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Old 01-15-10, 07:08 PM
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Ear buds: foam or silicone?

Now I know that a bunch of y'all have personal media devices. Seems like the headphones, no matter the brand/model of device, that comes stock are junk. Kinda like pedals/saddles of a new bike.

So what is your favorite, "go to" set of 'phones?
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Old 01-15-10, 07:23 PM
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I have a pair of skullcandy headphones that im happy with.
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in-canal, with silicone.

Sennheiser CX300.

foam plugs don't seem to work too well in the cold. They stiffen up so much it's like inserting *****s into your ears.
which my pair of panasonic... or JVC... or whatever these blue things are manages to pull off every non-summer day I use them.
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As I have no direct experience of inserting *****s in my ears, I will take your word for it.

But you may have it with the cold foam, though. Just got some JVC Marshmellows, and my ears are uncomfortable after more than 30 minutes.
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I just got some klipsch S4i earbugs. Outstanding sound and comfort.. I was using the Bose before these.
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Silicone... I have a nice pair (brand I cannot remember) I got at costco for about $40... they're practically indestructible, which is perfect for the bike rides.
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Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
As I have no direct experience of inserting *****s in my ears, I will take your word for it.

But you may have it with the cold foam, though. Just got some JVC Marshmellows, and my ears are uncomfortable after more than 30 minutes.
hey, that's it that's what I use. JVC marshmellows. how do you like your ear *****s?

they're fine if they're warm, but even at room temperature, they're hard.

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Silicone... I have a nice pair (brand I cannot remember) I got at costco for about $40... they're practically indestructible, which is perfect for the bike rides.
really? costco? I'll have to look for them the next time I'm there then.
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hey, that's it that's what I use. JVC marshmellows. how do you like your ear *****s?

they're fine if they're warm, but even at room temperature, they're hard.
I'm still on the fence about them. The sound quality isn't on par with my silicone Philips, but they do block out a lot more noise. I got them because my other pair has an asymmetrical cord which is driving me crazy, and the cold temps made the wire feel a little too brittle.
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Originally Posted by solbrothers View Post
I have a pair of skullcandy headphones that im happy with.
me too along with some very expensive Etymotics. The Skullcandy work just fine. For some over ear phones both the Koss Portapro and Sennheiser PX 100's are nice affordable phones.
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Originally Posted by daredevil View Post
me too along with some very expensive Etymotics. The Skullcandy work just fine. For some over ear phones both the Koss Portapro and Sennheiser PX 100's are nice affordable phones.
X2 on the Senns, and I like my HD 280pros also. My best headphones, however, are Stax SR-5's.
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Altec Lansing Back Beat Classics, silicone - passive noise isolating. Decent for $30.
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No foam or silicone thank you very much. Natural is the best.
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No foam or silicone thank you very much. Natural is the best.
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I have some cheapo skull candy in-ear buds that are great. They sell a 15 buck version with two sizes of silicone buds and a 40 dollar version with metal casings, two sizes of silicone buds and a set of foam. So for 40 bucks, you can get really nice sound with the option of silicone or foam, depending on the weather or whatever else.

There seem to be some audiophiles on the board. How do the cheapie skull candy phones compare to the high end? They seem miles above other phones in their price range.
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Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
No foam or silicone thank you very much. Natural is the best.
True. More than a handful is a waste.
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16.99 version

38.79 version

Both seem to have poor reviews regarding durability. I bought a set of the 17 dollar earbuds and then bought my wife a set. I used mine practically every day (motorcycle commuter) and one of the earbuds starting cutting in and out after maybe 8-10 months. But for nearly daily use and a price that low, I wasn't upset at all. The wife's set still works after almost a year and a half. It gets less use. I then bought the 40 dollar version and they seem more durable, but the metal housing with the sharp edges does get uncomfortable quickly in one's ear.

They now make earphones with an inline mic for iphones and blackberries as well. I saw the 17 dollar version with a mic for 20 bucks at the AT&T store the other day. I'll probably pick up a set. Seeing as how my ipod is now an iphone, I could see that feature coming in handy on long rides. I'd pull over to answer a call, of course.
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I prefer silicone as they don't soak up sweat and get all smelly and gross. Easier to clean than foam too.

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Silicone. I find the foam too abrasive.
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Originally Posted by daredevil View Post
me too along with some very expensive Etymotics. The Skullcandy work just fine. For some over ear phones both the Koss Portapro and Sennheiser PX 100's are nice affordable phones.
I'm sure those are nice headphones, but I'm now pretty much in the "in-the-ear" camp. I've got glasses, and the over the head types are a bit uncomfortable for extended use.

That being said, I do have two pair of neckband 'phones that I use with the laptop- one that is analog stereo and one that is usb with mic. The analog one has really good sound quality IMO, but their major flaw is that they allow too much noise in either direction.
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Originally Posted by solbrothers View Post
I have a pair of skullcandy headphones that im happy with.
Me too.
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