questionsaudiophiles: can you help me choose a pair of…

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Not to be curt, but why are you asking audiophiles? I have several pairs of high-end earbuds but they are all well out of the $20 range. My favorites are Bose (non-noise-cancelling), followed by Klipsch & Sennheiser. I have listened to many earbuds and have also tossed many in the trash. I have not heard any low-end models that sounded very good when compared to what I currently own. YMMV, and the absolute best way to determine for yourself is to do a side-by-side comparison. Reading reviews of popular sets will help you narrow the field to your price/sound preference range.

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I bought a pair of these for my son, and he (a picky teenager) likes them. They come with ear adapters in different sizes, so you should be able to get a good fit. And they're in your price range.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001EZUQ5E/ref=oh_details_o07_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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@zippy the pinhead: Because if there are any lower priced ones of good quality, I would expect an audiophile on a deals site to definitely know about it. Someone who is interested in both sound quality and in saving money seems like the perfect person to ask this question.

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@moondrake: I guess your definition of 'audiophile' is different than mine. I don't spend time listening to low-end audio gear. I look for deals on higher quality stuff, and all the earbuds I mentioned I got @ substantial discounts.

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Since the innies are uncomfortable have you considered over the head model ?

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I usually use over-the-ear type headphones as I find on-ear and in-ear to be very uncomfortable. However, I do have one pair of in-ear that I think I got in a BOC exchange that are okay. They are a little bit loose but I can walk around the office with them and not lose them and I can wear them for a couple of hours with no discomfort. They are Juicys comfort earbuds from VIBE. They are apparently dirt cheap (around 3 or 4 dollars).

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@ceagee @cf: I think over the head, over the ear type headphones would be uncomfortable and hot for brisk exercise walking in our desert climate. They might also mask traffic noise. There are few sidewalks in my neighborhood and I mostly have to walk in the street so I have to be alert to traffic. I am willing to put up with a little discomfort from the earbuds for the course of my walk, but not outright pain. Do these Juicy earbuds have decent sound?

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I have, like most of the others responding, tried earphones and headphones from low priced to very high priced. By far, for me, the best sounding, most comfortable and best value has been Sennheiser. I prefer the earphones as they are lightweight and usually in a couple of minutes you can't tell that they are in. The ones I have tried have come with three sizes of the silicone cup that sets in your ear. A good custom fit. I am using the "Twist to Fit" type right now and have been very please with the overall sound and even though I listen loudly, not very much "ear fatigue" afterwards. These are also noise isolating but not noise cancelling. These seem perfect for the exercise part. I found these on sale at Amazon for less than $15.00. Now for the very best sound and audiophile listening experience I would suggest their over-the-ear type headphones from Sennheiser. I have listened for hours with absolutely no "fatigue". The sound is amazing. I paid less than $30.00.

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OK, this may or may not be something that interests you. I have a couple of pairs of these LG bluetooth headsets. They've been pretty good. I think the volume level is really good. I'm no audiophile but I think the bass in particular is decent (I like some bass). I'm not especially sensitive to highs so I'm not sure how much I can comment on the treble really except to say it doesn't bother me. These have ok battery life. I get a good 5-6 hours of actual listening out of them at work. That's not awesome but they serve my purpose and unless you're running marathons I'd guess they'll last your entire run.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/291047701460?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649

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I plug them in before I leave and they're always ready when I get it to the office the next day. They sit in my ears almost all day, even if I'm not listeneing to anything many days because I use them to take customer calls. So I'd say they are comfortable. They even pair up easily & quickly.

You don't usually find a good bluetooth option for this price. I assume these de-branded LG headphones are in the bargain bin because most people want better battery life. All in all I'd say I'd rate everythnig else about them as very good or great.

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I have to go with Zippy on this.
I have purchased a few economy priced earbuds, and in the end I just don't use them because of the sound quality, noise from the cable rubbing on my clothes, or fit/looseness issues. I have a favorite pair of Sonys and sets from Klipsch, Sennheiser, and Bose.
Watch for !woot to list a good pair at a great discount and you'll be happier longer. I've been very pleased with the Klipsch bargains they have had lately.

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I love my SkullCandy Ink'd earbuds. I think that they sound fantastic for less than a twenty. They came with different sized buds. So getting a fit is easy enough. Consider this. I always run the wire from the back of my ear, over the top and then put the buds in. They stay put pretty well that way.

Link...> http://www.amazon.com/Skullcandy-S2IKDY-010-Earbud-Headphones-Black/dp/B007136E0O/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1394856111&sr=8-5&keywords=skullcandy

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I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the Monoprice earbuds. I haven't personally tried them, but they seem to be somewhat of a legend. Not that they are supposed to be especially amazing, but that they are amazing for their price. I've been meaning to snag a pair and see what the hype is about. Might be worth a look. Price is definitely right.

http://lifehacker.com/5991079/monoprice-improves-on-the-best-7-headphones-youll-ever-buy

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They're not in-ear, but Koss KSC75 headphones (http://www.amazon.com/Koss-KSC75-Portable-Stereophone-Headphones/dp/B0006B486K/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1394869080&sr=1-1&keywords=koss+ksc-75 ) may also be an option. Clips on to the ear, and aren't too closed off to the outside world -- bad if you want to listen on the subway, but for exercise you don't really want full isolation anyways.

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I keep a couple sets of Wicked Empire Earbuds handy. They are light weight and have good sound for the price..

This canadian seller has done me well in keeping me an extra set ahead, in case my grandkid, or my cats, have decided the present pair is theirs. My first pair lasted almost two years. I keep a set of these near my computer.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/190766924366

A few years ago, my wife gave me the Bose IE2 audio headphones with extra ear gels. Higher quality.. higher price.. I've used them daily at work and on road trips. I have yet needed to change out the original ear gels.

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$20 won't cut it. Invest in Etymotic ER-4P buds. You'll cry like a baby if you leave them on Southwest, like I did. Nuff said.

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I actually haven't found that the over-the-ear headphones block out all sound, which is good for safety, but your ears will sweat in the summertime. A lot.

The juicys have decent sound and, more importantly, they don't seem to have too much "cord noise." I have a feeling that headphones and earbuds are one of those things where everyone's experience is wildly different.

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I have yet to find any cheap ~$20 earbuds that sound good compared to higher end ~$100 ones. Some might sound good until and unless you try a more expensive pair. (Of course the same may be said about me, maybe I have yet to realize how crappy my $130 pair sound compared to a $300 pair.) Still, if at all possible, I'd spend the extra money to get something decent, hopefully you'll be using them for years to come.

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I do music production and stand behind Audio Technica products.

For cans, I have the ATH-M50 for personal use which are a near reference quality (accuracy over amplification cough Beats by Dre cough). These can be found on the A-word website for a phenomenal deal vs. MSRP.

I have also used Audio Technica earbuds. They have exceptional sound at an amazing price when compared to Sennheiser and Bose. Sennheiser products are still great but I find Bose to be a terrible deal overall (especially for their surround sound setups).