Did a quick search on this subject but didn't seem to come up with a definitive answer. I'm looking for a fairly low cost portable headphone for use while running and working out at the gym.
While I do want a decent enough sound quality, my top priority is durability - I sweat a ton when I work out so moisture will be an issue, and I also will use them running so they must stand up to getting tossed around a bit. I am a fan of trying out some IEMs (I don't run in busy areas, and I understand the risk), but I am a little doubtful they will stay in during running unless they have some sort of over the ear clip or neck band; normal ear buds absolutely won't ever stay in my ears unless their attached to an ear clip or neck band.
Price should be <$100, and again durability and practicality are more important than sound quality for this. Some of options I have looked at:
Audio-Technica ATHCK7 - I am excited about the titanium build as this screams durable to me. I am a little concerned they will fall out when I run.
Senn CX300 - Attractive price (especially given this will be my first IEM and I'm a little unsure overall!), but I am a little concerned about the build quality, have had a few Senns die on me before without putting anything close to the strain I plan on running these through. Same concern as ATHCK7 regarding falling out but this is lessened by cheap price. . .
Alwa HP-JS36 - CNet thought pretty highly of these (for whatever that is worth!). I like the fact they have a neck band which should keep them in place, although this might get annoying when I do any weight lifting that require my back/neck to be flat against something.
Any feedback or personal experience you all can share would be very much appreciated!