I'm looking for new headphones or earbuds. Sound quality isn't that important.
Long-term comfort and build quality are. [more inside]
posted by theodolite
on Oct 21, 2013 -
I'm preparing to revamp my digital music library, including re-encoding a lot of high-bitrate OGG tracks as MP3 to increase portability and cut down on file size. What are the best LAME encoder settings
to maximize appreciable quality for the future without taking up too much space? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Oct 14, 2013 -
EarPhoneFilter: I used to have absolutely amazing in-ear earphones years ago before an associate broke them and I missed the really awesome experience of having super high quality music... so as per an audiophile friend's recommendation recently bought what were supposed to be an absolutely amazing pair to top any other in its price range, Ultimate Ears Triple.fi 10
. However, I have had absolutely no luck with them so far and have sort-of been missing my free Samsung Galaxy SIII earbuds? Is there any way I could be... cripes, using them wrong? Is it possible to use earphones... wrongly? Has anyone had any experience with this particular model? Do I have a dud pair? Help! [more inside]
posted by Keter
on Jul 1, 2013 -
I have always used over-the-head headphones, but they're a bit cumbersome and not very practical for riding the bus, taking a walk, keeping in my purse, etc. I really want a pair of earbuds (canalphones?) but I need comfortable ones. Advice? [more inside]
posted by radioamy
on May 24, 2013 -
I replaced my earbud headphones for the third time in six months yesterday. I'm not particularly rough on them (I don't think), yet after three months, inevitably one of the ears will get all static-y and then completely die about a day later. I'm buying pretty mid-range headphones and while they're not amazing, they should bloody last longer than three months.
So what is it that I am doing that's apparently so beyond the wear and tear expected of these headphones? Is it how I'm wrapping the cord? Where I'm keeping them? Gah! [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch
on Apr 18, 2013 -
earbuds are basically the best headphones I've ever used. However, their cord is way too thin, and I've broken at least half a dozen pairs of these over the last few years, usually by having the wire tear straight off of the plug. I've never broken any other kind of headphones this consistently. These
are my back-up pair, and are tough and sound okay, but I'd really like ones as durable as the Skullcandies and as crisp and rich as the Thinksounds. The 30-50 dollar price range is preferable. Any suggestions?
posted by cthuljew
on Oct 29, 2012 -
I'm looking for non-sealing earbuds with iPhone controls that aren't white, and I can't find them. Do you have any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by unsound
on Sep 28, 2012 -
What headphones should I buy for running and the gym? Wish list: Sounds better, and doesn't fall out as easily as the Apple earbuds; lets more ambient sound through than those in-ear headphones with silicone tips; includes an inline microphone and controls that actually work with an Android phone. [more inside]
posted by schmod
on Jul 16, 2012 -
All iPhone / mobile headphone reviews go into (sometimes) excruciating detail about the sound qualities and quality of the headset, but I've found very few that actually talk about the mic quality.
So I ask: are there candidates for "best mic"?
posted by theNonsuch
on May 15, 2012 -
Please recommend your favourite in-ear/earbud noise-cancelling headphones with an iPod/iPhone control and mic. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA
on May 1, 2012 -
YAHQ (yet another headphone question) -- what's the best all-around pair, good for running *and* working? [more inside]
posted by sesquipedalia
on Mar 15, 2012 -
I've had enough of all of my Shure in-ear isolating earbuds dying on one side. My right bud died suddenly, and this is the third pair in a row. I've had this pair for less than 6 months. Could you recommend a durable pair of isolating/noise cancelling earbuds/headphones with a few requirements? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet
on Nov 28, 2011 -
What were the brand and model of the earphones I left in a muddy field three months ago? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs
on Aug 30, 2011 -
Noise-canceling headphones, or noise-cancelling earbuds, or earmuffs, or earplugs, or some combination? I need to protect my ears from both subway noise and loud co-workers. [more inside]
posted by Chicken Boolean
on Jun 6, 2011 -
As a test, when I have music on loud, I take my earbuds out, hold them a few feet away from myself, and I can't hear it.
Yet, I can clearly hear the words in the songs of people wearing headphones 20 feet away from me in the subway. Do their headphones have terrible leakage? Do they have their music on earsplitting levels? [more inside]
posted by Jagz-Mario
on Feb 18, 2011 -
So I had a pair of Shure E4c-n I really liked that got destroyed. I am thinking about buying a pair of Shure SE425s. Are there any comparable earbuds I should be checking out? A couple other things inside. [more inside]
posted by bytewrite
on Sep 21, 2010 -
I'm looking for headphones I can use while walking around town. Ideally, they will allow some noise to filter in (i.e., if I'm about to be run over by a bus!) but still allow me to hear podcasts and audiobooks clearly. Also, it would be great if they were compatible with an iPhone (mic and controls). I have trouble with two styles: earbuds (they are very
uncomfortable) and over the ear loops, because they interfere with my eyeglasses. So far, I've not found anything remotely useful because I'm so picky. Thanks for any thoughts!
posted by scottso17
on Mar 16, 2010 -
...so can anyone recommend a pair of earbuds with a cord that looks like a capital y (Y), not a lowercase y (y)?
posted by judomadonna
on Dec 3, 2009 -
How can I keep listening to music on the bus without exacerbating my easily irritable skin with earbuds, or causing hearing loss? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Nov 8, 2009 -
My iPod's headphones wore out, but I'm not mourning them. What's a good replacement under $35 or so? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim
on Jan 25, 2009 -
I lost part of my headphones. Must I replace my beloved earbuds, or can I just replace the lost part? [more inside]
posted by Sheppagus
on Oct 30, 2008 -
Recommend-some-earbuds-that-meet-my-bizarrely-specific-criteria-filter: I like everything about my current earbuds except the fact that they're making my ears pop. [more inside]
posted by doift
on Jun 4, 2008 -
I like to listen to my music loud, but out of respect to others I'd like to keep the noise bleed to a minimum. (Think: riding in the subway.) Are their headphones that are built specifically to reduce the amount of noise pollution given off? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj
on May 27, 2008 -
I'm looking for earbuds that offer superior sound quality and that I can wear while running. My over the ear Ravemp buds finally gave out. I haven't been able to find any decent sounding replacements that don't fall out of my ears after a few minutes of running. Price range < $75. Must be available on the internet.
posted by Juicylicious
on May 3, 2006 -
Does frequent use of earplugs and earbud heaphones mean I'll get sick more often? I suspect so but havent found any research to back this up. [more inside]
posted by skallas
on Oct 13, 2004 -
I need new headphones. I use my mp3 player when I run, work out and at the office. Currently I use Sony
headphones at work and Koss
earbuds when I workout. The earbuds do not give me loud enough sound and they pop out. The Sonys don't give good quality sound either and they hurt my left ear.
I've been told that headphone/buds that go into your ear, instead of laying on top are better for good quality and loudness. Does anyone have any suggestions for really good headphones/buds that will stay on while running and exercising, as well as be comfortable enough to be worn all day? I'm willing to spend up to $75.
posted by Juicylicious
on Aug 9, 2004 -