dealsaltec lansing backbeat plus noise cancelling…

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As far as I can tell, these aren't noise canceling, which requires a microphone and circuitry that transforms the sound to compensate for the surrounding noise. They're strictly noise isolating, which means the rubber part of the earbud blocks out a little more noise than most earbuds do.

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Altec is a pretty decent brand, I had a set of desk speakers from them for 3-4 years til I had to replace them recently cause the headphone jack went bad
Had much better sound quality than the offbrand speakers I got to replace them |<

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All of my head phones no matter the quality die because the wire get pulled. From Cheap (profanity) to very classy ones. I love the brand does anyone have a opinion.

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I've had these and would not recommend to be honest (at least, for those that were planning to use these as everyday, walkin' around town earphones). I mean, the sound quality is decent, but the cloth that covers the wiring makes it so if it is even touching something else (like your shirt), you'll hear a light scratching noise. Also, the wiring in the 3.5mm jack end on mine got loose so one of the earbuds stopped working after about 2-3 months. Luckily, the customer support was good and they replaced it right away. Unluckily, the new one they sent also encountered the same problem within a few months.

But then again, it IS only 8 dollars so I guess if you're going to use them only in a stationary position like at your computer where the chance of it getting damaged is lower and sound interference is at minimum, it wouldn't be a terrible choice.

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@woosifer: Thanks dude. I was considering on replacing my gym headphones with this but my JVC Marshmallow I got for ten bucks still works, it's just that the plastic around the plug end is loose now.

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@editorkid: is right. Noise blocking ≠ noise cancelling. (Tricky retailer, using some term you saw in a Bose ad to imply I get expensive features for 8 bucks.)

@woosifer: that scraping noise does suk; it's called microphoning (industry jargon), but it's pretty common in all expensive earphones, and sometimes more expensive products too. (I have some Etymotics that generate some, but I love everything else about them, so that's not a deal killer.) If you can reduce the motion of the wire, by attaching it to your sleeve or collar with a clip, that'll cut down on the noise.

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@ayesquiddy: Ain't it funny that it affects expensive gear? And I always thought cheap meant crap! I guess in modern times it works the other way around.

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These are great if you are trying to go deaf.

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Frequency Response kinda bad: 30 Hz - 18.5 kHz
I try to find at least a Frequency Response of 20 Hz - 20 kHz

And you're going to get Noise blocking ≠ noise cancelling with any earphone you put in your ear because you have blocked your ear canal to noise.

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If you're over 20 you probably can't hear 20,000hz anyways.
http://www.hearingfrequencytest.com/ (keep going up until you hear the high pitch squeel)

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Amazon.com sells these for $14.99, and lists them as having "multiple tips for reduction of background noise". The better reviews seem to be saying that they are good for the $14.99 price, but they'd get something better if you can.

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The 10mm drivers will probably deliver a little better sound quality than the 9mm most of these are equipped with.

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It is fraudulent to claim these are noise cancelling. Woot, you need to vet the vendors better.

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Does anyone have any info (or even pictures) on the earbuds? My ears are REALLY particular/ oddly shaped, and I've only found one set of earbuds in my life that fits comfortably/ doesn't fall out. Unfortunately one of the buds fell off when they were in my pocket abroad, so it's...long gone. AL is a good brand though, so if this has buds that fit...I'd definitely be down for one.

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@thedogma: If there has only been one pair in your life that fit, I doubt these are going to meet the standard!

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I've owned two pairs of these. I think @woosifer has the right of it, though. I loved the sound quality you get from these, for the price. But, the jack does wear out wickedly fast. My first pair died in a month, but I managed to get the second pair to last for about 8 months before they started going, too.

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@davidschronic: Yeah, it sucks. The sound quality was pretty good on those too. The headphones were free, ironically. I've gone up to mid-level buds (can't afford high end ones just yet) and they just haven't fit comfortably.

Given that there's 6 shapes to the usual 3, I'd say there's a better chance than usual of finding comfortable buds...but a confirmation is always a good thing.

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Ok, yeah, from experience, these are totally not of the noise-cancelling variety, with the rubber or silicone buds the only thing blocking noise to some small degree. They're ok for the money, just know what you're getting.

Like what appears to be a LOT of wooters on this thread, I've been looking for a set of ear buds, actually, that won't break the bank but will deliver good sound, comfortably--any recommendations?

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I like Altec Lansing and think they make quality products, but I have never used earphones made by them.
Most importantly for me is, where the wire forks do these earphones have the one short chord (usually connected to the left earbud) and then the other chord is much longer? I ask, because I hate that! So annoying when your left earbud gets pulled out unnecessarily.

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For 8 bucks, I don't even care if they work! Free shipping too! I'm in- 59 bucks on Amazon....What a rip off!

