09-19-2008 05:55 AM
What I do since I love the inner ear buds and think they actualy can protect your hearing since there is so much ambient noise polution everywhere especially at places like my job where I wear tehm both for hearing protection and to listen to books and music- the instructional video - very simple indeed is on my youtube space called NHCollege you just put a fwd slash then that word after putting in the regular youtube.com ok thanks and stay thinking free
09-19-2008 05:42 PM
I use JVC gummi ear buds. they have a good sound, made with soft plastic that is very comfortable, and arent terriblely expencive ($9-11) they also come in a variety of colors so you can pick one to match you player. Usually, though most places (like walmart) only carry blue and pink ones. that's my expirience at least.
My Sansa Fuze -- 4 gig, blue, no card yet; 1034 songs; 36 photos
12-20-2008 06:56 PM
I have several sets of earbuds, mostly Sennheiser. The ones that just sit in your ear (similar to the ones that come with the Fuze) just don't sound good. They just can't get the bass. My most expensive pair - Sennheiser MX-760 - cost $40, but still aren't that much better than cheap ones.
The in-ear buds sound much better, hence all the expensive buds are like that. I have Sony MDR-EX51. It was about $28 at Amazon. The sound is pretty good, though I'm sure the more expensive buds will be better. I picked these after reading iPod forums, where the Sony MDR-EX buds were very popular. I use it for noisy environments like airplanes, so I'm not so worried about perfect sound. I have to take some other buds/phones to wear in the airport so I can hear what is going on. It has the J-cord as mentioned above (one side is longer). This enables you to just pop them out and let them dangle from your neck. J-cords do have the downside that one side will get tugged from time to time. There doesn't seem to be a perfect solution with that. I think J-cords are good for in-ear buds, because I have to take them out any time I want to hear anything.
My preference is headphones - Sennheiser PX-100. About $40. They're small and portable (they fold up into a case about the size of an eyeglass case). The look sort of like the old headphones that used to come with portable CD players. The sound is better than any earbuds I've tried (though I haven't tried the very expensive earbuds), and certainly better than earbuds in that price range. Good sound all the way from bass to treble. Comfortable for hours of wear. Its an open design, so there's not a lot of isolation from the outside world. There is another model (PX-100) that is essentially the same thing with a more closed ear cup, and should block some outside sound. The biggest downside is that the cable is about 5 feet, which is a bit much for carrying about.
I find having two pair is the best solution. In-ear buds do a great job of isolating outside noise, but make you deaf to the world. This is fine in situations like busses and airplanes where you won't be interacting with people. In very noisy cities, it may be the only alternative, too. I don't like wearing them, because I've had dirty looks from people who were trying to talk to me (and thought I was just ignoring them), and nearly missed a flight once because I didn't hear the announcement. The only choice for an open design that sounds good is headphones, so I wear those the most.
12-20-2008 07:07 PM
The Sennheiser MX400 or MX500 are a great buy at around $10-15. They are basically the same except that the MX500 has a volume control on the cord. If you want isolationg earphones, the Sennheiser CX300 has gotten great reviews and is a great buy at under $30. The Sennheiser PX100 folding headphones are a great buy at around $30. For gym use and use while exercising the Koss Sportapro headphones for around $20 is a great deal. It is a bit too bassy for some though. The Koss KTX Pro 1 (around $16) headphone is brighter sounding and less bassy than the Sportapro, however the KTX Pro 1 doesn't fold. The Sportapro rolls up into a small ball shape, so it can fit in a jacket pocket. The Sportapro is basically the same headphone as the Portapro, however it looks different and costs much less.
12-22-2008 07:03 AM
Features Precision armature driver for studio quality sound. Vented receiver provides optimum acoustical space for warm and exciting low frequencies. Moldable over-the-ear loops keep earphones securely in place. Comfort-fit earplug design blocks out external sounds...and captures detailed clarity of audio within the ear, including phenomenal bass. Detachable cable for easy replacement. Includes Universal Fit Kit, providing choice of five different eartips for personalized user comfort. Gold plated plug increases conductivity of audio signal, assuring the purest sound.
Tech Specs Precision Vented Armature Driver 26 dB 115 dB / mW 13 Ohms Cable: Long 46" (1.2m) Weight: 0.5 oz
bdb: I agree that 2 sets are a good solution. I use the standard Sansa buds or similar cheap Sony's around town and at home. They are fine...good bass...no complaints at the price point, that's for sure. As an outer-ear bud, they are eay to get in and out, and allow me to hear some ambient sounds. It's pretty weird to be at home and not hear someone come in the house, baby cry, the phone ring, etc. Ditto at work.
On a plane, I go for inner-ear type. Helps seal out some of the noise but too much aggravation for me to use as a daily solution.
I got the above buds (Altec-Lansing "Upgrader") through Buy.com for $39 on sale last month with free shipping. Not bad, they are now going for $86 at buy.com- regular price.
I'd say they are adequate. Again, sucess depends on finding the right neoprene tips that fit your ears. Otherwise bass will be lacking.
I'd say that bass is somewhat lacking definition anyway. The buds require the Fuze volume to be cranked a lot higher than the stock Sansa buds. The wire near the bud is "stiffened" to allow a more-or-less rigid loop to go over the top of the ear. This helps to hold the bud in place and reduce transferring motion and tugging from the cord.
Overall, for me, these were worth $40 but not $86!
12-22-2008 08:50 AM - edited 12-22-2008 08:56 AM
I don't use ear-buds, because they don't stay put(maybe I have weird ears). And the in-ear models bother my ears terribly. So ATM I have Koss KSC75 clip-on-ear phones, a wonderful bargain with great sound. I also have a pair of Sony MDR-V150 "studio-style" cans....these are comfortable if I maneuver my glasses slightly, but the sound is suspect. They're very low and mid oriented with no highs to speak of. The closest approximation to the KSC75's(w/"normal" eq) I can get with the Sony's is -2,-3,0,+12,+12 with the custom EQ.....looks extreme, eh? It's really not. However, when my Sennheiser HD201's get here, est. 12/30 delivery, I can relegate the Sony's to podcast only use, if anything
Edit: I forgot prices...The Ksc75's were about $6 at Radio Shack(clearance) and my Sennheiser's were $19.99+shipping from Amazon.com
Message Edited by Marvin_Martian on 12-22-2008 11:56 AM
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12-22-2008 09:54 AM
Well, I'm using Philips SHE9700 with my Fuze. Sounding so good with clear sound and deep bass. It does nice job for performing Trance music either Easy Listening music
12-22-2008 11:29 AM
I have a set of Philips SHE5910's surround sound that I though were nice " my first in ear set"till I got the Sony's at Walmart.. I forget the model number off hand but the Sony's are the $39.99 ones in store.. Great sound nice tight base with good solid kick drum! midrange is very good with good presence and a great airy top end that's very translucent.. All and all a well balanced set of buds for under $40 bucks.. I also have a old set of small Sony over the ear phones that came with a Sony CD player some 15 years ago that still sounds fantastic.. I went over them earlier in the thread but brought the Sony $39.99 ear buds from Walmart up again because they sound so good and would make a great stocking stuffer for the last minute shopper. Happy holidays to all! George
*His* 8GB Silver Fuze v01.02.31A also 8GB MicroSDHC card installed *Hers* 4GB red Fuze with 16GB micro SDHC card! Firmware v01.02.31A still installed. Acquired another 8GB Fuze also with firmware v01.02.31A now..