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stephenb
May 25, 2012

What are some good moderate priced ear bud headphones?

I listen to music a lot at the office and have been using use some cheap ear bud style headphones that I paid $10. I thought that they were good enough....then I tried a co-worker's Sennheisers. Now I can't stop noticing how poor the sound quality is. What are some decent moderate priced headphones? I prefer ear bud style, but I would be open to going to a different style. Are there any good choices for less than $100?

jimlynch
05/30/2012
About.com has a roundup of these that you might find useful.

5 Cool Earbuds Under& $30
http://peripherals.about.com/od/speakersandheadphones/tp/5-Cool-Earbuds-...

"So you just dropped a bunch of cash on your iPod or MP3 player of choice and you don’t have a lot left over to spring for earbuds. No worries -- there are still plenty of options out there for you (as long as you understand you won’t necessarily be getting audiophile-quality reproduction)."
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henyfoxe
05/29/2012

There are quite a few good headphones out there, although not at $10 as you have realized.  My favorite in-ear style are Klipsch Image S5i ear buds.  I use them every day, and I think I spent about $125 on them.  Once you get to the $100 price point you can start to find much better products.  There are a number of brands that are dependably good quality, both in build and sound output.  For example, Klipsch, Bose and Sennheisers (that you mentioned) are always going to be decent, although not always exceptional.  On the downside, you pay a premium for the brand name.  It is a little bit of hit and miss choosing headphones because of personal preferences.  I spent a lot of time around large caliber weapons a few years ago, and as a result I like headphones with a "bright" sound to make up for some of my loss of ability to hear high frequency sounds.  In contrast one of my pals loves Beats, which I think are muddy sounding, because the bass is emphasized.  Keep that in mind when you are reading reviews.    

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sandeepseeram
05/28/2012

Clarity One, has one of the best quality ear bud headphones... they are available from 60$ onwards

visit: http://clarityoneaudio.com  for more information

 

Sandeep Seeram

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sandeepseeram
05/28/2012

Clarity One, has one of the best quality ear bud headphones... they are available from 60$ onwards

visit: http://clarityoneaudio.com  for more information

 

Sandeep Seeram

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