Replacement Ear Buds

So far I love my Sansa 8 gig Clip+.  And the sound from the supplied ear buds is excellent, IMHO.  However due to high school and college wrestling, my outer ears have scar tissue which makes the supplied earbuds difficult to put in my ears and to have stay there.  I do much better with the smaller earbuds.  Can some recommend a replacement earbud that will sound at least as good as the ones supplied but with the smaller bud on the end?  While I don’t need to go cheap, I would rather not spend a lot of money…

I wonder if you might do well with earbuds with replaceable, differently-sized tips, so that you can see what works best for you.

Shure in-ear phones have done well by me (and can be used with squishable foam tips), and the Klipsch Image S4 in-ear phones have been nicely regarded.  At a lower price point with replaceable tips, I have appreciated the Sony MDR-EX71 and MDR-EX81 phones (the latter of which includes a rubber loop to go around your ear, to help hold the phone in your ear), both of which have come down dramatically in price (you might want to check them at Amazon.com).

Thanks.  I’ll check them out.

Well, if money were no object, I would have purchased the Klipsch Image S4’s.  But, I ended up with the “v-moda vibe” ear buds available at my local Costco (where I purchased my Clip+. 

I have been reading about “burn in”.  Never heard of the need before.  I should hook the head phones to a source and play music extra loud for many hours to burn them in?  Guess it can’t hurt…

Many people swear by burning headphone in. Others, . . . . I forget what level your music should be set to, for burning in. Certainly, don’t set it at a level that will blow your phones out.

I don’t (and probably will not) how much better the $75 Klipsch Image S4 would have been, but the v-moda vibe premium noise-isolating metal headphone buds are wonderful, both confort and sound wise.  I am very happy with my purchase from Costco.

@tmozer wrote:

I don’t (and probably will not) how much better the $75 Klipsch Image S4 would have been, but the v-moda vibe premium noise-isolating metal headphone buds are wonderful, both confort and sound wise.  I am very happy with my purchase from Costco.

I’ve seen those at my Costco too and wondered how they sound. I think they are $39, so not a bad price.

I’d like to have a Costco near me.  There’s only a BJ’s Warehouse in my area and their selection of small electronics is very limited.

With these new ear buds, I am hearing things from my music collection I have never heard before.  I just completed my 2 hour excercise walk and enjoyed the tunes the whole way.  If my feet did not hurt as much after 6 miles, I would have kept going…

@tmozer wrote:

With these new ear buds, I am hearing things from my music collection I have never heard before.  I just completed my 2 hour excercise walk and enjoyed the tunes the whole way.  If my feet did not hurt as much after 6 miles, I would have kept going…

Isn’t it amazing?  Had the same experience when I upgraded my earbuds.  But this can be dangerous with upgrading …  Fortunately, the cost of decent and good available earbuds has come down dramatically over the past few years. 

@tmozer wrote:

I don’t (and probably will not) how much better the $75 Klipsch Image S4 would have been, but the v-moda vibe premium noise-isolating metal headphone buds are wonderful, both confort and sound wise.  I am very happy with my purchase from Costco.

Have you noticed the exaggerated, heavy, muddy bass and lack of treble & mid-range that so many reviewers criticize with these phones?

I have not/did not read any reviews before or after my purchase.  However I feel the bass is tight and not at all exagerated.  As I said before, I have picking up (the correct) words from tunes I had intrepreted incorrectly for years.  Well recorded music sounds better then ever.  Bad recorded cuts sound worse.  Some of that old Motown stuff is every griddier than I had once believed…