Have tried the Mylar Crossroads, Creative EP-630, Creative Aurvana didn't like them. The Mylars were bassy but flat in other areas. Creative 630, did not like them. Flat and boring. Creative aurvana, too clean and clinical for me. IMHO. I am not an audiophile.
These are my personal opinions after comparing them with my Panasonic HJE-50. YMMV. What I like abt the Panasonic is the sound isolation, small buds you can wear to sleep too, and of course the sound. Not too bassy for long periods of listening and not too expensive. Could do with more clarity but its ok with me. Cost <$55
I replaced that with my current Pana HJE-500. Its more bassy maybe due to the aluminium housing compared to the plastic of the 50. Nonetheless it is still ergonomic and comfortable. Isolation is slightly above average. Better isolation also gives better bass. Cost <$70.
The ultimate earphones I have tried is of course the $700 Shure tri-drivers (3 drivers in each ear), forgot the model, which gave such such such live-sounding music. Delicious but too expensive headphones for me. This is serious serious poison! Be warned.
You might also want to consider noise cancelling headphones. But never tried any of those before, so can't comment. And yes, Jaben is a great place to try headphones! No pressure and wide, but not exhaustive, range. Good luck!
Sennheiser CX300 for small, in-ear. Sennheiser HD280 for covering the ear. I use the CX300 on planes, find them great for blocking out engine drone and screaming kids.
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Walau! This thread made me spend money... after reading I went down and got a pair of UM-1s
Quite happy with them, apart from not being able to hear my phone ringing just now.. hahahaha
Compared with the Shure SE110 as it was in the same price range as the UM-1... and I like the stronger lows and (slightly) more pronounced mids of the UM1's better
The best feature I find about these earphones is that they provide excellent blocking of external sound. This allows me to set the volume lower, and also hear all the subtle parts of what I'm listening to. I find sound reproduction to be very good, but I don't have any other IEM to compare with. They're also very comfortable, but the very soft sleeve drops out fairly easily. The main problem is that when walking or running, there's a loud rubbing sound (not sure how to describe this). Anyway, this is definitely not for wearing during running (on treadmill - wearing this while running on road is suicidal). For that, I replaced the sleeves with Shure's silicone sleeves. They're harder, not as comfortable and does not block as much sound though.
Other than the sleeves which I lost after about 2 months, my original pair is still functioning well after over 2 years of abuse.
For the price I paid for them (below US$30) they're hard to beat.
Or can use those clips that comes with HP earpiece to clip it to ur shirt. Works as well, esp for running. Just need to find 1 that can fit ur CX300 cable.
oh yah, is e cables go to the back of the neck type (like my Sony's)? does the CX300 not have sleeves of different sizes for closer fit?
if u really 1 2 give max protection for those earphones, those cylindrical containers from hair styling products works very well for storaging them. it could take the weight of most guys standing on it.
3.5mm stereo plug to split : 35 inches
split to left : 7.5 inches
split to right : 21 inches
If I have one of those super expensive phones, I'll give it better protection. Right now I just wrap the cord around the player and toss it in my gym bag I'm not sure what the containers look like though - got a photo somewhere?
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