My wife doesn't like the cord on her earbuds...
December 3, 2009 10:24 AM   Subscribe 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 to Shopping (17 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
A little more detail please... what would the specific differences be between a Y and a y?
posted by bigmusic at 10:26 AM on December 3, 2009

What is your price range? Without any other info, I'd recommend the Ultimate Ears MetroFi 220, which are my favorite in the $50-70 range. (And they have the symmetrical, Y-shaped cord; I hate the asymmetrical cords as well).
posted by helios at 10:27 AM on December 3, 2009

I assume that judomadonna means that the distance from the cable splitting to each of the earbuds is the same, rather than that split happening closer to one earbud than the other. That said, I don't wear earbuds, and am thus useless with an actual answer.
posted by brainmouse at 10:28 AM on December 3, 2009

I use a pair of Sennheiser CX400s, and I love them. Their price varies wildly between $30 and $70.
posted by Prospero at 10:34 AM on December 3, 2009

Response by poster: Yes, brainmouse is correct, as is helios' terminology ("symmetrical, Y-shaped cord"). Sorry about that, folks.

My price range is $30-50.
posted by judomadonna at 10:35 AM on December 3, 2009

I have some fun skull candy earbuds that work great and are symmetrical.
posted by Kimberly at 10:46 AM on December 3, 2009 [1 favorite]

In that case, I'd recommend the UE 170s (same brand as above, but a less expensive model).
posted by helios at 10:48 AM on December 3, 2009

err, I meant to say "same brand as my previous recommendation"
posted by helios at 10:50 AM on December 3, 2009

I know exactly what you mean.

I use these Sony earphones and have had them for years. I got mine at Best Buy for $12, and they appear to be even cheaper elsewhere.
posted by anderjen at 10:56 AM on December 3, 2009

Best answer: My personal favorite is the Head-Direct RE2. I would never have considered them except I wanted something with really great sound quality, discovered these getting good reviews around the web, and then found out how inexpensive they were (compared to a lot of the other units they were compared with). Best headphone purchase I've ever made.
posted by pupdog at 11:25 AM on December 3, 2009 [1 favorite]

The one pair of skull candy phones I got were INSANELY DANGEROUSLY LOUD with my ipod. Which isn't particularly loud in general. I ended up dumping them because I was afraid of destroying what little hearing I have left.

I'm not sure if they are all like that, but I'd be careful. Honestly I don't know how they sell them like that. These things were crazy...and I've used a lot of different ones in my time.
posted by sully75 at 11:29 AM on December 3, 2009

sully75, the ipod I have has a setting for MAX volume in the options or somewhere.
So then when you use the normal adjust the volume, when it looks like its at max, it is in fact only at 40 percent or whatever you set the max volume to previously.
I had to use the setting with the skull candy earbuds too, but they work great.
posted by Iax at 12:02 PM on December 3, 2009

The one pair of skull candy phones I got were INSANELY DANGEROUSLY LOUD with my ipod.

My girlfriend has these Skullcandy earphones that are fine with my 2nd gen iPod Shuffle, and (I can only assume since she's never complained) fine with her iPod Nano too.

The earphones linked have a symmetrical cord as required.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 12:02 PM on December 3, 2009

Response by poster: I'm going to give the Head-Direct RE2s a shot. Thanks, pupdog!

And thanks to all who replied! :)
posted by judomadonna at 12:18 PM on December 3, 2009

Gah! Quick piggy back!

What earbuds DO have a-symmatrical cords? The Sonys used to, but they don't any more. I love the a-symettrical cords...
posted by crickets at 12:40 PM on December 3, 2009

Many Sennheiser headphones have an asymmetrical cord, crickets (in the MX and CX series, anyway)
posted by transporter accident amy at 3:45 AM on December 4, 2009

crickets: If they're still sold, I swear by my Razer m100s. Despite the pretty low price, they have good sound and isolation, and are very lightweight. Because they were so cheap, I have several pairs so that I'm less likely to forget one and be without earbuds. I paid about $15 for each pair.
posted by Nameless at 1:16 PM on December 4, 2009

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