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#1 tweed

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Posted 14 February 2006 - 02:38 PM

I'm new to the world of iPod and the in-ear headphones. I've had them for a couple weeks now and have this weird sensation in my ears, like I'm stretching them out or something. It's not painful and i don't think it's sound/volume related. But putting the buds in there is causing some weird discomfort. Anyone else notice this or am I just am I just a mutant with inflexible ears?
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Posted 14 February 2006 - 02:41 PM

You're not the only one. The iPod headphones drive me nuts. I actually went back to using the "wrap around" Walkman headphones, which are far more comfortable and less likely to cause hearing damage.

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Posted 14 February 2006 - 02:42 PM

I took me a while to get used to the buds (but I think I was ok after a couple of weeks). I’m now quite comfortable with them and certainly prefer them to the “ones that go in your ear but aren’t buds” (what the hell do you call them?). I have no discomfort. Have you tried different sized buds? It took me a week or two to decide on the right size.

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Posted 14 February 2006 - 02:47 PM

earbuds always make my ears hurt. not from the volume of the music. I always use wraparound headphones and hope to invest in a nice pair in a few months.

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Posted 14 February 2006 - 02:51 PM

I don't use the pod headphones. I don't like not having some sort of headgear. I use the headphones I've had for awhile instead.

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Posted 14 February 2006 - 03:16 PM

the iPod earbuds are incredibly uncomfortable, and not very good. I use earbuds with flexible fittings, kinds like this (but not these since I cannot afford them):

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But I cannot use them when working out or other strenuous activity that causes me to sweat. I have to go with the standard over the head ear bud type like these...

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...as I could not get any other in-ear phones to stay in.

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Posted 14 February 2006 - 03:20 PM


But I cannot use them when working out or other strenuous activity that causes me to sweat. I have to go with the standard over the head ear bud type like these...

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...as I could not get any other in-ear phones to stay in.



Those look exactly like the kind I use.

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Posted 14 February 2006 - 03:26 PM

Yeah, $10. Good for working out and working with loud lawn maintenance and snow removal equipment. Cua a $100 pair of earbuds ain't gonna make a lick of difference in those environments anyway.

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Posted 14 February 2006 - 03:30 PM

Those look exactly like the kind I use.

Ditto. I use these at work-- they're clear and I can crank 'em up a bit without getting dirty looks from my coworkers. Plus, at $10, I won't cry if they go missing or bust.

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Posted 14 February 2006 - 03:34 PM

those bud thingy sucks. i just reverted back to my over the ear style. they also keep your ears a bit warmer in those darn chilly winter months.

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Posted 14 February 2006 - 03:34 PM

not only are the ones that come w/ the iPod uncomfortable as hell, they also sound like utter crap. you can buy a WAY better pair of sennheisser earbuds for about $15-20 the ones that have rubber flanges (such as those eytmotics, or Sure's, or even Sony's MDR-51//71/81's) definitely are way way more comfortable, and all sound better (the etymotic and sure's better than the Sony's obviously, but 2-3x the price)

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Posted 14 February 2006 - 03:39 PM

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i've used this type for the last 5 years or so. nothing in yr ear, and the arm goes behind yr ear like glasses so they are nice and snug but you can still hear sounds around you as well if you want.

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Posted 14 February 2006 - 03:41 PM

^^ Yeah, I found those to be comfortable too. But didn't like the foam getting wet with sweat during workouts. Got nasty, and got too lazy to look for foam replacements.

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Posted 14 February 2006 - 03:48 PM

^^ Yeah, I found those to be comfortable too. But didn't like the foam getting wet with sweat during workouts. Got nasty, and got too lazy to look for foam replacements.

for working out i'd recommend these:

http://www.amazon.co...5Fencoding=UTF8

same earbud as the MDR-51/71 and same sound (much better than the stock apple ones, not quit Sure/Etymotic quality obviously), but they stay in your ear and on your head very well, yet are pretty light/inconspicous still.

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Posted 14 February 2006 - 04:01 PM

For $30, I may try them. I have always had trouble keeping earbuds in the ear when working out if they weren't over the head. Something about that over the head piece seems to keep them in place better for me.

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Posted 14 February 2006 - 04:05 PM

These are real good, and very comfortable: http://www.audiocube...Headphones.html

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Posted 14 February 2006 - 04:10 PM

for me, it's not just comfort. the damn things just always want to fall out. I like something outside of my ears MUCH better.
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Posted 14 February 2006 - 04:12 PM

I use the shure E2c's. I love em. I know they are canal phones not ear buds or in ear phones but I love em. worth the 100 dollars after you get used to them. look out though, cause like a tatoo you will want the bigger and better ones after. (500 bills). I have only had I pod headphones in my ears for a total of about 2 hours becaue the sound is so shitty and they are uncomfortable.
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Posted 14 February 2006 - 04:15 PM

for me, it's not just comfort. the damn things just always want to fall out. I like something outside of my ears MUCH better.

have you tried the ones that actually go in your ear like earplugs?

typical "earbuds" don't go in your ears really, they sit just outside the canal, the ones that have soft rubber plugs NEVER fall out of my ears, unless i pull pretty hard on 'em

i too prefer actual headphones, but for on the go, i like to use earbuds that go in my ears.

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Posted 14 February 2006 - 04:15 PM

"wrap around" Walkman headphones

Count me among those who can't stand buds.

I use some old wrap around Sonys on the plane or any other time when I'll be rushing around. I have a pair of PortaPros that I really love, but I always feel like I'm going to break the damn things if I'm sticking them in my carry on or anything. Aren't they guaranteed through Koss for accidental breakage or something? I remember registering them after I first picked 'em up, but fuck if I remember the details.