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Can anyone give me a recommendation for some earbud headphones, specifically ones that are good for running? My stock iPod earbuds keep falling out when I run. I'd like to stay under $50. If I can't find some decent earbuds I'm thinking of trying something like these sport earphones. It's so god damn frustrating to have the buds keep falling out, it defeats the purpose of listening to music while exercising in the first place, which is to keep your mind off it.

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democritus
Nov. 14th, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC)
Perfect, thank you! I can't believe they have the audacity to sell some of those earbuds for 250-350 dollars!
zyzzyva23
Nov. 14th, 2007 10:01 pm (UTC)
And I can't believe people will shell out $250 for a perfectly good music device and then only listen to it though the POS earbuds that come with it!

Really, it's equivalent to buying a new blu-ray player and hooking it into your grandmother's black and white TV.
democritus
Nov. 14th, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC)
Ok, first of all, it's hardly equivalent to your analogy. I can't speak to high-end earbuds, and I won't, because I'm not willing to shell out the money for them, but I have listened to professional, over-the-ear headphones and the difference is not comparable to the difference between an HDTV and an old B&W TV. That said, of course the sound with good headphones is way better than stock iPod earbuds, but I seriously doubt that there's that much difference from high end earbuds to crap earbuds. They're intrinsically limited by the size of the speaker magnet and the fact that they stick in your ear canal. The dollar-to-sound quality ratio is just not enough to justify the expense of the high end earbuds. Not to mention, for me, sporting activities are the only time I use earbuds with my portable music players(why anyone would use them for anything else is a mystery to me, other than laziness).
zyzzyva23
Nov. 15th, 2007 01:29 am (UTC)
Okay, I exaggerated a bit with the TV comparison: the Apple buds are closer to the Magnavox my parents had circa 1984. They'll still do everything you might need them to do, but the possibilities are oh so much greater.

As someone who's listened extensively to both high-end earbuds and high-end headphones, I can say your argument just doesn't hold up. True, $250 earbuds as a rule don't sound as good as $250 headphones, but both will sound better than $100 headphones (I used to own a pair of these, and I can tell you from experience that these sound much better.

Whether the difference justifies the cost is of course personal opinion. I could never see spending more than $600 on a gaming CPU, but I have no argument with those who would.

sporting activities are the only time I use earbuds with my portable music players(why anyone would use them for anything else is a mystery to me, other than laziness)

My big headphones live at home, where they hang off my desk when not on my head. They're too bulky, awkward, and delicate for me to carry. The earbuds can fit in my pocket. They also block out noise, so I can use them on BART or when flying or wherever. And they don't scream "LOOK BIG EXPENSIVE HEADPHONES! MUG THIS MOFO!" when I'm walking down the street.
tiasabrina
Nov. 15th, 2007 03:36 am (UTC)
I have the Sony ones as well. They'll stay in perfectly.
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(Anonymous)
Nov. 14th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore?spart=TL003LL%2FA

I think someone else suggested these Sony headphones. Rubber thingies of different size delivers deeper bass than any headphone I have used, and they are comfortable. Various sizes for various size ear canals. Has a real short cord for the shuffle ipod, with an extension for longer needs, like a nano on your hip or backpack. Comes in black or white.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 14th, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
Jason posted this
democritus
Nov. 14th, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC)
LIES!
rue_deday
Nov. 15th, 2007 01:28 am (UTC)
You don't need new earbuds, you just need a roll of duct tape.
houseofsmiles
Nov. 15th, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC)
I have the same problem, I swear my ears are abnormally small so earbuds constantly fall out. I can't find the exact ones that I bought, but I know I paid under $10 for them at The Good Guys. ANYWAY, my point is get ear buds that wrap around your ear, kinda like these http://www.amazon.com/Maxell-Digital-Wrap-Around-Buds-HB-375/dp/B000EA1MJO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1195167321&sr=8-1

They never fall off and they wont annoy you like the one that goes across the back of your head.
democritus
Nov. 15th, 2007 11:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'll keep that in mind. I ordered the silicon type that comes with three different earbud sizes, so if that doesn;t work I'll try these.
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