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y'all, I need new headphones (Read 2469 times)

ilp


    I'm super disappointed with Sennheiser. The quality is just garbage, at least for the money charged. The newest headphones they have that are "Adidas branded" are good at staying in-ear with those "ear wings" or whatever, but the connector quality sucks (if you run with, say, a phone in the pocket--mine broke within a month). The sound quality is just meh, too.

     

    The other problem w/ the new Sennheiser "athletic phones" is that the cord length sucks. The cord is too short. If you clip the headphones to your shirt collar (so they don't bounce around), unless you are a shorter torso person (i.e. most likely a girl), you won't be able to clip, say, a shuffle to the bottom of your shirt--and forget about putting it in your pocket. The cord extender with the built-in volume control is a pain in the ass to use--because of the base cord's short length, there is no good place to clip the volume control piece--and so it ends up bouncing around and becomes annoying/uncomfortable.

     

    Basically, Sennheiser really dropped the ball on the whole "design" part.

     

    So as much as I hate giving money to Bose, I did drop a hundred bucks on the Bose IE2, and the verdict is that the Bose IE2 are the best running headphones right now. The cord length is plenty long that I can clip them to shirt collar and have my iPod attached to either my shirt or plug it into my phone in my pocket. I am 5'11" average torso/leg proportion. The sound quality is definitely better than the Sennheisers, though you don't get that deep deep bass. On the other hand, someone might say that the bass is not over-exaggerated. You can also hear a lot more through these phones, which makes them a safer street headphone. And they stay in your ears.

    MrH


      Meh ... my Phillips pair are no longer working in one ear.

       

      What do folks recommend for runners who sweat so much they look like an extra in Cool Hand Luke.

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        I bought the yurbuds and like them. So far, no issues with sweat. Most other buds I've used either fall out when my ears fill with sweat, or they start to sound like they're under water.


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          Meh ... my Phillips pair are no longer working in one ear.

           

          What do folks recommend for runners who sweat so much they look like an extra in Cool Hand Luke.

           

           My Sennheiser ones won't play in one ear.....I think due to excessive sweating.  More 'Body Heat' style though than 'Cool Hand Luke'.  But I just bought a pair of Phillips that are supposed to be waterproof.  We shall see.

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              I used to LOVE the Sennheiser sport models and generally got a solid year+ out of a pair with heavy use.  My sweat wouldn't kill them and I could saturate them in a sink of hot, soapy water to clean them when sweat and sunblock made them horrifically gross.  I went through probably 3 different generations and really liked them all.  Then they added the Adidas branding and quality started to suck.  I think they stopped making models with iPhone controls on the cord, eventually, too.

               

              Tried Yurbuds and was not impressed.  Eventually the cable to one bud developed an iffy connection -- this was after maybe 2-3 months of light use.  Decided to switch to Bluetooth and bought a pair of Plantronics sport headphones.  Mostly really liked them, though they do have a tendency to short out with sweat (I sweat like a horse) and don't handle pouring rain well, either.  But the sound is good and once they dry out they work fine.  Or they WORKED fine -- until a cat decided to chew on them.

               

              That was expensive, so I picked up a pair of clearance/cheap Blue Ant bluetooth headphones.  Terrible.  Didn't fit for crap, wouldn't stay in/on my ears, and the sound was AWFUL and so quiet that they were useless for anything other than listening in a quiet room.  I'd miss a lot of audio trying to hear podcasts/audiobooks while outdoors.

               

              Back to the Plantronics...I think Backbeat is the model.  They're not the cheapest, but they seem to be the most bang for the buck and they fit my ears well.

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              • Do some dus...and some CX...and some tandem gravel...and some podiums...

              • PRs

              • 130#s (or less)

              • Stop letting my core go to hell


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                How is it that we live in a world where I can make my cell phone do my bidding just by talking to it, but we still haven't invented the holy grail of sports headphones?


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                  Back to the Plantronics...I think Backbeat is the model.  They're not the cheapest, but they seem to be the most bang for the buck and they fit my ears well.

                   

                  Are they the bluetooth ones?


                  Needs more cowbell!

                     

                    Are they the bluetooth ones?

                     

                    Yup.

                    '16 Goals:

                    • Do some dus...and some CX...and some tandem gravel...and some podiums...

                    • PRs

                    • 130#s (or less)

                    • Stop letting my core go to hell


                    Needs more cowbell!

                      How is it that we live in a world where I can make my cell phone do my bidding just by talking to it, but we still haven't invented the holy grail of sports headphones?

                      Or at least Holy Grail without spending $200.

                      '16 Goals:

                      • Do some dus...and some CX...and some tandem gravel...and some podiums...

                      • PRs

                      • 130#s (or less)

                      • Stop letting my core go to hell

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