher performance). These models tend to ship with several types of foam or rubber covers so you can customize the fit and comfort for yourself.

 

The very best is probably the Etymotic ER6 but it's expensive. They have a less costly ER4 as well.

Shure makes great headphones too. Their $100 E2C sounds better than the Ety ER4 and, IMO, is the best deal around. They have a newer E3 model which I haven't heard yet but supposedly blows the E2 out of the water.

Very popular is the Sony EX71SL. These are quite comfortable and inexpensive (~$40). If you get them on ebay you can find white versions to match most iPods. They sound much better than the stock Apple earbuds but, IMO, over do the bass (which, is why I think they're so popular).

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LOL @ the KY

 

I bought a pair of 71sl's off Ebay for myself and I loved them. When my girlfriend bought a mini a couple months after me we grabbed her another pair, I think we got them from the for sale section of ipodlounge.com

I think Sony released a followup to the 71sl's that had a shorter cord (for some reason the cord on the 71sl's is ridiculously long) and it also apparenlty has less aggressive bass.

 

I agree that the 71sl's are way too aggressive on the bass, however using the EQ option of bass reducer takes care of the problem for me. For my girlfriend she likes the sound best with default EQ.

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Just picked up a couple of IPOD minis for my wife and I for the primary purpose of killing time on our trip to Hawaii next month but will also be used working out. Cant stand earbuds so I was wondering if anyone had suggestions on headphones that arent too cumbersome with good sound quality.

 

 

Do a google search for "KOSS KSC35". The only portable headphones you'll ever need. :) These are the perfect alternative to people who are turned off by earbuds like myself. They clip onto your ear and are very comfortable. I like the fact that they dont block out surrouding noise which is a nice safety benefit when your riding your bike around with these on (which I do quite often). The sound quality is great especially for the price (can be found for around $35-$40). When you hear them for the first time you'll swear your listening to headphones that cost 3x as much. These headphones were once discontinued but were brought back by popular demand. Once you try them out you'll know why.

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Shure makes great headphones too. Their $100 E2C sounds better than the Ety ER4 and, IMO, is the best deal around. They have a newer E3 model which I haven't heard yet but supposedly blows the E2 out of the water.

 

I can back up that the E2Cs sound amazing. I'm sure the E3s sound even better, but I have absolutely no complaints about the E2Cs - worth every penny.

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So we have a bunch of replies pimping earbuds (which he clearly dislikes) and one post pimping a big pair of +$300 Senn's (not exactlly a smart choice for a portable solution). At least try out those KOSS KSC35's before you get sold on anything else. You get the benefit of small portable great sounding phones without the ear wax/sweaty buildup (ewww) and outside noise blockage of earbuds. :) I was dead set on settling for some Shure earbuds until the KOSS phones were recommended to me. Now that I've used them for months almost daily (bike riding, jogging, etc) I could never go back to earbuds. I just cant stand the feeling of having buds in my ear especially when I'm active. A big drawback of in-ear buds is the fact that they close off your ear canal which amplifies your every step/move. To understand what I mean take your pinky fingers and shove them into your ears and start jumping up and down. Anoying isn't it? :) Now imagine trying to listen to music like that (sucks for jogging/running). Not to mention you wont be able to hear anything around you.

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Oh, don't expect the quality of Jeff's Sennheisers. But I find them comfortable (surely the most important thing, as long as the sound is ok), and they're pretty reasonably priced. The plastic is bendy enough that you're unlikely to break them, either.

 

The only bad thing I'd say, though, is that they're no good for the iRiver H120, as that thing's remote has the headphone socket designed sufficiently weirdly that the plastic moulding on the jack gets in the way.

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The only bad thing I'd say' date=' though, is that they're no good for the iRiver H120, as that thing's remote has the headphone socket designed sufficiently weirdly that the plastic moulding on the jack gets in the way.[/quote']

 

My H-120 came with a bunch of stuff including a 1-inch long adapter for L-shaped headphone plugs.

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I was dead set on settling for some Shure earbuds until the KOSS phones were recommended to me.

 

 

Cyberwoo,

How do the Koss headphones do on airplanes? I was thinking about getting noise cancelling ones but I don't really feel like dropping $100+ on them. The stock Ipod headphones kinda suck if you are near the engine.

Ajay

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LOL @ the KY

 

I bought a pair of 71sl's off Ebay for myself and I loved them. When my girlfriend bought a mini a couple months after me we grabbed her another pair' date=' I think we got them from the for sale section of ipodlounge.com

I think Sony released a followup to the 71sl's that had a shorter cord (for some reason the cord on the 71sl's is ridiculously long) and it also apparenlty has less aggressive bass.

 

I agree that the 71sl's are way too aggressive on the bass, however using the EQ option of bass reducer takes care of the problem for me. For my girlfriend she likes the sound best with default EQ.[/quote']

 

I have the 51's which are identicle to the 71's except for the finish and a few other minor details. Sound great and stay in the ear for the most part during excersise.

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Okay so I ended up going cheap because we are watching our pennies for our Hawaii trip so I ordered the Koss KTXPRO1 off of Amazon. They got stellar reviews. I'll let you know what I think when I get them. I figure for the price if they suck its not like its a big investment, but in the reviews people rave about them. Thanks for everyones input.

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I cancelled my other order and focused on the Koss KSC35's but cant seem to find them anywhere. They have been discontinued on Amazon.

 

 

So we have a bunch of replies pimping earbuds (which he clearly dislikes) and one post pimping a big pair of +$300 Senn's (not exactlly a smart choice for a portable solution). At least try out those KOSS KSC35's before you get sold on anything else. You get the benefit of small portable great sounding phones without the ear wax/sweaty buildup (ewww) and outside noise blockage of earbuds. :) I was dead set on settling for some Shure earbuds until the KOSS phones were recommended to me. Now that I've used them for months almost daily (bike riding, jogging, etc) I could never go back to earbuds. I just cant stand the feeling of having buds in my ear especially when I'm active. A big drawback of in-ear buds is the fact that they close off your ear canal which amplifies your every step/move. To understand what I mean take your pinky fingers and shove them into your ears and start jumping up and down. Anoying isn't it? :) Now imagine trying to listen to music like that (sucks for jogging/running). Not to mention you wont be able to hear anything around you.
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