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Rugged Apple-style earbuds

The volume button on my iPhone earbuds just stopped working. Arg. I'd like to replace them with something more rugged. [more inside]
posted by cnanderson on Oct 14, 2014 - 8 answers

Bluetooth headphone recommendations for running?

I'm looking for a new set of headphones to wear while running and I'm interested in trying Bluetooth. I want to still be able to hear the world around me as I do most of my running on the road. Track/volume controls would be nice to have. Can any of you recommend something you've had a good experience with? [more inside]
posted by Songdog on Aug 25, 2014 - 11 answers

OK to use alcohol wipes on IEM eartips?

Is it fine to clean my silicone eartips with alcohol-based wipes? I've been doing it for a few years, and even the same tips for quite a while, without noticing any problem. Yet some scant audiophile advice on the Net says don't use alcohol. I'm wondering "Why not?" But I'm concerned if I am doing damage... Sometimes I do soak them in soapy water, but it's so time-saving to wipe them down with these pads from the first-aid aisle; plus, they -- and my ears -- stay pretty clean anyway. (I have standard silicone tips that came with Brainwavz and other brands of in-ear monitors.) Thank you.
posted by noelpratt2nd on Jun 21, 2014 - 5 answers

Need Android headphones as similar as possible to Apple Earpods

I like Apple Earpods. I don't like in-canal earbuds. I just switched to Android, and earpods don't work well. What can I get? [more inside]
posted by Pacrand on May 15, 2014 - 6 answers

Phoney Baloney

Is there a device of some kind that will allow me to listen to music on my ear buds and still hear my desk telephone ringing? [more inside]
posted by BrianJ on Jan 17, 2014 - 11 answers

Looking for earbuds

I'm looking for earbuds. Under $200 is preferable but willing to go up to $300. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by pdq on Dec 24, 2013 - 13 answers

Headphone and Earbud Recommendations?

Looking for suggestions for headphones and earbuds to purchase for myself. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Nov 12, 2013 - 12 answers

kick the cans

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 - 14 answers

Optimal OGG to MP3 encoding for quality vs. file size?

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 - 15 answers

Bent in-ear earbuds?

My three-tier silicone(?) earbuds now have sharp bends in the lowest, most flexible part of the bottom and middle tiers (despite only storing them in the provided receptacle). Is there anyway to return these things to their proper shape, or do I need to buy new ones? It's affecting the seal.
posted by flibbertigibbet on Sep 26, 2013 - 4 answers

Earphones: Am I doin' it wrong?

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 - 11 answers

Are there comfortable earbuds?

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 - 27 answers

How can I get my earbuds to last longer than 3 months before they break?

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 - 17 answers

Look for good but durable earbuds.

These 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 - 18 answers

Looking for what amounts to Apple's earpods in black.

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 - 19 answers

What headphones should I buy to run with?

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 - 10 answers

Need AM radio solution to drown out the silence!

Looking for recommendations for a portable AM radio and earbuds. [more inside]
posted by futz on Jun 8, 2012 - 8 answers

What's the best mobile/iPhone headset mic out there?

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 - 3 answers

Smaller than an elbow...

How do I find out what earbuds don't hurt my ears? [more inside]
posted by mephron on May 3, 2012 - 13 answers

Shut out the world!

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 - 7 answers

Need bluetooth form-fitting earbuds to wear while mowing.

Looking for molded/custom bluetooth capable earbuds to use for music listening while operating my tractor... [more inside]
posted by docpops on Apr 6, 2012 - 4 answers

YAHQ (yet another headphone question) -- what's the best all-around pair, good for running *and* working?

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 - 7 answers

Which ear buds best stand up to abuse?

Which ear buds best stand up to abuse? [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Mar 10, 2012 - 11 answers

I need new, durable headphones. Again.

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 - 32 answers

Identify a pair of earphones based on far too little information

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 - 7 answers

Looking for a single (1-ear) earbud

Looking for recommendations for a single earbud (1 earbud) for an mp3 player. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Aug 17, 2011 - 9 answers

Broken buds ain't my buddies

I need a pair of sturdy earbuds. Can you help me find a pair that will survive my pocket? [more inside]
posted by inturnaround on Aug 15, 2011 - 19 answers

Good earbuds for my iPod?

My Klipsch S2 earbuds are worn out. Any suggestions for a replacement that has the best bang for your buck? I'm using them with an iPod Nano 6th Gen.
posted by antgly on Jul 24, 2011 - 10 answers

Noise-Canceling Things

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 - 17 answers

Why so much leakage?

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 - 15 answers

Need help selecting an upgrade from Apple Earbuds.

Need help selecting an upgrade from Apple Earbuds. [more inside]
posted by kdern on Feb 17, 2011 - 23 answers

What do you use to carry your earbuds?

What do you use to carry your earbuds? [more inside]
posted by Kosh on Jan 28, 2011 - 19 answers

Why do my headphones sound louder when I switch them around?

Why do in-ear headphones sound much louder when I put the left-labelled one in my right ear and the right-labelled one in my left ear? [more inside]
posted by two or three cars parked under the stars on Oct 9, 2010 - 6 answers

Headphone Help

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 - 6 answers

Earbuds for a sweaty runner.

Earbuds for a sweaty runner: am I the only person with this problem? [more inside]
posted by something something on Jun 11, 2010 - 26 answers

How to go about choosing earphones?

I want to buy a new pair of noise-blocking earphones ... but I know nothing about noise-blocking earphones. Or earphones in general. Help? [more inside]
posted by Xany on Jun 3, 2010 - 13 answers

I care too much about earbuds I break.

Another earbud question with maddening specificity. [more inside]
posted by OrangeDrink on Apr 27, 2010 - 16 answers

What are some great headphones for city walking?

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 - 11 answers

How can I keep my ear buds IN MY EARS?

How can I keep my ear buds IN MY EARS? XL foam covers? Clamps? Rubber bands? [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Feb 20, 2010 - 20 answers

My wife doesn't like the cord on her earbuds...

...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 - 17 answers

Earphones for a person with sensitive skin who travels on a bus

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 - 6 answers

Sing Me To Sleep

What kinds of earphones/earbuds can I wear to bed? [more inside]
posted by xingcat on Oct 20, 2009 - 13 answers

"Seasoning" headphones?

Is the practice of "seasoning" headphones just supersition? [more inside]
posted by rwhe on Jun 15, 2009 - 47 answers

Problems with earbuds

Help me stop destroying my iPod headphones! [more inside]
posted by graventy on May 7, 2009 - 16 answers

Make Apple in-ear phones work better with T-Mobile G1?

How can I get my Apple iPhone/iPod/iTouch in-ear headphones to work easily with my T-Mobile G1 phone? [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels on May 1, 2009 - 1 answer

Help me choose some good earbuds!

Help me choose some good earbuds! I need a new pair of earbuds for my iPhone. [more inside]
posted by nafrance on Feb 9, 2009 - 8 answers

Headphones for gym

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 - 16 answers

New earbuds near Times Square please!

Where's the best place to buy good quality noise-reducing earbuds for my first-gen iPhone in the Times Square NYC vicinity? [more inside]
posted by BillBishop on Nov 20, 2008 - 12 answers

Can you help me replace my lost earbud piece?

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 - 10 answers

Those little white jobbies aren't cutting it anymore

What are the best iPhone-compatible, in-ear headphones one can buy for around $50? [more inside]
posted by wordsmith on Oct 18, 2008 - 6 answers

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