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@ayesquiddy: I have 4 sets of Koss I got from Woot ( bogo ) for the same price and they do not have the 'microphoning' problem at all.. I was pleasantly surprised. They are also noise isolating and they do a really good job... I use them when I do my lunchtime walk, and I can cut all ambient noise..

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Got a pair. For $8, why not. Will cross fingers and hope for the best result :-p

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@biffpow: Koss Woot used to throw them up on 2fer Tuesdays for 7.99. I love mine. They are pretty hardy, and sound great.. noise isolating..Oh and they have a volume button the chord..

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No fair! I bought these when WOOT sold them for like $20 or something. They have great sound quality but they are NOT noise canceling

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@biffpow: I have a great set of Ironman buds with BTE piece (http://www.amazon.com/Yurbuds-V10-11BE-10401-Ironman-Endure-Earphones/dp/B00503ZT9E/). They make just buds too. $25-30. Super-adjustable and have a unique shape that's good for larger ears with small canals that can't seem to hold Apple buds in place.

I never buy cheap buds anymore. The foam bits always make my ears hurt after an hour of listening...sucks for long trips or studying in the library. I invested $30 in a pair that won't move when I'm active and they're comfortable for long periods, so I'm set.

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If they are like there other ones they are garbage. I bought the ones from 1saleaday recently and they are total garbage. No bass, I mean no bass. Like 100% less bass than my ipod stock earbuds or Sansa clip ear buds. I don't even use ear buds but thought it would be nice to try out a pair that can control the iPod Touch. They were clear in the highs. That's it. But so weak overall in the low mids and bass I just can't listen to them. I'm not some sort of headphone snob either, they just are missing half of what you expect. That's not good.

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@mesostinky: They are quite a bit better than those POS $1 headphones that 1saleaday had (I bought some) I also bought these and they are pretty nice. About on par with the Sennheiser CX200s I have. They do have the cable covering which is a plus, but for me I couldn't find a tip for these buds that fit right. Either they were too big or to small, but for $8 I don't think you'll go wrong.

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@biffpow If you're looking for good sound on a budget try these:

(1) MEElectronics M6 - audiophiles on some websites have liked these for the under $50 range. I have a pair and they're good and balanced - not as much detail as something like etymotics that I've compared them to - but I can't afford etymotics (yet?). I bought these and really like them. And at the moment they're $20 on Amazon, down from the usual $40-50. I think these are a great option.
(2) Creative EP630 - people who like even sound like these
(3) Sennheiser cx300 - these are said to be a little more base-heavy than the Creative EP630.

Fit on these matters. Get them placed in the ear right to hear good sound.

Warning: there are imitations of both the Sennheisers and the Creatives that don't sound good. Get them from a trusted seller. If you see them for really cheap, there's a good chance they're fake. (Google fake + the model you're looking for and you'll find more info.)

Hope this helps!

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Not sure if these are "good" or not, but I have NEVER had good luck with in-ear phones fitting worth a darn. Tips are always too big, too small... EIther they fall out, or they're tight enough to give me a headache if I wear them for any reasonable length of time.

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although i do not know whether it is good or not,i am really a lover of collecting headphones!it is a great feeling!

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Worst ear buds I have ever used - hands down. Very tinny sound. Not even worth the $7.99 I paid. Trhew them in the garbage. Spend a little more and get a cheap pair of Sennheiser - you won't be sorry.

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Just ordered a pair. Going to see how well they work. For $8 I can't really go wrong, and the fiber cable is a really attractive feature.

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Decided to give them a try. For $8, why not. Not the end of the world if they're junk.

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I would just like to add a "buyer beware" when dealing with Ben's Outlet. I recently ordered an item, had my credit card charged, received an order confirmation, and then was told (only after I inquired) that my order was never "completed." How's that now? Needless to say, sometimes you get what you pay for and sometimes you don't even get that. They have said they will issue a refund, but I wanted the product at a bargain price, not a refund.

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@biffpow: I'm a huge fan of the Sony MDR-J10. They don't have tremendous bass, but a nice well-rounded quality. The clip holds them on securely, is flexible, and doesn't pinch my ear. They're lightweight, and I often forget I'm wearing them. They have been extremely durable. And, they're only $10.00 at Best Buy which overcharges for everything. My only serious complaint is that the cord tangles very easily, and takes some time to unravel.

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These came in today for me and I have to say that I am VERY impressed. The sound quality is way better than I expected and actually really good. I can hear small subtleties in songs I don't even pick up on with my desktop speakers. Needless to say, that's pretty darn impressive for $8 headphones.

I also really like the buds. This is the second pair of buds I've ever found that actually fit me. I apparently have really oddly shaped earholes.

Anyway, if you were on the fence on these and they come up again, I'd recommend them. I'm fairly picky with headphones and I'm impressed.