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Guy Verbist

Good, comfortable earbuds?

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So re-reading the excellent headphone review brought something to mind.

I listen to a lot (and I mean a lot) of music on an iRiver. Normally I use a pair of Sennheiser MX500s. These cost about £20 and they'reNot Really Very Good.

A pair of standard headphones are out of the question.

I recently bought a pair of Sony MDR-EX71 (£30), which are of the plug in your earhole persuasion:

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I used these for about 10 minutes before deciding they were Absolutely Horrid. Can't stand plugging something that deep into my ears [anyone want 'em? They've been sitting in a cupboard ever since]

So my question for the panel is: can anyone suggest a pair of personal listening thngies that give better sound repro than the Sennheisers, but aren't the plug-in earhole style (I guess that anything whose name starts with Etymotic is out), and aren't the full-on Mickey Mouse style headphones.

Budget is probably up to about £100.

Cheers

Guy

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Guy Verbist wrote:

...I used these for about 10 minutes before deciding they were Absolutely Horrid. Can't stand plugging something that deep into my ear

You did try the different sizes of pad I assume? I use these at work and find them perfectly comfortable. I'll admit when I just started using them the putting in your ear bit felt slightly odd, but I got used to it and now I don't give it any thought. Might be worth you trying them for just a bit longer? This sort of design sounds soooo much better than the earbud type IMHO, and are much better for sound insulation (both ways).

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Super Wammer

Hmm. If you found those Sony's uncomfortable then I reckon you'd find Etymotics to be torture.

I used to have a pair of Bang and Olufsen A8's. Smooth sounding and comfortable as they don't go right into the ear. Still Tones over on the HFC forum has a nice review of these B&O's. Less of that bass bloom and fizzy treble that you get with those Sony EX71's.

Audio Technica make some very well received earbuds.

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Shure E2c are brilliant imo. Comfortable fit and sound much better than the Sonys.

Bought mine off e-bay for £40.

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Ive got some of those Sonys and some Etys and i have to say the sonys are more comfortable...

The Etys are much better than the sonys soundwise, but IMO almost too good for the iPod i use them with. I could really do with finding something in between soundwise..

Any ideas? Im thinking shure, but not sure which one..

Hawk

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Super Wammer

Then there's the Etymotic ER6i which can now be had for around £40-£50 (I paid £100 for mine a year ago).

Nearly as good as the ER4P. Not quite as detailed but with attenuated bass (makes up for the iPod's slight lack of bass).

I think the ER6i'sare excellent, btw.

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