August 27, 2005

Earphone Roundup

A few weeks ago I was getting frustrated with the lack of sound quality and comfort in the standard-issue iPod earphones. I posted about it in the Sidebar asking for some suggestions, and I got dozens and dozens of emails on the subject.

People suggested ones they liked, and trashed ones they hated. People suggested ones they never even tried out for themselves. Some people tried out the in-ear "monitors" and felt they went in so deep it actually felt invasive. Others said you get used to that pretty quickly. I also received several requests from readers just wanting to know which ones I settled on.

Needless to say, I'm as confused as ever on the subject, but here a shortened list of the earphones that tended to be recommended the most.

They range in price from about $20 to over $300. I tend to abuse these earphones a bit, so the idea of spending several hundred on them doesn't sound like the best idea for me.

If and when I finally get a new pair and stick them in my ear holes, I'll let you know how it goes.

Philips Surround Sound Earbuds

Sony MDR-EX51LP Fontopia Headphones, White

Etymotic ER6

Etymotic ER-4

Etymotic ER6i

Etymotic ER6iC

Shure E2c Sound Isolating Earphones

Shure E3c Sound Isolating Earphones

Shure E4c Sound Isolating Earphones

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