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Postby grounded5am » Tue Apr 11, 2006 8:09 am

i have a pair of the $9.99 - $11.99 ear buds by sony. they're not the most expensive, but they do sound mighty fine. they're really nice for the price. i can't afford much seeing as i go through ear buds like they're a box of kleenex.

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Postby vitas » Tue Apr 11, 2006 10:15 am

L R wrote:I've got the Shure E3's and they are highly recommended. If you want cheaper go for the Sony in-ear headphone as they're pretty good too, specially for the price. The other brand you should check out is Etymotic headphones, one of the best.

http://www.headphone.com/guide/by-budget/80-150/


i have the same and i swear by them. it was a touch hard to suck up to the cost, but it's proven to be well worth the expense. shure has found a customer for life in me.

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Postby Jake » Tue Apr 11, 2006 10:31 am

How long have you guys owned your Shures? Because I had a pair of Sony noise-cancelling in-ear headphones that I loved (these), but after about 2 (maybe 3) years, the left ear stopped working. No sound. I can sometimes wiggle the wires and get sound for a second, but rarely.

I realize this is because I cram them in my pocket and they're constantly get yanked on, etc. So I need either a totally bad-ass durable pair of headphones that can take the abuse, or I need a good-sounding cheap-ass pair (i.e., under $40) that I can use as disposable headphones and throw away after I wreck them.

Right now, I'm back to the white Apple earbuds, which I hate. They look stupid and sound mediocre.

I might check out those Shures. Or I might get a solder gun and take my Sonys apart...

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Postby russ » Tue Apr 11, 2006 4:38 pm

I've been using AIWA HP-CN6 headphones for a few years, and I use use em with the iPod daily, and in NYC on the streets and trains as well.
They have noise-cancelling (which DOES work and is great on noisy trains) and they retail for about $70.

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Postby quasarwutwut » Tue Apr 11, 2006 5:54 pm

Is it me, or did things just get a Whole lot hotter in here?

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Postby L R » Wed Apr 12, 2006 10:38 am

I have gone thru and trashed lots of headphones. And honestly I have gone through one pair of Shure E2's already, you have to be a little more careful with Shure's than the crappy ipod ones. I got some E3's about 6 months ago and I have not had any problems, specially since I never put them back in the case. I found the Sony in-ear ones to last the longest of any headphone I've owned (still have them), so if you're on a budget get those, if you have a little extra cash and want to make sure to completely tune out the idiots on the train, get some E3's.

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Postby Jake » Wed Apr 12, 2006 11:02 am

My Sonys cost $150 at the time, so they weren't cheap, and they cancelled out plenty of noise. And I guess 2-3 years is a decent amount of time for a piece of electronic equipment to last... I guess. That's like ~$50/year. And it looks like I can get them for $79.95 now. Which is not too bad. Comparable to Shure E2 which are ~$84. Anyone know the diff between between the E2 and the E2c?

LR, since you've owned both, how significant is the diff between the E2 and the E3?

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Postby amighty » Wed Apr 12, 2006 4:44 pm

Anybody else have horrible tinitis?

The ringing in my ears has gotten really bad of late, and last night, after the Art Brut show in Brooklyn, it was hard to even get to sleep. At least in the summer I have the AC to cancel it out.

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Postby n8 » Wed Apr 12, 2006 5:11 pm

amighty wrote:Anybody else have horrible tinitis?

The ringing in my ears has gotten really bad of late, and last night, after the Art Brut show in Brooklyn, it was hard to even get to sleep. At least in the summer I have the AC to cancel it out.


Ear plugs man, ear plugs!

If those don't help... well, starting taking an interest in folk music. It's much quieter.

Once when I was about 14 or so, I was up against the stage at a Matthew Sweet show, right in front of the speaker. At one point I heard this tearing, popping sound in my right ear. It freaked me out. Lo and behold, my right ear rang for about a year, and it still has worse hearing than my left. Scary stuff for a music addict.

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Postby L R » Tue Apr 18, 2006 11:46 am

E3's are a bit more durable than the E2's. The E2's are more bulky around the ear. Sound quality is similar, but E3's cut out a bit more sound as they came with the silicon ear piece as opposed to the foam one I had with the E2. If you trash your headphones stick with the sony's if you want to start putting them back in the case each time; get the E2's. My buddy works for Shure and says the most common problem is the part where you plug them in; this is the area where they can get static in the line if you don't take care of them well. The sony's I've never had a problem with and I always trash them.


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