Old 26th March 2008, 07:22   #1
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Earphones?

I bought a Creative Zen (8GB) yesterday morning. I was looking to get a Zune or a Walkman but the Zen was cheaper(overall capacity-wise) and better looking.

I'm liking the overall experience with the Zen so far. The only shortcoming I can think of is the earbuds. They don't sound that great. They're OK for now but I want something with better clarity and better bass response.

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Old 26th March 2008, 10:17   #2
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Old 26th March 2008, 10:59   #3
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If you want some decent earbuds then I would recommend the Sennheiser CX-300. I found them to be very good and have just bought a pair to replace them due to cat damage.

I did buy a pair of cheap-ish Philips SHE 9500 whilst I was looking for the Sennheisers but I think these sound muffled but they do seem to have good bass reproduction.

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Old 26th March 2008, 11:43   #4
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nothing but sennheiser

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Old 26th March 2008, 12:14   #5
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I vote for Sennheiser as well. My eH350 studio monitor headphones are the best I've ever heard.
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Old 26th March 2008, 14:38   #6
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Sennheiser ftw.

I bought a pair of the PX 200s to carry around with me because I wanted some something small enough that could fit into my pocket but I also wanted some headphones rather than earphones. So these folding headphones do a kick ass job, I love them. Plus, even though I'm sure they're more on the lower end of the spectrum of Sennheiser quality, they're still the best headphones I've ever heard.

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Old 26th March 2008, 16:40   #7
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I was thinking more in the $30-40 range. I'd be taking these to work and some people there are like to mess with things. That and I don't have $300. Sennheiser and Klipsch look good but it's not quite what I'm looking for.

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Old 26th March 2008, 16:49   #8
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I can say that for clarity, nothing in my experience tops the Grado SR-60s or 80s. They're fairly open, largish but light, and do amazing work for the money. They're a little over your budget, but mine lasted me through college (and getting tortured in my bookbag between heavy books) so I have to recommend them. It'd be between those and something in-ear for good listening.
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Old 26th March 2008, 16:51   #9
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Do they have to be earphones?

Koss Porta-Pros and their clip-ons (which use the same driver) are very good for the price.
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Old 26th March 2008, 17:03   #10
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They don't HAVE to be. I just prefer them when mobile.

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Old 26th March 2008, 17:47   #11
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Sorry, my recomendation is slightly over your budget at $170, but they are well worth it (to me.) The 6i's (which I had first) are about $75, but they are a little dry sounding. The 4P's are worth the upgrade .

This assumes you can deal with canalphones, but if you are looking for isolation, they would require a lot more money to beat. I tried them back to back on a plane with the Bose Quiet comfort 2's, and they were as good on noise blocking, and better on tonal balance.

They are good enough that if something happened to my pair, I'd buy a replacement.
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Old 26th March 2008, 20:04   #12
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A good compromise: Shure e2c.

Do some searching. I got mine for $50 not too long ago.
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Old 26th March 2008, 20:11   #13
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I bought some Sony earbuds for now. I'm still going to look for better ones though.

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Old 26th March 2008, 23:23   #14
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I found the CX-300 for £17.81 on Amazon.co.uk which should be roughly $40. In most brick and mortar stores here they have been €60 though so I don't know what you may be able to find them for.

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Old 27th March 2008, 04:07   #15
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I bought some Sony earbuds for now. I'm still going to look for better ones though.
Are these the ones you bought? They're actually pretty good, sound quality & durability-wise. Mine have accidentally been through the washer three times (yes, I'm very forgetful) and they still work great.

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Old 27th March 2008, 04:33   #16
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Those aren't the ones I bought. I bought the EX51LP for $40. They aren't bad at all.

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Old 28th March 2008, 18:31   #17
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I can't stand earnubs. I use DJ headphones or studio headphones, and they are by far the best headphones with the best quality of sound. but you would need to buy an attachment to make the headphone input smaller so it can fit into the zune.
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Old 17th March 2009, 05:19   #18
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About a year has passed and I want to get some regular headphones(not in-ear/earbud type). I'll say about $100-$150. I'd prefer to be able to buy in store if possible.

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Old 17th March 2009, 07:16   #19
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Old 17th March 2009, 11:11   #20
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I bought a set of the CX-300's for $19 at the local computer store. You could go spend more money, but then you'd just have less money. I think they are the most comfortable ear buds I ever used. Nice sounding. Sturdy. Worth it.



If you have $300 then you'd probably want the best headphone ever made... no kidding... I tried these but $300 made me gasp too much... where's the steering wheel? Available, if you can believe it, at Radioshark.

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I need to get away from earbuds. My left ear gets sore if I use earbuds. Senheiser does seem like a good idea to me.

I've also never had any faith in what Dr. Dre sells.

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I've been pretty happy with these for a while:

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some of the best you can get for the price point. The sound they deliver is great. Some DJ's live by them.

For just listening, I love the Shure e2c's that I bought a while ago, but they are earbuds, which you want to get away from.

Look for anything serious DJ's use. They will be comfortable, have great noise canceling, and deliver phenomenal sound. Sennheiser is one of those ...
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I've also never had any faith in what Dr. Dre sells.
Yeah, that would have put me off too. One of the reasons I thought these phone were great is the real manufacturer Monster. They look bulletproof. One thing is sure, it doesn't look like you'd rip a cable easy. You ought to at least pop over to your local Radioshaft and try em. For home use, it looks like they could be your last set of phones.
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